Carmel Clay Historical Society art class explores old, new

CIC COM 0117 CCHS Class
The collaborative, multimedia artwork titled “A Starry Night Above Carmel (Then and Now)” pays homage to the past and future of Carmel as well as artists Vincent Van Gogh and Franklin Booth. (Submitted photo)

By Heather Collins

The Carmel Clay Historical Society has collaborated with The Art Studio of Carmel to portray the history of Carmel, old and new. CCHS art classes will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 22 and Feb. 12.

Attendees will work on a collaborative multimedia art piece titled “Starry Night Above Carmel (Then and Now).” The artwork explores the old and new history of Carmel and showcases where the city started and where it is today. The artwork also will pay homage to artists Vincent Van Gogh and Franklin Booth.

CIC COM 0117 Emily Ehrgott

Emily Ehrgott, executive director of CCHS, said organizers want to merge the old buildings and history of Carmel with the new renovations that have occurred throughout the city.

“We were hoping to create that connection for people in a piece of artwork,” Ehrgott said.

Participants will work in several different types of media, including paint, colored pencil, rubbings from local bricks and photo collages. During the classes, participants will create artwork that will be added to the collaborative piece as well as a piece to take home.

CCHS hopes to display the 3’x5’ canvas at a prominent location in Carmel. Spaces are limited for both classes. All materials are provided.

“You just have to bring your creative mind,” Ehrgott said.

Classes will be held at The Art Studio of Carmel, 30 N. Range Line Rd. The classes are recommended for adults and children age 5 and up. Registration is $10 and must be paid by cash or check at the beginning of each class. Registration is available via the CCHS website at