Community helps with fine art


By Laura Anderson

Last year, hundreds of people gathered in downtown Carmel to create a four-paneled mosaic roundabout. Today, that roundabout is hanging proudly in the corridor by Vitality Bowls.

Are you sad that you couldn’t help create this masterful roundabout? Cheer up, the year has circled back around and now it’s time for Carmel’s second community mosaic. The project is headed by Carmel resident Nancy Keating, an experienced glass mosaic artist. She studied at the Institute of Mosaic Art in California and has been chipping away at the art form ever since. Her dazzling, intricate pieces can be found inside Art On Main, 111 W. Main St, Suite 140.

“I do fine art and fun art,” Keating said of her style.

She also makes fine art fun to learn. For example, did you know that hammers are not used in the process of breaking glass? If you want to break down some more cool facts about mosaics, join Keating for the second half of the community project.

The collective mosaic-making will continue July 13 as a part of Meet Me on Main, held every second Saturday evening in Carmel’s Arts & Design District. Interested community members can meet at the Sub-Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream shop, 111 W. Main St., Suite 130, and be ready to chip in from 4 to 9 p.m. The first part was started June 8. Families can add their own pieces to the piece. The mosaic project is a cityscape of Carmel. It includes the Arts & Design District, the Palladium, the fire station and Midtown.

Keating said once a piece is placed into the mosaic, “It sticks. It’s not moving.”

So, you could place a tile, though small, that sticks around — in the City of Carmel.

For more about Keating’s work and classes, visit