Seward takes Carmel on Canvas top prize


Zionsville resident David M. Seward won the grand prize in the professional division at the sixth annual Carmel on Canvas Plein Air Paint Out Sept. 13-15. The open-air painting exhibition and competition took place on the sidewalks throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District and Midtown.

“I enjoy the Carmel on Canvas paint out very much, as I have been to all of the competitions since it began six years ago,” Seward said.

Seward earned $3,000 for the grand prize. Spencer Meagher, Mount Vernon, Ill., earned $2,000 for second place. Mary Ann Davis, Indianapolis, earned $1,500 for third place and Melinda Spear-Huff, Sheridan, picked up $1,000 for fourth place.

Merit winners in the professional division included Lesley Haflich, Noblesville, and Autumn Hunt, Carmel.

Melanie Wissel, Carmel, placed first in the non-professional division. Merit winners included Brad Fields, Fishers and Karrie McCan, Carmel.

In the teen division, Chloe Sun placed first, Sarah Firestone second and Izzy Monger third. All three are from Carmel.

Carmel on Canvas featured more than 70 highly acclaimed artists from across the U.S. during the three-day event.