Get Ready for the 12th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival

The Carmel Arts Festival in Indiana is fast becoming famous around the country, giving the artsy community of the same name on the West coast a run for its money. The twelfth annual Carmel International Arts Festival is gearing up for this coming weekend, September 26 and 27. A total of 155 artists from the extensive Carmel art world, as well as many Indianapolis artists, will participate in the big juried art show this year, to be convened in Old Town Carmel, the Carmel downtown sector’s shiny new Arts and Design District. Hours are from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Last year’s attendance reportedly hit the 30,000 mark. You don’t have to be involved in the Carmel or greater Indianapolis art community, to enjoy this two-day frolic. People come from far and wide to be a part of it and experience the plentiful food put out by Carmel restaurants and other private vendors, the great ongoing entertainment on two stages and, of course, the art exhibitions.

Carmel, in Central Indiana, is a fast-growing, upscale suburb only a few minutes’ drive northward from the inner city of Indianapolis, so organizers are expecting Hoosiers from the Circle City to flood the festival grounds

With exhibitions displaying art in mixed media, wood, fiber, ceramics, pottery, furniture, sculpture, jewelry, glass, photography, pastel, watercolors and oil paintings, the Carmel International Arts Festival is a creative person’s dream. Bring the whole family; this massive festival might just create an artist out of many greater Indianapolis children.

When you go, be sure to take time to talk to some of the artists. While art is made by an individual alone, they generally love to get your feedback and share interesting tidbits about their creative process.

Wondering about parking? The festival people have organized a shuttle bus going to and from nearby Carmel High School for your convenience. Be there or be square.

Stay tuned to these Fun City Finder news pages for the scoop on the Carmel International Arts Festival‘s 2009 schedule.

Visit the festival website here.