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Creating Art On The Streets Carmel

Enjoy the month of May by creating art on the streets of the Carmel Arts & Design District during Drawn to the District.  Inspired by the beauty of spring and the District’s picturesque surroundings, this inaugural “en plein air” event adds a vibrant atmosphere to the new season in the Carmel Arts & Design District on Saturdays and Sundays in May from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Drawn to the District, a special month-long event is made possible through a partnership between the City of Carmel and the Carmel Arts & Design District Gallery Association, with nine galleries and nearly 100 merchants representing the district.

All are welcome as the District galleries will be open and actively participating in this one-of-a-kind event sure to draw artists and spectators alike from the Carmel community and beyond, each weekend in May.  “Family Friendly Weekends” are also planned to encourage all ages to view or create their own art.

Inspired by last fall’s successful Carmel on Canvas event, the spring version, Drawn to the District, carries its own distinction with a laid back feel, encouraging participants of all abilities to enjoy expressing their creativity in a less competitive atmosphere.

Care to expand the creative experience?  Free art classes are also being offered on certain event weekends. Please see below for registration information.


This very special Drawn to the District - Plein Art Painting event is open to everyone of all ages and skill levels. Whether it’s painting, sketching, sculpting, carving or creating mosaics, there is a medium for all to participate.

Artists can receive registration materials filled with “Artists Specials” on their first day of painting at Inspire Studio Gallery (111 W. Main St.). 

For registration and more information contact Cathy Bauder, Inspire Studio Gallery, at 317-517-1213 or Susan Mauck, French Bleu Gallery, at 317-331-3734.


Free watercolor art classes are being offered by the following artists:

  • Erika Woods, May 3rd, 9th and 23rd, Artsplash Gallery
  • Anna Afshar, Artsplash Gallery
  • Rodney Reveal, Inspire Studio Gallery

For more information on specific dates and times, please call Inspire Studio Gallery at 317-517-1213 or check the website at

Upstairs Downtown, Noblesville

A great chance to get a peak inside of Noblesville's most historic and interesting buildings.

Upstairs Downtown is a self-guided tour around downtown Noblesville which gives you the chance to be able to look into the upstairs of many historice buildings that are generally not open to the public.

Tickets are available at the Noblesville Main Street Office at 839 Conner Street.

Join the fun on Friday May 1 from 5-9 pm.

Watch for details on their site.

Art In The Afternoon

Join us for our Arts Market

Spend an "Art" filled afternoon with artists’ booths, live music, chances for fabulous door prizes and much more! Come anytime after 2:30 p.m. Your attendance will support our Community Outreach Programs, Teacher Grants and High School Scholarships.

  • What: Art in the Afternoon
  • Where: Oak Hill Mansion (map)
  • When: Wednesday, April 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $30, and the price includes a complimentary glass of wine, appetizers and dessert.

You can purchase your tickets online or send a check with your name on the reservation to:

  • Vivian Lawhead
  • 13199 Ditch Road
  • Carmel, IN 46032
Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

The City of Carmel's "Day of Remembrance Ceremony 2015" to commemorate the Holocaust will take place on Friday, April 22nd at noon.  The ceremony will be at Monon Community Center - East Building, Council Chambers 2nd Floor at One Civic Square, Carmel Indiana.

The keynote speaker is Steven Frankovitz, a Second Generation Survivor.

His father, Jacob, lived in Nud Bunya, Romania when World War II began.  When deported to Auschwitz in the spring of 1944, his entire extended family numbered 58.  Upon arrival at Auschwitz, Steven’s father and his identical twin brother were selected by Dr. Joseph Mengele for medical experiments.  His father was the experimental twin, while my uncle was the control.  He endured many experiments, including surgeries and injections.  His grandfather was murdered in the gas chambers and his aunt was murdered in front of his grandmother.  Of the 58 family members, only six survived.


Mayor Jim Brainard will read a Civic Proclamation and offer remarks.

Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla will act as Master of Ceremonies. Rabbi Avrohom Grossbaum will provide the Invocation while Rabbi Stanley Halpern of Congregation Beth Shalom will lead the Mourner's Kaddish. Michael Wallack representing the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations will share remarks. The program will provide a musical performance by Cantors Arnie Lewin, Shaarey Tefilla member and Deb Winston, Congregation Beth Shalom. Carmel United Methodist Church Bell Choir will perform as well as Carmel Middle School Choir.


The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free program.


Carmel Bike Share

The City of Carmel opened the first two locations for the Carmel Bike Share program this afternoon; One is at City Center, east of the Monon Greenway by the Palladium; another is in the Arts & Design District next to the Monon Greenway by Bazbeaux Pizza. The Carmel Bike Share includes 16 adult bicycles and six adult 3-wheeled bicycles. This is Zagster’s first location in the country to include adult trikes among the bikes offered to rent.

Working with Zagster, the City’s program is designed to provide active transportation options for local residents, workers and visitors who seek a safe and convenient way to access the City’s vibrant developments and corporate corridors. The demonstration showed how easy it is to use the Zagster app to rent the bikes on a cell phone.

The City contracted with Zagster because of the unique way the program is designed, allowing for other organizations to contract directly with Zagster and establish their own connection points. From the City’s initial investment, entities such as Carmel Clay Parks, local hotels, shopping districts, corporate office parks, neighborhood associations and individual businesses will be able to establish their own connection points for what will become a city-wide active transportation network, funded by users and both public and private sectors.

We are aware of negotiations between Zagster and several local entities already including Hamilton County Tourism, Carmel Clay Parks, and the Clay Township Trustee. The City also hopes adjacent communities will participate, providing connectivity throughout the north side of Indianapolis and Hamilton County.

“Carmel is proud to be recognized as a bicycle-friendly community and with our 90-plus roundabouts and more than 170 miles of multi-use paths, we have always placed a high value on transportation alternatives for both residents and visitors,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “Zagster was one of the first companies to establish a bike-sharing program in the U.S. and the company has been successful in developing individually-tailored systems for mixed-use developments and universities such as Duke and Yale. It’s also a nice connection that Carmel-based Allegion is a provider of the automated locks used by Zagster.”

Under Carmel Bike Share, users will establish their own accounts through Zagster’s mobile app on online at and then be able to rent a bike from one rack and return to it any Zagster operated bike share rack in the city. Carmel Bike Share fees are $3 an hour to rent with a cap of $24 for up to a 24-hour period. A $15 monthly or $75 annual fee would include unlimited rides lasting less than one hour, with additional hours being charged at $3 an hour to a maximum of $24 for up to a 24-hour period. As the system expands in Carmel and beyond, each individual entity that provides bikes and docks will have the ability to set its own rates.

The City will pay Zagster $1,320 per year per bike, plus a one-time set-up fee of $8,600, which includes two bike docks with automated locking systems, 16 adult bikes, six adult 3-wheeled bikes, the maintenance and repositioning of the bikes and customer services. The agreement also calls for the City to receive 93 percent of the net usage fees from the fare box revenues.

Zagster is a leader in bike sharing programs for the real estate industry and universities across the country. For more information on Zagster, go to

Easter Celebrations

There are several Easter Events coming up to share with you:

  • Community Easter Egg Hunt, March 23 at 6 p.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 E Pleasant St.,.  For ages 8 and younger, 0-2 at 6:05, 3-5 at 6:10 and 6-8 at 6:15.
  • Chalkboard-Style Painting, 6-8 pm on March 25th at Hamilton North Public Library, 209 W Brinton St, Cicero
  • Prairie Tykes 'Eggscellent' Adventure, 9:30-11 at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road for ages 2-5 on March 26th.
  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt on March 28th at First Christian Church, 16377 Herriman Blvd, Noblesville.
  • Noblesville Sunrisers Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, 8-10:30 March 28th at Forest Park Inn, 701 Cicero Road, Noblesville in conjunction with Bovlesville Parks Easter Egg Hunt.
  • Westfields Easter Egg Hunt, March 28th at 11 am, Asa Bales Park, 205 W. Hoover St, Westfield.
  • Carmel Clay Parks Easter Egg Hunt, March 28th at 11, West Par, 2700 W 116th St, Carmel
  • Community Storage Easter Egg Hunt, 2 pm, March 28th, 20250 Hague Road, Noblesville
  • Emmanuel UMC Easter Egg Hunt, March 28th at 2 pm, 16000 Cumberland Road, Noblesville, age 2-second grade.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza at Fishers YMCA, 3-4, 4-5, and 5-6, March 28th, $3 registration.
  • Breakfast with Easter Bunny at Conner Prairie, 8:30 and 11:30, April 4th at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers.  $18.95 for adults, $9.95 for ages 2-12, $2 discount for members.  Registration required:
  • Noblesville First UMC Easter Egg Hunt, April 4th at 11 am, Teter Retreat, 10980 E 221st St, Noblesville.
  • Golf & Batting Center Easter Egg Hunt, 2 pm, April 4th, Noblesviile Golf & Batting Center, 17400 Willowview Road, Nobllesville.
  • Easter Egg Hunt in pool: 2-4, April 4th, Goldfish Swim School, 271 Merchants Square Drive, Carmel.
  • Grand Park Easter Egg Drop, 2:30 April 4th, 711 E 191st St, Westfield.  Helicoptor drop and age appropriate hunts begin at 2:30, 15,000 eggs, limited to 800 registrants,, register by March 31st.
Carmel Easter Egg Hunt

Carmel City Center will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt featuring the Easter Bunny and an Antique Fire Engine on Saturday, March 28th.

The event will take place at the Carmel City Center from 1-2:15, meet outside of Hubbard & Cravens.

Children 1-5 years old will start at 1:00 on Hanover Court, and 6-10 will start at 1:15 throughout the interior plaza.  Children will be  collecting plastic eggs with treats and one day specials from the retailers of Carmel City Center.  Participants should bring their own basket.

In case of inclement weather, meet outside of Hubbard & Cravens and Easter eggs with treats will be handed out.

Carmel Utilities sponsors America Recycles Week recycling event..

Carmel Utilities, Carmel Police, Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, Carmel Green Teens, Technology Recycles and WISH-TV, have teamed to hold a major recycling event on Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 1 pm at Creekside Middle School parking lot at the SE corner of W. 126th and Shelborne Road - this is a new location.


Fight the fastest growing crimes today - identity theft.  Shredding significantly reduces your risk when disposing of confidential information.  The on-site shredding is sponsored by Crime Stopper of Central Indiana.  A donation is requested of $5 per bankers sized box or equivalent and all proceeds benefit Crime Stoppers.

Electronics and Appliance Recycling

Technology Recyclers will be accepting:  all computers, servers, peripherals, wiring, cable, battery backups, monitors, TVs ($5 charge per CRT/tube monitor or TV), all electronics, phones, stereos, headsets, dvd players, any small appliances, IT equipment  including hubs, switches, servers, routers, racks, etc, office equipment including fax machines, copiers, phone systems, industrial electronics, test equipment, medical equipment and appliances.

Book Donations

The Carmel Green Teens will be accepting donations of gently used books for the Indy Reads program.  Accepted items include gently used fiction and nonfiction, paperbacks, hardcovers, DVD's, audiobooks, and children's books.  They cannot accept encyclopedia sets, old textbooks, VHS tapes, magazines or badly damaged items.




Art In The Afternoon - Artist Call Out

The mission of the Carmel Arts Council  is to encourage and promote the arts for all ages through leadership, financial and volunteer support in order to nourish a vibrant culture in the Carmel Community.

The CAC is planning their annual Art In the Afternoon which is an Art Market at the Oak Hill on April 29th from 2:30-6:30.

The coordinators are now accepting artist to display and sell at the event, painting, pottery, knitting, jewelry, sewing, sculpting, metal work, glass work, any types of art.

The event will also include food, drinks and live music.

To be considered as an artist please contact Vivian Lawheas at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Valentine Gallery Walk

Your valentine will be excited to be wined and dines in the Carmel Arts & Design District for the Gallery Walk.  Browse the new exhibits at nine galleries and enjoy the unitque things the District offers during Valentine's Day Second Saturday Gallery Walk on Saturday, February 14 from 5-9 p.m.

New this month:  fun photo op with props and costumes will be available for free at 111 W. Main St., Suite 135.

Free carriage rides will be available for 6-9 p.m.  Please note carriage rides are available weather permitting on a first come basis.

The first 300 visitors through the galleries will receive a free rose.  Roses will be available at 111 W. Main St., Suite 135.

Paint your own masterpiece through Wine & Canvas for a complimentary class on the hour.  This event will be at Square Donuts, 14 S. Rangeline Rd.

Opening reception of "Realism & Nature" at Hoosier Salon, 22 N. Rangeline Road  The exhibit features Gary Jursik, Rodney Reveal and Kathryn Houghton that will showcase beautiful, realistic oil paintings and watercolors.

An exhibit of High Dynamic Range Archival Pigments Prints of Manhattan Cityscapes and Store Windows by Marie Reamer at ARtSplash Gallery.

Opening new exhibit dedicated to "The Art of the Love Letter" by Carmel Clay Historical Society. Kicking off with a sweet opening night party on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at the Dep0ot on the Monon, 211 First Street SW.  The exhibit will feature a dozen beautifully written love letters from the collection of personal artifacts of one of Carmel's pioneers, William Kinzer.

Be My Valentine: An Evening of Champagne, Strawberries and Duets, with Blair Clark and Heather Ramsey Clark at The Warehouse, 254 1st Ave SW.  Reservations required, $45/person, 21+ only.

Free caricatures by Custom Eyes Design at Auntie Em's Frozen Custard & Cupcakes.

Be part of the Scavenger Hunt to find select pieces of art in each participating galleries and businesses.  Begin at ArtSplash Gallery, follow the clues, then turn in your completed clue sheet.  Receive a chart and a chance to win from a variety of prizes.

Public parking is available at Carmel Lions Club, Sophia Square parking garage, Indiana Design Center parking garage or street parking.

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