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21st Annual Carmel Art Festival slated to take place this week

14 May 2014 10:13 AM
21st Annual Carmel Art Festival slated to take place this week

Although California's Monterey Peninsula may be well known for its rich history, active music scene, high-end golf courses and myriad outdoor recreational opportunities, it has also long been regarded for its community of accomplished artists. Inspired in part by the area's scenic beauty and vibrant culture, the surrounding cities and towns have traditionally been home to a number of notable producers as well as many aficionados. 

This weekend, the region's many art enthusiasts will be offered the opportunity to view exquisite works from celebrated artists - and potentially add new pieces to their private collections - as part of the 21st Annual Carmel Art Festival. With the chance to obtain unique paintings and prints while mingling with celebrities and affluent executives and fellow luxury real estate owners, you would be remiss to neglect attending their enriching social affair. 

Multiple outdoor displays to kickoff festivities
This year's installment of the annual art festival will officially begin at noon on Thursday, May 15, when a sophisticated sculpture-in-the-park exhibition opens in Devendorf Park. This feature will remain available to attendees until the event's conclusion at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. Eight local galleries have contributed a total of 24 works to the display, including Bennett Sculpture Carmel, George Rodrigue Studio of Blue Dog, Big Sur Gallery, Elite Gallery, New Masters Gallery, Zantman Galleries and Classic Galleries, as well as Jones & Terwilliger Galleries.

Throughout Thursday and Friday afternoons, 60 juried Plein Air painters will be set up across the Monterey Peninsula, attempting to capture the area's essence and natural appeal. The finished products will be available for view en masse viewed beginning Friday night after dusk. Once bid sheets are posted, a silent auction for each piece will begin, and continue until 6 p.m. Saturday evening. Bidders can enjoy visiting with their favorite painters from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., which will be followed by the Artist Awards Ceremony. Following the conclusion of the silent auction, a live auction will commence, allowing motivated collectors to vie for the highest bids and purchase the most popular works.

"It really is a unique experience to come and see these wonderful paintings and meet the artists who just painted them hours ago," Tammi Tharp, one of the festival's board members said in a recent release. "Not only are the paintings wet, I remember once when an artist quickly brushed a favorite pet onto a beach scene to please a buyer.  Getting to meet the artist who painted the scene and have them sign the purchased painting is really special.  And, if you purchase one of the award winning paintings, you get to keep the ribbon."

Live music performances to be offered during festival
While festival-goers make their ways up and down Mission Street during the weekend, an assortment of talented musical acts will perform within 
Devendorf Park. The Nick Williams Trio will be the first act to play, taking the outdoor stage at 2:30 p.m. on May 16. The following day at 11 a.m., the Derek Smith Steel Drum Duo will provide entertaining tunes until 2 p.m., whereupon the Rollin' & Tumblin' Band will perform for all in attendance. At noon on Sunday, the Rotary Club Blues Band will play for audience members.

Throughout the weekend, the information tent at Devendorf Park will be open and selling exclusive posters commemorating the 21st Annual Carmel Art Festival will be available for purchase. Following the conclusion of the silent and live auctions, artists will exhibit a number of new and different paintings by the Plein Air artists - which will also be for sale. Those looking for additional information can learn more by emailing carmelartfest@gmail.com or visiting the official event website.