Carmel Arts Council’s Art in the Afternoon returns April 30

Guests browse work from local independent artists during Art in the Afternoon. (Submitted photo)

Guests browse work from local independent artists during Art in the Afternoon. (Submitted photo)

By Joseph Knoop

It’s never been a secret that art fans residing in the Carmel area are rarely short on options to enjoy. Now, the Carmel Arts Council is set to bring back Art in the Afternoon, an annual arts festival and fundraiser open to all.

Art in the Afternoon brings together local, independent artists, offering them a chance to sell their wares. Artists keep every cent they earn at the event, while ticket prices and artist registration fees go toward raising funds for teacher grants, art scholarships and Carmel’s World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery.

“Carmel has become a great center for art, but the council has been supporting it for 21 years, and we love supporting someone who maybe hasn’t been recognized or students who are just thinking about getting into the arts,” Carmel Arts Council President Vivian Lawhead said.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a free glass of wine at the door and a luncheon. Door prizes, including various works from attending artists, will be awarded.

Local artists will be showing off a variety of items available for purchase, including ceramics, photography, paintings and fabrics. Toy bows and arrows created by Noblesville resident Ben Fisher will also be featured. Attendees will also be able to pay for commissioned pieces from certain artists. A majority of items range in price from $10 to $100 and above.

The Carmel Arts Council uses funds raised at events like Art in the Afternoon to provide local teachers with the means to purchase art supplies or pursue specialized art projects with students. Last year, the Arts Council awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships to students for their talents in music, literature and fine arts.

Art in the Afternoon is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at the 502 East Event Center on Carmel Drive. To purchase tickets, go to