Carmel mural unveiled on Soho Café
By Kayla Nakeeb
The Carmel Arts Council High School Division reached the end of a five-month journey Sept. 4 when it unveiled a mural along the Soho Café on the Monon Trail.
“A Splash of Carmel” depicts coffee flowing past several local attractions, including the public library, Palladium, Clay Terrace and a koi pond. A group of about 30 people dedicated more than 100 hours this summer designing, painting and perfecting the mural.
Carmel High School students Syndey Hartwick, president of CACHD, and lead artists Katy Voor and Dana Wang first met in April to find inspiration for their biggest project to date.
“We started at the library and walked around the city, stopping at restaurant tables in the Arts District and study tables in the library to sketch, because we wanted to include what we felt was important to the city,’’ Voor said.
Completing the mural was no easy task. In order to transfer the vision to the wall, the members had to meet at night so they could see the projected image. Once on the wall, rainy summers complicated matters.
At the unveiling, each member signed his name on a block of the painted Clay Terrace street sign.
In addition to completing this mural, the CACHD would like to continue down the rest of the wall space in another mural hopefully next summer.
CACHD, established two years ago, is an extension of the Carmel Arts Council. Its mission is to incorporate art into the community – from playing instruments in facilitated living homes to organizing art walks for high school students.