Gallery opens on Main in Carmel
The Center for Creative Artists, known as Indiana’s original artist-owned gallery has relocated from Zionsville to the Carmel Arts & Design District.
Started back in 1978, it’s a collective of 30 local artists who all live and work in Indiana and each piece is original. There’s no gallery owner taking a big chunk of their commissions, it’s truly an egalitarian community where each artist gets equal space and time.
“Everyone gets about the same equivalent area and we change out the art on the walls every two months,” said Lee Ellis, president of CCA. “And we change locations, so if you feel if you got a bad spot last time, you need a new location next time.”
The CCA Gallery used to be located in Broad Ripple and then as that area become more bar-centric, it moved to Zionsville. The new move to Carmel was prompted by a need for more space and the interest in the monthly Gallery Walks and other city events to promote local artists.
“Every time you see us there will be something new,” Ellis said. “So even if you went to a previous Gallery Walk, we’ll be pretty different every time.”
The new address is 111 W. Main St., Suite 135 in one of the Carmel City Center Community Development Corporation’s spaces. The 4CDC, as it is called, helps offer art galleries space at a subsidized rent.
CCA did a pop-up show at the Gallery Walk on July 11.
The CCA Gallery should offer art for walls and smaller gifts to buy in a variety of mediums.
“We’re different in that we have like eleven 3D people,” Ellis said. “Also, our price points might be lower than some other places so we hope to offer something different in the Arts District.”