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Rain on Main

Post Date:08/06/2020 8:00 AM

Carmel Arts & Design District


Date:                August 6, 2020
Contact:          Nancy Heck, 317-571-2494
Release:          Immediate

Rain on Main is back for August’s Meet Me on Main!

RainBarrel 1RainBarrel 2RainBarrel 3
Local artists transform 65-gallon, urn style rain barrels into one of a kind pieces of art.
(Three of the 2020 submissions are pictured above)

Carmel, IN – This weekend’s Meet Me on Main festivities include Rain on Main, live music, the "Art in the Garden" program, a live demonstration by Jan McCune (at Indiana Artisan), crafts for the kids and more!

Watch us LIVE on the Carmel Arts & Design District’s Facebook as we speak with The Olive Mill, Eyes on Main and Art on Main Gallery from 5 - 5:45 p.m.

Meet Me on Main begins at 5 p.m. in the District and includes the following special events:

Rain on Main

An annual event held to increase awareness of water quality and conservation, local artists transform 65-gallon, urn style rain barrels into one of a kind pieces of art and then auction them off to raise funds for water education signage in Carmel Clay Parks.

SEE... the Rain on Main barrels displayed along Main Street August 7 - 14
VOTE... for your favorite by liking your top barrel on the Rain on Main Facebook
JOIN... us at the Carmel Farmers Market on August 15 to see all of the barrels
BUY... or bid on your favorite rain barrel in the online silent auction from noon on August 7 through 11 a.m. on August 15

Rain on Main is organized by Carmel Utilities, Department of Storm Water Management and Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Treasure Hunt! Three $100 gift cards will be hidden in the District on Saturday, August 8. Hints will be posted on the Carmel Arts & Design District’s Facebook after 6 p.m. that evening. Follow along for your chance to win!


The Art Lab invites you to design your own wooden frame. Come by the breezeway next to Sub Zero to pick up your craft supplies. To-go baggies will be provided and will include a wooden frame, tape and acrylic paint. This craft is free and no sign up is required. The make and take “to-go” art project will be available from 5 - 8:30 p.m. or until supplies last.

Free musical entertainment throughout the District includes Rosie Inman on Monterey Coastal Cuisine's Patio, Sammi Lorena next to Anthony’s Chophouse and Dianna Davis in the courtyard next to Indiana Artisan.

New Art Work Alert! While visiting the District, don’t forget to check out the new four-piece mosaic by Nancy Keating which was created last summer as a community art project and hung in the breezeway in Sophia Square, thanks to the help from Carmel’s Street Department.


Special gallery exhibits:

Evan Lurie Gallery

Nick Veasey Flash Sale! Evan Lurie Gallery is pleased to offer never-before-seen sales on Nick Veasey’s work, approved by the artist himself. The Gallery is also featuring boutique pop up shop, Karma Candles. (30 W Main St., #1939)

Carmel Art on Main Gallery

Art on Main’s feature show is “Let’s Get Fresh” featuring fresh and new works by Randall Scott Harden and Kim Greene; and Jill Dunn. Randall and Kim will have oil and acrylic works including landscapes, flowers, vineyards, rural scenes and more.  Jill is a jewelry artisan and will have new rings, earrings, cuff bracelets, necklaces and more available. (111 W. Main St., #140)

CCA Gallery

Come see the latest kiln formed jewelry at CCA. The gallery is staying open late Saturday, August 8 until 8 p.m. to feature work by Joy Tilson Cobb (acrylic poured painter) and Kelly Jenkins (jewelry artist). Joy Bardwell Cobb has been painting for five years and uses a variety of techniques in her contemporary poured paintings. She has extraordinary shadings and movement of her colors, many of which are reminiscent of the beach. She works on canvas, glass and paper, all ready to hang. Kelly Jenkins has been making kiln formed jewelry for 17 years and has been a CCA member for three years. She also teaches a fused glass jewelry class at IAC on Mondays. Kelly uses several glass techniques to form unique markings and shadings in her contemporary glass. Many pieces are completed with sterling that she has textured, sawed and formed into bails. (111 W. Main St., #135)

Indiana Artisan

Known for his Hoosier landscapes, painter Michael Janosky will demonstrate his creative process at Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery during Meet Me on Main. Don’t be surprised if you feel the breeze or the wind in his pieces; while Michael’s work is 2D, it often has a fascinating sense of motion. (22 N. Range Line Road)

The Carmel Arts Council Children’s Art Gallery

"Art in the Garden" will be open from 3 - 7 p.m. The "Art in the Garden" program is designed to demonstrate art firsthand to visitors to the District. The artist of the day will be Gavin Goode, a well-known and talented artist who lives in Carmel. Gavin excels at many mediums but for this event he will be painting with oil acrylics on steel. (40 W. Main St.)

Additional Specials on Meet Me on Main include:

All Things Carmel

Meet author Darin Bibeau at All Things Carmel and get an autographed copy of his book, Back to Bullet Proof. Bibeau says, “not everyone will have the chance to chase and seize Colombian cocaine cartel smuggling boats, assist in post-9/11 security in New York City, keep the peace between warring mountain tribes in Southeast Asia, or build and run successful American manufacturing companies. But everyone has the chance to become their very best self and build a bulletproof life of their own!”

Agave Bar and Grill

Deal of the Day: Complimentary chips and salsa with purchase of an entrée! New features also include Molcajetes and Sopes!

Eyes on Main

Featuring Artist Peter Coombs from Adelaide, Australia. “The collection featured in our shop is designed and handmade in his new atelier, Coombs + CO on Rundle Street, by Peter Coombs personally. His world-renowned eyewear has recently been worn by Daniel Radcliffe in the film "Escape Room from Pretoria" and he has designed and made eyewear for several celebrities including Elton John. No production for the masses and something truly very special and unique,” said Kim Odle-Peters with Eyes on Main.

Papa Fattoush Restaurant

Deal of the Day: Free hummus or the ghanoj appetizer with any $25 purchase or more!

Bask on Main

Meet Me on Main specials include: $20 off any facial and 25% off your first massage!

A map of the gallery locations and more information about Meet Me on Main activities can be found at

Public parking is available in the
Carmel Lions Club lot (141 E. Main St.),
Sophia Square parking garage (entrance off of 1st Ave NW),
Indiana Design Center parking garage (200 S. Range Line Rd.)
or on-street.
Find the Arts & Design District District Parking Map here.

The Carmel Arts & Design District is the Midwest’s premier arts and design destination. Home to more than 200 businesses, including art galleries, restaurants, antique dealers, design showrooms, boutiques and creative service providers, the Carmel Arts & Design District promises to stimulate the senses. The Indiana Design Center is housed in the Carmel Arts & Design District. In addition, hundreds have taken advantage of the wide variety of housing opportunities and call the Carmel Arts & Design District home.


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