Whether you are here in Carmel-by-the-Sea or not, you can view and bid on this year's 120 plein air paintings submitted for competition, all painted around the Monterey Peninsula these last couple of days by 60 juried artists of the 20th Annual Carmel Art Festival.
Yes, we have ABSENTEE BIDDING www.carmelartfestival.org/SilentAuction2013.html for those who are not lucky enough to be here in person in Carmel-by-the-Sea. (Paintings will be up on the website by 12NOON.)
The artists brought in the paintings to us last night, and today they can be viewed all day; and you can make your silent auction bid on your favorite(s). The auction closes at 6 PM tonight, Saturday, May 18, 2013.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS TODAY ON MISSION STREET:
Judging will be done between 8AM and 10AM for awards including 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners. Also in various categories including oil, watercolor, and pastel. Then we have "Best Local Artist", "Best Emerging Artist", "Mayor's Choice" and the "Jennifer Hill Award" in honor of one of the Carmel Art Festival's founders. We also have 10 "Honorable Mentions" awards. Last but not least, the "Artists Choice" which is decided by the artists themselves. And finally, the "People's Choice" for patrons attending the festival.
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE BECOMES NEXT YEAR'S POSTER.
This is always a hot ticket every year, as you can imagine. Its image will be used in all our promotion for the next year's Carmel Art Festival including on our posters, tee shirts, totes and even street banner on Ocean Avenue.
AWARDS CEREMONY - COME MEET THE ARTISTS
The awards ceremony will be held at 5PM, and the Mayor Pro Tem, Ken Talmadge will be here to personally award the "Mayor's Choice" to its recipient.
STARTING THIS EVENING FOR SALE.
After the competition paintings have found their way to new owners who have successfully bid on them, the artists will place new paintings into their section under the tent. These can be purchased as a straight sale. These are paintings the artists have also newly created the last few days but were not placed into the competition for awards. Not that they aren't as good or better, but artists tend to pick competition paintings with the JUDGE IN MIND. After all, besides the honors, there is $15,000 cash on the line as well.
MEANWHILE IN DEVENDORF PARK TODAY:
Come over to the park where the Sculpture-in-the-Park exhibition is still in progress as well as sculpture demonstrations.
Kids are not forgotten. All kids are invited to participate in a "Kids Make Art" session between 1PM and 3PM. Bring your kids for some fun, creative activities which might entice them to become the next generation of talented artists.
There is also LIVE MUSIC on and off all day, see SCHEDULE OF EVENTS at www.carmelartfestival.org//eventschedule2013.html
BELOW, SEE THE TWO WALLS WITH ALL THE PAINTINGS AT 7AM, BEFORE THE CROWD SHOWS UP (EXCEPT ONE EARLY RISER).
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