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The 12th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival

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Carmel Arts & Design District (Rangeline & Main St.)

Carmel's annual arts fest has historically been linked to its sister city Kawachinagano, Japan and - by extension - to Japanese culture. While last weekend's festival provided origami demonstrations and a booth where you could have had your name written in kanji, the organizers also extended their reach this year by hosting the "Mural of the World" project, conceived by Broad Ripple based artist Doug Arnholter. In Arnholter's fresco "Pangea," displayed at the festival, he depicts the continents together as one. But in his ongoing mural project he invites people of all ages and skill levels to come together to paint. At this particular festival, the template painted by passers-by in paint-by-numbers format came from a photo of the Japanese Style Garden at Carmel City Hall. Just combining the murals with the kids' art activities and the 142 art vendors would've made for a pretty decent arts fest. Free admission and perfect fall weather, however, made it the place to be last weekend. For mural info go to

Writer Arts, Faith & Equity

Having lived and worked in Indy on and off since 1977, and currently living in Carmel, I've seen the city change a great deal. I love covering the arts in all its forms, and the places where the arts and broader cultural issues intersect.

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