Guest meandered along the Devendorf park to examine beautiful sculptures and Fine Art, while occasionally stopping to watch the local “Rollin & Tumblin Band” perform at the 25th Annual Carmel Art Festival.
The events of the festival began Thursday, the 17th of May, when 60 plein air artist set off into the Monterey County to paint. They painted with different mediums such as, oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel. Joe Mancuso, whose painting “Morning Shadows” won Best Pastel says, “This is my 5th year doing this one…we show up we paint for two days and you have to prepare two paintings to hang on Friday night.”
Saturday, May 19th, along Mission Street there was a public view and bidding on the paintings from the competition. There were a diverse set of paintings from different locations in the Monterey County. The paintings were beautiful and the artists succeeded in their challenge to complete two paintings in two days.
Marti Walker is a pastel artist and it is her third year participating in the competition, “ Aside from painting, my favorite part of the festival is having one on one time with the other artist and connecting with people.”
After they admired the paintings, guest strolled to Devendorf park where they were greeted with sculpture exhibits from local Carmel Galleries.
Stephen Whyte, a renown local sculptor, returned to the Carmel Art Festival to do a live public event. Beginning with only the base of his piece, Whyte sculpted every day of the festival with the assistance of his studio team. He sculpted the American poet, Mary Whyte. She is sitting cross legged and resting her hands on her book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”
Guest admired the incredibly detailed works of art all around the festival. Different local bands performed as guest occasionally stopped to watch them. There is a information booth and posters, shirts, hats, and posters were purchased.
Thammis Tharp, the president of the Carmel Art Festival, agrees that Carmel is the Ideal location for this festival, “Carmel was founded by Devendorf and Powell.
Powell’s wife was a Plein Air Painter. They decided lots should be sold to artists for $10 while others would have to pay $40. Again, this was perfect timing for artists as they were looking for a new local. One of her Great Grandchildren is a frequent participant in the festival.”
There were many awards given to the painters of the plein air competition. The first place winner is Sergio Lopez for his “Fleeting Luminance” painting.
The 25th Annual Carmel Art Festival was the best festival yet! Every year, people from all over come to Carmel and support the power of art. It was a true team event.
Save the Date! The next Carmel Art Festival is May 24 through 26, 2019.