Basil. Garlic. Salt. A little pinch of each provides a big flavor kick in my morning omelet. While prepping my ingredients and whipping my eggs, I thought, “A little goes a long way. The same is true in most things in life.” Maybe it was the chocolate coffee kicking in, or maybe I was on to something.
This morning’s revelation was reinforced later in the day when I stopped by the Simply Sweet Shoppe, where I found myself fixated on images of Kenya. There on the colorful walls was a poster promoting the local fund-raising event. Kenya Carnival is dedicated to helping orphans and vulnerable students in Kenya, and Simply Sweet Shoppe is the title sponsor!
The Simply Sweet Shoppe isn’t the only small business making a big impact. PillowTalk is a strong supporter of the fight against breast cancer and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Every March, PillowTalk hosts the annual ‘Bras For The Cause’ event. ‘Bras For The Cause’ is a month dedicated to funding research for breast cancer. A portion of the profits for the entire month are donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.
Further west on Main Street, the Main Street Barber Shop is dedicated to helping America’s veterans. They are currently collecting household items, such as plates, linens, working appliances, and lamps to assist veterans in need (cough cough..If you are like me, by the time I get around to spring cleaning it’s almost fall, making now the perfect time to take household items down to the shop). The Main Street Barber Shop has several other events to help veterans throughout the year, so stop by to see how else you can help.
Finally, we can’t forget the Carmel Old Town Antique Mall and ArtSplash artist Erika Woods and their commitment to helping our four-legged friends. Erika used her talents to help decorate a room in the Humane Society of Indianapolis, while the owners of Carmel Old Town Antique Mall rescue greyhounds. These beautiful dogs often visit the store – stop by and see them!
Small businesses can make a big difference and the Carmel Arts & Design District businesses prove it daily.
I wonder what life lessons my breakfast will provide for me tomorrow!
For the majority of my life, art was restricted to creativity within paint or crayons on paper. It wasn’t until later in my 20s that I considered art in various forms. Street art, mosaics, recycled items and new mediums became my favorite art form. The dimensions and different ideas displayed brought a unique energy to my outdated concept of ‘art’. During my internship in 2009, I was able to experiment with a new medium when the interns were given the task of decorating a large Nebuchadnezzar bottle for the Art of Wine event.
Here is our finished product:
The interns' work of art, which was displayed in 2009.
Needless to say we didn’t continue our art exploration. Various other artists took a simple bottle and turned the medium into something brilliant.
Nancy Keating's award winning 2010 Nebuchadnezzar creation. I regret I did not have my camera in hand to capture her amazing 2011 Art of Wine contribution.
All decorated bottles and other wine related art were displayed throughout the District at IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine on July 16. There was no denying the heat that day, and it was wonderful to see the over 5,000 participants attend the festival. It became very clear to me throughout planning for the event that my best ‘medium’ is logistics. From now on out, I will stick to what I do best!
IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine was an exciting event with lots of action behind the scenes. Enjoy some photos showing off my medium- logistics!
The day before IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine. The skies are blue, the flags are up, and we are ready to go!
And it begins! The tents are ready and waiting for the wineries at IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine!
The stage is ready for Blair Clark and his talented musicians to start grooving!
At 5:00 p.m., the festival begins and patrons enjoy unlimited tasting from the various wineries.
Team 'Lucy' and 'Ricky' compete by stomping grapes for donations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Indiana Chapter. Thank you for all your donations!
Huber's Orchard & Winery satisfy patron's palates with a variety of their wines.
What goes on behind the canvas? What emotions and experiences create brush strokes and choose colors? The Arts & Design District is honored to have the inspiring artist, Jacob Stoesz, as an active part of the art community.
Since 2009, local artists have transformed simple wooden guitars into sculptures, furniture, and everything in between as part of IU Health North Hospital Rock the District. Essentially, guitars become the canvas! Watching the guitars come into the office is one of my favorite parts of planning this event.
Jacob has risen to the guitar challenge each year, using bold shapes and wildlife scenes. I can always spot his artwork with his bright colors and energetic designs, and my eyes are immediately drawn to his creations. After hearing his story, I’ve been a dedicated fan. Jacob is autistic, and has found an outlet for expression in art. This spring he graduated fromCarmelHigh School, and will pursue art at a college level.
He is one of many featured artists who will display a guitar designed exclusively for event guests. Don’t miss Jacob’s guitar this year! Check out our website to see if you can spot it: http://www.carmelartsanddesign.com/rockthedistrict/rockinart.html. Each one of our local artists has a unique story once you push past the canvas- come discover the many inspirations at Rock the District this Saturday, June 11th!