“Midwestern loveliness beams brightly here, in an area known as the Arts and Design District.”
Southern Living recently named the Carmel Arts & Design District “one of the best small town Main Streets in America,” and it’s easy to see why. With a focus on art galleries and local shops and restaurants mixed in, this area is a must-see when visiting Carmel, Indiana.
Evan Lurie Gallery
You can’t miss the Evan Lurie Gallery, with the large brick installation out front replicating a human head. Evan Lurie Gallery focuses on work from international artists, ranging from contemporary abstract styles to realism and neo-realism. Gallery director Lurie is from New York and frequently travels to Europe.
Carmel Arts & Design District
The Carmel Arts & Design District is one of two state-designated cultural districts in Hamilton County, located along Main Street in downtown Carmel. Beyond the Evan Lurie Gallery, there are a number of local art galleries located within walking distance, making it an art lovers paradise. Visit on the second Saturday of every month for a gallery walk through the district with special events. You’ll also find 17 life-like statues dispersed through the district, created by artist J. Seward Johnson Jr.
Carmel hosts the Art of Wine festival every July and the International Arts Festival in September.
Places to Eat and Drink Nearby