Need another reason to go to the Carmel Arts & Design District's monthly Second Saturday Gallery Walk on May 14? In addition to all the galleries in the district that will be open from 5 to 10 p.m., the Indiana Design Center is hosting a Preview Night, from 5 to 8 p.m. Preview Night at the Indiana Design Center
While you can browse all the first floor showrooms, be sure to stop by the Eckert-Wright Art & Design Gallery, which will open to the public for the first time at this event. Eckert-Wright features an eclectic mix of paintings and sculpture by regionally and nationally known artists. In addition to artists whose names you might recognize, such as T.C. Steele, Janet Scudder and C. W. Mundy, the gallery also has works by two American artists who are gaining much international attention - painter Eric Forstmann and sculptor Michael Kalish. Forstmann is a realist painter who works in genres such as still life, plein art landscapes and interiors. Yet these everyday items are captured with a subtle interplay of form and light that make his works worth a longer second look. Kalish uses license plates, and more recently vintage tailgates, to create stunning works of art. He was recently featured in Wired Magazine for his collaboration on a multi-media portrait of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The two-story tall portrait was made from 1,300 punching bags, 6.5 miles of stainless steel cable and 2,500 pounds of aluminum pipe. Other first floor showrooms that will be open to the public during the Preview Night include Drapery Street, J. Baker/Albert Square Ltd., Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and Holder Mattress - Home Collection. Local artist April Willy also will have her art on display. If you've been looking for an excuse to stop in the Indiana Design Center, here is your night!