Gallery Walk to feature glass artist

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The Gallery Walk event on Aug. 8 will include a silent auction for decorated rain barrels. (Submitted photo)

The Gallery Walk event on Aug. 8 will include a silent auction for decorated rain barrels. (Submitted photo)

In the fall, renowned Hoosier glass artist Lisa Pelo helped Gallery Walk attendees make colorful glass pumpkin paperweights themselves. People lined up and it was so popular that Pelo is back this month with glass paperweights as a part of the second Saturdays in the Carmel Arts & Design District.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 8, attendees can pay $25 at the PNC lot to make their own glass paper weights. Safety precautions are taken but participants are asked to fill out an agreement form.

Pelo, of Hot Blown Glass Inc., has some her work on display at the Hoosier Salon and specializes in, “blown glass, slumped and fused glass, cast glass, and metal sculpture for home and business.”

“There is no other medium like it,” Pelo said. “The challenge of controlling it better and making more elaborate and complex forms: this is a lifelong project. Color in glass is fascinating. When the light can come in and out of the form through the color to create its own visual interest regardless of the form, that is a skill that has to be honed and sometimes never understood by other glass workers.”

There will also be a silent auction with the highest bidders winning the artistically decorated rain barrels as a part of the Rain on Main event. The painted rain barrels were on display in the Arts District to raise awareness about water conservation. Rain barrels can sit under gutters to collect rainwater runoff that can be used to water plants and gardens. The silent auction will end at 8 p.m. and net proceeds from the auction will be used to fund water education signage in Carmel Clay Parks.

There also will be a scavenger hunt with prizes, including tickets to Music for Memories, a benefit concert featuring the Cornfield Mafia, Blue River Band and The Angela McKinney Band. The event will be held at Latitude 360 on Aug. 14.

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