Column: Carmel International Arts Fair: It changed my mind


Commentary by Jason Peek

The just-concluded, 17th-annual Carmel International Arts Fair was a huge success with a ton of cool things to do.

Now, I’m not an art guy – unless you include cutting hair and making people look better at Main St. Barber Shop – but I decided to go out and take a look around at all the excitement and see what it had to offer. There was plenty.

First I took some snapshots of my favorite images, photos of the outdoors, and the display was magnificent, to say the least. I just stood there looking at every detail of God’s work through the eyes of one of His artists, Gary Love, and only wish I could have bought every photo.

There were thousands of smiling faces as I walked through the crowd to check out all the sculptures, paintings, woodwork, jewelry and crafts and artisans.

I also stopped by one of my favorite artists here in Indy, and that was SunKing Brewery for a frosty! (There also was good food available … as if I need to stuff my gut more.)

I started out not liking this event when it moved to the Arts & Design District, because it closes the road and slows the barbershop down. Still, as I walked and enjoyed myself I figured it was worth it to see all these families having fun and enjoying works through the eyes of artists.

I highly recommend taking your family 18th annual show. You will not be disappointed, especially the great music like Carmel’s very own Phone Club and Barometer Soup, who rock it every time all the time.

See you next year!Hogjawz

Jason “Hogjawz” Peek is the proprietor of Main St. Barber Shop in Carmel and an occasional contributor to Current in Carmel. You may e-mail him at

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