CIAF plans Art Heals Project


Carmel International Arts Festival is doing its part to provide a pleasant distraction during the coronavirus pandemic.

CIAF plans a quarantine artwork show, “The Art Heals Project, which is open to all ages.

“It’s something I had thought about. Our social media person had posted something about how art heals and that made me think about how the Carmel International Arts Festival could do something during the pandemic to help people cope with what is happening,” CIAF Executive Director Rachel Ferry said.

She shared the idea of a quarantine art show with the CIAF’s executive officers.

“We thought it would be a good idea to provide a place where people can display their artwork they create during the pandemic,” Ferry said. “We’re going to challenge people to pick up a paint brush, or a sketch pencil or camera, and create because we know art can help heal people’s feelings. We just feel this a great avenue to do that.”

Ferry said there will be a special tent to display the artwork during the festival, set for Sept. 26-27. The artwork should be delivered to the project booth between 6 and 9 p.m. Sept. 25. Individuals must provide an easel or means to hang or display art.

“People who attend the festival will have a chance to go look at it,” Ferry said. “We’re not looking for professional artists, but anyone is welcome to do it. This artwork will not be for sale during the festival. We don’t want to take away from what our artists are providing that weekend. The names are going to be on the back of the artwork. We’re encouraging paintings, etchings, drawings, photography, whatever someone is creating during the time.”

During Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, entrants should take a picture with their artwork and post on social media with the hashtag of #ArtHealsProject.

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