The Carmel Arts Council will feature Carmel Arts Council member Robin Manetta Spyker at the Artist of the Day at its fifth Art in the Garden event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12. The event, which is part of the Meet Me on Main in the Carmel Arts District, will be held adjacent to the Carmel Arts Council’s Childrens Art Gallery, 40 W. Main St. in Carmel. Children and adults are invited to learn more about art.
Spyker plans to bring her oil paints to showcase her talent as a painter. A lifelong long teacher, she will present two activities for children: a photo scavenger hunt and understanding pointillist painting. Spyker, a Carmel resident, has had many art experiences and opportunities visiting galleries and museums in cities such as Detroit, New York City, Budapest, Taipei and Changsha, China, among others.
Spyker’s late husband, Ed Manetta was the chairman of the fine arts department at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. The couple moved to Carmel in l990 and quickly became involved with the local art community. Manetta created the Carmel Arts Council. It was his vision to establish a Childrens Art Gallery. In 1995, the CAC opened the Childrens Art Gallery, featuring elementary art from the Carmel Clay Schools. The CAC’s Children’s Art Gallery, which features the “World’s Smallest Childrens Art Gallery,” showcases kindergarten through 12th-grade student art from the community.
The Art in the Garden program is new for the Carmel Arts Council. The program was developed to enable artists to showcase and demonstrate their art, help children learn and create art and to bring awareness to the Carmel Arts Council, the CAC’s Childrens Art Gallery and CAC programs. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and out of concern for the health and welfare of visitors and volunteers, the Childrens Art Gallery is temporarily closed. However, the CAC features virtual art exhibitions on the carmelartscouncil.org website.