25th Carmel Art Festival - May 18-20, 2018
Carmel-by-the-Sea Plein Air Juried Painting Competition, Silent Auction & Art Sale
Venue is Mission Street between Ocean Avenue and 6th,
and adjacent Devendorf Park
Sculpture-In-The-Park, Quick Draw, Kids Make Art Day, Live Music
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921
FREE public event.
Always the weekend after Mother's Day.
Held Annually in Carmel-by-the-Sea Since 1993.

The 25th Carmel Art Festival this year was the best yet!
We had such great comments from everyone who participated in this year's Carmel Art Festival, it was a true "team" event. First, we would like to thank all the artists who produced incredible paintings throughout the Monterey Peninsula. It's hard to believe that they only had two days to produce two paintings for the competition, and most of them provided additional paintings for us to sell on Sunday.

And we want to thank our sponsors who believe in us and make it all happen. This year, we want to give a special thank you to the Village Corner Restaurant and Albatross Ridge Vineyard who supplied us with "small bites" and wine at our 2nd annual Friday night VIP reception for past art buyers. We also want to thank the merchants who supplied raffle items to encourage early bidding on the art that night.

A record number of galleries held their own events to coincide with the Carmel Art Festival and many of them provided incredible sculpture-in-the-park exhibits for the public to enjoy in Devendorf Park. A special thank you goes to Steven Whyte who once again produced a large sculpture right there in the park for all to watch.

The Carmel Art Festival is an all volunteer, non-profit annual event, always the weekend after Mother's Day. And we can't thank each and every volunteer who helped us to make it happen. Even the artists and their spouses stepped up when they saw a need, and that, in our opinion, says a lot about the "heart" of this event.

Last but not least, we want to thank the Innkeepers Association's "Visit Carmel" marketing entity for their support and the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea for providing us with this world renowned, exceptional venue to stage this "historic" event now in its 25th year.

Please mark your calendar for next year's event, May 24 to 26, 2019.

General information about the 26th Carmel Art Festival
May 24 - 26, 2019

In 2019, we will celebrate the 26th annual Carmel Art Festival, a public benefit event held to educate and inspire people of all ages about the visual arts.

On Friday evening, artists will bring their freshly painted entries to Mission Street for first viewing during an "invitation only" VIP Wine Reception for past art buyers between 7-9 PM. The street is blocked off.

On Saturday, the Plein Air competition starts out with judging of the 120 entries, followed by the silent auction until 6:00PM. In Devendorf Park: Purchase posters from this and past years events. Listen to live music. Stroll around the Sculpture-in-the-Park exhibits by galleries around town.

On Sunday morning at Devendorf Park starting at 9:00 AM, a 2-hour Quick Draw by the winning artists will be held. Mostly, artists can be seen painting around Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Beach. This is followed by a half-hour silent auction between 11:00AM to 12 NOON. Throughout the day, purchase posters from this and past years events. Listen to live music. Stroll around the Sculpture-in-the-Park exhibits by galleries around town.

On Sunday morning on Mission Street, from 8:00AM to 3:00PM, an additional 100+ paintings will be up for sale, those that the 60 artists painted during festival week, but were not part of the competition. These are being sold at a set price.

Many galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea schedule their own shows, receptions, painting and sculpture demonstrations to coincide with the Carmel Art Festival. These are publicized in our festival booklet handed out FREE during the event (if provided by the galleries with festival organizers before the printing deadline).

Note: Posters from the current and past years are also for sale throughout the year. See link on the navigation bar. Just email us your request.

The Carmel Art Festival in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93921 is a non-profit organization with donations from these events supporting local youth art programs. The Carmel Art Festival is always the weekend after Mother's Day weekend.

Absentee Bidding: If you can't be at the Carmel Art Festival, you can still bid on paintings. We post ALL paintings entered into the festival.

Artists who want to enter the Carmel Art Festival:
The event is always the weekend after Mother's Day.
Application and artists information is always published here by September 1.
Deadline to enter is December 1.
If you are a plein air artist and can paint 2 paintings in 2 days, you can apply
It is a juried event. Only 60 artists are chosen each year.
List of juried artists are posted on this website by March 1 before the festival.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
It is the responsibility of the artist to check this website for updates.
If you want to get on our email list, please sign up by clicking icon below.

Carmel-by-the-Sea Individual Gallery Events:

Carmel Art Galleries: Please email us information about your event
that coincide with the dates of the Carmel Art Festival,
and we will send a FREE email blast to our list!
We will also include your event in our PROGRAM.
Send this information to us by mid-APRIL in time to be included.
Thank you.

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Mailing Address: Carmel Art Festival
P.O. Box 7191
Carmel by the Sea, CA 93921

Email Contact:carmelartfest@gmail.com


Please contact:

Tammis Tharp, President, Carmel Art Festival:
email tammitharp@gmail.com

email carmelartfestivalvip@yahoo.com
email cafauction@gmail.com
Primary local gallery contact; news releases, photography & website, please contact:
Hella Rothwell, Board Member, Carmel Art Festival:
email hellarothwell@gmail.com
Cell 831-626-4000

Also for email blasts, posters & printing, please contact:
Pamela Crabtree, Board Member, Carmel Art Festival:
email carmelartfest@gmail.com

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