30th Anniversary of the Carmel Art Festival
May 19 - 21, 2023

Carmel-by-the-Sea Plein Air Painting Competition & Art Sale
Venue is Devendorf Park
Plus Sculpture-In-The-Park, Quick Draw, Kids Make Art Day, Live Music
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921
A non-profit 501c3 organization/FREE public event
A Historic Annual Event held in Carmel-by-the-Sea Since 1993
except for 2020 & 2021 due to COVID-19
May 19-21, 2023
Carmel Art Festival's 30th Anniversary
An "All Star" Plein Air Event
Collectors of plein air art will love the fact that most of the 2023 registered painters are winners from past 1993-2022 Carmel Art Festivals. "Reaching out to some of the most successful artists from the past honors the festival's history. At the same time, it guarantees the art collectors and visitors who come to the festival will have an incredible collection of paintings to choose from. The 2023 festival is going to be both a reunion and a celebration," according to Hella Rothwell & Ellen Wilson, joint organizers of the event.

Venue of the 30th annual Carmel Art Festival is once again in Carmel-by-the-Sea's Devendorf Park. The official opening will be Friday, May 19 at 11 am with live music. Sculptor Steven Whyte, who has been part of the festival since 2005 when he began organizing the "Sculpture in the Park" exhibitions, will once again lead the popular live sculpting demonstration.

Festivities will once again include a VIP event on Friday, May 19 from 6-9 PM. A series of other events and live music will continue through Sunday at 3 PM when the festival comes to an end.

Coming to Carmel early? You may spot these artists all over the Monterey Peninsula on Wednesday and Thursday, May 15-17, working on their exhibition paintings.

Many art galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea schedule their own art shows, receptions, painting and sculpture demonstrations to coincide with the Carmel Art Festival.

The Carmel Art Festival is a non-profit public benefit community event held to educate and inspire people of all ages about the visual arts.

2023 List of plein air artists, click here.

Carmel Art Festival

Artists who want to apply for the Carmel Art Festival in 2024:
For 2023, participating artists in the May 19-21, 2023 event have already been chosen. On September 1, 2023, we will be announcing the application process for 2024. So be sure you are on our mailing list (sign up at bottom of page). Even if you think you are already on our list, better try to sign up again in case we have an old email address.

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Carmel Art Festival
Festival Organizer: Hella Rothwell - Direct 831-626-4000
Mailing Address: Carmel Art Festival
P.O. Box 7191
Carmel, CA 93921

Email Contact:carmelartfest@gmail.com



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