Artist Information

2018 Carmel Art Festival


Check-In Wednesday Night, May 16, 5 – 7 pm

Carmel Art Association, Dolores between 5th & 6th

Starting at 5 pm, we will begin registration on the steps of the Carmel Art Association.  You can bring as many canvasses (watercolor paper or board) as you wish to be stamped for the festival.  Remember that you may replace any paintings that you sell with another painted during the Festival (with the Festival stamp on the back).

Maximum size of a framed canvass cannot exceed 30” wide x 36” deep.  You are responsible for providing the frames. 

You will paint for the next two days.


Check-In Friday Night, May 18 5-7 pm   Mission Street Adjacent to Devendorf Park

You will check in two framed paintings beginning at 5 pm on Mission Street & Ocean.  You must frame your paintings. You will name your paintings and select an opening bid.  You will also indicate the value of the painting.  The sale price is split with half going to the Festival to support children’s art programs in Monterey County, and half to you.  After completing your paper work, you will go to the tent area and find the panel with your name.  The names are in alphabetical order by last name.  Hang the two paintings on your panel.  You have until 7 pm to turn in your two paintings.

 VIP Wine Event, Friday, May 18– 7:00 to 9 pm

Past Art Buyers of the Carmel Art Festival are invited. It is By-Invitation-Only. Our juried artists + 1 are invited, and you are welcome to bring your collectors to the event. We do ask that you register them with us in advance so that they get on our list.  


Judging, Saturday, May 19 – 8 am to 10 am, Mission Street

Judges will view paintings and select winners.  Ribbons will be placed on winning paintings.


25th Annual Carmel Art Festival – 10 am, Mission Street

The festival opens to the public for viewing and bidding via silent auction.  Immediately following the close of the silent auction, after 6 pm, there will be a live auction for all paintings that received 10 bids or more.

 Meet the Artist, Saturday, May 19– 3:30 to 5 pm

We are promoting this time as “meet the artist” so that bidders have a chance to interact with you.  You will also want to turn in your ballot for the “Artist Choice Award”.

Award Ceremony, Saturday, May 19 – 5 pm   Mission Street

The award ceremony will be Saturday promptly at 5 pm on the stage located across from the tents on Mission Street.  If your painting received a ribbon, you will need to take it from your panel wall and then, bring it to the stage when your name is called so that we can photograph you with the painting.  After you receive your award, you will replace your painting on the panel.  It may be crowded but we will try to keep the area directly in front of the stage clear so that you have a path to the stage from the tent. 

Saturday Night, May 19

If your painting(s) do not receive an opening bid on Saturday by 6 pm, the paintings will remain on display for purchase on Sunday at that opening bid.. IF YOU SOLD ONE OR TWO OF YOUR PAINTINGS ON SATURDAY, YOU MAY HANG REPLACEMENT PAINTING(s) THAT YOU COMPLETED DURING THE FESTIVAL TO SELL ON SUNDAY. You can leave with any un-purchased paintings after 3 pm on Sunday.  If necessary, Pak Mail will be available to coordinate the shipping of your unsold paintings.



Quick Draw, Sunday, May 20  Painting 9-11.  Devendorf Park

Those who received awards are expected to participate in the Quick Draw event.  Arrive at Devendorf Park in time to have your canvass stamped and be ready at 9 am.  You can paint anywhere you like as long as you return no later than 11am.  You will need to bring your easel with you at 11am and set up in a line in Devendorf Park that we will determine.  There will be a 30-minute silent auction during which time a winner will be named. 


Festival Closes - Sunday, May 20, 3 pm

After 3 pm, unsold paintings displayed on Mission Street can be removed.  If necessary, a mail service will be available to coordinate the shipment of your paintings after the festival closes.



Hofsas House - San Carlos between 3rd & 4th - (831) 624-2745 gives special rates to artists participating in the festival (be sure to mention that you are a juried artist!)

We expect some other Carmel-by-the-Sea inns to give special rates to artists as well, and they will be published here early in 2018
Exclusive multi-day CAF hotel packages for the general public will once again be made available early in 2018, click here