26th Carmel Art Festival - May 17-19, 2019
Carmel-by-the-Sea Plein Air Juried Painting Competition, Silent Auction & Art Sale
Venue is in Devendorf Park
Plus 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.

Latest update: Sunday, May 19, 2019 (6:15AM)

First of all, let me say that plein air artists and those who buy their art are a hardy bunch and that was tested a bit yesterday when we were "blessed" with a little rain. And today we are supposed to have sprinkles off and on throughout the day, but don't let that stop you from coming to Devendorf to buy some fabulous art painted by our juried artists THIS WEEK.
Yesterday, Saturday, winners were announced of the 2019 Carmel Art Festival and you see their paintings by clicking below:


So what's happening today in a nutshell?
  • Quick Draw this morning until NOON: Winning artists will be painting all around the Carmel-by-the-Sea area for 2 hours, 9-11AM and then bring their paintings to Devendorf Park by 11AM for viewing until 11:30AM, followed by a SILENT AUCTION. This is where you normally find artists painting smaller paintings and the prices reflect that!!! So don't miss out. See what they painted THIS MORNING and come bid on your favorite.
  • Sculpture-in-the-Park: Come see a sculpture of DORIS DAY as CALAMITY JANE and other fine sculpture by galleries around town.
  • Posters, Tees & Totes for sale.
    Confused or wondering what the weather will do? Well, just come on down, the weather has been changing on us hourly. Don't believe your APP.
    Hella Rothwell, Board Member and Organizer of the Carmel Art Festival

    Buyers, I'm your contact, call me at 831-626-4000. Hella
    60 juried artists participating
    in the 2019 Carmel Art Festival

    For list, click here

  • What happened Friday & Saturday,
    May 17 & 18, 2019

    First of all, if you didn't come to our Opening Festivities on Friday evening, you really missed out on some fabulous entertainment ("thank you, Michele Wilkinson, for putting this extravaganza together; we will be putting up photos and credits here in due time), scrumptuous food by Vesuvios, the restaurant right across the street from Devendorf Park, and wine by Albatross Ridge Vineyards which has a wine tasting room on Dolores Street here in town.
    As for the art that the artists submitted this year to the Carmel Art Festival in the plein air competition? Really incredible especially because they had the challenge of weather that went from drenching downpours to glorious sunshine, the ever shifting clouds and, of course the Pacific Ocean which kept changing color on them. Well, you can see for yourselves by clicking below.


    Quick overview about the Carmel Art Festival

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

    We are proud that we can donate annually to the Youth Arts Collective which over its nineteen years on the Monterey Peninsula has provided studio and exhibiton opportunities to over 800 local youths. Our donation goes towards gallery space, supplies, personal and long term mentoring, art and life skills instruction and many other benefits supplied by YAC.

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

    Sculpture-In-The-Park: Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea are also given the opportunity to exhibit sculptures in Devendorf Park to be enjoyed by festival attendees.

    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, we will also include your event in our PROGRAM. Send this information to us by mid-APRIL in time to be included.
    Thank you.

    Email Mailing list:
    If you would like to get regular notices from us,
    please sign up below!!!

    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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