24th Carmel Art Festival - May 19-21, 2017
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.

News Flash!
The Carmel-by-the-Sea City Council on Tuesday, February 7 approved a $13,000 grant that will allow us to include Devendorf Park as an additional venue once again for festival activities such as:

  • Sculpture-in-the-Park--Displays of sculpture by galleries from around town.
  • Watch the creative process of Steven Whyte, internationally acclaimed figurative sculptor whose work is displayed at the Smithsonian, create a large sculpture of a well known person who shall remain nameless until the last day of the Carmel Art Festival.
  • Live Entertainment in the Park. Listen to bands, dance, bring a picnic.
  • Quick Draw. Sunday morning.
  • Kids Make Art Day. Saturday afternoon.
  • Sale of Posters, Totes, T-shirts, Hats

  • Exclusive Carmel Art Festival Hotel Packages:

    For the first time, hotels in Carmel-by-the-Sea are offering hotel packages especially designed for the dates of the Carmel Art Festival.

    Click here for Exclusive CAF Hotel Packages

    Enter NBC Bay Area Sweepstakes:

    Here's your chance to win a trip to the Carmel Art Festival

    60 juried plein air artists participating in the 2017 Carmel Art Festival:
    Please click here.
    And this is their information packet:
    Please click here.

    Volunteers and Sponsorship:
    We will be delighted to hear from you.
    Please email Tammi Tharp at: tammitharp@gmail.com

    General information about the 24th Carmel Art Festival in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93921

    In 2017, we will celebrate the 24th 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.

    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 in APRIL, 2017 in time to be included.
    Thank you.

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

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

    Email Contact:carmelartfest@gmail.com


    For news releases & advertising, please contact:

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

    Also for photography & website, please contact:
    Hella Rothwell, Board Member, Carmel Art Festival:
    email hellarothwell@gmail.com

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

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