The in-person festival was cancelled for 2020 but will return on Sept. 25 and 26, 2021
The Carmel International Arts Festival has given an outlet for artists for more than 20 years.
The two-day event has taken place in the Carmel Arts & Design District every year since 2006, regularly bringing in about 30,000 attendees to listen to live music, grab a bite to eat and purchase artwork from around the globe.
But due to COVID-19, the 2020 edition of the popular festival won’t be taking place in person.
While the in-person event will return on Sept. 25 and 26, 2021, CIAF organizers have put together an online festival for 2020 to showcase artists. The online event continues through the month of September.
“I am so incredibly proud of the efforts being made by our team to promote all of the 2020 artists that should be lining Main Street the last weekend of this month,” said CIAF Executive Director Rachel Ferry. “We have taken extra efforts to highlight all of the artists on our social media platforms as well as providing links to buy directly from them on our own website. In just this last week, we see the amazing online engagement and we know this festival will be missed. We can’t wait to be back next September!”
Normally, the in-peson festival would feature 150 artists from all over the world in 9 different mediums: 2D, 3D, Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Wood. Each artist has submitted their work and a jury has selected the artists who will be presenting their works at the festival.
Ferry said she knows that the cancellation of the festival is a financial disappointment for artists who sell their creations in Carmel year after year. Because CIAF is a nonprofit committed to supporting the arts, Ferry said the board knew they wanted to find a way to showcase these artists and help them sell their artwork during these difficult times.
Every week, advertisements in the Current in Carmel newspaper will highlight online festival artists with work on sale. No mass produced work is allowed in any category and in some cases each piece must be signed by the artsts
More than 100 artists are participating in the following mediums:
Original 2 Dimensional Design:
Drawing, Collage, Etching, Mixed Media, Pastels, Wax Crayon.
Original 3 Dimensional Design:
Garden Art, Metal Work, Sculpture, Stone.
Original, one-of-a-kind functional work made of clay, porcelain, or raku.
All work must be hand-made and original. Fiber sculptures, rugs, and tapestries are included and must be fabricated by the artist.
Original three dimensional work in glass (non-jewelry) created by the artist’s hand using blowing, casting, cold working processes, kiln forming, and molding.
Hand-made, original jewelry only, using precious metals and/or gem quality stones. Beads must be fabricated by the artist and photos of the process must be available upon request.
Original, one-of-a-kind compositions using watercolor, oil or acrylic paints applied to canvas, paper, panel, or other 2 dimensional surfaces.
Includes all photographic prints made from the artist’s original negative or digital image processing, which have been processed by the artist under his or her direct supervision. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Work in this media category must be limited editions (less than 250), signed and numbered on archival quality materials.
Original, hand-crafted wood items that are functional, sculptural, and/or decorative of original design by the artist, created and hand crafted by the artist through carved, hand- tooled, machine-worked traditional and contemporary woodworking techniques.
Here’s a list of the artists featured:
Ila Catherine Hofacker
J Collin Brown
Scott and Jenny Martin
Stephanie Pierson- Hutson
Victor and Megan Huston-Field
A. Denise Rollings-Martin
Roger & Renae Poer
Kwang Cha Brown