City Council Meeting clears way for 2014 Carmel-by-the-Sea Art Fest CA

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The Carmel Art Festival here in Carmel-by-the-Sea is held every year outdoors at Devendorf Park. The City also closes down adjacent Mission Street between Ocean Avenue and 6th for the event.

Banners are displayed up and down Ocean Avenue for a couple of weeks before the event, touting the Carmel Art Festival.

All of this, of course, is City property and it charges vendors for this privilege. BY THE HOUR.

Our event starts on Thursday, May 15, 2014 when the tent is put up on Mission Street and the information tent and Sculptures arrive for display at Devendorf Park. It is effectively done by Sunday, May 18, 2014.

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea also charges for:

1. Putting up "no parking" signage before and during the event. 

2. Live music held by the event. (Yes, they charge by the hour for this.)

3. Clean-up.

But the Carmel Art Festival is not a "normal" event, it is:

1. A non-profit.

2. In its 21st season, and we are granted permission to hold it within the city in "perpetuity".

3. It portrays the city's image of an "artist colony".

4. Because art is auctioned and sold at the event, sales tax is collected, and quite a bit.

5. It brings collectors and other attendees to the city who spend money in hotels, restaurants and shops. 

6. The Carmel Art Festival's charity is towards youth art, to promote the next generation of artists here in the Monterey Peninsula.

So last night we, the Carmel Art Festival board, were on the agenda of the February 4, 2014 city council meeting to have them "forgive" about $12,000 of fees they would normally charge vendors of such events.

It should be noted that the Carmel Art Festival pays for all its own expenses including setting up the venue (tent, security, insurance, advertising). It also pays out some pretty hefty PRIZES. 

In all, 60 plein air artists are juried into the Carmel Art Festival each year, who paint TWO PAINTINGS (they paint them starting with a blank canvas on Thursday and Friday) which are entered into the competition and which are auctioned off on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The artists receive HALF of the proceeds from the auction. Art is displayed on Mission Street starting Friday night. On Sunday, artists have the opportunity to sell other paintings that they painted around the Monterey Peninsula during that weekend. It is not unknown for artists to sell as many as 5 or 6 paintings that weekend!

Artists also participate in a two-hour QUICK DRAW on Sunday, May 18, 2014 which is also auctioned off at NOON in Devendorf Park.

The art festival includes LIVE MUSIC, sculpture viewing and demonstrations, Kids-Make-Art-Day and other fun events held in Devendorf Park. Posters, totes, hats and t-shirts of current and past events can be purchased.

Another fun thing about the Carmel Art Festival? You can watch some of the best plein air painters create their art. Where do they paint? All over the Monterey Peninsula. And when you successfully bid or purchase a painting, you will actually meet the artist and can have your photo taken with him/her. BUYERS/COLLECTORS LOVE THIS

Yes, the Carmel-by-the-Sea City Council "forgave" the $12,000 last night. Mission accomplished. 

Event: 21st Carmel Art Festival

When: May 15-18, 2014

Where: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

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Comments (11)

Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

There is nothing more fun then going to an art fest Hella. Especially in Carmel-by-the-Sea Hell.

Feb 05, 2014 12:47 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Noah: People really love the Carmel Art Festival here in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It's outdoors, you can stroll around or sit on the park's lawn and listen to music--and surrounded by art and artists. If you get hungry, numerous fabulous restaurants, coffee bars and wine tasting rooms are all right around. 

Feb 05, 2014 04:39 AM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Hella - I'm guessing that the city of Carmel-by-Sea benefited much more than the 12k they forgave.  I'm sure that's a great event for the city. I am going to have to make it there this year.

Feb 05, 2014 06:46 AM
Rebecca Foresee
Alain Pinel Realtors - Morgan Hill, CA
Let's foresee the possibilities . and get results!

Hi Hella, You've done a great job enticing each of us to come visit during the Carmel Art Festival!  It's great to hear that it's non-profit as well.

Feb 05, 2014 12:07 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hella, sounds like a fun time, but expensive for the vendors!   Hope you are able to attend.

Feb 05, 2014 10:53 PM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Hella-I'm no artist, but that seems like real pressure-painting in public with a time limit and from clean canvas.

Feb 06, 2014 12:06 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The poster is framable just like that. I remember you have worked this event in years past and it has been a big hit. With you involved it is sure to be again.

Feb 06, 2014 12:45 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Jim: Fabulous! Can't wait to meet you. 

Rebecca: We can have a mini Activerain meetup.

Joan: I'm one of the organizers, you will find me there every day. Come visit!

Wayne: It's amazing how fast these plein air artists paint! People stand around and watch.

Debbie: You are right. People collect them, and frame them.

Feb 06, 2014 10:20 PM
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Hella  I'm a Trustee for our town and our last town meeting we passed Ordinances establishing and 'Entertainment District' and the hiring of a Main Street Manager to promote 'events'.  The town established new rental rates (higher) for our parks and I was very much opposed for the very reasons you have expressed...visitors bring money and spend it.  Congratulations!  Enjoy the da

Feb 07, 2014 09:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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Always love checking in on a variety of art, glad to see the fest will be continuing!

Feb 11, 2014 03:14 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

John: The town council evaluates each event and our Carmel Art Festival is one they feel is beneficial to the city and what it stands for.

Bob: Yes, and we are going into its 21st year!

Feb 11, 2014 10:50 PM