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Indiana Artisan Store Opens in Carmel’s Arts and Design District

Like the first store Indiana Artisan opened in April 2016 inside the French Lick Resort, the Carmel store carries work that embraces and promotes the state’s long history in creating musical instruments, painting, glass, stoneware, woodwork, candies, and more. The French Lick store offers the work of 106 artists in about one-fourth the space shoppers will enjoy in Carmel.

(Nov. 11, 2017) The exceptional art, fine craft and small-batch foods that thousands of Hoosiers have discovered at the annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace are available daily at the Indiana Artisan store in Carmel. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, at 111 W. Main St., the store offers the work of more than 100 Hoosiers recognized by the State as being at the top of their craft and awarded the Indiana Artisan designation.

“We can’t think of a better pairing than selling one-of-a-kind work by talented Indiana painters, potters, chocolatiers, wood and glass artists, jewelry designers, furniture makers, photographers, leather crafters, beekeepers and sauce makers, and more in one of the state’s hottest art markets,” said Eric Freeman, Indiana Artisan director. “Carmel’s Arts and Design District has a reputation for unique and high-quality work, and this store focuses solely on high-quality art, fine craft and foods coming from Indiana – hand-carved ducks and sculptures, basketry and instruments, handwoven textiles, paper arts, hand-painted scarves, and much more.”

Like the first store Indiana Artisan opened in April 2016 inside the French Lick Resort, the Carmel store carries work that embraces and promotes the state’s long history in creating musical instruments, painting, glass, stoneware, woodwork, candies, and more. The French Lick store offers the work of 106 artists in about one-fourth the space shoppers will enjoy in Carmel.

“The larger space gives Indiana Artisans the opportunity to bring their studios to store visitors,” Freeman said. “Seeing demonstrations and getting to know the makers are two of the most talked-about things among guests at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace. We have invited Artisans to demonstrate their creative process monthly in the shop, and many Artisans also will work in the store. Returning customers could meet a Lake Michigan glass blower on one visit, an Indianapolis candymaker the next, and an Ohio River Valley moccasin maker another time.”

The Indiana General Assembly passed a Resolution in 2010, making Indiana Artisan the state’s official organization to review, recognize and promote the work of Indiana’s highest-quality art and food artisans. The organization is guided by a 12-person board of directors, with members residing in all areas of the state, possessing a strong interest in art, food, economic development, and successful outcomes for the State of Indiana.