Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tips For A Successful Art Festival Showing

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Many of our artists are pros and have been on the art festival circuit for years. However, there are always new artists who are joining our Howard Alan Events family. Below, we have some tips on how to make your Art Festival experience the most successful that it can be.

(1) Be Positive: If a customer asks you how your show is going, make sure you let them know you have been successful (even if you haven’t met your usual sale goals). Like how we said in a previous blog post, customers like buying from someone who is successful. [Happy artist = happy customer]

(2) Be Consistent: Usually, your audience of potential customers will likely identify you with a particular subject, a color, a style, a medium, a method of presentation, etc. You shouldn’t have a random style or theme in your work.

(3) Have Your Prices Vary: You may find that some patrons are not ready for that collectible piece, yet. So, offering a piece of artwork that is less expensive or not the original could be your solution. Artwork ranging from very expensive to “not so” expensive will attract a large array of patrons.

(4) Have An Attractive Booth Display: We cannot say this enough! You want your booth to be aesthetically pleasing and have a “gallery-like” feel to it. Your booth display is what will initially attract the customer to your booth. (We have plenty of information about this on our website. Click HERE for information about Booth Display Requirements.)

(5) Interact With Your Customer: You don’t want to swamp your customer when they enter your booth, and you don’t want to ignore them, either. We have written a blog about this in the past. Click HERE to read “Connecting With Customers”.

Success!

If you would like to share any of your tips, please comment on this blog! We would love to hear what you have to say!

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Our Favorite Crowd Shots of March!

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This year, our winter season has been phenomenal for both of our Fine Art Festivals and Craft Festivals. The crowds have been unreal, and many artists and crafters have had sales that have been higher than the past two years!

We wanted to share with you our favorite crowd shots from this month:

Las Olas: March 2011

Venice: March 2011

Jupiter: March 2011

Key Biscayne: March 2011

CityPlace: March 2011

We post our photos in several different places. If you would like to see photos from our Art Festivals, you can see them on the Howard Alan Events fan page HERE. If you would like to see photos from our Craft Festivals, you can see them on the American Craft Endeavors fan page HERE. Additionally, you can view them all on Flickr, as well!

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Leave us a comment on this post, call (954) 472-3755 or email info@artfestival.com.

Local St. Pete Beach Artist: Annette Kapfer

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American Craft Endeavors is proud to have Annette Kapfer, local St. Pete Beach artist, in the 8th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Avenue Craft Festival this weekend.

Annette’s kiln fused dichoric glass artwork is creatively patch-worked, almost quilted, creating 3 dimensional views of natures art objects. This technique is very time consuming, but the results are easily appreciated when the group of stunning earrings and pendants are explored by jewelry collectors and all who love nature.

She grew up just outside of Oslo Norway, so you could imagine the complete delight and total jaw-dropping moment she experienced when she saw her first tropical fish, curious turtles, and other unique creatures found in abundance in the waters of her new adopted home in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Already a a long time collector of glass objects, it was a natural transition for Annette to create her own aquariums in her studio using the ever amazing dichronic glass. The magical properties of this glass with it’s bright colors and intense reflective qualities are the perfect palette for capturing the spirit of the restless ocean and it’s communities of colorful sea creatures.

Annette Kapfer: Jewelry

Annette Kapfer: Jewelry

Annette Kapfer: Jewelry

You can view more of her sparkling jewelry HERE.

You will be able to see and meet Annette Kapfer along with 150 other very talented artists & fine crafters at the St. Pete Beach Corey Avenue Craft Festival.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (954) 472-3755 or info@artfestival.com.

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RECAP: CityPlace Art Festival Part II

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This past weekend, there was an Art Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida. We wanted to share some of our favorite photos from the weekend with you!

Take a look:

CityPlace Crowd

CityPlace Crowd

CityPlace Crowd

You can view more photos from the weekend HERE.

Don’t forget… our next Art Festival is this weekend in Celebration, Florida! It’s the 10th Annual Celebration Art Festival.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Leave a comment below, call (954) 472-3755 or email info@artfestival.com.

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RECAP: 9th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival

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This past weekend, American Craft Endeavors had an incredible and well-attended Craft Festival in Sarasota, Florida. We picked some of our favorite photos from the weekend to share with you!

Take a look:

Sarasota Crowd

Sarasota Crowd

Walter Catts sold one of his beautiful furniture pieces!

You can view more photos from the weekend HERE.

We have another fantastic Craft Festival this weekend in St. Pete Beach, Florida. It’s the 8th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Avenue Craft Festival. We look forward to seeing YOU there!

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Leave a comment below, call (954) 472-3755 or email info@artfestival.com.

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Featured: Local Orlando-Area Artists

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We are proud and ecstatic to have many local Orlando-area Artists participating in the 10th Annual Celebration Art Festival this weekend. Here is a closer look at some of our Orlando-area Artists you will be able to meet this weekend:

Tiffany Beasi: Painting

First, we have Tiffany Beasi. Tiffany’s vision is a bright color movement and imagination through paint. Her work is unbelievable! You can view more of it HERE.

Cherie Bosela: Mosaics

Next, we have Cherie Bosela. Cherie’s goal as an artist is to make people smile and laugh. She describes her work as flashy, colorful, and gaudy (but not always). She enjoys using as many colors as possible. You can view more of her magnificent work HERE.

Dave Hoffman: Photography

The third artist, from the Orlando area, we would like to introduce to you is Dave Hoffman. Dave loves photography of adventurous lives lived in beautiful places. You can view more of his work HERE.

James Lesher: Paintings

The final artist we are going to share with you today is James Lesher. James creates beautiful oil paintings on canvas. This will be James’ second Art Festival with us, and we are thrilled to have him in our Art Festival that’s in his home town!

Other Orlando-Area artists that you can see this weekend are: Candyce Moreland, Edward Sanderson, Alan Traynor & Thomas Ziffer.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Leave a message below, call (954) 472-3755 or email info@artfestival.com.

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8th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Avenue Craft Festival: April 2nd & 3rd, 2011

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This weekend (April 2nd & 3rd), American Craft Endeavors proudly presents the 8th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Avenue Craft Festival in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

American Craft Endeavors returns to Corey Avenue in downtown St. Pete Beach with a full spectrum of original and affordable crafts as well as an expansive Green Market with exotic plants during the upcoming 8th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, April 2 – 3, 2011.  The artistic media includes folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products with prices ranging from $3 to $3,000.  Admission is free and open to the public. Times are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. The address is: 595 Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Here are some of the artists & fine crafters you will see this weekend:

Pat Van Voorhis: Beaded Utensils

The first fine crafter we would like to introduce to you is Pat Van Voorhis. Pat’s beaded items range from salad sets, to bottle stoppers, to purse charms. Her items would make a fantastic gift for anyone, or even just yourself! To view more of her work, click HERE.

Jim & Nancy Holley: Stained Glass

Next, we would like to introduce to you Jim & Nancy Holley. This talented duo creates tropical designs using 3D stained glass and sand blasting, blended with inspiration from their love of the sea and a simpler way of life. You can view more of their original artwork HERE.

Michael McLaughlin: Jewelry

The final fine crafter we are going to introduce to you today is Michael McLaughlin. Michael has created his unique and intricate pieces of jewelry for many years. Additionally, he participates in about 30 shows per year, so make sure you stop by his booth and see all his beautiful designs! You can view his website HERE.

The fine crafters mentioned above along with 150 other talented artists will be at the St. Pete Beach Corey Avenue Craft Festival this weekend. Make sure you don’t miss out!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (954) 472-3755 or info@artfestival.com.

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