Monthly Archives: October 2011

15th Annual The Villages Craft Festival (November 5th & 6th, 2011)

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This weekend (November 5th & 6th, 2011), American Craft Endeavors is proud to present the 15th Annual The Villages Craft Festival in The Villages, Florida.

Here is some inforamation about the festival:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase featuring unique and affordable crafts handmade in America.
  • Featuring leading local and national crafters.
  • Vast array of craft mediums:  from folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings, to personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products.
  • Prices set to suit all budgets, ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000.
  • All crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by American Craft Endeavors, producers of the top outdoor craft festivals in the country. 
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival.

Additionally, admission is free and open to the public. Times are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. The navigational address is: Spanish Springs Town Square – 1181 Main Street, Lady Lake, FL 32159.

Here are a few of the crafters you will be able to meet this weekend:

Barry & Jan Hye: Fairies

First, we would like to introduce to you Barry & Jane Hye. Barry & Jan were teachers in New York, and now they have been retired for the last 10 years living in Central Florida. Barry continues his love of teaching as a sub in the Lake County schools. Jane keeps busy by creating new designs. Together they continue to sell their whimsical creations at about 20 shows a year. You can view some more of their work HERE.

Mary Jo Neidow: Baskets

Next, we have Mary Jo Neidow. Mary Jo creates beautiful baskets with the most intricate details. Her product would be perfect for any gift, whether you are starting early on your holiday shopping or need a birthday gift! You can see more of her designs HERE.

Joe Taylor: Jewelry

The final crafter we are going to introduce to you today is Joe Taylor. Joe creates women’s jewelry from 14K rolled gold wire or sterling silver wire using only hand tools. What sets him apart from other wire jewelers is that he incorporates semi-precious stones in his designs, giving the customer a wide variety of colors and styles from which to choose. You can learn more about Joe HERE.

You will be able to meet the crafters mentioned above along with over 100 other fine crafters from across the state of Florida and the USA. If you have questions about this event, please give us a call at 561-746-6615 or email us at 561-746-6615.

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24th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival (November 5th & 6th, 2011)

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This weekend (November 5th & 6th, 2011), Howard Alan Events is proud to present the 24th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival in Venice, Florida.

Festival-goers will be treated to a wide variety of work in a myriad of mediums including paintings, sculptures, photos, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, and ceramics.  Prices are set to suit all budgets and range from as little as $25 hand designed earrings to $30,000 sculptures.  The festival benefits Venice Main Street, dedicated to preserving and maintaining downtown Venice as a desirable destination. 

Admission is free and open to the public. Times are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. The navigational address is 219 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285.

Here are a few of the artists you will be able to meet at the festival over the weekend:

Jennifer Ardolino: Watercolor

First, we would like to introduce to you Jennifer Ardolino. Jennifer is an internationally renowned artist. She has been selling her art work though galleries, art shows, and designers for over 20 years! You can see more of her flawless work HERE.

Dianne Krumel: Etchings

Finally, we are going to introduce to you Dianne Krumel. Dianne creates the most beautiful artwork. Her pictures are life-like and transform your current surroundings. Her artwork includes: monkeys, safari, elephants, sea creatures, and much more. You can see more of her collection HERE.

You will be able to meet these artists above along with over 100 other artists from across the country. This is the perfect free event to attend with your friends and family!

If you have any other questions, please contact us at 561-746-6615 or info@artfestival.com.

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No Tricks, Just Treats At The Hyde Park Village Art Fair

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The Hyde Park Village Art Fair is a can’t miss event, but this weekend we’ve got yet another reason to visit more than 115 artists…”gleeks” and non-“gleeks” alike will be treated to a flash mob performance this Halloween weekend. Be sure to ‘tune’ your attention to the fountain area on Saturday around 1:30pm.

Another treat for artists and patrons alike is that the 22nd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair was named a top pick for The St. Petersburg Times Weekender publication.

The St. Petersburg Times

Show hours are Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. For more information and directions to the show, visit ArtFestival.com.

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How Do You Find Your Space Number Prior To An Art Festival?

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We have received many calls from artists who are not sure how to retrieve their space number off of our website. Well, we have come up with a step-by-step guide to help you!

Follow our easy instructions below:

(1) Go to www.ArtFestival.com.

(2) When you reach the “Home Page” – click on the middle picture (that says “Artists & Fine Crafters”).

(3) You should see an Art Festival Calendar. On your left-hand side, hold your cursor over the middle purple box that says “Artists & Fine Crafters”.

(4) Another purple box should appear. The very last box says “Space Numbers”. Click on it!

(5) The name of the show will be in BLUE. Click on the show name.

(6) Here you will see information about Set-Up, Breakdown, Parking, etc. The space numbers are located at the top (where it says “Alpha List | Site Map“). Make sure you click on them!

(7) The Alpha List has all the artists in alphabetical order along with each of their space numbers, and the Site Map shows where each artist is located in the show!

This is what you should see after you click the show name in BLUE.

REMINDER: Our space numbers are posted the Thursday prior to the show.

If you have any questions about this post, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 561-746-6615 or info@artfestival.com.

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Sharon Kusha: Cover Artist For Tequesta Magazine

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As you may know, Howard Alan Events & American Craft Endeavors has moved to Tequesta, Florida. The reason this is being brought up is because one of our artists who exhibits in many of our shows, created the cover art for the Tequesta Magazine. Sharon Kusha’s art work was featured on the cover of the October issue!

You can take a look below:

Sharon Kusha: Cover Artist for October Issue of Tequesta Magazine

Sharon Kusha is an acrylic painter. She lived in Key West, Florida where she began painting the homes she adored because of their charm and tropical settings. Because all the homes she painted were on back streets, she named her company BackStreet Images, Inc. Today, Sharon lives in Deland, Florida and travels around the country exhibiting in prestigious art festivals.

We felt the cover of this magazine was stunning! Congrats Sharon!

If you have any questions about this post, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 561-746-6615 or info@artfestival.com.

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Looking Back: 3rd Annual Coconut Creek Craft Festival at the Promenade

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This past weekend (October 22-23, 2011), American Craft Endeavors hosted a craft festival at the Promenade, which is a luxury outdoor mall with many upscale stores and restaurants (in Coconut Creek, Florida).

Did we see you at the craft festival?

Who was your favorite fine crafter?

Here are some of our favorite photos from the weekend:

Painter, Rasa Saldaitis, selling one of her beautiful pieces!

The fine crafter had a very busy booth!

Festival visitors!

You can view more photos from the weekend HERE.

Also, make sure to take a look at our 2011-2012 Calendar HERE to see if we have any shows coming to your area soon!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 561-746-6615 or info@artfestival.com.

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Tell Me Why: “No Picture Taking” Signs in Artists’ Booths

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This blog post is inspired by a few comments that were posted on our facebook fan page. We LOVE it when artists and patrons have meaningful conversations in response to one of our posts.

So… to answer your question – Why do artists have “No Picture Taking” signs in their booths?

The reason is: many of the artists have copyrighted work. These artists have spent hours upon hours of their time to create each master piece individually. Taking a picture of their work can allow a person to duplicate or use the other artist’s creative idea. Also, if the work happens to be photography – someone can easily make prints and not pay for the artwork.

Creating and selling artwork is what many of these artists do for a living. It wouldn’t be fair to not compensate these artists for their work.

Hyde Park Village Art Fair

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