Monthly Archives: December 2011

Discounts Available for Coconut Point Artists!


Attention Coconut Point Artists! TGI Fridays, Subway & Hemingway’s will have special discounts for those who are participating in the show!

TGI Fridays at Coconut Point will be offering a discount to any guest who comes in to dine with them and mentions that they are an art festival participant.

The discount is $5 off a food purchase (and non alchoholic beverage) of $20 or more for dine in guests only (applicable in the bar area and the dining room).

Delivery is also available from 11am-9:00pm for vendors and stores in Coconut Point. For delivery orders, we will include a complimentary soda.

For New Years Eve, they will also be throwing a party. The party starts at 3:00pm and will continue straight through until close. They will have 1/2 priced appetizers and drink specials in the bar only. The first 12 designated drivers will receive 2 free regular redbulls. Also, they will have party hats, tiaras, and streamers. 

Also, Subway is offering a $2 six inch meatball sub. Also, there are eight different kinds of foot-long subs that are $5 everyday!

Hemingway’s is offering a 4-course dinner on New Year’s Eve for $38.95 per person. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! This would be perfect after a long day at the art festival.

Coconut Point Art Festival : 2010

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Keep Lee County Beautiful Joins Coconut Point New Year’s Weekend Art Festival


Howard Alan Events is proud to announce that Keep Lee County Beautiful will join us again at the Coconut Point Art Festival THIS WEEKEND!

Keep Lee County Beautiful is a local non-profit environmental education organization compromised of business leaders, municipalities and volunteers from all walks of life serving to provide a pathway to a cleaner environment in the community at large.

The Mission of Keep Lee County Beautiful is to protect the environment and improve the quality of life in Lee County by providing public education using mass communications and grassroots activities. This will result in understanding and action by individuals, businesses, civic, environmental and governmental organizations to protect the air, water and natural resources of our county.

As a reminder, the art festival is FREE admission to all patrons! The show times are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm.

We look forward to seeing YOU at the show this weekend.

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Coconut Point New Year’s Weekend Art Festival (December 31st & January 1st, 2012)


This weekend (December 31st & January 1st, 2012), Howard Alan Events is proud to present Coconut Point New Year’s Weekend Art Festival in Estero, Florida.

The Coconut Point New Years Weekend Art Festival will transform the parking fields of Coconut Point into an outdoor gallery style art show.  Spacious aisles allow art enthusiasts to explore the exhibits and interact with the artists who will be present for the duration of the show. The artists have been juried by an independent panel of expert judges, and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity ensuring a variety of original and handmade art with wide appeal. 

Times are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission is free and open to the public. The navigational address is: 23130 Fashion Drive, Estero, FL 33928.

Here are a few artists you will be able to meet at the show this weekend:

Ira & Sue Lances : Fiber

First, we would like to introduce to you Ira & Sue Lances. Ira & Sue of Staten Island New York began making wearables back in 1980 in NYC. As the items became more artsy, Ira & Sue felt the need to start selling their one-of-a-kind jackets and scarves at various Arts & Craft shows throughout the country. You can view more of their fantastic wearable art HERE.

David Berger : Oils

Next, we would like to introduce to you David Berger. David has been working in oil for nearly two decades concentrating primarily on creating exquisite and timeless still life paintings, which has made him an award winning artist. His work is collected throughout the world by corporate and private collections. He is considered to be one of the top still life painters in the United States. You can view his flawless work HERE.

Maria Reyes-Jones : Paintings

Last, we would like to introduce to you Maria Reyes-Jones. Maria is an exceptional artist whose work is well known across the United States. Her work has been chosen many times by Howard Alan Events to be used as a poster for certain art fairs. We are proud to have her in the show this weekend! If you would like to see more of her work – click HERE.

You will be able to meet these artists mentioned above along with over 150 other artists from around the country. There is no better way to spend your New Year’s Weekend than at THIS art festival. We look forward to seeing YOU there!

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Ring in the New Year with Coconut Point New Year’s Weekend Art Festival!


As you may know, the Coconut Point New Year’s Weekend Art Festival is quickly approaching us! It’s hard to believe that 2012 is roughly a week away.

Ring in the New Year in style by spending it at an Art Festival! You can bring your family and friends – and best of all: it’s FREE admission!

The Examiner wrote a beautiful article about the Coconut Point Art Festival – and we wanted to share it with you! You can read the entire article HERE.

Coconut Point Art Festival

We look forward to seeing YOU at the art festival!

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Upcoming Howard Alan Events Promotions


We have several promotions coming up in February and March. Make sure you don’t miss out –

For the 6th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival on February 11th & 12th, 2012 – Howard Alan Events will draw 40 of its participating artists at random to receive $100 each in gas card prize money! (CONTEST ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to receive gas card winnings artists must have applied for the show at least 3 months prior to the show date with a minimum $50 deposit down as well as be present at the show on February 11th & 12th, 2012.) Unfortunately, this show is currently closed, but we are accepting for the wait list!

For the 24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part II on March 3rd & 4th, 2012 – Howard Alan Events has teamed up with to present to you “Leap To Las Olas Art Fair“. For those who enter the contest, they have a chance to win:

*Two-night weekend stay at the Riverside Hotel for March 2-4, 2012, with free parking and a Kilwins Specialty Basket

*Artwork by Kevin Kichar, valued $700

*2 Framed Las Olas Art Fair posters, provided by Howard Alan Events, valued at $200

*Dinner for two at YOLO restaurant, valued at $100

*Las Olas Wine Cafe gift card, valued $100

*American Express gift card, valued $100

Sponsors of the Sweepstakes!

We are looking forward to an exciting start of 2012! What do you think of these promotions?

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Rickie From The Rickie Report Stops by Howard Alan Events


Rickie from The Rickie Report stopped by our office the other day to interview Howard about our art festivals, in general.

The interview is posted below:

TRR: What criteria do you look for in choosing a venue?
HA:  Our team will go to an area and spend some time visiting the local art galleries, interior designers, museums, hotels and shops.  We find that art show afficiandos like to incorporate our events as a “stay-cation”.   We need to get a feel for the community, taking into consideration its own flavor and taste, before we can bring in artists.  If the area is contemporary or more nature-oriented, that will affect which artists we will promote at the show.  Our artists travel from all over the country.  We want to offer different, fresh work that is affordable to the community and at the same time be saleable.  Our number one goal is to take of the artist.
HA: We are also growing and diversifying.  A number of surprises are in the works!  Also, you notice there is no music program at our shows.  We feel it takes the attention away from the artists who are showing their work.  We want the artists to be able to interact with the attendees with no distractions.

TRR: Tell us more about the exhibitors.
HA:  This may come as a surprise, but the average age of the exhibitor is 63.  These are people who work very hard.  Many of them had former careers and gave up the security of a regular pay check to do what they are passionate about.  We are very proud to offer “handmade in America” products.   About 20-25% of the exhibitors in each show are new to the show.  Our artists’ following is very loyal.  There are some artists who follow us around the circuit for the season.

TRR: Each show is juried.  Artists must send photos or videos of not only their work, but of them working on their pieces of art.  Tell us about the jurying process.
HA: We have an independent group of judges who are knowledgable about their particular art area.  We strive to keep everything in our shows handcrafted.  Do some things slip by?  Yes.  But, it is rare.  When we are putting a show together, we also look at categories.  Typically, 45 out of every 100 applications is for jewelry.  That category is only 20% of each show.  We want diversity to not only be fair to the exhibitors, but to keep the shows fresh for the attendees.   With the advent of the zapplication there is increased competition to get into a show.

TRR: Have you met any particularly innovative artists?
HA:  I live in an art show!  Event posters  decorate the walls of the offices, along with unique pieces  like the British telephone booth; the vintage gasoline pump, and other sculptures.

TRR: What tips would you offer an artist/artisan who has never done a show?
HA:  Know your audience!  If you have not sold anything over one season, it is time to reinvent yourself.  Fresh work and good quality emanates no matter how large or small your work is.   Consider your display very carefully.   It needs to be aesthetically appealing.  It is not enough to put objects on a shelf or hang artwork on a wall.  Talk to your potential buyers.  Tell them what inspired you to make what you are selling.  Have professional business cards and a sign-up book to capture email addresses so you can contact them when you are going to be in the area in the future.

TRR: Note to TRR readers – see archives and more helpful hints in article posted 09/25/11.

Rickie, Howard & Max

Thank you, Rickie for stopping by our office! She is always writing about what’s going in the art world in Palm Beach County – you can check-out her site HERE. You can also continue reading the interview HERE.

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When Are Booth Fees Due?


We know it can get difficult to remember when booth fees are due, since most artists are exhibiting in a show almost every weekend. To help you out – we decided to inform you when the booth fees are due for ALL of January’s shows.

Take a look at our diagrams below:


01/07-01/08 24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)DUE DECEMBER 7TH
01/14-01/15 15th Annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival (Dunedin, Florida)DUE DECEMBER 14TH
01/14-01/15 25th Annual Boca Fest (Boca Raton, Florida)DUE DECEMBER 14TH
01/21-01/22 23rd Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts (Delray Beach, Florida)DUE DECEMBER 21ST
01/21-01/22 22nd Annual Indialantic Art Festival (Melbourne, Florida)DUE DECEMBER 21ST
01/28-01/29 9th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival (Sarasota, Florida)DUE DECEMBER 28TH


01/07-01/08 11th Annual The Villages Craft Festival (Spanish Springs Town Square)DUE DECEMBER 7TH
01/14-01/15 5th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival (Venice, FL)DUE DECEMBER 14TH
01/21-01/22 15th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival (Punta Gorda, FL)DUE DECEMBER 21ST
01/28-01/29 18th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival (St. Pete Beach, FL)DUE DECEMBER 28TH

Please remember that we try the best that we can to work with ALL our artists and crafters. Almost every other show promoter requires the booth fees to be paid in full at the time that you apply. We only require a deposit – and then ask that you kindly pay 30 days prior to the show.

Also, we do have a 60-day cancellation policy. You must cancel 60 days prior to the show to receive credit to your account (of the amount that you paid towards the show), which will be good for 2 years. If you cancel under 60 days, then you forfeit your fee and are still responsible for the remaining booth fee.

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