Monthly Archives: January 2012

More Artists : 9th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival


Because the 9th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival will begin TOMORROW – we wanted to give you a sneak peek of a few artists you will be able to meet at the show this weekend!

Take a look below:

John Cheer : Pottery

Hetty Metzger : Paper

Marcus Ryan : Mixed Media

Chris Klassen : Paintings

Robin Smillie : Photography

Don’t see the artist you were looking for above? You can check-out our Participating Artists List HERE.

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The Coconut Creek Spring Craft Festival at the Promenade


The Coconut Creek Spring Craft Festival at the Promenade

 March 10th & 11th, 2012

 Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm

We are excited to return to The Promenade at Coconut Creek, an open air high-end shopping and dining experience. Coconut Creek is located north of Coral Springs and just South of wealthy Boca Raton.  The upscale streets of the Promenade provide us with a fabulous venue to exhibit your fine crafts.  The location at the busy intersection of Wiles and Lyons Road will give us ample exposure, adding to our already large media plan. Art and craft enthusiasts will enjoy this fun, family friendly festival, while experiencing Coconut Creek’s upscale retail and dining destination.  We moved the location from Lauderdale by the Sea after we were forced to relocate that show to a less than ideal location, we then decided to move the show to Promenade at Coconut Creek to ensure another amazing American Craft Endeavors Festival.  We look forward to seeing our Fine Crafters at the Coconut Creek Spring Craft Festival at the Promenade.  Like our Facebook Page to stay updated on news, specials and event info from American Craft Endeavors.

QR Codes


A QR Code stands for Quick Response, you might have seen them popping up in stores and magazines.  I saw this one in Michael’s.  A QR Code is a barcode that is read by mobile phones that have downloaded a reader app.  The QR code actually started as a way to quickly track automotive parts but has spread in popularity because of the quick way it can share a lot of information.  They are in common use in Japan and Europe and are now taking hold in the USA.  Our goal at Howard Alan Events is to have every artist hang a laminated card in their booth with their QR code posted so patrons with smart phones can have your website with the click of their phone.  Business cards and flyers can get lost but with the QR reader you are now on their phone, they can find you when they are ready to purchase a piece.  It is very easy to get a code, go to this website,, enter your website address and click download.  You can then print out your code, it will look like this.

As always if you have any questions or need help getting a QR code  email us at

Susan G Komen Coconut Point Shopping Spree Giveaway a Success!


Howard Alan Events would like to personally thank the artists who have donated to our Susan G Komen Coconut Point Shopping Spree Giveaway.  We knew our artists had big hearts but we were blown away by the generous and giving nature you have shown.  The popularity of our Art Festivals gives us the unique opportunity to reach so many people and to really make a difference. To date we have raised over $20,000 for this important cause and there are still donations coming in!  All proceeds from the Shopping Spree Giveaway benefit Susan G Komen SWFL Breast Cancer Research. The drawing will take place at the Coconut Point Art Festival, February 11th and 12th, 2012. If you still wish to participate please contact Maria at, or call us at 561-746-6615.

Patrons will be able to purchase tickets at the show or online at this link

April Davis donated this beautiful piece valued at over $500.

Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, Artist Spotlight: Jeanne Melillo


Jeanne Melillo has been designing and handcrafting her table top pieces for 11 years. Her work has been represented in art galleries, fine home stores and art shows throughout the United States. Howard Alan Events is excited that Jeanne will be joining us at the 23rd Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts this weekend (January 21st & 22nd, 2012).

Starting with table runners and then expanding her line to include place mats, coordinating napkins, napkin rings and coasters. Everything is handmade with care and scrupulous attention to detail. Her designs vary in look and feel from bold and dramatic,to light and whimsical. She searches out eclectic findings and natural elements to create unique designs that have the ability to transform their environment. Jeanne enjoys creating work that grows from a traditional form and challenges people visually by it’s contemporary interpretation.

Here are a few of her unique designs below:

Jeanne Melillo : Table Runners

Jeanne Melillo : Table Runners

Jeanne Melillo : Table Runners

Jeanne’s peices are perfect for anyone looking to add a little flare to their home! You can see more of her beautiful work HERE.

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The Difference Between a Facebook Profile & Fan Page


We have had quite a few questions and concerns from our artists about the differences between a Facebook Profile Page and a Facebook Fan Page. It’s important to know the difference – because they can be used to market your artwork and grow your business!

Here are the details about a Facebook Profile Page:

This is for individual users and is created by visiting Facebook and signing up for an account. You’re putting your “Face” on Facebook. It’s your name, picture, video of your kids, etc. Posting updates in your life makes it easy for you to connect with your friends! You’re posting your status updates, videos, pictures, sending messages, writing on walls, and socializing within Facebook. A Facebook profile should NOT be used as your business page.

Here are the details about a Facebook Fan Page:

Once you create a Facebook profile you can use that account to create a Facebook Business Fan Page for your business. This is where you can post business information: events, videos, photos, specials, promos — and encourage your fans to ‘like’ you, post testimonials and help spread the word about your business stories.

**It’s important to know the difference between the two – because you don’t want to mix your personal life with your business! It’s not appropriate and very unprofessional.

**Do you need help with getting started? We are more than happy to guide you through the process! You can contact or

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15th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival (January 21st & 22nd, 2012)


This weekend (January 21st & 22nd, 2012), American Craft Endeavors is proud to present 15th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival in Punta Gorda, Florida

About the festival:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Green Market offering a wide variety of quality plants including exotics as well as dips and gourmet items.
  • Vast array of craft media: 
    • Folk art
    • Pottery
    • Handmade jewelry
    • Paintings
    • Personalized gifts
    • Handmade clothing
    • Scented soaps
    • Body products and much more

Times are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission is free and open to the public. The navigational address is: 331 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

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

Bunny & John Switzenberg : Candles & Wax

First, we would like to introduce to you Bunny & John Switzenberg. Bunny & John keep their 21 hives at Bunny’s sister, Sandy and brother-in-law, Francis’ 250 acre farm in Georgetown, Delaware. The wax from the hives goes into making their ornaments and candles. How unique! You can learn more about their product HERE.

Patti Van Tonder : Hair Accessories

Next, we would like to introduce to you Patti Van Tonder. Patti is dedicated to producing the most beautiful and durable pieces of hair jewelry for the most beautiful women of the world. It’s the only hair accessory that will stay in every hair type! You can learn more about Patti’s work HERE.

Candy Wilson : Mats & Frames

The final crafter we would like to introduce to you is Candy Wilson. Candy was a professional artist who worked part-time as a framer. Later, this led to a full-blown business where Candy went to art and craft festivals to sell the custom frames and mats. They have a unique selection that you can see HERE.

Don’t miss you chance to meet the artists listed above along with 150 other fine crafters from around the state of Florida and across the United States!

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