Category Archives: Art Festival

Art Festival Hits The Streets In San Marco This Weekend

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Leading Local & National Artists – Eclectic Mix of Original Art

 

You are cordially invited to the streets of San Marco to attend the free art festival taking place this weekend, November 17th & 18th, 2012.

San Marco Boulevard will come alive with beauty in many forms through fine artwork paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collages and mixed media.  We invite you to come help support the arts and the local community.

This top notch juried art event will feature more than 100 leading national artists as well as exceptional local and regional talent. A portion of the proceeds benefits the San Marco Association.

A vast array of original handmade art, priced to suit all budgets, will be on display and for sale during this two-day art event, transforming historic downtown San Marco into an outdoor art gallery.

Art Festival in San Marco

The artists are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity by an independent panel of expert judges. The event appeals to people of all ages including families, art enthusiasts, as well as serious art buyers looking to add to their collections

Below is a partial list of featured artists:

Diana Ahrens – Trion, GA – Mixed Media

Jennifer Ardolino – Crystal River, FL – Watercolors

Robin Aronson – Jacksonville, FL – Jewelry

David Edmund – Tampa, FL – Paintings

Joseph Ferris – Boca Raton, FL – Metal Sculptures

Lynda Keen – St. Augustine, FL – Jewerly

Dana Shirley & Valerie Thomas – Chagrin Falls, OH – Jewelry

Loretta Youngman – Ormond Beach, FL – Acrylic Paintings

Festival At-A-Glance:

  • San Marco Art Festival
  • Saturday & Sunday,November 17 – 18, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Located on San Marco Blvd.
  • Free Admission
  • Juried outdoor art showcase
  • Original Art Handmade in America
  • 100 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists are hand-selected by an independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists are on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media:
    • Paintings
    • Life Size Sculptures
    • Photography
    • Ceramics
    • Glass
    • Wood
    • Handmade jewelry
    • Collage
    • Mixed Media

We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors which include Comcast, Costco, Daily Billboard, Florida Home Improvement Associates, Geico Direct, and Times Union.

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St. Armands Circle Art Festival Returns For the 24th Year

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Sarasota welcomes back its signature fall art festival November 10 – 11, 2012. Consistently ranked among the top 100 outdoor-juried art events in the country, St. Armands Art Festival features more than 200 of the nation’s leading artists as well as top local and regional talent. Admission is free and open to the public.

A vast array of original handmade art, priced to suit all budgets, will be on display and for sale during this two-day art festival. The artistic media represented include paintings, life size sculpture, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, mixed media and ceramics with prices ranging from $25 hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures. The artists will line St. Armands Circle with their professional display booths and transform this charming retail and dining district into a first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing their finest work around the entire circle.   The east and west bound lanes of South Boulevard of the Presidents will be closed to vehicular traffic for the safety and convenience of festival patrons.

St Armands Circle Ar Festival

“Our jury process is very selective, this is how we ensure a diverse and eclectic mix of styles and media that appeal to a broad variety of art enthusiasts and collectors,” says festival promoter Howard Alan.  “There is truly something for everyone.”

The artists, juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity, will be present for the duration of the festival, available to discuss their art and inspiration. The event appeals to families and people of all ages as a free and fun weekend activity, as well as serious art buyers looking to add to their collections.

Here’s a partial list of local artists that will be participating:

Susan Griggs Allen – Sculpture – Sarasota

Scott Causey – Clay – Sarasota

Renee Davis – Jewelry – Palmetto

Lou Divita – Photography – Sarasota

Elaine Laurent – Cigar Box Art – Sarasota

Len & Debbie Marucci – Metal – Venice

Linda Mayes – Photography – Venice

Arleen & Michael Parker – Jewelry – Sarasota

Harry Roa – Jewerly – Sarasota

Ken Shields – Pottery – Sarasota

John Whitney – Paintings – Sarasota

David Wilson – Metal Sculptures – Sarasota

Special thanks to our sponsors:  Comcast, Geico Direct, and the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Downtown Venice Art Festival Celebrates it’s 25th Year This Weekend

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For the 25th consecutive year, Downtown Venice will be the home to one of the finest art festivals in the country!  An eclectic array of original art will be on display and for sale this weekend, November 3 – 4, 2012. This popular juried art fair features over 150 artists from approximately 30 different states providing art enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to explore a wide variety of art in one setting.  The show appeals to people of all ages including families, art enthusiasts and serious art buyers looking to add to their collections. 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.

We have produced this art affair for the past 25 years introducing residents and tourists who flock to Venice and the surrounding areas to leading artists from around the country while showcasing the finest local and regional artists the state has to offer.  The Downtown Venice Art Festival is just one of numerous shows on Florida’s west coast we produce; others include the popular Downtown Venice Art Classic each March as well as the Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts, St. Armand’s Circle Art Festival, Hyde Park Village Art Fair in Tampa and many more.  The Downtown Venice Art Festival has expanded through the years with the community’s support and has become a highly anticipated annual tradition in Venice.

We have been also been given the pleasure to have not one but two artists provide us with pieces of their work to giveaway this weekend!
Here’s the details:

Our very talent artist, Elaine Laurent, will be holding a giveway for this beautiful handmade purse.  Enter to win this piece on  Saturday, November 3rd in her booth.

  • A Quarter Century Venice
  • Size: 8in x 12in x 3in deep
  • Cigar Box Art
  • Value: $100.00 

 

Also, Steve Whitlock, will be having a giveaway at his booth on Sunday, November 4th for his “Sarasota Grouper” artwork:

  • Lemon Bay to Passage Key Chart
  • Size: 35×45
  • lithograph reproduction
  • Value: $375.00

For additional information on the 25th Anniversary Downtown Venice Art Festival and any other Howard Alan Events shows across the country, please visit www.artfestival.com, join our Facebook Page at www.Facebook.com/HowardAlanEvents or call 561-746-6615.  See you all at the show!

Special thanks to our generous sponsors:

  • Cadillac
  • Comcast
  • Food Tent
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune
  • Terry Andrews
  • Venice Artist
  • Venice Gondolier
  • Venice Main Street – Children’s Art Show
  • Venice MainStreet
  • Venice Sponsors

Enter to win a weekend getaway at the Venice Art Festival

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ENTER TO WIN a weekend getaway at the
25th Anniversary Downtown Venice Art Festival   
November 3rd & 4th, 2012   

The lucky winner will receive:
2 night stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Venice- Friday and Saturday, November 2nd & 3rd, 2012.  Includes complimentary breakfast and on-site parking
$75.00 Gift Certificate to Cafe Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar
$25.00 Gift Certificate to Sharky’s on the Pier
4 Single Serve Waffle Cones courtesy of Bresslers- $19.00 value
1 Framed Official 25th Anniversary Edition Festival Poster courtesy of Venice Main Street
The winning package must be used November 2 – 4, 2012, during the art festival.

 Click Here To Register  
Contest ends 10/19/12

But wait there’s more! There will also be an onsite Art Giveaway during the event-

Enter to win Elaine Laurent’s piece on Saturday, November 3rd in her booth. 

A Quarter Century Venice
Size: 8in x 12in x 3in deep
Cigar Box Art
Value: $100.00

Enter to win Steve Whitlock’s piece on Sunday, November 4th in his booth.

Sarasota Grouper
Lemon Bay to Passage Key Chart
Size: 35×45
lithograph reproduction
Value: $375.00

Please Vote For Us!

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WE NEED YOUR VOTES!

The Miami Herald chose one of our Instagram photos as South Florida’s Best Block Photo! This is a people’s choice award that is done online through the newspaper. They chose our photo from the Las Olas Art Festival as one of their submissions, and we need your vote to win! We’re asking all of artists, crafters and loyal patrons to ‘Like’ our photo on Instagram.

Please click on the link below and ‘like’ the photo. The photo with the most ‘likes’ will be named the winner.

Click Here To Like

Follow Us On Instagram!

The first Monday of each we will choose a photo of the month that we will use in conjunction with our other weekly photos.
Each Thursday we will be sharing one of our favorite photos from the early days of Howard Alan Events on our Facebook page. Take a step back in time and get a bit nostalgic remembering the years of fantastic festivals we’ve been producing. And if that’s not enough…we’ve got “Follow Fridays.” Every Friday we will choose page for you to follow that are in the area of that weekend’s show. From local restaurants and merchants- get a first hand look at where to go and what to do in each city.

Follow us at:

artfestivals and craftfestivals

5 Things To Do At An Art Festival

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For as far back as we can remember, art fairs and festivals have widely attended across the country by artists and the like.  An art festival is a celebration of both art and artists, and is often used to promote art among the masses. Typically held in an aesthetic setting, such as a waterfront park or a bustling downtown street, an art festival typically features displays of artwork by several artists.  Since most all art festivals are open to the public, here are a few reasons to attend these free weekend events.

1. You will get the opportunity to meet the artists who actually create their own work and begin a relationship with them.  Traveling to art festivals not only gives you the opportunity to know and see other parts of the country, but it gives you a chance to follow your favorite artists over the years and watch their work evolve.

2. Interact and get to know specific artists and fine crafters from the local area of the show.  Learn what specific things they draw inspiration from, regionally.

3. Art fairs give you the opportunity to commission unique pieces of art- allowing a more personalized work.  Some artists will even create specific artwork or commemorative pieces for an art festival. For annual art shows, these commemorative pieces are often highly collectible items that are available in limited quantities.

4. Some art festivals will also feature workshops, studio demonstrations and meet-and-greets with artists.  Learn techniques and inspirations from some of the worlds best artists.

5. Indulge in the regional cuisine of the area of the show.  Local food vendors and merchants often times provide food that is known and respected in the area.

Of course, there are many other things to do and reasons to attend art festivals.  Howard Alan Events produces 90 arts and crafts festivals each year.  Please see our calendar of events to help you decide how many of our events you would like to attend.  We have many patrons who anticipate our shows for months, so we hope to see you there!

Calendar of Events

Enter For A Chance To Win A Weekend Getaway in Fort Lauderdale

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 Howard Alan Events is proud to be hosting the Las Olas Art Fair for the 25th year! This art fair is ranked as one of the top 100 art festivals in the nation and continues to be one of the most anticipated art events in the area.

For show information, please visit www.artfestival.com

To help celebrate this great show, Howard Alan Events presents:
FORT LAUDERDALE’S 2012 OCTOBER LAS OLAS ART FAIR GIVEAWAY

Celebrating 25 Fabulous Years of Fine Art on Las Olas Boulevard!
Shop, Dine, and Celebrate during the Award-Winning 25th Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair

Winning Prize:
2 Night Hotel Stay, Dinner for Two, Official Event Posters, and much more!

Register to win at www.sunny.org

Contest Ends October 8th, 2012

The lucky winner will receive:

  • Kilwin’s Specialty Basket (Valued at $150.00)
  • Two official 25th Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair Posters
  • Dinner for 2 at Mango’s Restaurant & Lounge (Valued at $100.00)
  • 2- $25.00 Gift Cards to The Cheesecake Factory
  • A 60 minute, Swedish, deep tissue or sports massage OR a $90.00 credit toward any regularly priced services including couples massages courtesy of Planet Massage.
  • A complimentary weekend stay at the Riverside Hotel with accomodations located in the Executive Tower, with complimentary overnight valet parking for Friday and Saturday evening (October 19th and 20th).  Winner will also receive breakfast for 2 on Saturday morning and a Limited Edition, custom-made Riverside Hotel Anniversary Globe.