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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

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More Crafters : 18th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival

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Because the 18th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival will be here TOMORROW – we wanted to give you a sneak peek of a few crafters you will be able to meet at the show this weekend!

Take a look below:

Judy & Paul Hiscocks : Shell Art

Gerry & Joanna Hrycuna : Metal Work

Arlyne & Richard Julao : Faloric Books

Anthony & Judy May : Bookmarks

Anne Mazzocchi : Kid's Clothing

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

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Local Sarasota Area Crafters in Siesta Key Craft Festival

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American Craft Endeavors is proud to announce that we have extremely talented LOCAL fine crafters in the show this weekend. Make sure you take the time to stop by their booths!

Here are the local fine crafters you can expect to see over the weekend:

Other local artists that will be in the show include:

*Gary Camardo : Wood

*Debra Larson : Jewelry

*Scott Soliday : Pottery Coasters

*Lora & Bob Thomas : Pottery

Support your local artists and come see us at the 18th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival on February 4th & 5th, 2012! We cannot wait to see YOU there!

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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Local Hobe Sound Artist: Scot Buccina

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This weekend while you are visiting the 11th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts, make sure you support your local artist! We are proud to announce to you that Scot Buccina is the local artist of this art festival.

His work is beautiful:

Scot Buccina: Stone Sculpture

Scot Buccina: Stone Sculpture

Scot Buccina: Stone Sculpture

You can view more of his beautiful work HERE.

Don’t forget to stop by his booth and ask him questions about his artwork!

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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18th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival (February 4th & 5th, 2012)

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This weekend (February 4th & 5th, 2012), American Craft Endeavors is proud to present the 18th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival in Sarasota, Florida.

Here is some general information about the craft 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: 5124 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242.

A few of the crafters you will be able to meet this weekend include:

Cindy Pinyard: Ladies Accessories

First, we would like to introduce to you Cindy Pinyard. Cindy’s scarves are sewn in New England and can be ordered in 2 sizes and range of fashionable colors and designs. Additionally, her ceramic scarf slides are handformed, glazed and fired in our kilns and available in a variety of colors, textures, and finishes. You can view more of her beautiful work HERE.

Katherine Weisinger: Jewelry

Next, we have Katherine Weisinger. Katherine uses real flowers and leaves in her jewelry. They are protected from fading by enriching the original color. Each petal and leaf is delicately hand-painted using lacquer, 24k gold and sterling silver. Her work is stunning! Take a look at more of her pieces HERE.

Dan Johnson: Paintings

The final fine crafter we are going to introduce to you today is Dan Johnson. Dan tries to create fresh, clean images with a bit of whimsy. His artwork is transferred via a printing process in which the image is actually “baked” into the surface of the product and results in a highly durable, washable surface and a brilliant color reproduction that will last for years. Dan’s work is unlike anything we have ever seen – his booth is going to be a must-see! You can check-out his website HERE.

You will be able to meet the fine crafters mentioned above along with 100 other fine crafers from across the state of Florida and the United States.

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

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

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

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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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