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The first major outdoor art festival of this season hits the streets of Hyde Park Village this weekend, October 27th & 28th, with a blast of pink!  Howard Alan Events has partnered with the signature breast cancer division for the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

Along with many of the merchants and exhibiting artists displaying special pink handcrafted gift items, there will be a special giveaway happening where you will have the chance to support the cause and make a $1 optional donation for a chance to win an original “Fight Like A Girl” specially decorated bra.  This one of a kind garment has been designed and donated by the pink petticoatIn addition, the lucky winner will receive an after hours private shopping party for ten people at the pink petticoat store, which will include champagne and desert or wine and cheese as well as store wide discounts, a value of $200!  Every penny of the proceeds will go directly to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.   The drawing will be held on Sunday at 3 pm and the winner will be notified via cell phone.

the pink petticoat

The festival will include more than 150 of the finest artists from over 30 different states as well as the top local talent, including photographer Linda Mayes (from Venice, FL), mixed media artist Susan Lane (from Key Largo, FL) and jewelry designer Lori Kay Olling (from Tampa, FL).  Each of these artists will have their specially created artwork on display and for sale in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Hyde Park Village Art Festival

Susan Lane Artwork

Hyde Park Village Art Festival

Lori Kay Olling Jewelry

Be sure to check out the Lexus exhibit where you’ll see the finest in car offerings on display along with the Werther’s Original exhibit where you can sample their delicious candies, have your picture taken in the photo booth and much more!

Come down (or up!) and enjoy a family friendly event which will run Saturday and Sunday from 10 am through 5 pm along Swann and Dakota Avenues in Tampa.  See you there!

Hyde Park Village Art Festival Gets Pinked Out This Weekend!

Whats going on at The Las Olas Art Fair this weekend


This weekend, October 20th & 21st Las Olas Boulevard in Downtown Fort Lauderdale will be lined with over 200 national artists and fine crafters. This top ranked art festival is the first major fall outdoor art event. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the show! Along with the artists and crafters, be sure to check out the extras below!

On site Giveaway

Register to win this commemorative sculpture during The Las Olas Art Fair! Veteran Las Olas Art Fair artist Todd Babb has created this sculpture in honor of the 25th anniversary of the show. The steel sculpture is titled “Perpetual Bliss” and resembles the Howard Alan Events logo. The registry booth will be located across from the Cheesecake Factory, next to the Poster Booth. The winner will be drawn Sunday at 3PM. To view more of Todd’s work visit http://www.toddandrewbabb.com/

Las Olas Merchant Specials
The following Las Olas merchants are offering “Art Fair Specials” during the show, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-5PM. Be sure to stop in these stores for these great discounts during the show!

Shop 603
603 East Las Olas Boulevard
Take 10% off the entire store!

702 E. Las Olas Blvd
Browse over 300 styles for $39 or less!

Deborah James
623 East Las Olas Blvd
The hottest designer shoes like Cordani, Pons Quintana, Bernardo & more under $100.

810 E Las Olas Blvd
50% off the entire store!

Rick Case FIAT

Make sure to stop by the Rick Case Fiat exhibit located at 9th & Las Olas. Check out the new Fiats inside and out. Also enter to win $45,000.00 in Chrysler Cash. You can use it towards any Chrysler Vehicle but we recommend a HIS and HER FIAT. Good Luck!

Enter to win a weekend getaway at the Venice Art Festival


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

The 4th Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival on Memorial Day Weekend!


Memorial Day Weekend In Hilton Head

This holiday weekend you need to do something exciting, and the 4th Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival is where you should be! The show will be held at the famous Shelter Cove Harbor, which is nationally known for being one of the most popular resort and shopping districts in the Hilton Head area. This exquisite backdrop combined with the excitement of the holiday weekend creates an exceptional environment to feature the creations of Country’s most extraordinary artists. You won’t want to miss out on a weekend filled with art and fun!


 Date & Time: May 26th & 27th, 2012    Saturday & Sunday 10AM-5PM

Navigational Address:  1 Harbourside Ln. Hilton Head Island, SC 29938

See you at the show!!!

Howard Alan Events



23rd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair Artists


Michael Bryant will be at the 23rd Annual Hyde Park village Art Fair, according to his website Michael Bryant is an award-winning, creative and internationally collected artist whose main medium of expression is photography. As an accomplished artist his work includes Polaroid Transfers and sepia images captured with a Holga, a toy camera. His most recent creations combine his photography with Photoshop. The result is a meditative form of digital art.

He is an artist whose creations are consistently cited by notable arts organizations, are featured in respected publications and earn him entry into highly competitive juried art shows.

A native Southerner, Michael lived for a brief time in Kent in southeastern England. While living in Europe he was exposed to the rich history of art which inspired him to pick up a camera. He continues to experience this inspiration during his frequent travels to the great galleries, museums and other history rich sites in Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Mexico and Canada.

Michael grew up in Albany, Georgia where he attended Albany State College. He later moved to Atlanta and graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta. After spending almost half of his life in the capital of the New South, Michael considers himself a native of Atlanta – a city that has the best of everything he loves.

As an artist Michael’s goal is to create work that affects him and others. “When I look at a finished piece and for a split second, time stops and I hear my heart beating – I am unable to breathe and I am aware only of the piece and how it makes me feel. Then, I know that I succeeded.”

About Holga Images
Photography Using A Toy Camera

I shoot 120 black & white film using a Holga camera (creating negatives slightly larger than 2-1/4 inch square). The Holga is an all-plastic camera of poor quality first produced in China in 1982 when 120mm film was the most common format. It was intended to introduce cameras to the masses. Soon the Holga was overtaken by the dominance of 35mm film cameras.

Each Holga is different and its imperfections affect the film in an individual way. Light leaks are common, although I wrap my camera in Velcro to minimize them. The film spools are often loose, creating out of focus images because the film doesn’t lie flat on the focus plane. Since the lens is plastic, the image edges are distorted and sometimes a double “ghost image” is seen near the outer edges. Light falloff from the plastic lens causes a darkening of the edges in most images.

The Holga is not a single lens reflex (SLR) camera (SLR means that when you look through the viewfinder, you are seeing through the lens). The Holga’s viewfinder is simply a hole near the top of the camera that doesn’t line up with the lens. This causes an image shift that varies depending on how close the camera is focusing. There is no built-in light meter, so good exposures depend on my knowledge of light and film.

I often shoot multiple exposures on a single negative. The film does not automatically advance — it must be done manually by turning a knob on the top of the camera. The shutter is operated by a simple spring that exposes the negative as many times as I trip it. Only the lighting conditions and film speed limit how many exposures the negative will withstand, before becoming too overexposed to print. I experiment with rotating or moving the camera position or location between exposures. Mostly the experiments fail, but occasionally they result in an incredibly unique image that can be almost abstract.

I scan my negatives in a negative carrier that has been filed out to show the whole image, with the film code and image numbers sometimes visible. I do not do any manipulation in the computer that I couldn’t do in a wet darkroom. I print my work on cotton rag fine art paper using an Epson 7800. The resulting Archival Pigment Images are acid-free and rated to last at least 100 years. Archival Pigment Images are now accepted as the future of photographic printing and are collected by museums, galleries and corporate collections the world over.

The overall effect of my technique is a dark, bronze colored, moody image that doesn’t quite record what was really there. Instead it is my own personal version of the truth. The more you engage with the piece, the more you find in it. That seems to me to be the very essence of truth.

22nd Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival, Artist Jim Matheson


Our next Howard Alan Event is the  22nd Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival.

Historic Downtown Stuart is the proud recipient of the title “Most Beautiful City” from America In Bloom and called a “small Intracoastal gem on the Treasure Coast” by Coastal Living Magazine.  A quick look around and you will see a downtown filled with a great mix of shopping, arts, the historic Lyric Theater, Stuart Heritage Museum and many dining options.

Coastal Living Magazine

Local Stuart Artist Jim Matheson

creates his art through a Japanese art from called GYOTAKU.  A technique that began in the 1850’s by fisherman as a way to record the size and other information about their catch.  The process evolved into an art form.

An Overview of the GYOTAKU process.

Step one the artist cleans the fish and applies paint or ink to the fish making sure it is positioned to highlight the body in the best way.

Step two the artist lays Japanese rice paper over the painted fish and rubs it to imprint the fish.  The paper is carefully removed and left to dry.  Step three the artist will paint the eyes on the fish to complete their replica.  The artists can then clean the fish, freeze it to un-thaw and paint again another day.

Jim Matheson is an avid fisherman and studied the art of Gyotaku in Sarasota with 2 local artists there.   Jim says that he loves to reproduce the fish he catches on his own fishing trips and admires the beauty in their form and color.  The majority of Jim’s paintings are of native Florida fish.

You can meet Jim and discuss GYOTAKU further this weekend at the Stuart Art Festival on Osceola Street in Stuart.  Stop by and check them out!

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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