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The Unveiling of the New ArtFestival.com

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We are excited to announce the unveiling of our brand new (and improved) design of our website, ArtFestival.com.  This new design has been on the drawing board for several months now and we are thrilled with the final product.

The much needed facelift was created to allow easier navigation for our visitors, including both artists and patrons;  the large black boxes at the top of the page provide simple direction where your eyes naturally look first, versus where they used to be located further down each page of the site.

In addition, the simple layout of each page allows you, the visitor, to both locate and read the information you were searching for quickly and easily.

We have also added our new social media buttons to the site, which can be found at the bottom of each of the site’s pages.  If you haven’t liked or become a fan of any of our social media sites, this would be a great time to do so!  And we’ll become your fan in return!

The designer of the site, Matt McMahan of JSE Computers, had a huge undertaking to make this site come alive from Howard Alan Events and American Craft Festival owners, Debbie and Howard Alan’s vision, but we feel it truly has been captured!  Click HERE to view the new site now and then let us know what you think in the comments below!

Please Note:  If you are not seeing our new design yet or it is slightly distorted, simply delete your history and/or cookies on your computer and then refresh the page.  Viola!

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.

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
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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

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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!

Anamá
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.

AMERICAN SOUL
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

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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