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5 Things To Do At An Art Festival


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


Howard Alan Events presents the 5th Annual Louisville Festival of the Arts at the Summit


Get ready Louisville for another amazing art festival! 

Festival producer Howard Alan Events and The Summit are bringing back Louisville’s annual premier juried street art festival June 9 – 10, 2012.  This celebration of the arts showcases the finest work of 150 top artists in the country. Admission is free and open to the public.

“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.”

Follow the Louisville Show on Twitter with hashtag #LouisvilleArtShow

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“This festival has become one of our signature events,” says Becky Norton, General Manager for The Summit.  “The Summit is a great back drop to enjoy art from all over the country and from our region. Customers are invited to enjoy art from more than 100 artists, stop by our shops, and grab dinner or lunch at one of the fine eateries.  They can make a day of it.”

The Summit will be unveiling a new play area on The Terrace where families can take their children for a break from exploring the original and unique work of the many talented artists selected to participate in the art show this year.

Stop by to see local Louisville artis, Lonnie Combs.  He creates pepper mills,pens, artistic  wood turnings, wood art sculpture, vases, hollow forms and bowls from logs that were removed as a, result of storm damage. I, a native Kentuckian, typically use the wood of Kentucky trees to create one of a kind uniuque vessels and pepper mills.

Each wood art item is an individual expression of nature through my artistic hands, therefore each creation is worthy of my signature .  The type of wood, production number, and date are located by my signature on the bottom of each piece. http://www.topchefpeppermills.com


Details in Time artist Annmarie Siegel uses recycled watch parts in her art, she creates beautiful jewelry  from old timepieces.

“Born in the state of New Jersey, living most of her adult life on the West Coast of Florida, Annmarie Siegel gets her inspiration by stopping time on hear beaches near her Florida home. Her mantra is, “Living in the moment and not by your wristwatch”. She expresses this way of life daily, and passes it on to all those she meets.

As an extremely inquisitive child, Annmarie would take apart just about everything she could get her hands on. Old tape recorders, appliances and cameras! However, her mother’s old jewelry was her passion. She would disassemble her mother’s brooches, pins and earrings to make up new designs. “I thought mine looked better”, she would tell the adults.

After taking apart one of her father’s favorite pocket watches, Annmarie found that there were many more treasured pieces inside that she could use to create with, she was then inspired by the shapes and saw that they were much more than just watch parts. She began to create recognizable things such as fish, owls and birds with the pieces. Since then, her obsession with constantly making new designs has become her livelihood.

Loving what she does, Annmarie finds it a challenge to find old pieces. “Our society is becoming such a digital society” she says. Annmarie chooses to “Live in the Moment”, with TIME on her side!” www.detailsintime.com


Annmarie (far right) poses with a happy customer at one of the Howard Alan Events Art Festivals


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



Looking For Something New…Don’t Look Far!


Howard Alan Events has many new artists attending our upcoming summer art shows and their work is must see!!!


Glynnis Miller

Glynnis Miller is a self-taught pencil artist who began drawing at a young age, winning her first award in 4th grade!  Glynnis’ work portrays her lifelong love of horses and the western lifestyle. The ranching community of Elko, Nevada was Glynnis’ home during her school years and the influence of Elko’s ranches, cowboys, rodeos and (of course) horses is evident in her artwork. She has owned and ridden horses for some 30 years an  they hold a special place in her life, heart, and art. Glynnis is now enjoying her first two loves, horses and drawing, and building them into a rewarding second career with multiple honors and awards. The pencil, graphite or charcoal, is Glynnis’ medium of choice. Each drawing is meticulously planned and the result of hundreds of hours with the tiny tip of a sharp pencil. Patience and focus are a requirement with this simplest, yet complex medium. See more of her work at http://www.glynnismillerart.com.

Look for Glynnis Miller’s work at the following shows:

4th Annual Downtown Frisco Art Fair ♦ 10th Annual Downtown Aspen Art Fest ♦ 25th Anniversary Beaver Creek Art Fair ♦ 6th Annual Downtown Frisco Art Fair



Kathleen Kirch

Kathleen Kirch has a passion for wildlife, sunsets, the mountains and flowers. My painting history has been sixteen years with the Decorative Artists Association. She traveled a lot growing up and loved visiting Nation Parks along the way. “I hope to inspire people to appreciate the world and to enjoy what it has to offer through my work.” Kathleen’s oil paintings are beautiful and capture vivid moments in nature with her attention to detail. See more of her work at http://www.kathleenkirch.com.

Look for Kathleen Kirch’s work at the following shows:

5th Downtown Art Annual in Kansas City ♦ 5th Annual Boulder Festival of the Arts on 29th St ♦ 4th Annual Downtown Frisco Art Fair ♦ 10th Anniversary Downtown Aspen Art Fair ♦ 6th Annual Downtown Frisco Art Fair


These are just a couple very talented new artists we will have at our shows. Please see our website for a full list of dates and locations at www.artfestival.com. We look forward to seeing everyone over the summer, you won’t want to miss out!

Art in the Home Artist Spotlight – Scott Menaul


Home Decorating with Howard Alan Events

For many people a house just isn’t a home until they add their own personal touches and some quality artwork to enrich their walls.  We are very lucky at Howard Alan Events because we get to see so many beautiful pieces of artwork all year long.  We often get pictures from  patrons of artwork they found at one of our festivals proudly displayed on a wall that completes their look at home.  Whether it is that niche in the hallway that needs something wonderful or the space over the couch or bed, a visit to a Howard Alan Events Art Festival could match you with the piece of your dreams.  One of the benefits of purchasing a piece of artwork from one of our art festivals is that you get a chance to meet the artists.  If you enter a gallery or store to purchase some artwork you miss out on that connection, getting the story behind the piece and getting to know the artists as well as finding out you might have options to customize certain pieces.  One of our artists who has work in many homes and offices is Scott Menaul of Clearwater, FL.  www.menaul-art.com

Scott J. Menaul is an abstract artist with a unique creative process. His methods allow him to customize artwork, changing colors, dimensions and composition. Each work tells a story which varies from person to person.  “The most exciting artwork, in my opinion, is artwork that compels the viewer to participate in it; that is why I love abstract art,” says the artist.  Influenced by his interests in math and science Menaul’s work combines color, patterns and forms for unique images that never fail to impact the viewer.  Here is an example of Scott’s customizing process, he describes how he made one patron very happy.

Example Customization: Abstract Jungle

Abstract Jungle

One of our clients saw “Abstract Jungle” last month at an art festival in Chicago. She loved the piece, but it didn’t work in her living room. If it were square, and if it had green and orange; then it would work!

I told her, “No problem. Tell us what colors you need and we’ll change the artwork.” She called me later and said that the green was “Meadow Twilight 6006-8C.” We got the color swatch locally from the same supplier and changed the artwork using that green. We sent her a paper proof printed on the same printer that we use to print our canvases. She received the proof the next day and loved it.

We proceeded with the production of her custom colored canvas version of “Abstract Jungle” and shipped it the following week. We couldn’t get a photograph, but here is a 3D rendering of the color scheme.

Step-by-Step Customization Process

1. Look through our online gallery and choose your favorite pieces.

2. Send us your color information, such as paint colors, fabric samples, etc.

3. If possible, email us a picture of the room you want the artwork in.

4. Scott will create a concept for you and post it to a private web page. If you sent a picture, he’ll also place the artwork in the photo of the room so you can see if it fits well.

5. Once approved, you’ll be sent a color accurate paper proof so you can see it in your environment.

6. Once that’s approved, we’ll create the finished piece on canvas and ship it to you.

We are looking forward to working with you to create a custom piece that matches the colors, size, mood and style to enhance your home or office.

Still have questions? Call us at 877-257-9199.

Are you on Pinterest?  We are, check out our boards at http://pinterest.com/artfestivals/.  If you have a great story of finding a piece of art for your home from a Howard Alan Event Art Festival send a picture to nicole@artfestival.com, you will be featured on our Pinterest board and Facebook.

Howard Alan Events Schedule Change Announcement


There have been some exciting new changes made

to the Fall Art Festival schedule.

The 4th Annual Coconut Point Fall Art Fair in Estero, FL that was scheduled to take place on November 17th & 18th, 2012 was moved to December 29th & 30th, 2012 in the same location. This is now taking place on New Year’s Weekend, which is a very busy weekend for Coconut Point and a great time around the holidays for visitors! This is also the same weekend we had the show last year, and it was a very successful show.
Howard Alan Events is proud to announce we will be back in Jacksonville to produce The San Marco Art Festival on November 17th & 18th, 2012. We are excited to be back in Jacksonville! The show will be set up downtown on San Marco Boulevard. We hope you will join us on one or BOTH of these great weekends!


2nd Annual Coconut Point New Years Weekend Art Festival

December 29th & 30th, 2012

The Coconut Point shops are the center of focus for a 500-acre, master planned community that is more than a shopping center in Estero, FL. With over 100 stores and 25 restaurants, all surrounding several acres of lakes with a boardwalk, these shops are an excellent location where thousands of visitors gather for shopping, dining and entertainment!

The San Marco Art Festival (Jacksonville, FL)

November 17th & 18th, 2012

We are excited to be back in San Marco for another great Art Festival, set up in the heart of downtown on San Marco Boulevard. Jacksonville is a busy city with shops, restaurants and upscale merchants. This Art savvy town is the perfect place for an art festival.  We look forward to seeing you there in the fall!


Please contact us with any questions at 561-746-6615.

Local Sarasota Artists Serendipity will be at the Siesta Fiesta


The Power of Imagination Captured in Glass

Arleen and Michael work as a team in the design and creation of their line of handcrafted stained glass art jewelry. Arleen has been an artist all of her life. For many years she filled her palate with various paint mediums and, now, she paints with glass. “Glass gives me boundless artistic potential. With an unlimited array of hues, textures and patterns, I am able to produce one-of-a-kind creations. I recognize that I am creating each piece for a special individual. It is such a joy when the jewelry and the person come together.”  Meet the Parkers this weekend at the Siesta Fiesta!

Arleen Parker’s art career began at age four when her Grandfather, who was in the scrap business, would bring home boxes containing treasures which would stimulate her imagination. These surprise boxes contained everything from feathers to sequins and lace which Arleen would in turn design her “art projects”.

Arleen studied art at the University of Cincinnati. In 1982 she developed a line of hand painted apparel which was carried by Macy’s. Her love of painting spread to canvas, as well as faux marbling endeavors. She was introduced to stained glass by her good friend and artist, Denise Cahill. Denise would always say that ” I taught Arleen the basics and she flew with it.” Arleen constructed larger stained glass windows and doors. This art form evolved into smaller wearable pieces of art glass which she currently exhibits. Denise died of breast cancer in 2007. Arleen contributes a portion of each show to the Susan Komen Foundation for the Cure in her honor.

Arleen showed her art at local shows in and around Atlanta for many years. One day in 1998 she mentioned to her husband, Michael, that she would like to travel and do art shows all over the country. He said, Sounds great, let’s do it”. The rest is history. The Parker’s travel year round from southern FL to northern MI and points in between under their canopy named “Serendipity Studio”.Serendipity means an “unexpected gift”. When designing a wearable piece of art, we never know who it is being made for. It is always a “Serendipity” when the piece chooses its owner.

The name Serendipity came to us this way: On the day we discovered our dream home in the North Georgia Mountains (June 1988), our horoscope read, …”seek to live your life as in Serendipity!”  When we pulled into the driveway of the last home the realtor had scheduled to show us, the house sign read “Serendipity”.  Somewhat in shock, we looked at each other and said, “this must be home!”

Arleen and Michael also give glass “wish stones” to their show visitors. They are told to make a wish on their stone and told that every time they do a good deed they can make another wish. They are also told that when they touch their wish stone, they show be grateful for something. This custom began the week after September 11th. The Parkers estimate that they have given out over 50,000 wishing stone.

“Never Let Go Of Your Dreams!”