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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

Administrative Professionals Day


Today is the 60th Anniversary for “Administrative Professionals Day.” Although this is not a legal holiday, it is defiantly one to be recognized. If you are an artist, you know how important administrative skills can be. You create and produce amazing, one of a kind artwork- but then what? Its exhibiting, show schedules, show fees, ordering supplies, travel, lodging, budgeting- the list goes on. So if you are lucky enough to have your own administrative assistant- or perhaps its a spouse, relative or even your own self! Make today be an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of this person and let them know how much you appreciate them.

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!

6th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival (February 11th & 12th, 2012)


This weekend (February 11th & 12th, 2012), Howard Alan Events is proud to present 6th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival in Estero, Florida.

The Coconut Point Art Festivals, replacing Howard Alan Events’ premier art festivals traditionally held in Downtown Naples, have become welcome events at this popular dining and retail destination.  Festival goers will be able to comfortably stroll among the spacious isles of gallery style booths located on the parking fields of Coconut Point and explore the original art on display and for sale.

“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.”

Times are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission is free and open to the public. The navigational address is: 23130 Fashion Drive, Estero, FL 33928.

Here are a few artists you will be able to meet at the show this weekend:

Cameron Gillie : Photography

The first artist we would like to introduce to you is Cameron Gillie. Cameron’s true passion in photography has always been photographing the wonders of the natural world that we all are so closely intertwined with, but in our day to day life between work and home, rarely stop to appreciate. You can learn more about this artist HERE.

Bruce Holwerda : Paintings

Next, we have Bruce Holwerda. People are always wondering where Bruce gets his ideas. If he were to be honest, one painting session years ago he veered off course a bit and took a serious pose and got wacky with it. He remembers thinking “This is what I’m supposed to do”. You can view his online gallery of work HERE.

Nancy Lee Judd : Jewelry

Finally, we would like to introduce to you Nancy Lee Judd. Nancy started her jewelry career in 1985 in New Orleans apprenticing with some very talented jewelers. She has worked in most areas of the jewelry industry and has attended many traveling seminars and clinics. Her work is gorgeous! You can see more of her collections HERE.

You will be able to meet the artists mentioned above along with 150 other artists from around the United States! Don’t be the one to miss out on this terrific event.

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More Crafters : 18th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival


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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More Artists : 11th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts


Because the 11th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts will be here in two days – we wanted to give you a sneak peek of a few artists you will be able to meet at the show this weekend!

Take a look below:

James Klinger : Pottery

Sarena Mann : Mixed Media

Steve Pawloski : Jewelry

Debra & Dave Vanderlann : Photography

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


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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