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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

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



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!

3 Ways To Increase Art Sales This Summer


Step 1 Get Organized and Set Goals!

How much money are you spending on late fees, higher rates due to last minute planning or missing out on shows because you missed the deadlines?  It is time to start with a calendar, get the style you are most comfortable with, Google has a great online calendar and it is free, or if you don’t have regular  access to a computer head to the office supply store and buy a large 8 1/2 ” x 11″ pretty calendar and a pretty folder, you will be looking at it a lot so you might as well make it look good.  Sit down and write in all of the dates you are already confirmed, then look online (www.artfestival.com) to see what summer festivals you are interested in.  All Howard Alan Events Festivals do not have  deadlines but close when the show is full,  you want to apply as early as possible to secure your spot.  Jewelry is a popular medium that fills up quickly so make sure to apply early for the shows you wish to participate in. Keep all of the flyers and print applications in your pretty folder with your calendar and a pen so it is all in one place and ready to go when you receive your acceptance information.  Start researching affordable hotels in the areas.  Now it is time to brainstorm and write down a few goals you have for your upcoming shows.  Do you often linger in the back of your booth?  Make your goal to get out there and talk yourself up!  You work very hard creating your work, share it with people who want to hear about it! Engage the people who enter your booth, smile and be friendly, no need for high pressure sales but make sure to share a story or two.  When you are actively engaging your potential fans it will make step 3 much easier.

Step 2 Order Your Marketing Material!

Go online to Vistaprint, Overnight Prints or Moo and order some good looking business cards.  Use your creative artistic talent and include all of your contact information, website, Facebook, Twitter etc. as well as an image of your art.  All of these sites have the option to customize your business card with your own photos so pick a picture of one of your popular pieces that will look good on a business card size and order them.  If you want a larger image you can also order some postcards with a photo of your art and your contact information.  When you are brainstorming your booth layout make sure you include a convenient location for this marketing material to be prominently displayed.  While you are ordering your postcards, business cards and maybe even flyers consider a sign that has your name that can be displayed for all to see.

Step 3 Email List

Make it a priority to gather as many email addresses as you can.  In order to do this you must create a sign- in station in your tent that has a fabric or leather bound book, a pen, a table or stool, and a small sign that gives a Call To Action, such as “Sign Up For My Newsletter or List E-mail Address To Be Entered To Win a pack of note cards ” or whatever inexpensive “prize” you will offer.  Art Fair patrons may wish to get in touch with you after the show and you want to make it very easy to know who you are and how to get back in touch with you.  If you hand out your cards and have them sign up for your newsletters and updates you will be able to stay in touch with your potential customers.

What are your favorite tips for getting ready for a summer tour?  Check in on Facebook and let us know!

09/08-09/09 10th Anniversary Alexandria Festival of the Arts (Alexandria, Virginia)

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.

Artist Spotlight – Coconut Point Art Festival this Weekend


Christine Reichow and Barbara Groenteman have some things in common, both have a love of nature, watercolors and both generously donated to our Susan G Komen $20,000 Art Festival Shopping Spree Chance Giveaway fundraiser.  They will both be interviewed Friday morning by the local Fox affiliate about their participation in the Coconut Point Art Festival this weekend as well as their donation to the exciting Susan G Komen Art Shopping Spree.

Christine Reichow is inspired by nature and uses watercolors as her media of choice.  She grew up in Michigan and her parents influenced her love of art and nature.  Christine says that she strives “to stir emotion.  My desire is for the beholder to experience the serenity of a landscape, the splendor of a bird, the richness of a flower.”

Barbara Groenteman also is inspired by nature, as an avid gardener she often looks to her own tropical foliage to paint.  She also travels to zoos, gardens and takes photographs for inspiration to take back to her studio to sketch and start her next painting.  Barbara describes her journey as an artist as taking her on paths where “I discover, grow and blossom.”

If you are in the Bonita Springs/Naples area Valentine’s Day Weekend stop by this exciting festival.  Enter to win a fabulous art shopping spree by stopping by the Susan G Komen booth at the Art Festival. The show will run Saturday February 11th, 2012 – Sunday February 12th, 2012 from 10 am – 5 pm.  All artists will be onsite for the duration of the festival so stop by.

Hide and Seek by Christine Reichow

Lovers Key by Christine Reichow


Barbara Groenteman A Sea of Grapes

Barbara Groenteman Reflecting

More Artists : 9th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival


Because the 9th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival will begin TOMORROW – 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:

John Cheer : Pottery

Hetty Metzger : Paper

Marcus Ryan : Mixed Media

Chris Klassen : Paintings

Robin Smillie : 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 Artists Participating in Downtown Venice Art Festival


Be on the look-out for the local artists who will be participating in the 24th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival this weekend! Here are the amazingly, talented artists you will be able to meet this weekend (November 5th & 6th, 2011):

Additionally, there will be:

*BJ Carson – Acrylic

*Coleen Henry – Acrylic

*Alice Hicks – Baskets

*Len & Debbie Marucci – Metal

All of these artists are from Venice, Florida and will be exhibiting this weekend. Show your support!

If you have any questions, please contact us at 561-746-6615 or info@artfestival.com.

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24th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival (November 5th & 6th, 2011)


This weekend (November 5th & 6th, 2011), Howard Alan Events is proud to present the 24th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival in Venice, Florida.

Festival-goers will be treated to a wide variety of work in a myriad of mediums including paintings, sculptures, photos, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, and ceramics.  Prices are set to suit all budgets and range from as little as $25 hand designed earrings to $30,000 sculptures.  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. Times are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. The navigational address is 219 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285.

Here are a few of the artists you will be able to meet at the festival over the weekend:

Jennifer Ardolino: Watercolor

First, we would like to introduce to you Jennifer Ardolino. Jennifer is an internationally renowned artist. She has been selling her art work though galleries, art shows, and designers for over 20 years! You can see more of her flawless work HERE.

Dianne Krumel: Etchings

Finally, we are going to introduce to you Dianne Krumel. Dianne creates the most beautiful artwork. Her pictures are life-like and transform your current surroundings. Her artwork includes: monkeys, safari, elephants, sea creatures, and much more. You can see more of her collection HERE.

You will be able to meet these artists above along with over 100 other artists from across the country. This is the perfect free event to attend with your friends and family!

If you have any other questions, please contact us at 561-746-6615 or info@artfestival.com.

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