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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!

Las Olas Sponsor, Lincoln, Offers Giveaway!


Lincoln is our Presenting Sponsor at the 24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair THIS WEEKEND: January 7th & 8th, 2012.

Make sure you stop by the Lincoln vehicle display on Las Olas to experience the 2012 Lincoln MKZ and MKX for yourself!

Artist : April Davis

You’ll also have a chance to win a beautiful Art Piece by April Davis (pictured above). You can see more of April’s work HERE.

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Email Marketing Tips for Artists


Take advantage of the 24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I to build your customer email database.  Develop a loyal following, keep in touch and you could have lifelong customers. Customers who enter your booth and like your work might not be ready to buy now but down the road they will.  Using email newsletters is a great way to stay in touch with your client base in between shows.  You can keep them updated on new projects, show appearances, website updates and more.

Here are some tips to start your email marketing list at your next show:

1) Stop by a bookstore or office supply store and pick up a nice journal with lined paper and a pen.  Make it easy for the customer and don’t ask for too much information, usually just name and email address.  Make a note of the show at the end.

2) Once you get home there are many options that make it very easy to keep in touch and look professional. Sign up for an account with an email newsletter company like Constant Contact (www.constantcontact.com), Mad Mimi (www.madmimi.com) or Mail Chimp (www.mailchimp.com).

3) Grab a calendar and create your email marketing calendar for the next six months to a year. Mark down all of the art fairs or gallery shows you are participating in.  Next decide if you want to send out your newsletter weekly, monthly or seasonally.  Usually less is more, if you can send updates monthly or seasonally that would be best.  People can opt in for your newsletter and they can also opt out, which will happen if you send them too many newsletters without good content.

4) Now you have your list and your schedule but what are you going to send them?  Keep it simple, people are busy and will usually not read lengthy newsletters.  Always give something to your customers, whether it is pictures of a new project, your upcoming schedule, include a small paragraph about your creative process, many enjoy hearing how an artist creates their work.  Always include your website, Facebook page, Twitter, email and contact information. Make your newsletter you own with your voice.  Use pictures of your art throughout, mention any happy buyer stories and where they hung your art, was it a perfect fit for a first time homebuyer, or a young collector’s first piece. Keep a notebook around to record things throughout your day that might be good for your newsletter.  If you have any questions you can always contact the experts at Howard Alan Events. For thirty years they have produced some of the finest Juried Art Shows in the nation and they have a commitment to helping their artists succeed.

Las Olas Art Fair : January 2011

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24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I (January 7th & 8th, 2012)


This weekend (January 7th & 8th, 2012), Howard Alan Events is proud to present 24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A vast array of original handmade art, priced to suit all budgets, will be on display and for sale during this two-day art extravaganza. The artistic media represented include paintings, life size sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics with prices ranging from $25 hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures. Art enthusiasts will be engaged and intrigued by the eclectic mix of art that will transform Las Olas Boulevard into an outdoor gallery.

Times are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission is free and open to the public. The navigational address is: 600 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

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

Yu Zhou - Oils

First, we would like to introduce to you Yu Zhou. Yu is an unbelieveable artist. His work looks so realistic that it’s hard to believe that it’s only a painting. His work would fit beautifully in anyone’s home! You can see more of his remarkable paintings HERE.

Don Marksz - Jewelry

Next, we would like you to meet Don Marksz. Don is a local South Florida jeweler who you can see at many of our events. The canvas; solid sterling silver and some of the boldest and most attractive gemstones available. All the gems are natural, hand selected and semi-precious. His jewelry is stunning! It’s never too early to start thinking about a gift for Valentine’s Day! You can see more of his work HERE.

Kevin Kichar - Mixed Media

Last, we would like to introduce to you Kevin Kichar. Kevin is our 2012 Las Olas Poster Artist! He is also taking part in the Sunny.org Sweepstakes, Leap to the Las Olas Art Fair. Kevin is a local of Fort Lauderdale & we look forward to having him in the show! You can see the collections of his work HERE.

You will be able to meet the artists listed above along with 200 other artists from around the United States.

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Background Information About 2012 Las Olas Art Fair Poster


Kevin Kichar a Fort Lauderdale Public Artist collaborated with Ceramic Artist Diane Hutchinson to create a new entrance to the downtown River Walk.  Four twelve foot by nine foot handmade tile mosaics anchor the Marshall Bridge connecting SW 4th Avenue and SW 7th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale’s “Avenue of Arts”.

Two East facing mosaics “Sailboat Bend” and “New River Story” can be viewed at Cooley’s Landing. Walk under the bridge to view the east facing “Avenue of Arts” and “Tarpon River”.

The art work for one of the mosaics “Avenue of Arts” has been selected as the 2012 Las Olas Art Festival Poster. Depicting the arts district of Las Olas a stage is set for comedy or tragedy while Jazz plays in the park.

Kevin Kichar recently received the Duanne Hanson Public Art Allied Artist reward and completed the first Broward County Artist as Entrepreneur Institute.

Diane Hutchinson has created ceramic art in Riviera Beach for over twenty five years.

Mosaic Tile Murals Article

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2012 Las Olas Poster Artist: Kevin Kichar


This year, our poster artist for our 2012 Las Olas Art Fairs is Kevin Kichar!

He has been asked by the City of Fort Lauderdale to create a mural to celebrate it’s 100th Anniversary! What an honor! The actual piece that he created for the City of Fort Lauderdale has been used in this year’s poster.

2012 Las Olas Art Fair Poster

Las Olas Art Fair posters will be for sale by the Cheesecake Factory! We look forward to seeing everyone at our first Las Olas Art Fair of 2012 on January 7th & 8th.

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Sweepstakes: Leap to Las Olas Art Fair


We are proud to announce the sweepstakes we have organized with Sunny.org is now live and ready for entries! It was created in conjunction with our 24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part II on March 3rd & 4th, 2012.

Here is what you could win:

Sweepstakes: Leap to Las Olas Art Fair

You can apply to this fantastic sweepstakes HERE.

Spread the word! One lucky winner will receive all the amazing prizes listed above!

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