No weekend plans set in stone for October 13-14th? ArtFestival.com has you covered! Join us in historic, Downtown Stuart, Florida this Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm for Free! You will enjoy over 100 crafters, both local and traveling artists! Learn what inspired these crafters firsthand, shop for handcrafted goodies and, even get a chance to meet these artisans and crafters as you stroll Martin County’s quaint, Downtown Stuart area, full of interesting and unique restaurants, clothing boutiques and beachy gift shops! (Get your Holiday Gift Shopping done early)!
The 13th Anniversary Downtown Stuart Craft Fair , happening this weekend, features more than 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery setting. From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters, your visit to Downtown Stuart is sure to be a feast for the senses!
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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
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
Howard Alan Events has many new artists attending our upcoming summer art shows and their work is must see!!!
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 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!
Becoming an established artist takes time, patience and talent! This blog post is going to be for those artists who are novices in the art festival world.
1. Believe in yourself and stay positive!
If you don’t think your artwork is the best that there is, then why would a customer want to buy it? You must have faith in your artwork and know that YOU are the expert! Additionally, your attitude can have a huge affect on your customers. We’ve heard stories from customers who bought artwork because the artist was positive and uplifting.
2. Become a business.
Get business cards, licenses, etc. Like we said in a previous blog post, you must have business cards when you exhibit at an art festival. Additionally, research ways to market yourself. Here are some great suggestions: create a website, get involved with social networking sites, hand-out Howard Alan Events Connoisseur Guides (which will allow your customers to know where you exhibit your work) & have an address book at the festivals where you can collect customers’ information.
3. Build a name for yourself.
When you attend art festivals, make yourself known for what you do. Find your niche. For example, Debbie Flowers, from Loxahatchee, Florida, has established herself as a potter. Each unique piece comes handpainted in bright Key West colors or in lively Palm Beach earth tones:
Susan Painter: Pottery
Do you have advice? Share it below! We would love to hear from our established artists who already exhibit in our art festivals.
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We know it can get difficult to remember when booth fees are due, since most artists are exhibiting in a show almost every weekend. To help you out – we decided to inform you when the booth fees are due for ALL of March’s shows.
Take a look at our diagrams below:
HOWARD ALAN EVENTS ART FESTIVALS
AMERICAN CRAFT ENDEAVORS CRAFT FESTIVALS
Please remember that we try the best that we can to work with ALL our artists and crafters. Almost every other show promoter requires the booth fees to be paid in full at the time that you apply. We only require a deposit – and then ask that you kindly pay 30 days prior to the show.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 561-746-6615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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