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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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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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RECAP: 23rd Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part II


This past weekend, Howard Alan Events had a terrific Art Festival on Las Olas Boulevard in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There may have been a few rain showers on both Saturday & Sunday, but that did not stop the dedicated Art lovers from coming out and shopping!

We picked some of our favorite photos from the weekend to share with you:

Las Olas Crowd

Our Sunny.org Art Festival Winner: Nicole Rupersburg

Before the Fair: Howard setting up the show using a policeman on horseback! They were even able to stop traffic!

If you would like to see more photos from the weekend, then click HERE.

What a wonderful Art Fair! What did you think? Did you join us this weekend? We would love to hear your comments!

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Last Chance To Apply: Sunny.org Sweepstakes!


There’s only about three weeks left to apply to the “2011 March Las Olas Art Festival Festival Getaway”! Tell your friends! It’s going to be a fabulous weekend for whoever wins this contest.

The Riverside Hotel is offering: (1) 2-night, weekend stay from March 4-6, 2011 along with FREE parking and (2) a Kilwin’s specialty basket.

Spirit Airlines is offering: (1) round-trip airfare for two from any of their destinations to Fort Lauderdale.

Mango’s Restaurant and Lounge is offering: (1) a free dinner for two ($70 dollar value).

Howard Alan Events is offering: (1) $250 “art dollars” and (2) two Las Olas posters.


Click HERE to apply!

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Robin Smillie: Another Fabulous Artist In Las Olas!


We have another fantastic artist who will be exhibiting in the 23rd Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I THIS WEEKEND (January 1st & 2nd, 2011).

We are proud to introduce to you… Robin Smillie!

Here is the story Robin submitted to us:

“For uncounted centuries the highest mountains in the world have hidden a tiny jewel, the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan.  In 1999, my wife and I were watching a 60 Minutes episode when Morley Safer came on and said, “While most governments are concerned with gross national product, we found a place, perhaps the only place on Earth, where the government’s first priority is something it calls gross national happiness.”  Safer went on to explain that Bhutan had just then begun to allow cable television broadcast throughout the country.

“I want to go there!” shouted my wife.  And so we did, in the spring of 2000.  I have since returned 18 times, leading like-minded photographers on cultural and festival tours to what many people say is the planet’s last Shangri La.

Bhutan is precariously perched, politically speaking, between the world’s two most populated countries, China to the north and India to the south.  Because its king has resisted change and Westernization, Bhutan offers globe trotting photographers scenes right out of the 16th century.

There are 700-year-old Buddhist temples and monasteries, resplendent with frescos of Buddhist saints and evil demons.  Red robed monks walk about, happy to have their picture taken and engage in cultural exchanges.”

Bhutan is where Robin gets the inspiration for his photography. You can see some of his photography below…

Robin Smillie: Photography

Robin Smillie: Photography

Robin Smillie: Photography

You can see Robin and other talented artists at the 23rd Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I this weekend! We look forward to seeing you there!

Remember, show times are Saturday 11am-5pm & Sunday 10am-5pm.

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Unique Artist Story: Wolff


With the 23rd Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I only four days away, we wanted to share with you another artist who will be exhibiting in the art fair this weekend.

We would like to introduce to you… Wolff!

Wolff has used his talent as mixed media artist to help fund his other passion… making music!

Wolff has found a way to transform art into music. Literally. Using money from the sale of his vibrant, polymeric paintings, he and his band, The Winterlings, created an album called THE ANIMAL GROOM which entered the Roots Music Report’s Folk Chart two weeks ago at #12. Bob Dylan’s new release was #15. The album, funded entirely from the sale of original art at shows like Howard Alan’s Las Olas Art Festival, was created over the course of two years, and involved multiple trips to Philadelphia, where producer Rodney Whittenberg and a handful of world-renowned musicians crafted each song.

Wolff: Mixed Media

Wolff grew up in the cypress swamps of Chuluota, Florida, swimming with moccasins, dancing with dragonflies, absorbing the art of the wild. Wolff was named ARTEXPO ARTIST OF THE MILLENNIUM in Miami for his mixed-media paintings which are created using mineral pigments and high-gloss, preservative acrylic. Wolff has sold hundreds of paintings to collectors, worldwide and is represented in galleries from Miami to Oregon. His famous collectors include baseball legend Andre Dawson and Angela’s Ashes author Frank McCourt.

Wolff: Mixed Media

If you ask us, this is quite an artist! He is so talented in so many different aspects! If you would like to see more of Wolff, click HERE to view his website.

We look forward to having Wolff in the 23rd Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I this weekend!

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