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22nd Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival, Artist Jim Matheson

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Our next Howard Alan Event is the  22nd Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival.

Historic Downtown Stuart is the proud recipient of the title “Most Beautiful City” from America In Bloom and called a “small Intracoastal gem on the Treasure Coast” by Coastal Living Magazine.  A quick look around and you will see a downtown filled with a great mix of shopping, arts, the historic Lyric Theater, Stuart Heritage Museum and many dining options.

Coastal Living Magazine

Local Stuart Artist Jim Matheson

creates his art through a Japanese art from called GYOTAKU.  A technique that began in the 1850’s by fisherman as a way to record the size and other information about their catch.  The process evolved into an art form.

An Overview of the GYOTAKU process.

Step one the artist cleans the fish and applies paint or ink to the fish making sure it is positioned to highlight the body in the best way.

Step two the artist lays Japanese rice paper over the painted fish and rubs it to imprint the fish.  The paper is carefully removed and left to dry.  Step three the artist will paint the eyes on the fish to complete their replica.  The artists can then clean the fish, freeze it to un-thaw and paint again another day.

Jim Matheson is an avid fisherman and studied the art of Gyotaku in Sarasota with 2 local artists there.   Jim says that he loves to reproduce the fish he catches on his own fishing trips and admires the beauty in their form and color.  The majority of Jim’s paintings are of native Florida fish.

You can meet Jim and discuss GYOTAKU further this weekend at the Stuart Art Festival on Osceola Street in Stuart.  Stop by and check them out!

Lee Murrell: Featured Crafter at Downtown Stuart Craft Festival

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Lee Murrell will be one of our talented crafters at the 12th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival this weekend (September 24th & 25th, 2011).

Lee has created his easily recognized copper sculpture known as “Copper Creations” since 1970. His work has been shown and won many awards in Arts and Crafts shows in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest.

Copper, a lasting and versatile metal, fired porcelain enamels and touches of brass are used to interpret his original designs. Almost any color is available on order. Because all of the stems and branches are heavy copper wire you can gently work them into the shape you like. A rinse in warm water, soapy if needed, will quickly refresh any “Copper Creation.”

Here are a few examples of his work:

Lee Murrell: Copper

Lee Murrell: Copper

Lee Murrell: Copper

Make sure you stop by Lee’s booth when you visit the craft festival this weekend. You can take a look at more of his one-of-a-kind work HERE.

We look forward to seeing YOU at the craft festival this weekend. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 561-746-6615 or info@artfestival.com.

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12th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival (September 24th & 25th, 2011)

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This weekend (September 24th & 25th, 2011), American Craft Endeavors proudly presents the 12th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival in Stuart, Florida.

The Downtown Stuart Craft Fair returns September 24 – 25, 2011 with 100 of the finest crafters in the country. Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart will be transformed into a top-notch outdoor art gallery with unique and affordable crafts. Partial proceeds from this very popular festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Programs. 

Admission is free and open to the public. Times are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. The navigational address is: 26 SW Osceola St., Stuart, FL 34994.

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

Linda M. Cain - Jewelry

The first artist we would like to introduce to you is Linda M. Cain. In the picture above, you will see daisy porcelain earrings, which have periwinkle petals with a yellow center against a soft yellow-green background. They are made of porcelain clay which is slab rolled out very thin and cut. Linda very carefully stamps the flower image into the clay, finishes it with glazes and fires it in her kiln. You can learn more about this artist HERE.

Randi Hodge: Tuts & Hair Accessories

Next, we would like to introduce to you Randi Hodge. Randi’s company, Pie and Pop Culture, was inspired by her two children and the silly nicknames she gave them. All of her designs are inspired by her love for couture items and all things girly. When her daughter began dance class, that’s when her obsession with tutu’s was born! You can see more of her gorgeous collections HERE.

Klaus Schuler: Watercolors

The final artist we are going to introduce to you today is Klaus Schuler. Klaus’ early union with lakes, rivers and fishing were to become the focus of his art. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the University of Alabama, (Roll Tide), Klaus joined the Boeing Company at Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he illustrated many projects for the Space Program. Klaus left the industry to become a full-time fine artist in 1993. It wasn’t long before his subjects included scenes from the Bahamas and the Florida Keys. You can see more beautiful pieces of artwork from this artist HERE.

You will be able to meet the crafters mentioned above along with 100 other fantastic fine crafters from around the country.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 561-746-6615 or info@artfestival.com.

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RECAP: 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

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This past weekend (May 14th & 15th), we had a wonderful craft festival in Stuart, Florida. There may have been some rain Sunday morning, but that didn’t stop the crowds.

We would like to share with you our favorite photos from the weekend:

Downtown Stuart Crowd

Downtown Stuart Crowd

Downtown Stuart Crowd

You can view more photos from this show HERE.

If you have any questions about the show, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (561) 746-6615 or info@artfestival.com.

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Artist Spotlight: George Hewitt

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American Craft Endeavors is proud to have George Hewitt exhibit his work in the 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair this weekend (May 14th & 15th, 2011).

George grew up in South Florida, where he spent 25 years in the tree care industry. He began carving about 8 years ago, and has taken his skill to the next level by carving native and rare woods into beautiful, realistic fish and wildlife pieces. His attention to detail and fine finishing make a stunning accent to any home.

George has done on-site carvings in various locations, such as private schools, home and public areas. His pieces are in homes and public areas. His pieces are in homes and commercial businesses across Florida. While George specializes in Florida fish species, he also carves other marine life such as dolphins, manatees, seahorses, stingrays, turtles, etc. Other animals and birds are also part of his work. In addition to wildlife, George carves custom wood benches, tiki bars, headboards, mantles and chairs.

George Hewitt: Wood Carvings

George Hewitt: Wood Carvings

George Hewitt: Wood Carvings

You can view more of George’s beautiful wood carvings HERE. There will be over 100 other fantastic fine crafters at the show this weekend, as well!

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (561) 746-6615 or info@artfestival.com.

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This Weekend: 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

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This weekend (May 14th & 15th), American Craft Endeavors is proud to present the 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair in Stuart, Florida.

The Downtown Stuart Craft Fair, a 14-year tradition in historic downtown Stuart, returns with a wide variety of unique crafts handmade in America by the finest crafters in the country with prices set to suit all budgets. Osceola Street will be transformed into an outdoor craft showcase and will be closed to vehicular traffic from St. Lucie to Haney Circle and down to Denver. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program. Admission is free and open to the public. Show times are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. The navigational address is: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994.

Here are several artists and fine crafters you will see at the show this weekend:

Janet Benson: Garden & Plant Hangers

The first fine crafter we would like to introduce to you is Janet Benson. Janet creates beautiful decorative plant hangers. These are perfect for adding that special touch to your tropical oasis in the backyard! You can view her website HERE.

Ashley & Lauren Chab: Jewelry

Next, we would like to introduce to you Ashley & Lauren Chab. Ashley & Lauren specialize in creating Swarovski crystal and pearl necklaces, bracelets, earrings & more! They have many different styles and colors in their collections. You can view all their one-of-a-kind jewelry HERE.

Bill Dirienzo: Photography

The final fine crafter we would like to share with you today is Bill Dirienzo. Bill’s photography is reflective of his visits to the clear blue waters of the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands, the laid back feel of the Florida Keys, the tropical foliage, wildlife and historical landmarks of Florida. Like Bill himself, his photographs are unassuming and taken for the pure enjoyment of it. You can view more of his artwork HERE.

You will be able to see the artists mentioned above along with 100 other fabulous artists at the Stuart Craft Fair. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (561) 746-6615 or info@artfestival.com.

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14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair (May 14th & 15th)

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We have a short break before our next craft festival, which will be held on May 14th & 15th, 2011 in Downtown Stuart, Florida. It’s the 14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair.

14th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

This event is very much anticipated in Martin County, which is just north of Palm Beach County. The show will be located on Osceola Street, which is located in Downtown Stuart. The navigational address for the show is: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994.

The times of the event are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission is free!

Over 150 fine crafters who have been selected by a jury will set-up along Osceola Street displaying their work. Everything will be available for sale. Hand-crafted items that you will see include paintings, wooden sculptures, ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, handmade baskets and much more.

You can view a Participating Crafters list for the show HERE.

Downtown Stuart Craft Fair - 2010

If you have any questions regarding this show, please don’t hesitate to contact us! You can call us at (561) 746-6615 or email info@artfestival.com.

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