• If you’re a crafter who regularly participates in professional craft shows like this weekend’s 2nd Annual Lakeland Craft Festival, chances are you already have a booth setup that you’re comfortable with. But are you getting the most out of it? Whether you’re a craft show newbie or a veteran, it’s important to remember that a [...]

  • We often refer to artwork that we perceive as a specific medium to be just that. For instance, pieces that seem like paintings are just paintings, works composed largely of clay can be pottery, etc. Yet much of the work we come across in the art world is actually considered “mixed media” – a combination [...]

  • Spring is just around the corner, and with it the color trends we love so much. From jewelry to clothing, keeping up with color trends helps you stay stylish, vibrant, and in season. This year, Pantone has announced its Spring Color Trends for 2015, and we’re really loving the bright but mellow vibe hitting this [...]

  • With its rich multicultural roots and vibrant ambiance, Miami is one of the most invigorating art cities in the world. It’s no wonder, then, that the 51st Annual Rotary Key Biscayne Art Festival, one of the oldest shows in our yearly schedule, is also one of this city’s most celebrated artistic traditions. With folks taking [...]

Art Festivals

What is Mixed Media? Find out at the Las Olas Art Fair Part II

We often refer to artwork that we perceive as a specific medium to be just that. For instance, pieces that seem like paintings are just [...]

Craft Festivals

Lakeland Craft Festival: Tips for A Winning Craft Booth

If you’re a crafter who regularly participates in professional craft shows like this weekend’s 2nd Annual Lakeland Craft Festival, chances are you already have a [...]

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I am a Florida-based, self-taught artist who works with reclaimed materials to create award-winning, functional art. Mainly guided by intuition, I create each unique piece to tell a story of time and place. The materials used in each piece provides it with qualities such as strength, grace, balance, and endurance. I have worked from my own studio since late 2013. Since then, my pieces have been featured in art galleries [...]

I trained as an interior designer, so I paint with an eye towards placement. The modern abstract focus of the work lends itself to both modern and transitional, residential and commercial interiors. I love abstract forms, energetic imagery that contains movement. I also love creating forms that do not otherwise exist. These are not fruit still-lifes nor landscapes. They are forms I have created in saturated color, texture, layering and [...]

So, you’ve been painting, building, creating in the privacy of your studio for some time, and you’re ready to take it to the next level. Congratulations, you’re about to become a working artist! Whether this weekend’s 2nd Annual Marco Island Festival of the Arts is your first step to achieving that goal, or you’re not quite ready to venture out into the world as an entrepreneur, making the decision to [...]

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It’s hard to believe that spring is right around the corner, given the crazy temperatures happening all over the country. Whether you’re a northern snowbird looking to stay warm or a Florida flamingo basking in the sunshine of South Florida, this weekend is the perfect time to soak in all the sun you can handle as you enjoy original art by some of the country’s most talented creators. Join us [...]

What a wonderful feeling when a community of art lovers unites to bring creativity and imagination to the world. As producers of some of the best art festivals in the U.S., we get to experience that feeling often enough. But this weekend, as we attend not one, not two, but THREE art festivals throughout South Florida, we’re reminded of how important it is for art lovers to join together. According [...]

David S. Froelich is a professional photographer and a licensed architect. Since the early 1970s, he has entwined these two art forms — not surprisingly, his photographs showcase an architect’s eye for detail and an appreciation for proportion, balance and the environment. His photography has been published in Japan and his architectural work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago. As an architect, David has traversed the globe [...]

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The Knotty Fringe Scarf is a fun and funky idea I came up with to add the “Gotta Have” factor to your wardrobe. Each inimitable design is handmade, double knotting upwards of 50 to 60 strands of yarn to make the length between 40″ to 44″ long, onto a metal ring. The choice of yarn is a medley of blends, selecting Acrylic, Alpaca, Bamboo, Hemp, Mohair, Metallic Nylon, Nylon, Polyamide [...]

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It all started in March 1996. I was diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension and given two to five years to live, put on a portable IV pump to administer medication through a catheter in my chest, placed on a lung transplant list, and ordered to stop working. Leaving virtually everything behind except my clothes and an old Dodge Caravan, I moved to Florida and stayed with my youngest daughter and [...]

POP QUIZ: What do spring cleaning and crafting have in common? We’re sure you’ve got tons of junk in your attic, basement or closet that you have no use for. When you can’t donate something, and you can’t really use it, the best solution is to throw it away, right? WRONG! Your trash can quickly become your treasure as you find crafting projects that can bring cherished gadgets and gizmos [...]

If you’re like many parents, you’re probably both loving and hating that it’s almost time for spring break already. For those with college-age kids living away from home, this may be your chance to catch up with your busy student. If you have little ones, spring break gives you a chance to go on outings, maybe even on vacation. Or, if you have nothing planned, you may be sitting at home [...]

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If a relaxing and soul inspiring weekend is what you’re seeking this Valentine’s Day weekend, make a short drive from the Tampa area to Dunedin, Florida, to enjoy the 23rd Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival.   Crafters and artisans from all over America will be displaying their creative pieces in this quaint downtown, which was voted America’s “Most Walkable Small City” by the RunThePlanet.com survey. While strolling the serene Dunedin downtown [...]

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How are you liking 2015 so far? We certainly can’t complain! January has been jam-packed with excellent shows from both Howard Alan Events and our sister division, American Craft Endeavors. Thank you to our patrons, artists, crafters, sponsors, vendors and supporters all over Florida and the U.S. We pride ourselves in producing arts and crafts festivals that families will love, and it is because of the overwhelming support we receive [...]

When it comes to Florida’s most beautiful little towns, we can’t deny we have a soft spot in our hearts for Venice, Florida. A town of such rich and interesting history, we always look forward to being in Venice for fine craft fun. So yes, we are very excited about our stop there this weekend for the 8th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival. This Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. [...]

The new year continues to bring us lots of joy and excitement — so many great shows so far! Thank you all for making Howard Alan Events art festivals a celebrated tradition in places like Las Olas, Delray Beach and Boca Raton. We couldn’t do it without you! This weekend, we celebrate another festival tradition, this time in Sarasota — the 12th Annual St. Armands Art Festival! For over a [...]

As we ready ourselves to descend upon beautiful Sullivan Street this weekend for the 18th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival, we hope that you’ll help us spread the word! With a variety of unique, handcrafted items by talented artisans at great prices, and lots of excitement and fun at one of our favorite Florida venues, you just can’t go wrong. Plus, all of it is free and open [...]

As we approach this weekend’s 26th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, we are grateful for the outpouring of support and involvement from patrons, sponsors and artists. These days, with technology advancing at a rapid pace and online communication practically taking over the world, we’ve become much more conscious of the importance of building and maintaining our online communities. We know you spend time on Facebook. Some of you [...]

For 20 years, St. Pete Beach’s Corey Area has been one of our favorite spots to relax, interact with locals, and introduce folks to some of the best crafters today. This weekend, we’re excited to be back in one of our most treasured Gulf Coast venues for the 21st Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival. Come visit us Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as crafters [...]

Howard Alan Events’ two-festival extravaganza is happening this weekend, with the 28th Annual Boca Fest taking place in Boca Raton, and at the same time with the 18th Annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival happening across the way in the Gulf Coast town of Dunedin. This lovely town welcomes us many times throughout the year, and each time is as delightful as the last. Folks from both Florida coasts will have [...]

Guess what time it is, friends? IT’S BOCA FEST TIME! This weekend, we’re thrilled to be returning for our 28th year in Boca Raton for Boca Fest, one of our most popular shows here at Howard Alan Events. Indeed, this is a celebration of artistic talent that includes everything you can think of, from the opportunity to shop for your collection, to the chance to meet and greet some of [...]

“Pastamore by Donna” began in 2009 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We are proud to sell the “best Olive Oil Blends”—18-Year-Old Balsamic Vinegars, Wine Blend Marinades, Grill Sauces and Hand Made Pastas (both Whole Grain and “Certified” Gluten Free). We started with and are proud to still participate in our home town Farmer’s Markets and have grown to two stores, one in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and our second in Bradenton, Florida. [...]

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We can hardly believe that 2015 is here — what a year it has been! So many shows started and continued in 2014, and we couldn’t have done it without the encouragement and support of our crafters, patrons and friends. Of course, we all know this is a time for setting goals and making resolutions, and at American Craft Endeavors, we hope your resolutions involve supporting local crafters by attending [...]

Happy New Year! Did you have a great holiday season? We did too! In fact, we spent the holidays gearing up for an exciting 2015, with great shows featuring the best artists in the nation. This Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3-4, help us get the year started with a bang at the 27th Annual Las Olas Art Fair in Fort Lauderdale. We’ve planned a weekend filled with talented artists, contest [...]

As 2014 draws to a close, American Craft Endeavors is thankful for the support of our patrons, participating crafters and friends. It’s been an exciting year and we have been fortunate to share it all with you. That’s why Dec. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., we want you and your family to join us in saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new one at the [...]