• Tampa is one of our favorite places in the country: From Bayshore to Tampa Bay, from the minarets on top of the Henry B. Plant museum to the historical buildings in Ybor City, Tampa’s laid-back ambiance makes it the ideal place for those who love the arts. That’s why we’re thrilled to be celebrating 25 [...]

  • What is your favorite thing about the fall season? Don’t ask us — we can’t pick just one! We love the cool, crisp weather, the ridiculously blue skies and the season’s changing colors (although we don’t get much of that here in Florida). We could go on about everything from pumpkin-flavored stuff to our favorite cozy [...]

  • Let it never be said that a gift you give a child today won’t make a difference tomorrow. Brothers Michael and Brian Jasinski, our Featured Artists for the 27th Annual Cadillac Las Olas Art Fair, discovered their love of photography thanks to their stepdad, who gave Michael a camera when he was a young boy. [...]

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and just like every year, Howard Alan Events is saying “yes” to spreading awareness about this terrible disease. Participating artists are creating amazing pieces inspired by the cause with proceeds going to cancer research and visitors are encouraged to join in and wear their favorite pink gear in support. [...]

Art Festivals

HAE Celebrates 25 Years in Hyde Park Village With Popular Art Fair

Tampa is one of our favorite places in the country: From Bayshore to Tampa Bay, from the minarets on top of the Henry B. Plant [...]

Craft Festivals

Fall is in Full Swing at Lauderdale By The Sea Craft Festival

What is your favorite thing about the fall season? Don’t ask us — we can’t pick just one! We love the cool, crisp weather, the [...]

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With its hundred-plus restaurants, dozens of cool shops and a wide variety of entertainment, Downtown Delray Beach has always been one of our favorite artsy spots to visit at American Craft Endeavors. We are so stoked to be heading to Florida’s very own ‘village by the sea’ for the 20th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival. Come and find out how this beachy town has kept its small town feel. [...]

Guess what, friends! We’re just a few days away from the 15th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival! It’s the perfect way to spend a fall weekend, especially now that Florida temperatures have dipped a little bit and you can really enjoy the crisp air. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to pull out our favorite pair of jeans, grab a cozy long-sleeved top and head to this [...]

Dichroic glass stumbled into Christine’s world 15 years ago and she has been creating with this wonderful material ever since. In High School, she majored in jewelry for three consecutive years, followed by a two year completion course in “Goldsmithing and Jewelry” at Mirror Lake Tomlinson in 1985. Setting stones and doing repairs didn’t offer her the type of rewards that she was looking for. So, years later, through KARMA [...]

Transplanted from the big city life to the relaxed coastal life, Annie Gray found an outlet for creativity. The wreath making began with her two front doors at her home in Treasure Island, Florida. Soon after displaying wreaths made with shells and artificial sea grasses neighbors wanted to buy them. She sold out at her initial beach festival and it has grown from a little hobby done on her husbands [...]

Pat is a self-taught artist using vibrant colors and often playful characters in scenes that combine whimsy, humor and pride in the American landscape. She has painted images for the U.S. Capital Historical Society, Winterthur Museum, Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, The National Easter Egg Roll at the White House, a White House Christmas Tree ornament, “Gifts to Twelve Presidents” at the National Archives, Gunston Hall and Woodlawn Plantation. Her latest projects [...]

I have been making whimsical clay figures since 1988. I try to make them fun for the buyers and fun for them and their friends to look at. The artwork has expanded over the last 26 years as I have tried new ideas and perfected new methods. New artwork is always coming into my head and new techniques for making it more whimsical and more fun are a constant, ongoing [...]

Artist’s Statement: I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and have also lived in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and in Berkeley, California. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest I never lost my love of the outdoors — a continued inspiration of mine. Architecture is another passion of mine. I always seem to be drawn to a structure’s details. Whether a composition is ultimately printed in black-and-white or color, of [...]

I began making jewelry almost 30 years ago after taking beading classes for my bridal veil business. Then, after several other businesses in between, I once again started making what I now call regular jewelry. Then one night I saw someone on television with earrings made from bullet casings — and, as they say, the rest is history! All of my recycled ammo was used for sports such as sporting [...]

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors started the Downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival? It’s been a whirlwind of talented friends, loyal visitors and beautiful art, and at HAE/ACE, we’re thrilled to continue bringing Sarasota residents the best in arts and crafts year after year. You probably know Sarasota for its gorgeous beaches, breathtaking architecture and incomparable hospitality. Known for its [...]

The 5th Annual Villages Craft Festival is returning to beautiful Colony Plaza with all of the original, handcrafted goodness you love to find at an American Craft Endeavors show. Whether you are a crafter or just a craft enthusiast, there is something for everyone at every ACE craft festival, and The Villages Craft Festival at Colony Plaza will be no exception. Last year, we told you all about some little-known [...]

Last year was the first year Howard Alan Events presented one of its prestigious art festivals in the Arlington area of Virginia. After 12 years of extraordinarily successful art festivals in nearby Alexandria, it made sense to bring another festival to the art lovers of Virginia. Virginia is one of the most beautiful places to be in the U.S. when the changing colors of the fall season hit. We may [...]

Just a few more days before the 17th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan St. Craft Festival is finally here, and we’re so excited to be back in this beautiful South Florida spot! As American Craft Endeavors embarks on another incredible craft festival, there is no question that your success is what we’re aiming  for. After all, we know that you’re not only sharing your talents with visitors, but you’re also running [...]

The very exciting Alexandria King Street Art Festival is returning to Alexandria, Virginia, this weekend for its 12th year. This particular art festival is one that has garnered national attention as being a top art festivals in the United States. In fact just this month, it was just ranked number 22 by Sunshine Artist magazine, the nation’s leading publication for art and craft shows, for “Best of Sunshine Artist.” Come [...]

Seamstress Pat grew up in a large family in New England, served her country during Vietnam in the US Navy, and re-entered civilian life working in Corporate America before retiring to Florida. She now spends most of her time sewing 26” and 20” cloth dolls with smiling faces. It’s the best job ever because she not only puts smiles on the faces of her dolls, she also puts smiles on [...]

It’s hard to believe that the end of summer is almost here – it feels like it was just yesterday that summer began! As kids start school again and life gets busy, it’s important to remember that the arrival of fall doesn’t have to mean we stop having fun. Fall weekends are a great time to spend time with friends and family, and what better way to enjoy that family time [...]

Loren and Kathy travel worldwide collecting sea glass. Our favorite places to collect sea glass are England, California, Puerto Rico, Bermuda and Barcelona, Spain. We create one of a kind nautical jewelry including necklaces, earrings, anklets and bracelets. In our designs, we use wire wrapping and drilling techniques combined with sterling silver, gold-fill and semi-precious stones. Our anklets are strung on 40 pound wire, making them extremely sturdy and wearable. [...]

Nearly 22 years ago, when I started concentrating on my art, I never guessed it would take me where I am today. I started my life journey working as a carpenter and selling my artwork on the weekends. After five years of building homes, I figured it was time for a change. I quit my full time job and rented a small studio. For three years I worked part time [...]

We design and handcraft fun, lightweight and beautiful metal earrings and pendants. We have a lot of our metal pieces custom made and plated for us in Rhode Island and we scour vintage shops, catalogs, and bead shows for other metal pieces we can use in our designs. Because we are always finding new metals, we are constantly dreaming up new styles! We design as a team, and then Diana [...]

My name is Kaysea and I make professional quality collars and leashes for cats, dogs, and horses. I’m a true animal lover and we have a very spoiled animal family. I have a cat named Ham, a Sphynx cat named Puck, a dog named Sahara, and two horses named Pride and Montana. They all give me such purpose and make my life so full. My husband is former Navy and [...]

Capturing moments that otherwise go unnoticed is my goal as a photographer. Views from an unfamiliar perspective, details invisible to the passerby, and moments gone in an instant are just a few of the visions I strive to preserve. Photography is my Zen. When with my camera, I am focused on the now. The world in front of me is the only world I know. It is at this time [...]

Looking for a fun and meaningful way to bring your loved ones together this holiday season? Learning a craft together is a very empowering and bonding activity. Families, friends and neighbors have been coming together for thousands of years to craft handmade items. It fosters creativity and creates lasting community bonds. You could create a quilting or crochet circle, make handmade gifts or decorations for the holidays, or knit something [...]

The whole family can enjoy some art and culture when the 17th Annual Shadyside…The Art Festival on Walnut Street returns to Shadyside this weekend. This delightful event, which started out as a humble street fair, has become the prevailing summer art event at Shadyside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s this Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and taking place along Walnut Street, between South [...]

Nestled between Breckenridge and Copper Mountain is the charming mountain town of Frisco, Colorado. It’s the host of many popular events, shows and community gatherings, gaining the nickname “Main Street to the Rockies.” Howard Alan Events is proud to bring back the Main Street to the Rockies Art Festival for the eighth straight year, this Saturday, August 9th and Sunday the 10th, 2014, from 10:00AM – 5:00PM. The art festival [...]

In this digital age of instant communication, the amount of information constantly streaming into your world can leave you in a state of low level anxiety and it can occasionally leave you feeling overwhelmed. Constant stress has been scientifically linked to a weakened immune system, insufficient sleep and a higher susceptibility to illness. Well-accepted natural remedies for managing stress like meditation and exercise help provide an outlet, as well as [...]

Barbie grew up as a child on Key Biscayne and Coral Gables, living the “island life-style.” Exotic world travel during the summers connected these world experiences to the children she taught, bringing relevance and significance to a career she loved. Now living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and having retired from a 35-year teaching career, Barbie is now pursuing a passion, sharing her art-photography, with nature’s designs, wildlife, travel, hearts, cultural [...]

We take wine and alcohol bottles, remove the bottoms and hang a tea light candle inside. The bottles can be seen hanging from branches of trees, balconies, and shepherd hooks to cast a romantic atmosphere. We are re-purposing and recycling one bottle at a time. These lights have been seen at outdoor wedding celebrations, zoo path lights and backyard parties. The bottoms that are removed are then made into unique [...]

Since childhood I’ve enjoyed drawing and making little wood pieces of art. At age 23, I started to be interested in wood carving, which I learned by observing the artisans doing their job without any instruction, almost autodidactically. Since then I have improved my carving skills and every project has been an expression of love and dedication to my work. I think that everything live in nature has a purpose. [...]

A life long involvement with wood craft and potted plants [primarily succulents] merged some years ago when I began experimenting with using rot resistant types of wood to fabricate planters and other vessels for various uses such as fruit bowls, bread baskets, etc. As an alternate to lathe turned vessels, these pieces are mitered and splined for a unique and attractive approach to a new form of wood crafting. Convex [...]

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I retired from the US Navy and used some of the skills learned in the Navy toward my artistic ability. I make metal art using 16 gauge steel with a CNC plasma cutter. All art is powder coated to help protect against rust. The coloring I use is metal stain, heat treat (giving a iridescent affect), and/or paint. I make custom art of cars and welcome signs. Cell: (813)965-2957 Studio [...]

Artists’ Statement: We live to paint and paint to live. Sharing our lives on canvas for 27 years; jointly producing finely detailed oil paintings of lush landscapes from our travels. We create true American landscape art and through our studio, having incorporated the techniques of the great master painters from Rembrandt to Monet.  We are represented by Park West Gallery on land and sea. See us painting live at art [...]

Experience Awe-Inspiring Art in “Heart of the Valley” If you are ready for a weekend of gorgeous weather, breathtaking art and picturesque mountain views, make sure to attend the 27th Annual Beaver Creek Art Festival in Avon, Colorado this Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Known as the “Heart of the Valley” Avon serves as a gateway to the prestigious Alpine village of [...]

Award-winning artist SPOON blends historical and cultural subject matters with a clean, contemporary palette. This fusion of new and old allows for an almost universal styling ability – traditional and modern. While working in the Architecture and Urban Planning Profession for nearly a decade in Seattle, SPOON developed a strong appreciation for graphics and design. Combined with a long-standing passion for history and culture, it was a natural progression for [...]

Working out of my studios in Lake Geneva, WI, and Scottsdale, AZ, I create art jewelry with an emphasis on mixed media embellishments and hand-woven chain. Watercolor paper is the foundation for my jewelry constructions. My introduction to this type of paper as a substrate for jewelry making came through experimentation with Origami folding. In exploring Origami, I began to see the potential for paper as a sculptural medium. Dissatisfied [...]

In the 1940s Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke had a vision for a community that embodied mind, body and spirit, which helped the once mining town of Aspen, Colorado, begin a civic and cultural renaissance. This vision, known as the “Aspen Idea,” along with the town’s majestic mountain location, lead to it becoming the world-renown recreational and cultural mecca that it is today. For those of you who are seeking an [...]

It’s no mystery why Enrique Suarez makes his home in the Chicago area. His love of the Windy City is evident in much of the art he creates. He is the Featured Artist for this weekend’s 23rd Annual Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival, and for good reason. This year, Enrique has been innovating a new style. His latest work combines realism with more of a cartoonist style. Each [...]

What a perfect way to spend a lazy, long weekend. Get up a little later than usual, have some late breakfast, then take an easy stroll through aisles of white tents—and find that thing you just can’t live without. Madeira Beach is a cozy beachfront town just northwest of St. Petersburg, Fl. It is home to the world famous John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk. After you leave the festival, just [...]

If there’s a pending occasion and buying a gift is imperative, consider buying art but consider it wisely. Not just any art will do, there are several things to consider. Here we outline a few. Does the recipient already have a favorite artist they collect? Many people are quite dedicated to a particular artist, collecting their work extensively and perhaps exclusively. Then, your task will be to find something they [...]

We’re getting ready for a truly spectacular 3-day show next month in the famous Windy City. Back for our 23rd year, Howard Alan Events has the pleasure of producing the Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival, one of our longest running shows, July 11th, 12th and 13th, 2014. It is consistently rated one of the top 100 outdoor juried art festivals by Sunshine Artist magazine. Wind That Won’t Topple [...]

Where is Dunedin, you ask? It’s a lovely little city just west of Tampa Bay, in Florida. This weekend’s 12th Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival is set in the lovely historic area of downtown Dunedin, known for Dunedin Brewery, Florida’s oldest microbrewery. If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to make time on Saturday to squeeze in a visit to the Dunedin Museum, named Best Historical Museum in the Tampa [...]

Most of my mixed media collages are done with handmade paper and acrylic paints. These are either cut in cubist shapes and layered on canvas or molded and shaped by hand into dimensional wall art paper sculptures My studio is in Houston TX. A complete bio including my awards is on my website. Cell: (832)978-3044 Studio Phone Number: (832)978-3044 Email: Elaine.lanoue@yahoo.com Web: http://contemporarypictures.com Facebook: https://Facebook.com/contemporarypictures

Jim’s passion for marine species coupled with a background in graphic arts inspires him to bring the natural beauty of the great sea to life. Jim uses his experience as an avid angler when creating his artwork. This love and passion for the ocean is reflected in the true life-like appearances of his images. Careful attention is given to the colors of the fish in regards to selection of inks [...]

Victoria Primicias is an encaustic artist who likes to create art “that resonates with the quieter, more reflective nature of our being. Voluminous clouds, lapping waves, or a stooped, solitary tree evoke a momentary desire for contemplation and solitude. It seeks to connect at a deeper level.” Encaustic paint is a mixture of beeswax, damar resin and colored pigment. The paint is melted at 200°F and applied in 6–20 translucent [...]

You can’t really talk about St. Armands Circle without mentioning the historical association with John Ringling, the famous circus magnate. It was Ringling that bought the group of islands, now called St. Armands Key, just off Sarasota, Fl. In the 20s, Ringling had lofty plans for an elite shopping area with the finest shops, restaurants and hotels. He dredged the area and built the bridge that connects the island to [...]

The Featured Artist for Crocker Park Art Fair this weekend is the talented Maria Reyes-Jones. She knew in college that she wanted to be an artist professionally and so she is. When she speaks of her life as an artist, she calls it a “fun, good life.” Not only does she paint to provide a pleasurable experience to the people who view her paintings—but she does it to entertain herself! [...]

American Craft Endeavors will be at St. Pete Beach’s Corey Area again this weekend, with some of the finest artists and craftsmen in Florida. What a great way to spend the weekend, visiting tent after tent of cool stuff to look at, chatting up the creative individuals selling their wares, picking up a few things you just can’t live without… Followed by tasty cocktails as the sun goes down (or [...]