• 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Sure, it’s still winter in many places around the U.S. (we’re looking at you, Northeast). But in our minds, we’re already looking forward to the sights, sounds and scents of spring! Why wait? This weekend, at the 6th Annual The Villages Craft Festival, start building your collection of natural scents with handmade soaps, lotions, and [...]

  • Have you ever thought about becoming an art collector? Contrary to what many may think, collecting art isn’t just for millionaires and gallery owners. Anyone can collect art, regardless of finances or profession. If you are a fan of art, you can start your own collection this weekend at the 25th Anniversary Downtown Stuart Art [...]

Art Festivals

Artsy Spring Break Fever at the CityPlace Art Fair

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 [...]

Craft Festivals

Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival: Clean & Craft this Spring

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 [...]

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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 [...]

If you and your Valentine are looking for a romantic getaway destination this holiday weekend, that offers sand, sun, seafood and shopping, plan a trip to Sarasota, Florida. In this Gulf Coast paradise, you and your love can enjoy beach combing, parasailing, paddle boarding and more on the award-winning white sand beaches. Located on a sparkling intercoastal bay and surrounded by tropical barrier islands, this urbanite town makes a perfect [...]

The hot holiday this month is creeping up quickly — this weekend is the last shopping weekend before Valentine’s Day. You might not think that a craft show is the place to find manly gifts, but we beg to differ! At this weekend’s 21st Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival in Sarasota, Fl., you can find all kinds of cool, fun things to bring a smile to your honey’s face. Here [...]

Heads up! This weekend is the last weekend before Valentine’s Day! If you’re still in the market for something special for your sweetie, we have some fabulous ideas! First off, there isn’t a woman alive who doesn’t simply LOVE jewelry. Really, you can’t go wrong. At this weekend’s 9th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival, there will be plenty of jewelry options to consider. Here are just a few, in varying [...]

Max Howard’s sculptures have been accentuating homes for over 40 years. He is known and appreciated for his unique designs and quality workmanship. Max’s beautiful and whimsical sculptures are created using brass, copper and titanium. “I enjoy creating sculptures. A new idea will not be still in my mind. I can see the sculpture completed before it’s started. Transforming a hard, cold, flat piece of metal from an idea into [...]

Tina served as the US Postal Art Illustrator for the South Florida District Postal Service for 17 years, up until her move to northern Florida. This area of Florida has inspired her creativity with its “artsy” spirit and its wonderful array of springs, beautiful ranches, farms and historic “Old Florida.” She also paints figurative, animal portraits, landscapes and has developed a passionate love for Plein Air painting (painting from life, [...]

My journey into jewelry design began one Christmas when I was around eight or nine. My grandmother gave me a giant box filled with every type of bead, string, wire, clasp, and tool that I would need to jump right in and start creating. It was like a treasure chest for me and remains to this day one of the best gifts I have ever received. In high school I [...]

Susan Loy creates Literary Calligraphy paintings, using watercolors applied with Speedball pens and tiny brushes. She combines classic texts from Shakespeare, Longfellow, etc. with symbolic flowers and other designs that relate to the texts. She has also hand-lettered and illustrated the entire U.S. Constitution and other historical documents. She recently has interpreted the Higgs boson, marking her first foray into quantum physics. Each painting may take weeks, or even months, [...]

Lisa grew up exploring the upper Mississippi River with her family. Her travels led down many paths but always back to painting maps. Her maps have been featured on CD and book covers, on Madison Avenue brochures, and in movies. Her work is enjoyed in homes, museums, and galleries across the country. Lisa scours old book stores and archives, searching for the most interesting and meaningful maps to share. She [...]

Mark Bair is a woodcarver and multimedia artist living in Audubon, NJ. While always having a love of art and fine craft, it wasn’t until 2000 that he found his passion combining traditional woodcarving with other mediums. His inspiration is found in both nature and traditions of the past, with an eye towards whimsy. The work all starts with an idea and a rough sketch. First, using traditional carving chisels, [...]

I started making soap for my friends and family in 2011. With their support, I have been able to go to Farmers Markets and Art and Craft Fairs in the area. Since this is my full time job now, I have been able to travel to the Florida area this year with ACE. In the past two years, I have expanded my line of products, and change my line for [...]

Making the mortal, immortal. That statement is the basic belief behind my photography. I am constantly looking for the life in ordinary objects and capturing them for others to be inspired by for a lifetime. My main effort is to bring the unseen into sight, allowing people the opportunity to enlighten their senses through the visual world. My work encapsulates the unique perspective of the land we live. My camera [...]

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. [...]

I work in fused glass making plates, trays, vases, guitars, ect. Cell: (585)755-4089 Email: rharoldgreenlee@yahoo.com

As a representational artist, I’m a seascape painter intrigued by motion and light and its interplay with water. I enjoy painting images of people, coastal lifestyles and events in motion, freezing moments in time that leave an impression with the viewer. The challenge of capturing the energy in a composition fuels my passion to paint. I try to tell a story and to present the viewer with an opportunity to [...]

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 [...]

The closing of every year always leaves us here at Howard Alan Events amazed — at the great deal of generosity and support we have received from artists and patrons alike, at the increasingly rousing success of our art festivals and, let’s face it, at the fact that it seemed like it was just yesterday we were getting ready to kick off 2014 and now here we are, approaching the [...]

H. Allen Benowitz, a self-taught photographer, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and a graduate from the Interboro Institute of Business in Manhattan, migrated to Miami, FL, in the 1960s, where he currently resides with his wife, Jo. They enjoy living at their log home in Burnsville, NC, from spring to fall. As an evolution from the accomplishments of his professional court reporting, legal videography, and videoconferencing career, the camera [...]

From an early age, Craig felt the need to express himself artistically. The first time he picked up a camera, he knew he had found the perfect outlet for his creativity and sparked what would become a life altering passion for photography. Craig served our country as a Naval photographer during both Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, when he was given the opportunity to travel the world and his [...]

After 40 years in the commercial photography business in Los Angeles and Detroit, I am concentrating on fine-art photography. Unlike most photographers, I don’t confine myself to one subject but my interest include everything from botanicals, Americana, and laborers. Images that don’t grow old but always capture attention are what I strive for. Great photography, like great music, never gets old. Cell: (248)971-5811 Studio Phone Number: (248)971-5811 Email: sjmentp05@gmail.com Web: [...]

I have been working in anodized aluminum sheet and wire since 1987. I create Cubist style contemporary jewelry incorporating mix media, glass, plastics and found objects. My work has been exhibited in galleries and museums, and some in the music industry. I participate in fine art festivals along the southeast, mid-west and northeast. Cell: (404)313-3446 Studio Phone Number: (404)313-3446 Email: exotiqjewelry@yahoo.com

I decided one day to make a Snowy Egret. I had no artistic training, but did have experience with tools and materials. So, how hard could making a bird be? It took three months and several poor examples before I came up with something that looked right to me. Someone asked for an egret for their pool area and I came up with a version using a cement core on [...]

I was born Cullman, Alabama, and received a BA degree from St. Bernard College. I moved to south Florida in 1993 and started the business which is now Sue Appleton’s Walls of Art, Inc. in 1994. For 18 years the business has specialized in faux finishes, decorative painting, murals, trompe l’oeil, fine art and portraits. Starting out as a self-taught artist, I have studied extensively over the years with some [...]

Can you believe it’s already December? We are approaching the end of the year and, with that, we usher in our holiday period here at American Craft Endeavors. That means our show season is slowing down for a couple of weeks, which means that this weekend’s 20th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival is your last chance for some one-of-a-kind, eclectic gift shopping before festivities are set to [...]

From our American Craft Endeavors family to yours, we hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving week and that you enjoy your time spent with loved ones this holiday. As we gear up for the cooking and cleaning frenzy that precedes and follows the most delicious meal of the year, we want to take this time to reflect on the things we are thankful for this holiday season. One of the [...]

All of us here at Howard Alan Events know that this Thanksgiving season is about more than just turkey, football and pie. Thanksgiving is a time for family, to experience the little moments and be grateful for the presence of family in our lives. Now, we know that the peace of Thanksgiving day may be interrupted the next day by the chaos of Black Friday holiday shopping, but rather than [...]

Those of us fortunate enough to live in a place as beautiful as Florida know that there are few locations more breathtaking than those found on the west coast of the state. One of those places, brimming with majestic poinciana trees, beautiful charming homes and the best sunsets this side of the U.S., is Bradenton Beach, Florida — more specifically, Anna Maria Island. This weekend, American Craft Endeavors is pleased [...]

West Palm Beach is getting a special treat this weekend as Howard Alan Events debuts a new fall festival with its CityPlace Fine Art and Plant Show this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23, starting at 10 a.m. in the beautifully trendy CityPlace shopping district. With so many shops, restaurants and family-friendly spots, CityPlace is the perfect location for one of our newest and most exciting shows in South Florida. We [...]

Downtown Dunedin is beautiful this time of year, so, naturally, American Craft Endeavors is heading to this little South Florida getaway once again for the 22nd Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival. And what a perfect time it is for a craft festival to come to town! After all, it’s the holiday season. That means everyone is searching for that perfect gift to show they care, which makes this weekend’s craft [...]

Jacksonville art lovers, rejoice! It’s time again for one of the most popular art festivals in Florida. This year, we will continue in our new tradition for the 15th Annual San Marco Art Festival, happening this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the San Marco neighborhood. These past couple of weeks we’ve been reminding you to check out the art festivals [...]

Breathtaking natural landscapes, gorgeous beaches, charming ambiance … the town of Juno Beach in South Florida has everything you’d want in a fall weekend getaway. And while the beach may not be the first place you think of when fall comes around, the good news is that it still makes for a beautiful place to visit, especially in sunny, snow-free Florida. There won’t be any snow, but there will be [...]

As we return to Sarasota this weekend for the 26th Annual St. Armands Art Festival, we can’t help but notice this deliciously cool November we are currently enjoying in Florida. Can you believe it’s already November? Thanksgiving is just around the corner … and that’s just the beginning! With a couple of major holidays on the horizon, it’s really time to pen a list and start the holiday shopping. Jewelry, [...]

Shelly is an award-winning creative talent in marketing communications for over 15 years, receiving over 30 international, national and regional awards. She has always commanded innovative talent in the creative arts. Presently, Shelly is turning her focus to painting where she primarily paints figurative pieces on a large scale in various water, western and natural environments. Shelly’s work has been showcased at various galleries throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Shelly [...]

Nature inspires my work and, most recently, Monet’s water lily paintings. The journey to my current work simply started out with painting trees and clouds. As I became more confident, my pieces became more and more realistic. Today, I am on a new path of abstracting nature, with the same goals of creating depth with high contrast. Using a wax medium, I layer on color and remove, then reapply. This [...]

Ricki’s Knits are all original creations, hand knitted by me. After retiring—boredom set in. I began knitting as a hobby, until people started asking to purchase my designs! My husband, an artistic painter, suggested I enter the Howard Alan shows as a fiber artist, and I did! My products include jackets, shawls, ponchos, scarves, capes and capelets. Each unique garment is a combination of 25 yarns of different textures and [...]

I am a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design and graduated in Fine Arts. I travel from Holland, Michigan, to attend shows in Florida. I own a small place on Pine Island and paint on location as much as possible. Quite often I paint in the location of the shows. I paint in oil (my favorite) and acrylic, and also watercolor. I am fortunate to make a living [...]