• 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

Art Festivals

So Long, 2014: Coconut Point New Year’s Weekend Art Festival Back in Estero

The closing of every year always leaves us here at Howard Alan Events amazed — at the great deal of generosity and support we have [...]

Craft Festivals

Downtown Delray Beach Helps Us Say Goodbye to 2014!

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Nature’s own seashells from local and international waters is my media of choice. The beautiful natural colors and actually collecting shells locally inspired me several years ago to do something with my collection. From small custom pieces to large mirrors and chandelier stock and custom pieces. Cell: (561)339-1250 Email: frances@shellabrations.com Web: http://shellabrations.com

Sailing to exotic locations, filled with the promise of escape and tropical colors, are what inspire me most. Art and the sea are my passion. Working as a freelance private yacht chef for the last 15 years has allowed me access to unforgettable and secluded destinations, and given me the freedom to paint at my leisure for weeks at a time between my trips. I am actively involved in art [...]

Fall is in the air, and as Florida gets hit with the crisp, cool weather that characterizes these early days of the holiday season, we grow increasingly excited for Thanksgiving in just a few short weeks. Of course, this also means that holiday shopping is upon us, which means crowded malls and department stores. Why not adopt a change of pace? Instead of joining the heavy holiday crowds to buy [...]

November is finally here and we’re finally changing up our shorts and tanks in favor of slightly warmer, cozier clothes (only slightly, though — it is Florida, after all…). Put on your cozy sweaters and come greet November with Howard Alan Events at the 27th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival, happening this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 & 2, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in beautiful West Venice Avenue. With [...]

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 wonderful years of unforgettable art festivals this weekend at the Hyde Park Village Art Fair. [...]

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 sweaters, but really, for us, the most exciting part of fall at American Craft Endeavors [...]

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. He took a photography class in high school and soon discovered the power of interpreting [...]

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. Our social media family is spreading the word about Pinktober! This weekend, at the 27th [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]