• Who doesn’t love summer beach days in Florida? Gorgeous beaches, decadent breezes, cool waves, and all the fun in the sun you can handle. Those perfect days are just around the corner, and we want to help you get in the spirit of them at the 18th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival! Downtown Delray [...]

  • We are so happy to announce that this year, Howard Alan Events will be going to Shadyside in Pittsburgh not once but twice this summer. The Shadyside Art & Craft Festival on Walnut Street is one of our favorite shows of the year, so to be able to put on this art festival twice this [...]

  • With its historical charm and Southern hospitality, South Carolina is a haven for rest and relaxation. Add to that some cultural flair and a pinch of coastal magnificence and you’ve got South Carolina’s Lowcountry. This coastal section of the state is well known for its natural beauty and unique lifestyle, which is why we’re thrilled [...]

  • Sure, every day is Mother’s Day, but the second weekend in May is a time for us to remember our moms and give them an extra special “Thank You” for being so wonderful. This year, why not treat your mom to the gift of handcrafted, homemade goodies made with love from some of the best [...]

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Hello, Walnut Street! Things to Do in Shadyside in May

We are so happy to announce that this year, Howard Alan Events will be going to Shadyside in Pittsburgh not once but twice this summer. [...]

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Bring the Beach Home at the Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

Who doesn’t love summer beach days in Florida? Gorgeous beaches, decadent breezes, cool waves, and all the fun in the sun you can handle. Those [...]

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Joni Berte and her father, Bill Lohnes, have collaborated on a gorgeous selection of hand-carved Fantasy Dragonflies. Bill is an award-winning wildlife sculptor, typically, birds and fish; his work can be found in several galleries in Washington State, and at Rare Earth Gallery in Stuart, Florida. In addition to the Fantasy Dragonfly line, Joni creates unique “Fire-Carved” wood-turned jars and boxes that are perfect for the season! Cell: (231)944-6433 Studio [...]

They say it’s better to give than to receive and so this weekend we dare you to go to the 6th Annual The Villages Craft Festival at La Plaza Grande and buy nothing for yourself—only for others! It’s a daunting task and we’ll ask you to make no promises. But try. As you walk by the vendors, crafts men and women, and artists of various media … think about WHO [...]

As American Craft Endeavors moves through the spring craft season straight into summer, we’re all about sharing the joy of crafting with our patrons. This Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be sharing that joy with the folks in Stuart, Florida, as they gear up for the 18th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair. For two days, patrons will have a chance to meet talented crafters and take home one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures to [...]

With the debut of the Virginia Beach Downtown Art Fair, we are excited to share with you some tips that will help you make the most of this brand new art event in the area. Art festivals are fun and exciting ways to get to know new and established local and national artists, all in a relaxing and friendly outdoor atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to bring your family and friends, [...]

As crafters, we find ourselves experiencing what we like to call “crafter’s block”: You know you want to create, you’ve got your beads and your string ready to go…then nothing but creative crickets. What gives? A number of factors can interfere with our ability to be crafty, whether we’re doing home goods or pottery. Although this post focuses on the things you can do to shake the cobwebs and create [...]

As we approach the 3rd Annual Arlington Festival of the Arts in beautiful Arlington, Virginia, we at Howard Alan Events are thankful for those businesses and entities that help us make our festivals what they are. Sponsorship is important to us for so many reasons — it’s a mutually beneficial partnership that allows us to expose our patrons to unique products and services while giving businesses the access to a [...]

This year’s Siesta Fiesta celebration is around the corner, and this year you’ll not only get to meet painters, sculptors and photographers, but also crafters of all kinds! Whether you’re a functional ceramic collector, a handmade apparel fan or just a lover of all things uniquely crafted, Siesta Key Village is the destination for you this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday in Sarasota from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., join [...]

There are many signature shows that we look forward to at Howard Alan Events every year, especially during spring. This weekend, one of those shows is making its way to Sarasota once again. The 37th Annual Siesta Fiesta is one of our most exciting shows of the spring season and we’re excited to see everyone there!  This two-day outdoor juried art festival showcases some of the country’s best artists and [...]

In case you didn’t catch the news, U.S. Census data revealed last week that, for the second year in a row, The Villages is the fastest-growing metro area in the country (Source: Tampa Bay Times). This is good news for the merchants, business owners and residents of this Central Florida retirement hot spot, but it’s GREAT news for us here at American Craft Endeavors. Why? Because among the booming numbers, craft lovers from all over the country will be flocking to one of [...]

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 [...]

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 great booth setup can greatly maximize your chances for selling success. You want to give [...]

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 of two or more mediums used to convey the artistic message. This weekend, we return [...]

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 season. Whether you’re a crafter looking for some color inspiration or a craft lover in [...]

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 in spring vacations, it makes perfect sense for art lovers to take a few days [...]

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 [...]

Are you a jewelry lover? If so, you know that every season is a new opportunity to find trends you love to go along with your favorite fashions. Still, there are some staples that are must-haves for every jewelry collector. Those staples will take you through the seasons and become irreplaceable, timeless pieces to be cherished for generations. Whether you are updating your jewelry box to include the essentials you’re [...]

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 [...]

Amber Poole – Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery My ceramic pieces are defined directly by my love for organic objects. Natural forms and creatures have always been integrated into my work. In the past I have focused on oceanic life forms, which will always have a place in my works. My current works explore tree forms. My goal is to create utilitarian pots for every day use, forms that focus [...]

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 [...]

Prior to the dichroic glass finding itself to be the mainstay of Christine’s designs today, she had studied the making of jewelry for five years. Two of the years were at Mirror Lake Tomlinson in St. Petersburg, Fl., where she received a letter if completion for becoming a Goldsmith. After practicing the trade for an additional two years, she quickly decided that repairs and stone setting were not of her [...]

Trained in painting realism until college, I found the college years were a series of experiments in abstract expressionism (the “ism” of the period). Studying many historical styles, my interest of painting representational still life prevailed — especially the styles of the Dutch golden era masters. For 20 years, after college, full time painting was put on hold for a career as owner of a successful advertising/marketing firm in Miami, [...]

For nearly twenty years, Guillermo and Ester van Diest have been producing finely crafted decorative wood-art. As a brother and sister team, they named their hobby “Guillester.” Having received numerous awards from various craft/art shows, Guillester has received widespread recognition. In recent years, “Guillester” has introduced into their line the fine art of detailed wood sculpting called Intarsia. This artistry has proven to be an instant success. The dedication to [...]

From raw wood and a little inspiration to unique handmade, one of a kind “vintage” art… My original image is created, painted (acrylic, oil, stains, digital, latex, wax ,ink), hand sculpted proprietary dimensional wood “canvas” developed over three decades so that is then uniquely aged. Painted, sanded, stained and hand waxed (all sides and edges) to a beautiful vintage appearance. Truly the definition of “mixed media” this is “vintage” art [...]

My name is Sabine Robic-Myara. I am a licensed Esthetician, Certified Electrologist, Laser Technician, as well as a Certified Radiology Technician. Following in my mother’s footsteps, my passion has always been for skin care, and my interests revolve around ingredients that contribute to better skin care products. In 2014, I was looking for a meaningful, yet affordable gift to give my mom and my aunt for Mother’s Day. That’s when [...]

Barbara Rush is a very colorful and structured award-winning acrylic artist. Her work has been influenced by cubist artists such as Albert Gleizes, Juan Gris, and Jean Metzinger, but her style is uniquely her own. When creating her art she always completes the backgrounds first, using heavy-bodied acrylics with impasto techniques and dry brush or glazes to finish the layers. She allows herself complete freedom in the background in contrast [...]

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 [...]

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 candles by some of our favorite participating crafters. We all love indulging in products that [...]

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 Festival! For many of us, starting an art collection started out as a fun hobby. [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]