• 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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Meet Enrique Suarez: Featured Artist In Chicago This Weekend

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 [...]

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Arts, Crafts & John’s Pass: A Long, Lazy Weekend In Madeira Beach

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 [...]

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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 [...]

In this area of the country known for horse racing, you’ll want to slow your pace this weekend to make sure you enjoy all that Louisville, Ky., has to offer. Howard Alan Events returns to horse country for some family-friendly outdoor art and shopping fun. The Louisville Festival of the Arts will be held at Paddock Shops, formerly the Summit, a shopping center that exemplifies “Setting The Pace.” Not only [...]

If you’ve never been to Cleveland this time of year, be prepared for ridiculously perfect weather. This weekend’s forecast to be in the low 70s, with a mix of clouds and sun… and no HUMIDITY. For those of us traveling from Florida, where the heat and humidity are already stifling… it will be a welcome breath of fresh air! The 24th Annual Art in the Village returns this weekend to [...]

The long weekend starts today! Join us in Delray Beach, Fl., for an artsy, fun-filled long weekend. Besides offering a beautiful beach, with soft sand and water that’s multiple shades of blue, Delray offers so much more for those who appreciate the arts. Kick off the weekend today with and evening concert at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts/Crest Theatre. The internationally acclaimed virtuoso jazz pianist Eldar Djangirov will [...]

If you’re looking for a fabulous getaway for your long Memorial Day weekend, look no further than Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The popular vacation destination is well-known for its eco-friendly development—as is evidenced by all the beautiful old trees—and boasts a surprising number of cultural opportunities, considering its small size. One of our participating artists, photographer Steve Vaughn, captured one of these beautiful old trees along with the famous [...]

Here at Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors we have had the distinct pleasure of getting to know countless artists and crafters through the years. Each one is uniquely talented in their own right as masters of their craft. As show promoters, one of the key tactics we employ to make each art and craft festival a success is marketing. We know the value of money spent on advertising [...]

Architectural shapes and forms (both realistic and abstract) make up most of Iowan John Chehak’s Midwestern landscapes. Chehak is a masterful draftsman and painter, and is no stranger to mixed-media or three-dimensional work, either. His wide expanse of expertise and style make his artwork a treat to explore, and although I found myself initially fond of his realistic style, moments later I found myself falling in love with his highly [...]

Living in both Cape Cod and now Sarasota, FL, along with several years on St. John, in the US Virgin Islands, has given us the inspiration for our jewelry. We are excited to share it with you in hopes that it too will inspire you. Crafted from the finest gemstones, crystals, silver and love, our jewelry has been created in the hopes of inspiring the wearer with both beauty and [...]

My 17-year-old dog passed away and I was in a really dark place. I started painting again to deal with the loss and it actually brought happiness back into my life. I felt passionate about something again and excitement. It was actually exhilarating. We had decided to get a puppy and her name would be Stowie LaRoux after my deceased grandmother’s famous chicken stew. This tiny little runt as it [...]

I am a self-taught artist who discovered my love for visual art while doodling in a cafe in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1996. Up until that point I made my living as a vocalist, composer, guitarist and impersonator of Barbra Streisand. I performed and entertained around the US and abroad from Vegas to Russia in a variety of concert halls, showrooms and productions until I had this ‘calling’ to [...]

Heather Fenzau first entered into the art world as a child. Her interest in photography started as a teenager when the way of the world at the time was not digital, the memories of friends would be taken and preserved on film. Heather’s background in business administration has taken her back to focus on her passion in the medium of digital photography. After unexpectedly losing her job she decided to [...]

I learned how to enamel in my high school art class. I have been endlessly fascinated by all the aspects of high firing glass on metal since then. Cell: (440)679-0326 Email: jagoskey@yahoo.com Web: http://JudyGoskey.com

Good Times Roll In The Villages If you’ve never been to The Villages, you’re in for a rather unique treat. Their slogan is “Florida’s Friendliest Retirement Hometown!SM”—and for good reason. People really are friendly; they just seem really happy. And who wouldn’t be? The place is beautiful with scenic spots and perfectly manicured greenery, town squares with nightly free entertainment, and so much more. This active adult retirement community is [...]

Get ready for another wildly fun and creative Siesta Fiesta in Sarasota! Back for its 36th year, this family-friendly spring art and craft festival is sure to make a big splash again this year. The weather should be perfect for enjoying an outdoor show with fine art, crafts, music and a green market. Ocean Boulevard will be closed to traffic starting at Ocean and Canal and running through to Beach [...]

American Craft Endeavors has been bringing top-quality craft festivals to craft lovers all over Florida for years. Why? Because crafting is more than just a hobby, it’s a way of life. Our crafters pair skills and imagination to bring you products, creations and decor pieces that make an impression, showing without a shadow of a doubt that crafting is one of the most rewarding hobbies to take up. Are you [...]

Get ready to join American Craft Endeavors this weekend in Osceola Street at the 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair. With over 100 crafters ready to put their work out on display at this beautiful location, and with plenty to see and do before and after the festival during the weekend, there’s no doubt that this is a show you won’t want to miss. This will be our 17th year [...]

Before we talk about this weekend, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making last weekend’s Marco Island Festival of the Arts such a rousing success! We received so much feedback about the show, and it was unanimously a huge hit. We’re excited to go back and we’re glad you’re excited to return also. We just posted an album with photos on our Facebook page. [...]

This weekend, we’re looking forward to the St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, where we’ll be checking out many of our favorite crafters and artists sharing some of their latest work. We anticipate seeing many of you there. Will you help us spread the word? There are many ways you can help us do that: Our Facebook page is one great way to share information with your friends and [...]

It’s almost here!!! This week’s debut show in beautiful Marco Island is one of the spring festivals we’ve been looking forward to the most and man, are we excited to share news of it with the world! Our team has done a great job of spreading the news throughout social media and the Internet, but we need your help too! Be sure to share our Facebook posts about this show [...]

I create artistic “Americana” photography, that is representative of American country life during the mid 1900s. I mainly focus on old country stores, country homes, filling stations as well as signage and vintage vehicles of all types. I individually prepare each image with my goal being to create a sense of nostalgia along with an artistic “feel” that draws you into each piece. Most of my creations I finish on [...]

Did you know that mosaic art is one of the oldest arts there is? Back in earlier times, it was a sign of wealth and status, I suppose because it takes so long to make. Properly made mosaic art work should last a long time and makes an excellent family heirloom to be passed down through the generations. I’ve been up cycling old china, porcelain, lamps, vases, anything that breaks [...]

I admit … my paintings are all about love, very mushy, very romantic … I guess that describes me, too! There is enough dark art out there … I love to create loving, happy art … art that may uplift your spirits and bring joy to your heart, using rich oils so full of color and emotions that are easy to see. Have you ever wanted an original painting of [...]

I work primarily with wire, combined with freshwater pearls, shells, gemstones, coral, glass, and most recently, polymer clay. Color is most important to me, and I love combining colors to create unexpected results that people are drawn to. Polymer clay has been my most recent passion because color is key. I’ve been working with polymer clay for the last two years or so, but haven’t even come close to exploring [...]

I specialize in commissioned oil portraits and also enjoy figurative painting, murals and en plein air. Formerly, a watercolorist I began working in acrylics in 2001 (as a muralist) then moved back to my favorite medium when I was an art student, oils. Now I paint almost exclusively in oils on linen and on copper. While concentrating on portraiture I have also painted en plein air in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, [...]

Born in Havana, Cuba, on October 8, 1943, I grew up watching my father paint, which influenced my path towards becoming a painter myself. I left Cuba with my family in 1960 and came to live in New York where I started to paint and exhibit my work in New York’s Greenwich Village and other venues.  I’m an abstract expressionist, self-taught artist and have been developing my own painting style [...]

Eugene Perry, with his hallmark innovative, modern yet simplistic and sophisticated style, is an abstract metal sculptor from Philadelphia, PA. Born in Liberia, West Africa. Perry moved to the United States when he was ten years old and learned welding through his job, while performing his task as a steel fabricator. Looking to his faith for inspiration, Perry was stimulated by an early mentor, Jung Park, an older Korean artist. [...]

Jerry Ozboyaci, known as Jerry Oz, was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He was involved with artwork at an early age, as part of school curriculum. Charcoal drawings caught the eyes of his teachers. He was encouraged to continue working on his drawings. For a while he did and won several prizes at local art shows and at school. As a young lad, playing sports, especially soccer, became his priority. He [...]

Goldsmiths Christiane & Oliver Hampel were born in Germany, where the art of designing and making jewelry was learned and honed before moving to Naples, Florida. Their innate sense of style and creativity, coupled with their love of nature, is reflected in their jewelry. Jewelry, as an art form, has the power to create moods and produce reactions. Our design philosophy is to awake emotions by taking beautiful organic shapes [...]

We’re going to Lakeland this weekend! Our debut show, the Lakeland Craft Festival, is almost here, and we want this to be one of the most successful shows we’ve had, ever. What can you do to help? Spread the word, of course! We have our online communities to help us do that, sure, but those online communities can’t function without you – YOU guys are the life force of our [...]

Are you following Howard Alan Events on Facebook? If you’re not, you are missing out on some great stuff! From posts about our shows and the people involved in them to inspirational quotes and fun, adorable pics, we do our best to keep the content in our Facebook, blog, and other social media communities fresh and interesting. Do you have any suggestions? Don’t be shy! Email us at info@artfestival.com and [...]

Spring is here, and with it a slew of wonderful American Craft Endeavors shows to help you stay in the spirit of springtime. Those of you who have visited one of our amazing craft festivals in Downtown Sarasota know that this is a great opportunity for families to get their exposure to handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces in an outdoor-gallery style showing, while purchasing great finds that they can take home for [...]

Hyde Park Village is one of our favorite places on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Located near the shores of Hillsborough Bay, Hyde Park Village boasts beautiful shops, delectable restaurants and entertainment for the whole family. This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23 from 10-5, Howard Alan Events presents another first-rate art festival featuring some of the most talented artists in the country as well as entertainment, food and fun for the [...]

This weekend American Craft Endeavors, together with its sister division, Howard Alan Events, brings you hundreds of talented crafters, painters, sculptors, textile artists, jewelry makers, potters, photographers and much more for an incredible show that has become a staple of the Coral Springs community. The 10th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts is happening this Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 at The Walk in Coral Springs, where you and [...]

  This weekend is one of those weekends we love here at Howard Alan Events. Not only are we putting on one exciting outdoor juried art festival, we’re putting on two incredible shows. That means two opportunities this weekend for artists, crafters and patrons to meet each other and experience the unifying power of art together. What’s even more exciting for us is that we get to share one of [...]

All this week, we’ve been giving you the inside scoop on how David Fernandez creates his clay art putters. We’ve been going through each step while telling you a little bit about the Art Fest by the Sea in Jupiter/Juno Beach. This weekend’s art festival, hosted by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, has become a two-day tradition to kick off spring in South Florida. David Fernandez is [...]

This weekend, at the Art Fest by the Sea, hosted by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, David Fernandez will be giving away one of these beautiful putters as part of the Featured Art Giveaway. There is no purchase necessary to enter, but you must be present at the festival for a chance to win. Just visit David’s booth at the Art Fest by the Sea in Jupiter/Juno [...]

Have you been to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea? It’s on a barrier island in the stretch between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, about 30 miles from Miami. It exemplifies everything about Florida’s Gold Coast: breathtaking, relaxing and fun. And for 18 years, American Craft Endeavors has been taking it all in by bringing the country’s best crafters to the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea area for a craft festival you will never forget. Bring your [...]

If you play golf, you already know that your putter is one of the most important, if not THE most important, tool in your collection. While your putter type depends on what you’re trying to accomplish in your game, the putter head can be custom made to be a unique representation of you as a golfer. Enter David Fernandez, innovative clay artist and our featured artist for this weekend’s Art [...]

How do you make the perfect custom golf putter? Only someone like celebrated artist and inventor of the Precision Putter, David Fernandez, would know. In our first of a four-day blog series, we’re sharing with you how our Featured Artist for the Art Fest by the Sea in Jupiter/Juno Beach creates his one-of-a-kind custom golf putters from clay. As an avid golfer and an artist of 40 years, David Fernandez [...]

This weekend, American Craft Endeavors is proud to announce the debut of a new craft festival in the wonderful Florida town of Port St. Lucie! We are so excited to be bringing you the Downtown Tradition Craft Festival this Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Town Hall Square in Tradition Village. Open to the public and absolutely free for everyone to attend, we know the Downtown Tradition [...]