• 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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, [...]

  • 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, [...]

Art Festivals

Welcoming in the Fall Season with Colorful Art in Arlington

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 [...]

Craft Festivals

Why You Can’t Miss The 5th Annual Villages Craft Festival This Weekend!

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]