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This weekend, Howard Alan Events is proud to be hosting TWO shows, one in each Florida coast! Whether you join us in Boca Raton for the top-rated fine arts festival in the area, or you join us in the west coast for the Downtown Dunedin Art Festival, this weekend is guaranteed to be a great time for art-loving families all over Florida!

27th Annual Boca Fest

Green HeartBoca Raton has been a hugely popular spot for decades. A symbol of the carefree, relaxed and vibrant lifestyle of the South Florida area, Boca is known for its bright, friendly feel and its love of great art. It should come as no surprise, then, that the 27th Annual Boca Fest, which started in 1987, has grown to become the #1 rated fine arts festival in the Boca Raton area and has been ranked one of the top 100 fine art shows in Florida by Sunshine Artist magazine.

Located in an area steeped with history and known for its diversity, Boca Raton is the ideal host for the vast variety of artists in our show, and our featured artist for this year’s Boca Fest, Mi Young Lee, exemplifies all of the qualities that have made Boca Fest a successful outdoor juried fine art festival, and a great match for this exciting South Florida town.

miyounglee Born to progressive parents who ensured her exposure to a variety of domestic and foreign artistic disciplines and cultural philosophies in her native South Korea, Mi Young Lee always was exposed to and interested in art from an early age. As she progressed in her studies and she mastered the artistic concepts of her native culture, she found that traditional Korean art concepts left her unsatisfied, and as a result she became interested in studying Western techniques of painting and abstraction. With a desire to study in the U.S., she chose the University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts, where she obtained her B.F.A. in 1985, and later her M.F.A. in 1988.

Zephyr (1)So where does Mi Young Lee find her inspiration? She finds it in her everyday life. Her work is inspired by the emotions, feelings, and energy produced by everyday events and her response to them. As an artist, she sees herself as the filter through which life’s energy passes, so that her perception of everyday life comes through clean and unbridled onto the canvas. Her work has been praised all over the world, as her work has touched audiences in the U.S., South Korea, China and Germany, among other places. In addition to being an artist, Mi Young Lee is a fine arts professor and visiting artist at the University of South Dakota, and she gives lectures to art students about what it’s like to be a working professional artist.

This weekend, you’ll get to experience the magic of Mi Young Lee’s magnificent, timeless gift at the 27th Annual Boca Fest, happening Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Shops at Boca Center. As our Featured Artist for this event, Mi Young Lee will be giving away “Zephyr,” a 20” x 24” (with 14” x 20” image) limited-edition lithograph valued at $280. Visit booth #26 to meet the incomparable Mi Young Lee and to enter the Featured Artist Giveaway. No purchase is necessary to enter. The drawing will be held in Lee’s booth at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

17th Annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival

Parallel UniverseAlso on our agenda for this weekend is the 17th Annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival, taking place in downtown Dunedin, just a few miles north of Clearwater. This often-overlooked little town in the Gulf coast is one of our favorite art festival spots: the folks are friendly, the area is pretty and our artists receive lots of support. In addition to over 100 artists sharing their talents with our festival patrons, our Featured Artists for the Downtown Dunedin Art Festival are truly unique.

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To say that Lynn and Steve Cebula are a dynamic duo is a huge understatement. Self-taught artists who started showing their work in 1998, Lynn is a former Pinellas County school bus driver and Steve managed a UPS store. Originally from New Jersey, their love of painting and sculpting has created an interesting body of work. Primarily working on wood to create memorable and intricate pieces of 3D wall art, the Cebulas’ pieces are truly one of a kind, especially since most 3D wall art is composed of glass, steel, aluminum, or clay. Their gorgeous artwork is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and it embodies the jovial spirit of this amazing artist couple, who celebrate life together through the creation of these beautiful and lively works of art. You can see more of their art on their website, Twisted Dimensions Art.

Deco Pair (2)This weekend’s Featured Artist Giveaway features a pair of deco pieces by Lynn and Steve Cebula. Each piece of the Deco Pair is 35” x 7” x 3” , and the pair retails for $340. Find the Cebulas in booth #48, where you can ask them about their inspirations, experiences and just everyday life. You can enter to win this Deco Pair at their booth Sat. and Sun., and there is no purchase necessary; the drawing will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The 17th Annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival happens this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Dunedin.

Join us this weekend, no matter what coast you’re in!

Howard Alan Events is always proud to put on educational, entertaining and family-friendly juried fine arts festivals that showcase the very best in artistic talent from all over the U.S. Whether you’re looking for great jewelry, unique apparel, or eclectic art for your collection, rest assured that you will find what you’re looking for at a Howard Alan Events show. Find affordable gift items for every taste and budget, ranging from $25-$30,000. Share the gift of art with your loved ones and enjoy yourself in a pleasant, relaxing environment surrounded by Florida’s natural and unspoiled beauty. What are you waiting for? See you there!

To learn more about our art shows, you can always visit www.artfestival.com or call us at 561-746-6615. You can also email us at info@artfestival.com. Join our social media communities on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to share mobile photos from your visit to the art festivals and to showcase your favorite artists.

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