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lasolasinstagram2014 (2)Before we tell you about the exciting things going on this weekend, we have great news: WE HAVE REACHED 2,000 FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM! Thank you so much to you, our Instagram Street Team, for being a part of this journey with us. We certainly could not have done it without YOU! Keep sharing your photos from our art festivals and using the festival tags so we can follow your experience at the shows. You can follow @ArtFestivals on Instagram once you install it on your smartphone, and you can post this weekend with the tags #LasOlasArtFair and #VeniceArtFestival.

As you can see, things at Howard Alan Events are starting to pick up, and we’re proud to announce that this weekend we’re bringing you not one, but TWO amazing outdoor, juried art-gallery style festivals you are sure to enjoy! These two wonderful locations have long been staples of the Howard Alan Events art festival calendar, so we’re thrilled to be back sharing work from our favorite artists in these venues.

Igor-Menaker-Towels-and-UmbrellasFirst, head on over to Ft. Lauderdale for the Las Olas Art Fair Part II, one of our staple festivals this season. This will be our 26th year in Las Olas, and we can’t wait! The Las Olas Art Fair, taking place in beautiful Las Olas Boulevard, is the perfect way to spend time with your family. Imagine seeing life-size sculptures, original and eclectic art pieces by some of America’s most gifted artists, and a variety of jewelers, photographers, potters, artisans, painters and much more. In addition, spend some time getting to know the artists and their work, find something gorgeous to purchase and enter our Featured Art Giveaway for your chance to win a piece titled “Towels and Umbrellas” by photographer Igor Menaker, valued at $425. No purchase is necessary to enter, but you must be present at the festival to take this beautiful photograph home. So stop by Igor’s booth this weekend for your chance to win!

generizzo_cracker cottageOn the west coast, in breathtaking Venice, hang out with artists, photographers, sculptors, jewelry makers, ceramic artisans and more at the Downtown Venice Art Classic. What a great way to say hello to March — with amazing artists who create one-of-a-kind pieces for your enjoyment. Whether you’re an art collector looking for the next big thing, or simply looking for the perfect gift for your loved one, you are bound to find something you’ll love at this outdoor art festival. You will also have a chance to win a coveted piece in our Featured Art Giveaway for the Venice Art Classic! “Cracker Cottage” by Gene Rizzo can be yours by simply visiting his booth and entering! Same rules as Las Olas apply — you don’t have to purchase anything to enter the contest but you must be present to win.

Don’t forget tomorrow is your LAST DAY to send in artwork to Malinda at our office to be considered for our latest HAE art contest! See your work used in our advertising and show flyers this season. We need a painting, mixed media piece, drawing, sketch, photograph, etc. depicting one of our art festivals. The piece needs to be bold enough to translate well in both black-and-white and color materials, and it needs to be original work. Send your entry to malinda@artfestival.com with the subject heading as “CONTEST ENTRY” and wait for the winner to be announced next week. Good luck!

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