Valentine’s Day Instagram!

Get ready for the Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts! We’re excited to see you there this Valentine’s weekend and we’d love for you to show off your sweetie at the art festival!

You’ll be able to find everything from gorgeous framed artwork to amazing jewelry and just about everything in between — in other words, the perfect gifts for your beloved this Valentine’s season. You’ll also have the chance to enter the Featured Art Giveaway and win Bob Lehman’s Ku Ku Bird, valued at $295.

We’re super stoked to share this weekend with our artist friends, and give sweethearts everywhere the chance to be introduced to new and original works of art. This weekend, though, we have a couple of requests!

  1. heart instagram haeWe want to see you wearing your best Valentine’s Day outfits: lots of red, white, hearts and other generally adorable expressions of love.
  2. We want you to tag us on Instagram! Follow us on Instagram — you can find us with the user name @ArtFestivals — then take a picture of yourself and your sweetheart, put it through one of those cool Instagram filters, add a caption with the hashtag #downtownsarasotafota and share in your social media networks including Facebook and Twitter.

That’s it! We will see you there, friends!

Introducing our Newest Howard Alan Events Media Art Contest

Attention Howard Alan Artists! Fresh on the heels of the wildly successful “Joy of Giving Sweepstakes,” we’re introducing a completely different kind of contest, and we hope that you will jump at the chance to participate!


Here’s the deal: At Howard Alan Events, we are gearing up for our most exciting Summer/Fall season yet. With new shows coming up and favorite venues being visited, we’re ready to start advertising and putting out flyers for those events. There’s only one thing missing: new artwork.

That’s why we’re giving you the chance to win credit for you to have a booth at one of this year’s outdoor gallery juried art shows produced by Howard Alan Events absolutely free! (This excludes our Alexandria, Va., show this summer.) What do you have to do? It’s simple: Every year, we choose new artwork for our advertising and promotional efforts, and it’s about that time for us to choose a new piece for this year. Sure, we could just pick something we’ve seen that we like, but we’d like to see what you guys can come up with.

  • Create an art piece depicting an outdoor art festival as the theme. Mediums we’re seeking include painting, mixed media, collage, drawing, or photography, and the image must be bold enough to translate to a black and white ad.
  • Send an email with the subject line “Contest Entry” to If you can, send us a photo of your piece both in color and in black and white. Submissions will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2014.

The winner of this media art contest will receive a credit for one free booth at a show of their choice, which MUST be redeemed by April 14, 2015. This free credit, unfortunately, excludes the Alexandria show; but the good news is that the artwork will be the centerpiece of our flyers, print and media advertising for the next year. This is a chance for you to see your artwork featured predominantly in advertising for Howard Alan Events in areas where we hold shows throughout the country.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a unique impact in Howard Alan Events’ ad aesthetic for the year, so remember: email Malinda and be sure to title it “Contest Entry” to get your submission in!

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