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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. Have you seen it? Take a look!

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We’ve been looking forward to this show for a while now. Jacksonville is one of our favorite towns in Florida, with its great people, fun atmosphere and coastal surroundings. We’re looking forward to seeing some great artists there, too – painters, photographers, potters, mixed media artists, jewelry makers, you name it. 

Now, the best part about this weekend for Howard Alan Events is that we get to go back to a venue we love, in a Florida city we adore and we get to share some awesome artists, food and entertainment with you while doing so. Are you ready for the 15th Annual San Marco Art Festival? We totally are!

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Most importantly, though, we’re excited to see YOU! Our events are outdoors, free and completely open to people of all ages, so there’s no reason why your little ones can’t join the fun – and they should. What a great opportunity this show is to introduce the young generation in your family to the joys of artistic expression! But it’s about more than that: Whether you’re an art collector or just an admirer, you’ll have the unique opportunity to meet the artists themselves, ask them about their art and the process required to create it, and you’ll have the chance to let the artists know just how much you love their work,both by giving them praise and by purchasing their art.

Plus, as always, one lucky patron will have the chance to take home a piece by our featured artist by entering the Featured Art Giveaway. Every festival, we hold a Featured Art Giveaway and they are wildly successful, not only in getting folks excited about art, but in introducing them to an artist they may not have otherwise known. This weekend, you’ll enter to win “Walk in the Park at Night” by Russ Erickson. This Chicago artist is not only famous for painting beautiful Midwestern landscapes, but he also makes much of the paper he paints on, largely from cotton, white silk and wood pulp. Whoever takes home the giveaway piece is no doubt in for a treat.

The only requirement to entering the contest? You must enter in person. That means you have to be at the San Marco Art Festival this Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in San Marco Boulevard. So go check out the San Marco Art Festival this weekend and don’t forget to hashtag any pictures you take and post online with #SanMarcoArtFestival. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with news, updates and more!

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