How are you liking 2015 so far? We certainly can’t complain! January has been jam-packed with excellent shows from both Howard Alan Events and our sister division, American Craft Endeavors. Thank you to our patrons, artists, crafters, sponsors, vendors and supporters all over Florida and the U.S. We pride ourselves in producing arts and crafts festivals that families will love, and it is because of the overwhelming support we receive that we’re able to continue doing what we do.
That said, why slow down now? We’re saying goodbye to a very chilly January and welcoming the month of love at this weekend’s 14th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts, taking place Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31st to Feb. 1st, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in this affluent area of South Florida’s Atlantic Coast. The area near Hobe Sound is a haven of long-preserved nature, beautiful national parks and great entertainment options for visitors and residents alike. This weekend’s festival tradition is just one more reason to visit this gorgeous sector near Jupiter Island.
Come meet the artists and crafters as they share their talents, sell their original pieces and get to know patrons and their families in a relaxed atmosphere. With only the finest artists and artisans attending this exciting event, you are sure to come away with a deeper understanding of what makes art so unique and special, and you’ll even be able to come home with something you love, whether you have a limited budget or not. Plus, no matter who you’re shopping for or for what occasion, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift.
As always, we have our Featured Art giveaway to look forward to, and this weekend, it’s from an artist who represents everything about Hobe Sound that we love! Hobe Sound’s free giveaway will feature the work of wildlife artist and marine illustrator Steve Whitlock. His work, a menagerie of sharp lines, vivid imagery and vibrant, colorful odes to Florida nature, Steve is a one-of-a-kind artist who embodies the spirit of what our art festivals are all about. That’s why we are so excited to feature his work. The giveaway prize, a framed limited edition navigational chart of southeast Florida featuring a sailfish and valued at $350, will be on display in Steve’s booth where registration will also take place. No purchase will be necessary to participate and a winner will be drawn the last hour of the festival. To learn more about Steve and explore his artwork go to www.stevewhitlock.com.
Here are some other wonderful artists and crafters that will be joining Steve this weekend at the Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts.
Cam Chapman, photography, camchapman.com. Cam has traveled all over the country, breathtakingly capturing the beauty of the country’s most beloved lighthouses. You will never be the same once you see these national treasures through Cam’s expert lens.
Sarena Mann, mixed media, sarenamannstudios.com. Sarena Mann’s unique sculptured pieces are delicate and joyful accents to any mixed media collector. Her whimsical mobile sculptures are recognized by craft lovers all over the land.
Carl Schneider, jewelry, clschneider.com. Jewelry lovers will rejoice at Carl Schneider’s eye for style and sophistication when they come across his gorgeous collection. Combining fine metals and decadent stones, Carl’s work provides a striking accessory to completer any outfit.
David Sandidge, glass, sandidgeartglass.com. David Sandidge’s incredible glass artwork goes beyond the ordinary, way past the extraordinary — it simply defies description. He combines the brightest hues with his masterful hand, creating the most exquisite pieces.
Brett Miley, digital art, pbase.com/ecoridge . Digital artist and ecologist Brett Miley shares his love of nature through intricate mandala art pieces that pay homage to the relationship between nature and meditation. His work is a perfect way to say “I love you” to the nature lover in your life.
Holly Jones, watercolor, hollyajones.com. Holly’s trendy and artistic clutch bags have captured our hearts, and her body of work is charming, stylish and really one-of-a-kind. It’s the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life!
We hope to see you this weekend at the 14th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts! Don’t forget to follow Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors on Facebook (if you already do, please share the pages with at least ten friends who don’t already follow us … help us reach 30,000 likes!). And remember, bring your family and your friends — admission is always free and open to the public.