Behind The Scenes At 28th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival Of Arts: From East Atlantic Avenue To The Ocean

Howard Alan Events celebrates the 28th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, welcoming over 250 artists and tens of thousands in economic impact during this top art festival in the state!  Slated for  January 21st – 22nd, the public is invited to this free event.  The professionally vetted, juried art festival is produced by the Jupiter-based Howard Alan Events (HAE), which has been presenting award-winning art and craft events and helping drive economic growth for more than three decades.  The Rickie Report shares the details, some sneak peeks and a behind the scenes look at how this all comes together.

 

 

 

 

 

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28th Annual 

Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts 

Saturday, January 21, 2017
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

 

Sunday, January 22, 2017
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

 

Free Admission

Located on East Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach from US1 to the Ocean.

 

 

 

 

The Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts sees more than 250 artists from more than 30 states, as well as other countries. It began as a small show in the parking lot of Atlantic Plaza. Since then, it has grown to encompass East Atlantic Avenue from US 1 east over Atlantic Bridge to Alternate A1A. The Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts is ranked as one of the top art fairs in the United States, with visitors planning vacations around the popular event.

 

 

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Art lovers and Artists

 

 

 

“The phones start ringing in the summer, when people are making their travel plans for the upcoming season. Everyone wants to know the dates of the Festivals,” says company Founder and President Howard Alan. “Tens of thousands of people visit our area during Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts. Once at the Festival, most attendees will spend at least $30 for food and drink from local restaurants, which quickly adds up to a large impact for the areas’ local economies. This is before taking into account actual hotel rooms booked by the artists themselves, with each staying an average of two nights per show.”

 

 

While the economic impact reveals the longstanding appeal of the venerable Howard Alan Events’ Art Festivals to area businesses and municipalities, the fans of the Festivals cite the free admission, free parking and the high-quality and diversity of the art itself as the reasons for their lasting appeal.

 

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Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts

 

 

Prior to becoming a participating artist in a Howard Alan Event, artists must submit samples of their works for independent review by a professional vetter who will judge the artistic quality of the pieces. As important as that process is for the show, of equal importance is a sample of the artist’s display. Each artist must submit a photograph of how their works will be displayed during the Festival itself. Even with the art being of high quality, if the artist cannot display his or her work up to the standards of an HAE fair, the application is not accepted.

 

 

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Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts

 

 

For more information on these, or the nearly 80 other professional Art and Craft shows produced each year, please visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

About Howard Alan Events, Inc.:

Howard Alan Events, Florida-based company, produces the nation’s top juried art and craft shows. Ranked among the Top 100 Art Fairs in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the 33-years established company has overseen art festivals in such noted cities as Alexandria, VA; Aspen, CO; Sarasota, FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL and 40 other destination markets in the nation.

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com  561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way  Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Boca Fest Returns To Town Center Mall January 14 – 15 With Over 200 Artists And Plenty Of Parking

Howard Alan Events is excited to announce that Boca Fest will return to The Town Center Mall at Boca Raton on January 14th & 15th. The Town Center is one of South Florida’s top luxury shopping destinations and one of Boca’s main attractions. The show will be located in the parking lot of The Terrace, a recent expansion near Bloomingdales, The Blue Martini and Gap. The Town Center is located right off I-95 and Glades Road. The show offers a convenient location with over 200 national artists and plenty of parking, including valet!  The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

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BOCA  FEST

At The Town Center Mall

 

 

 

Saturday, January 14th, 2017
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 15th, 2017
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Free Admission

 

 

 

6000 Glades Road in Boca Raton, FL

Venue: The Town Center Mall of Boca Raton on Glades Road in Boca Raton, FL

 

 

 

 

 

Art enthusiasts will be able to explore the diverse exhibits and learn more about the artists and their creative process. The exhibitors, more than 200 local and national artists, will be present for the duration of the festival and welcome the opportunity to discuss their work. The vast array of original art will include diverse media and styles, featuring paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media and much more.

 

 

 

Additional Information At-A-Glance:

  • Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • Ranked among top 100 fine art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine
  • Original Art
  • Handmade in America
  • 200 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Eclectic displays
  • Live music
  • Free to attend

 

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

For additional information on this or other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country:

www.artfestival.com

or call 561-746-6615

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com    561-537-0291

 

 

Celebrate The New Year At Las Olas Outdoor Art Showcase January 7 & 8, 2017

Start the year off in style and join the show that put Howard Alan Events on the map! Now considered a South Florida tradition in its 29th year on Las Olas Boulevard, the Howard Alan Events art festival is nationally recognized as one of the top events in America. Over the years, this Las Olas Boulevard festival has become a premiere & must see event in South Florida. People come out yearly to see more than 150 artists display their work in what looks like an art gallery lining the iconic Las Olas Boulevard. Meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece; ask questions about techniques; learn the sources of their inspirations; and purchase fine works of art at affordable prices.  The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

 

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29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I

 

Saturday, January 7

&

Sunday, January 8

 

 

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Free and open to the Public

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue

Navigational address: 600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33301

 

Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Las Olas Association

 

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.

 

For additional information on the 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com    561-537-0291

CORRECTION Delray Marketplace Event December 30 & 31, 2016 CANCELLED

The Delray Marketplace Art & Crafts Festival has been cancelled for Friday, December 30th and Saturday, December 31st (New Year’s Eve).

Watch for The Rickie Report’s article about the upcoming Downtown Delray Beach Art Festival which will take place on January 21 & 22, 2017.  

We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate The New Years Eve Weekend At The Delray Marketplace Art & Crafts Festival

The Delray Marketplace is a shopping, dining, and entertainment hub in West Delray Beach. The Delray Marketplace Art & Crafts Festival will take place on Friday, December 30th and Saturday, December 31st (New Year’s Eve). Over 100 fine artists and crafters will line the streets in a gallery-style outdoor festival.  Come visit this booming location to shop unique handcrafted art and craft items from a collection of the top crafters in the country. This is a “Can’t Miss” event and it is a great way to celebrate the New Year. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks with three artists: Santiago Perez, Edward Werb, Michael & Cynthia Smith.

 

 

 

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The Delray Marketplace New Year’s Art & Craft Festival

 

Friday, December 30, 2016

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 31, 2016

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

14851 Lyons Road in Delray Beach, FL

Free Admission

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

 

 

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase 
  • Original crafts
  • Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass

 

 

MEET  THE  ARTISTS:

 

Santiago Perez
Painting

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Painting by Santiago Perez

 

 

Santiago Perez is a representational visual artist depicting the beauty, drama, and tragedy of life using primarily narrative figurative art. He strives to depict emotion, romanticism and realism in different mediums but primarily oil. His works aim to tell a story of inspiration and hope.
  The richness and translucency of colors achieved through multi-layered glazing techniques is what gives his works captivating and life like qualities.     http://www.santiagoperezart.com

 

 

 

 

Edward Werb
Jewelry
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Edward’s handmade dichroic glass jewelry pieces are one of kind. Items are fused 3 times in a kiln and cold worked to ensure the highest quality possible. No casts, molds, kits, or decals are utilized.
Contact Edward at ewerb7@yahoo.com for more details and information on his jewelry.

 

 

Michael & Cynthia Smith
Mixed Media

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From bottles to a Botanical by Michael & Cynthia Smith

 

 

Recycled art! Tropical decor fashioned from recycled fence posts and wood, beautiful botanicals created from recycled plastic bottles. Totally GREEN!  For more details and information email Michael & Cynthia Smith at
bottlestobotanicals@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

For additional information on the Delray Marketplace New Year’s Weekend Art & Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher    The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way    Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com      561-537-0291

 

 

Downtown Delray Beach Art Festival Offers Alternative To Crowded Shopping With Diversity And Artistry

Stop by on November 26 & 27, 2016, for the 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival. 200 artists from the US will transform 4th Avenue, intersecting Atlantic Avenue, in Downtown Delray Beach into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork on display and for sale. The artistic media includes paintings, life size sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and mixed media. Kick off the holiday shopping season while exploring the eclectic exhibits and unique gift items.  Prices will be suitable to all budgets and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. Admission is free and open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

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17th Annual

Downtown Delray Beach

Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival

Saturday & Sunday, November 26 – 27

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Intersection of 4th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach
(Along NE & SE 4th Avenue, north and south of Atlantic Avenue)

Navigational Address: 330 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Free and open to the public

 

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Wesley Rasko – sculpture

 

The artists, selected from hundreds of applicants, will be set up along 4th Avenue, one block north and south of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach. The artistic media includes paintings, life size sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and mixed media. This art show is an ideal opportunity for shoppers who are eager to kick off the season and get a jump-start on their holiday shopping while exploring the eclectic exhibits in a stress-free family friendly setting.

 

 

Information At-A-Glance:

• 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival
• November 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
• Intersection of 4th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach
(Along NE & SE 4th Avenue, north and south of Atlantic Avenue)
• Navigational Address: 330 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
• Free Admission
• Produced by Howard Alan Events
• Juried outdoor art showcase
• Original Art Handmade in America
• 200 artists from 30 different states
• Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
• Artists are hand-selected by an independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
• All artists are on site for duration of festival
• Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media

 

 

 

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Gail Markiewicz – ceramics

 

 

About Howard Alan Events:

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 32 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.

For more information about this or other Howard Alan Events across the country visit:

 www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way  Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

15th Annual Juno Beach Craft Festival Offers Holiday Shoppers And Craft Enthusiasts A Stress-Free Venue At The Ocean

The 15th Annual Juno Beach Craft Festival takes place on November 12th and 13th. Shop handcrafted leather goods, paintings, photography, personalized products, glassworks, and much more– all made in The USA! A Palm Beach favorite, this craft festival is not to be missed! Stroll along the scenic A1A in Juno Beach and shop handmade fine crafts that suit every budget, while visiting with some of the nation’s best crafters. Get a jump start on holiday gifts at this fabulous Free event.  The Rickie Report shares the details and features Lonee Cataldo (Candles), Suzanne Connors (Fiber Art), Anthony Gargiulo (Sculpture) and Sarah LaPierre (Painting and Wearable Art).

 

 

15th Annual Juno Beach Craft Fair on the Ocean

Saturday, November 12

&

Sunday, November 13

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

AIA between Donald Ross Road & Loggerhead Park in Juno Beach

Navigational Address:

14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408

 

 

Free and open to the public

www.artfestival.com     561-746-6155

Hosted by:

The Jupiter-Tequesta Rotary Club

 

 

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Suzanne Connors
Fiber

http://www.ayafiberstudio.com 

I love art and I have always enjoyed making art. After trying many different mediums, I always return to fiber and textile art.  As a seamstress and a designer, textiles have always intrigued me; especially if the fiber has a beautiful texture that makes you want to reach out and touch it! I love layering color and combining different tactile fibers.

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Hand Dyed One of A Kind Scarf by Susan Connors

 

What I love about fiber art is the surprise element – the mixture of the fabric, the dye and the resist create different combinations and patterns that are only revealed at the final step. The magic when the freshly dyed indigo comes out of the vat and turns from green to blue right before your eyes!  It is always a surprise when I unwrap a freshly dyed piece of fabric! Like opening a Christmas Gift! Another thing I love about fiber is that there are no “mistakes”!  It is just like life; everything is always subject to change, and the mistakes lead to growth in my art.  The imperfections are all part of the creative process. I typically use African Adinka symbols as inspirations in my batik prints and create my own stamps.  I am always learning new techniques and experimenting with them. Every piece created is a unique one of a kind original!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah LaPierre
Painting

http://www.sarahlapierre.com

 

 

Thick paint is a collection of work created by award winning artist Sarah LaPierre. Palette knives and heavy bodied acrylic paints provide the full textures and vibrant colors that are characteristics of her style. Sarah gains her inspiration from the beautiful sceneries throughout her home state of Florida, with special focus skyward. Her late father, artist Joseph LaPierre remains the strongest influence in her creative ventures.

 

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Painting by Sarah LaPierre

 

 

Sarah’s artwork can be found globally in the homes of her many patrons, brightening the walls of professional offices and businesses, as well as locally through gallery events and showcases at fine arts festivals throughout south Florida.  Sarah’s wearable art and high end fashions were recently seen on the runway in New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Gargiulo
Sculptures

http://www.sandhillcranesculpture.com

 

Anthony Gargiulo has been making sculptures for many years, mostly birds of Florida. His sculptures include egrets, herons, sandhill cranes, shore birds and many others.  They are made for outdoor display using composite materials,  wood or metal. Special requests for positions or size are welcomed.  Mock-ups are made for customer approval before the finished sculpture is made.

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Sculpture by Anthony Garguilo

 

 

 

 

Lonee Cataldo
Candles

http://www.blueflamecandles.com

 

 

Blue Flame Candles are handmade with meticulous attention to every detail. We use a soy-blend wax, cotton wicks and no added dye. What sets Blue Flame apart from other candles is exceptional fragrance. Being true luxury candles, they have amazing fragrance throw and a slow, beautiful, complete burn.  Being a connoisseur of richly fragrant luxury candles and getting tired of paying exorbitant prices for them, I set out to learn how to create them. It took a great amount of work, many months of research, and hours of daily testing before my benchmark of product excellence was achieved.

 

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Handmade Blue Flame Candles by Lonee Cataldo

 

 

In October 2009 Blue Flame Candles was born. Today, Blue Flame is a true family run company. My daughter Madylyn does the pouring, while I do the labeling and all other tasks related to running Blue Flame.  We continue to test new waxes and oils to maintain the standard of superior quality that Blue Flame clients appreciate and expect.  I exhibit at art & craft shows throughout Florida from Oct. thru May. During the hot summer months, I’ll be in Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

 

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

For additional information on the 15th Annual Juno Beach Craft Fair on the Ocean or other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country:

www.artfestival.com

 561-746-6615

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Celebrate The Arts In Delray Beach October 29 and 30th At 3rd Annual Delray Marketplace Art & Craft Festival

The Delray Marketplace Art & Craft Festival returns October 29th and October 30th with the finest artists and skilled crafters in the country. Enjoy this two-day outdoor juried  fair showcasing a full spectrum of art and craft media. Admission is free and open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details and introduces you to Joseph Ferris (metal), Finny Lazarus ( one-of-a-kind jewelry) and Ira & Sue Lances (wearable art).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3rd Annual Delray Marketplace

Art & Craft Festival

 

 

 

Saturday, October 29th, 2016
10:00 am  – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 30th, 2016
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

 

14851 Lyons Road in Delray Beach, FL

 

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts
  • Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Full spectrum of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass
  • Free art giveaway
  • Free admission

 

 

MEET  THE  ARTISTS:

 

 

Joseph Ferris
Metal Art

 http://www.artisticweld.com

 

 

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Metalwork by Joseph Ferris

 

Joseph first began working with metal in 7th and 8th grades during metal shop classes in school. Instantly his talents were recognized. His instructor encouraged him to enter the Michigan State Industrial Arts competition with a custom designed three-piece table set, which he built from hand formed steel. He did so, placing First in the Regional Competition and went on to place Second in the State competition. In High School, Joseph studied for four years under Eugeen Wolonick, master Craftsman of Metal Working Techniques. It was here that Joseph’s imagination and skill reached new and exciting levels. 
Joseph went on to Western Michigan University taking on heavy class loads of drawing and industrial design courses along with a strong emphases in physics, mathematical theory and equations which he uses daily in the creation of his art.

 

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Metalwork by Joseph Ferris

 

 

These early experiences and training created the foundation which led Joseph to become the successful artist that he is today. Joseph has received numerous awards from prestigious art shows around the United States. He has been commissioned to do indoor and outdoor large metal sculptures as well as unique custom metal wall art and custom sculptural furniture for Private Collections, Corporate Buildings and Galleries. 
Joseph utilizes a variety of metals and materials to create unique and unusual metal sculptures and sculptural metal wall art. Living in Florida has brought to his work the use of color, which he incorporates in his already exciting pieces.

Finny Lazarus
Jewelry

 http://finnysjewelhouse.yolasite.com

 

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One-Of-A-Kind Jewelry by Finny Lazarus

 

 

Finny is an exhibitor with jewelry including cut, drilled, and set gemstones, SouthSea & Freshwater pearls, hand knotted 14k gold and sterling silver. All pieces are one-of-a-kind. Finny has participated in many of Howard Alan Events’ art festivals, and her booth is very popular with returning clients!  Finny’s wearable art will become your family’s heirlooms to treasure.

 

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One-Of-A-Kind Jewelry by Finny Lazarus

 

 

 

Ira & Sue Lances
Fiber

Ira & Sue Lances of Staten Island, New York began making wearable art back in 1980. As the items became more artsy, Ira & Sue felt the need to start selling their one of a kind jackets and scarves at Arts & Craft shows throughout the country.  At many of the venues they have been awarded as recipients of many awards for their unique designs. At this time, the Lances are looking forward to sharing their one of a kind fabrics using several techniques. One of the techniques is called Handmade Chenille this process leaves us with a fabric which is reversible.  

 

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Wearable Art by Ira & Sue Lances

 

The fabric is made at the singer machine and it includes 4 layers of rayon fabrics, stitching them together then coming back and cutting thru 3 of the layers leaving one tone layer, which is the lining.  Another technique, Lace Chenille, is a process in which they start out with threads, fine cording and by recycling the scraps of rayon from the reversible jackets. They take the fibers and stitch them together, offering an open webbed or lace-like look to.

 

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Wearable Art by Ira & Sue Lances

 

 

 

Working in Appliqué technique is very lightweight and sometimes done on a sheer fabric.  Thin strips of rayon are sometimes edged using the pearl stitch machine while manipulating the fabrics to create a design they are appliquéd onto. All of the jackets and scarves have lots of color and texture and can be worn day into evening.  Everything created by Ira Lances is also machine-washable and dribble too!  If you are interested in pieces, pricing or are thinking of having a customized piece just contact us for further details.

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

 

For additional information on the Delray Marketplace Art & Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

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29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Brings New Artists To The Scene On October 22nd and 23rd

Produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by the Las Olas Association, the Las Olas Art Fair, October 22 – 23, will feature 150 of the finest artists in the country as well as many leading locals from South Florida. Admission is free and open to the public.  The displays of original artwork will line Las Olas Boulevard from SE 6th Avenue to SE 11th Avenue. The wide array of handmade art and affordable gift items include diverse styles and media such as paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, sculptures and much more. Exhibitors will be present for the duration of the festival and welcome the opportunity to discuss their work with art enthusiasts and potential investors. Las Olas Art Fair collectors’ edition posters will be available for purchase onsite at the festival booth located across from the Cheesecake Factory on S.E. 6th.  The Rickie Report introduces three of the artists and shares all of the details here.

 

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29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair

October 22 – 23, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale
Between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue

Navigational address: 600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Support the Arts, the Local Economy, & the Las Olas Association

Free and open to the public

 

FESTIVAL AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists
  • Original Artwork
  • Handmade in America
  • More than 150 artists from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000 
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants 
  • All artists on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media

 

Commemorative Festival Posters ($10) & T-shirts ($15) for sale at booth located across from Cheesecake Factory
A portion of the proceeds benefits the Las Olas Association

 

MEET  THE  ARTISTS:

 

Sip Tshun Ng

http://www.tshunart.com

 

“I am Chinese but I was born in Indonesia. I grew up in a small house. Downstairs my parents manufactured noodles that we sold to both restaurants and the public. My grandparents had moved to Indonesia from China in the 1930s to try to make a better life for our family. Being immigrants, we were limited to only the ways of the native Indonesians. We were not permitted to study our heritage or our Chinese language. I spent my youth playing in the lush jungles and on the pure white sandy beaches of the Java Sea and the South Pacific. These colors and surroundings would later become the inspiration for my work”.

 

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3D Artwork by Sip Tshun Ng

 

 

“In elementary school we were given blank paper and directed to paint whatever we wanted to. We would spend 2 hours in school or at home painting in our books. The next day, the teacher would collect our artwork and grade it.  I was fascinated by a circus book we had at home and studied the shapes of the faces and proportions of the bodies. When I took my painting of a seal with his trainer balancing a ball on his nose to school, the teacher wouldn’t believe that I had painted it myself! I painted a picture in school for him to prove that I could do it. The teacher and school were impressed but I thought, ‘I only do this for fun so it’s OK'”.

 

 

“When I wasn’t working in my father’s business after school, I was indulging my passion of painting. My art began to evolve into a pastime of cartoon illustrations. A friend who had seen my work, wrote a book and asked me to illustrate the cover.  I was happy to do it and began to do covers and illustrations for other books as well.  One of my older brothers went into the clothing manufacturing business. He liked my use of color and design, so  I began to produce designs for his clothing and it got to the point where we would get requests for my work. We sold to stores who would buy 12 dozen at a time, sell them all and come back for more! I felt happy and honored that my work was liked so much and to think I only did it for fun! It was then that I knew that art would remain the great passion of my life”.

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3D Artwork by Sip Tshun Ng

 

“In 1998 a crisis economy swept Indonesia creating great unrest. Many of the Chinese people were the target of hatred by the native Indonesians, burning our businesses and homes. Once, we had to hide our hide in the attic of a building for 10 days until the rioting stopped. I made plans to leave Indonesia to get away from the hatred and physical assaults. I was fortunate enough to get out and find refuge in the great country of America. I now live in south Florida, where I am able to continue producing my artwork, which continues to evolve.  My sculptures reflect the simple pleasures that life affords us even amid the hustle and bustle of our daily routines. I draw my inspiration from the present as well as the past. The one constant is time. It is precious and we must live in each moment of it. While we shouldn’t worry about each minute passing, we should be mindful of it and appreciate the whole spectrum of experiences that come with it. Enjoy your journey!”

 

 

 

Roy Rodriguez

www.royrodriguezart.com

 

 

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Artwork by Roy Rodriguez

 

 

Born in Cuba in 1967, Roy discovered his passion for art at an early age. Started his art studies at “Casa de la Cultura” in Havana, Cuba where he later exhibited at the age of seventeen. Accepted in San Alejandro School of Art in Havana, he later left the country, arriving in Miami, Fl in 1985 and continued studies in different art fields. However, Roy is adamant that he is a self-taught individual who has been schooled in the techniques of the great contemporary masters. He seeks his own aesthetic vocabulary and imagination in the use of color and texture to create a sultry palette. “There is something that fascinates me about colors and I love to use it on my canvas. I’m always searching for a rich and translucent texture, obtained through various material and tools that has allowed me to enjoy my mixed medias, acrylics and oils paintings in the pursuit of achieving my subject matter of the woman’s figure and architectural landscape”.

 

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Artwork by Roy Rodriguez

 

 

Using his childhood memories of Cuba, Roy Rodriguez, passionately projects the hedonistic reality of his native island utilizing vibrant colors and exploring the exotic. His work has been exhibited in galleries, cultural events and has been featured in television programs and magazines. Roy is an active community leader who is in the process of creating a new innovative concept to merge social media with art by teaching his techniques to other people with Social Painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paola Gallardo

http://PAOLAGALLARDOART.COM

 

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Painting by Paola Gallardo

 

Florida – based artist, Paola Gallardo, was born in Bogota, Colombia in the early 70’s. At  age 4 her family moved to Spain. Paola studied art starting with black and white media at the age of 12 at Jose Joaquin’s Studio in Zaragoza, Spain. She explored other techniques at Goymar School of Arts in Madrid, and Graffito and charcoal at Artaquio Studio after she graduated. Paola splashed onto the art scene in the early 90’s and worked as a private teacher for almost 8 years. She enjoyed blending her artistic European influence with the Latin-American artistic movement through collaborations with different artists in Colombia. While living there, she also worked as a tutor for portraiture at El Gorgojo studio. She is always embracing color and texture, which is evident everywhere in her pieces. Her artwork has been on exhibit in Galleries in Spain, Colombia, New Mexico, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

 

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Painting by Paola Gallardo

 

“My artwork communicates with the viewer in a special way. It is what you see and what it makes you feel. Emotions, reactions and even memories. My figurative artwork is part of who I am as a human, and it also becomes part of the viewer’s identity. Today, using oils, and other media, I create my own unique style of art focusing on portraying human identity; I look for the genuine expression of color, shapes, texture and detail to bring it to the audience in the most natural way”.

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 33 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), the Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.

For additional information on the 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Downtown Stuart Craft Festival Features Original Handmade Crafts, Functional Art And Unique Gift Items

The 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair returns October 15 – 16, 2016, with the finest artists and skilled crafters in the country. This two-day juried craft showcase will feature diverse craft media and styles with broad appeal. The prices will be suitable to all budgets and range from as little as $3 to $3,000. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibitors, present for the duration of the festival, will line Osceola Street in Downtown. They welcome the opportunity to discuss their work and creative process. Partial proceeds from this very popular festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Programs. The Rickie Report shares the details and highlights three of the nationally award winning artists in attendance: Karen Massengill, Joni Berte and  Stephanie Pollack.

 

 

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17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

October 15 – 16, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

Navigational Address: 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994

To Support the Arts, the Local Community and the Stuart Main Street Programs

Free and open to the public

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts
  • Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused  glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

American Craft Endeavors, the producer of this show, and Howard Alan Events bring a number of festivals to historic Downtown Stuart each year. These highly anticipated art events are popular because of the vast array of quality handmade items and art on display as well as the number of leading national artists and crafters showcased at each festival.

 

Original Handmade Crafts – Functional Art – Affordable Prices – Unique Gift Items

 

MEET THE ARTISTS:

Karen Massengill
Palm City, Florida
Painting

 

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Painting by Karen Massengill

 

 

When she was very young, Karen knew she wanted to be a painter. Pencils and crayons were constant companions as her family moved literally around the world, which is where she was inspired. She earned a BA at  Florida State University, but was sidetracked by the demands of family and the steady income of a nursing career. Her husband’s sudden death in 1995 changed everything. At first a distraction from grief, painting and the childhood dream of being an artist reasserted itself. To revitalize her skills she attended workshops taught by world-class artists including Carl Dalio, Janet Rodgers, Jim Kosvanec and many others.

 Karen has achieved great success on the art show circuit, winning numerous show awards and being selected as show poster artist five times.

 

 

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Painting by Karen Massengill

 

 

Her painting “Summer Light” appeared on the cover of the Summer,1998 Watercolor Magic national publication. Prestigious honors bestowed on her work include Birds in Art (four times) in both watercolor and oil Arts for the Parks with watercolor entries in both the top 100 and top 200, signature status with both the Florida Watercolor Society and the Society of Animal Artists. Her work has been purchased by the Leigh Yawkee Woodson Art Museum as well as numerous corporations. Recently, teaching workshops and private lessons has become a enjoyable extension of her career.  Visit http://www.karenleffelmassengill.com/ for more information.

 

 

 

Joni Berte
Jewelry
Jensen Beach, Florida

 

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Day of the Dead design by Joni Berte

 

“I believe that art is Food for the Soul! Self-expression is paramount to the artist and the drive to create is as impossible to stop as a runaway train. For the past few years I have focused on Day of the Dead art, and have developed a unique style (Lines & Micro-Dots) that is the hallmark of my pieces. While many of my Day of the Dead designs, particularly those found on my Sugar Skull masks, are typical of the genre, my execution is of the highest quality — especially in the areas of line detail and color”. 

 

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Art by Joni Berte

 

“I am currently working on Steam-Punk Masks, Mixed Media Assemblage Art, and Personal Shrines. 
 
Contact me via coopercat44@hotmail.com or check out my website for Custom Sugar Skull Mask Orders!”

 

Stephanie Pollack
Watercolor
Port St. Lucie, Florida

 

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Artwork by Stephanie Pollack

 

 

“I am an award-winning, Florida watercolor artist who loves to make people feel happy with my bright colors and up-lifting themes! 

I began art lessons at the age of 12 with the Director of Ford Motor Company in Michigan and then went on to study at Texas Woman’s University, North Texas State and Wayne State University. I’ve also attended workshops in Florida and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico”.  



 

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Artwork by Stephanie Pollack

 

 

“In 1984, I began showing my work professionally at local art festivals. Today I participate in more than 20 festivals around the country, teach workshops as well as showcase my work in galleries from New York to Key West.  Contact me at:  stephpollack@yahoo.com Art will be available for purchase at the Stuart Craft Festival.”

 

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

 

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

 

For additional information on the 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit :

www.artfestival.com
info@artfestival.com

561-746-6615

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291