26th Annual Art Fest by the Sea
March 8 – 9, Saturday & Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Spans 1 Mile Along Oceanfront AIA from Marcinski Road in Jupiter to Donald Ross Road in Juno Beach
Navigational Address: 4050 S US Highway 1, Jupiter, FL 33477
To Support the Arts, the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Local Community
Free and open to the public
FREE PARKING and SHUTTLE SERVICE
Complimentary shuttle service provided by Cadillac, official vehicle & shuttle sponsor, and will run from the Florida, Power & Light building on Universe Blvd. & Ellison-Wilson Road to the festival site each day from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Directional signs will be posted.
David Fernandez’ Precision Clay Putter – This is the FREE GIVEAWAY!
This festival, produced by Howard Alan Events in partnership with the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, showcases the work of 300 of the finest artists in the country including top local and regional talent. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to leisurely stroll through the eclectic exhibits and meet the artists. In addition, there will be a FREE ART GIVEAWAY featuring the work of exhibitor David Fernandez.
The prize, a custom designed and handcrafted golf putter, will be on display in his booth where registration will take place. The winner will be announced during the final hour of the festival on Sunday, March 9th. To learn more about David Fernandez and his unique Precision Art Putters visit his website www.clayputter.com.
- Juried, first-class, outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists
- Ranked 67th among the top outdoor art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine
- Original Artwork Handmade in America
- 300 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 mediums
- Free Art Festival Giveaway
- This year’s official festival poster will be on sale at the festival merchandise booth along with many other items.
Glenn Woods & Keith Herbrand,
“The Pottery Boys”
Vase by The Pottery Boys
TRR: Tell us a little bit about yourselves
We’re both originally from the Midwest (Keith from Wisconsin and Glenn from Indiana). We met in 1985, when Keith was working as a retail store manager and Glenn was the art director for a local newspaper. In 2001, we moved from Chicago to Palm Harbor - – trading in our day jobs to become full time potters. It was a pretty tough transition but it was not long before we found the Howard Allen Group, they helped us get started. Because of their high standards for displaying our pottery, we have a much more professional presence at the many art fairs we participate in throughout the year.
My first pot was made in high school (1974) and the experience was so magical, I knew this is what I wanted to do for a living. I attended Indiana Central University in Indianapolis (1976 – 1980) and graduated with a BS in Art with a focus in clay.
While I always dreamed of being a full time potter, I took a rather long detour. I started out as an entry level graphic artist in newspaper, worked my way up to art director then moved into television advertising sales and later shifted into a marketing position for AT&T Cable Advertising in Chicago. In 2001 Keith and I bought a home and clay studio in Palm Harbor, FL to become a full time potter. Over the years, I have tried many styles of pottery – always a blend of functional and decorative work. In 2007 I began experimenting with crystalline glazes and have steadily made a shift to selling primarily decorative and functional crystalline glazed pottery.
One-of-a-Kind-Vase by The Pottery Boys
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater in 1985 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. I began my career in retail management and eventually ended up in Chicago working for a drug store/grocery chain – Jewel-Osco.
After we moved to Florida, my focus became designing and managing our pottery business. We started out in wholesale but quickly realized that we like dealing with the end user of our pottery so much more than selling our work to a store, gallery, or gift shop. In 2002 we began shifting from wholesale to retail – selling our pottery at outside art fairs. While my focus has always been the business side of our endeavor, in 2003 I started taking on more of the studio responsibilities. Now I mixes all of our glazes, creates many of the hand built pieces, and loads and unloads kilns.
Platter by The Pottery Boys
TRR: How did you get started working with each other?
Glenn has always been more entrepreneurial – none of his business ideas would convince Keith to give up the security of a more traditional job working for someone else. In 2001, Glenn found an ad in a trade magazine selling a wholesale line of pottery with some amazing accounts, and the artists home and clay studio. This was all Keith needed to take the plunge and we have been making pottery together from that point.
Smaller Vessels by The Pottery Boys
TRR: What helps you stay creative ?
There is simply not enough time in the day to explore all the ideas that are swimming in my head. Between working on developing our forms, working with crystalline glazes keep us moving creatively. I also teach a pottery class at the Dunedin Fine Art Center – coming up with interesting demonstrations for my class also helps me develop some of my ideas.
“Day Lily” Vase by The Pottery Boys
TRR: Is there anything else you want our readers to know?
All of our work is one of a kind. Each piece takes a minimum of 2 weeks to complete – many pieces take longer and often require multiple firings. The crystalline glazes require constant testing to develop the perfect color and surface. There are many categories of crystalline glazes, we currently work with a very traditional macro crystalline glaze and have recently been testing and working with matte crystalline glazes. If you do attend the Art Fest by the Sea, please stop by our booth and check out these matte crystalline glazes – the surface is so beautiful.
Small Wide Jar by The Pottery Boys
The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce donates to the Northern Palm Beach County school art programs through its Youth Art Competition, which takes place prior to the festival. The artwork is displayed at the chamber’s merchandise tent for the duration of the event where a variety of items will be available for purchase including the 2014 festival poster.
Cadillac, Presenting Sponsor of the festival, will provide an additional free art giveaway for a chance to win a limited edition piece valued at $500. Registration will take place in their booth, where additional details will be available. No purchase will be necessary to participate.
This year’s official commemorative poster, presented by Seacoast National Bank, features the art of Sharon Kusha. Sharon’s paintings are distinctive and recognizable due to her use of bold and bright colors, she primarily works with acrylic paints. She is greatly influenced by the architecture and tropical setting of Key West. Her work is displayed at several galleries and in juried fine art shows throughout Florida. The cost for signed posters is $25 while unsigned posters are $20.
Festival sponsors include Cadillac, Presenting Sponsor & Official Vehicle and Shuttle Sponsor, The Jupiter Courier Newsweekly, Palm Beach Broadcasting: WRMF, WEAT, WIRK and WMBX, The Palm Beach Post, Sunshine Artist magazine, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Stella Artois. The Lighthouse Center for the Arts, the Rotary Club of Jupiter and many other volunteers play an integral role in the success of this very popular festival.
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 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), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fair, (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 25th Anniversary Art Fest by the Sea and other Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavor art and craft shows across the country, please visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.
About The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce:
The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization whose more than 800 members represent employees in all aspects of business and industry. Its continuing mission is to be the unified voice of business driving sustainable growth and prosperity. The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce focuses on economic development, taking an active role in business advocacy, providing meaningful member services to support their growth and improving the quality of life for all residents in their community. For more information, call 561-746-7111 or visit www.npbchamber.com
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