17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival Has Broad Appeal

Historic Downtown Stuart welcomes its 17th Annual Spring craft fair, April 12 – 13, 2014.  This festival features a wide variety of original handmade crafts as well as affordable, unique gift items with broad appeal.  A Green Market will showcase orchids and exotic plants as well as gourmet dips and spices, and many other distinctive items. The Rickie Report is pleased to share these details and feature artist Robert Ramaglia, a distinguished silversmith, whose work is timeless.

 

 

17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

April 12 – 13, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart

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

 

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

 

Free and open to the public

 

 

The 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair will make the area into a full gallery of art, crafts, food and specialty garden supplies.  Osceola Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from St. Lucie to Haney Circle and down to Denver to provide festival patrons with an ideal experience. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Stuart Main Street Program.  Admission is free and open to the public.  

 

 

 

INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:

 

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 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
  • Green Market featuring exotic plants, gourmet dips and spices, and much more
  • 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 wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass.
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Stuart Main Street Program

 

 

 

 

Pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Robert Ramaglia

 

Robert Ramaglia has been a silversmith for over 25 years. Silversmithing, combined with originality, technical expertise, quality workmanship and service, has been a benchmark for many years. The result is extreme the best prices and a large, loyal customer base.
Rainbow Casilica Pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Rainbow Casilica Pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Besides custom jewelry, Robert Ramaglia does antique restoration and repairs on: Silver, Copper, Gold, Pewter, Brass, and lamp rewiring. He is a retired consultant on eating disorders for many years in Philadelphia, PA. who currently lives in Port St. Lucie, Fl with his wife, Eileen.
Black Onyx pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Black Onyx pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Silver smithing was a hobby that just got out of control! Robert’s jewelry was so in demand he started to do it for a living. All of his jewelry pieces are original designs made with the finest sterling silver and semiprecious stones from around the world.
Chinese Happiness by Robert Ramaglia

Chinese Happiness by Robert Ramaglia

This style of silver smithing is the “olde” technique used since Paul Revere.  Robert has used his skills to fashion these artistic pieces into modern jewelry that are timeless and eternally fashionable. The result is a unique, signed piece of wearable art! – jewelry.
Kingman Turquoise pendant by Robert Ramaglia

Kingman Turquoise pendant by Robert Ramaglia

For more information please contact Robert Ramaglia at  Cell: (954) 562-6302 or Studio Phone Number: (772) 621-7825  or Email: advance100@bellsouth.net.   You can visit his website http://yeoldesilversmith.etsy.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 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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City Place Turns Into Outdoor Gallery

CityPlace in West Palm Beach will host a Signature Spring Art Festival March 29 & 30, 2014 for the fourth year.  Over 150 artists from around the United States will take part and the public is invited to attend at no charge.  There will also be a FREE art giveaway by Featured Artist, Diana Ahrens valued at $2,600!  Diana’s work is mixed media and is well known for her “wine art”.  Everyone is sure to enjoy the outdoor gallery setting in this city hub! The Rickie Report shares the details here:

 

4th Annual CityPlace Art Fair

 

             

March 29 – March 30, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm          

                                                                                                                                   

CityPlace in West Palm Beach,FL    

Navigational address:  700 South Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 To Support the Arts and the Local Community

 

Free and open to the public

 

 

CityPlace welcomes back its signature spring art festival March 29 – 30, 2014. This two-day juried event features an eclectic display of artwork by the finest artists in the country, including top talent from throughout South Florida. The artistic media will include paintings, life size sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, collage, mixed media, and handmade jewelry with prices set to suit all budgets. Admission is free and open to the public. 

 

Diana Fahrens and "Dancing Glasses"

Diana Ahrens and “Dancing Glasses”

 

 

A free art giveaway will feature the work of mixed media artist Diana Ahrens.  The prize, a 48” x 24” piece titled “Champion I” and valued at $2,600, will be on display at her booth where registration will also take place. No purchase will be necessary to participate and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the festival. To learn more about Diana Ahrens and her work go to www.dianaahrens.com.

 

 

 

"New Beginnings" by Diana Ahrens

“New Beginnings” by Diana Ahrens

 

 

 

The streets within this popular retail and dining destination will be closed to vehicular traffic to better accommodate festival patrons as they stroll through the vast array of art.  All of the artists will be present for the duration of the show and encourage art enthusiasts to ask questions about their work.  

 

 

 

"Jubilee" by Diana Ahrens

“Jubilee” by Diana Ahrens

 

 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: 

 

  • Juried outdoor art showcase 
  • Original Art Handmade in America
  • 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
  • Live Music 
  • Free Art Giveaway

 

"Personal best" by Diana Ahrens

“Personal Best” by Diana Ahrens

 

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), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), 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 4th Annual CityPlace 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 The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Biscayne Celebrates 50th Annual Festival of the Arts

Key Biscayne’s signature art event returns March 15-16, 2014 for art, live music, children’s activities, international food court featuring fine wines & craft beers as well as a FREE art giveaway in honor of its 50th anniversary. The Rickie Report shares the details. Here is a sneak peek of the FREE art giveaway by Tony Mendoza, fascinating background about Xavier Cortada artist of the Commemorative Poster and a look at Robert Brown, whose layers of artistry come from his architectural background and multi-national  ancestry.

 

50th Annual

Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival

 

March 15 – 16, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

 

The Village Green, on Crandon Boulevard, in Key Biscayne

Navigational Address:  400 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

 

To Support the Arts, the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

“We are thrilled to reach this milestone,” says festival promoter Howard Alan.  “We have been bringing the best and brightest artists to Key Biscayne for several decades, making sure the show offers a wide range of unique handmade artwork; I believe that is the key to our success and the show’s longevity.”

 

 

This popular art fair, produced by promoter Howard Alan Events and the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne, will take place at the Village Green located on Crandon Boulevard. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to explore the original artwork of 150 of the finest artists in the country, enjoy live music, sample dishes from the international food court and indulge in fine wines and craft beers. The show will also offer interactive activities for young art enthusiasts.

 

"Coffee Tree" by Tony Mendoza

“Coffee Tree” by Tony Mendoza

 

 

The FREE Art Giveaway will feature the work of exhibiting artist Tony Mendoza.  The giveaway prize, a 24” x 24” artist proof Gicleé reproduction on canvas of his original painting “Coffee Tree”, is a whimsical piece celebrating the artist’s favorite beverage, coffee.  It is valued at $500.00 and will be on display at Mendoza’s booth. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to meet this gifted Cuban American artist, explore his work as well as register for the giveaway.  No fee or purchase will be required to participate.  Mendoza’a art reflects his optimism, joy and whimsical view of society.  His clever use of his surroundings as a source of inspiration makes him of of South Florida’s most innovative artists.  To learn more about Tony Mendoza and his work, visit his website at   www.TonyMendozaArt.com.

 

 

Xavier Cortada's "Flor"

Xavier Cortada’s “Flor”

 

A special edition commemorative poster honoring the 50th anniversary of the show and featuring the work of FIU Artist in Residence Xavier Cortada, will be available for purchase during the event.   Xavier Cortada created art installations in the Earth’s poles to generate awareness about global climate change: In 2007, an an NSF Antarctic Artist and Writer’s Program Fellow, the artist used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years.  In 2008, he planted a green flag at the North Pole to reclaim it for nature and launch a reforestation eco-art effort.

 

Cortada often collaborates with scientists in his art-making:

  •  At CERN, Cortada worked with a physicist to develop a site-specific art installation capturing the five search strategies which the CMS experiment has used to discover a new Higgs-like particle.
  • He worked with a population geneticist exploring our ancestral journeys out of Africa 60,000 years ago, with a molecular biologist to synthesize an actual DNA strand made from a sequence randomly generated by participants visiting his museum exhibit, and with botanists in eco-art projects to reforest mangroves, native trees and wildflowers.
  • The Miami artist has worked with globally to produce numerous collaborative art projects: peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Taiwan, Hawaii, Holland and Latvia.

 

  • Cortada has also been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Governor’s Mansion, Florida Botanical Gardens, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, the Miami Art Museum, the Miami Science Museum,  Museum of Florida History, and the Frost Art Museum.
  • Cortada, who was born in Albany, New York and grew up in Miami, holds degrees from the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business and School of Law.  Cortada serves as Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University’s (FIU) College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA).

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Brown's "

Robert Brown 

 ROBERT BROWN

 

 

Born in Havana Cuba in 1949, of Irish, English and Cuban ancestors, Bob Brown has lived in Miami since 1960. His Cuban/American life experience, his shared love of art with his wife, and his work in the field of architecture and design are major influences in his Art.

 

 

 

Robert Brown

Robert Brown

 

 

 

Employing a hardedge style with clear sharp color to color edges, economy of form and geometric shapes allow bold creative designs to emerge from the canvas.  ARTISTA GROUP LLC. was established by Bob together with his brother Esteban (business manager) in order to provide himself and other artists a venue for creative expression.  For more information about Robert Brown’s art work, please visit : artistagroup.net

 

 

Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Additional information about the festival:

 

  • Juried first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists
  • Original Artwork Handmade in America
  • 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
  • International Food Court
  • 6 distinct culinary offerings available for purchase
  • The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne will offer craft beers, selection of fine wines, water and sodas
  • Special Saturday Night Under the Stars Event
  • Children’s Interactive Art Activities in the Young Artists Tent as well as an entertainment area to include bounce houses and face painting
  • Live PUSH CPR Sessions by the Village of Key Biscayne Fire and Police Departments-
  • Live Entertainment – The Chowder Chompers and Patriotic Marching Band will be performing at noon in the main Rotary dining tent, located in the center of the festival.
  • Free Art Festival Giveaway
  • 50th Anniversary Commemorative Festival Poster featuring the art of FIU Artist in Residence Xavier Cortada.
  • Unveiling of the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Poster at the Community Center March 14th, 5 to 7PM
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation.

 

 

Tony Mendez

Tony Mendoza

Festival sponsors include the Village of Key Biscayne, The Islander News, the Miami Herald, Comcast, FJ Turbine Power, Neil Friedman DDS, LITE FM, Stephen and Alice Takach, Bessemer Trust, and Sylvia Bennett.

 

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 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 more information please visit www.artfestival.com

 

 

 

For additional information on the 50th Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com, email  info@artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.  For information about the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne please visit www.rotaryclubofkeybiscayne.org

 

 

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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

10th Coral Springs Festival of the Arts Offers FREE Art Giveaway and More

Coral Springs will Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Signature Art Festival Fine Art & Craft Exhibit with live music, literary workshops, children’s activities, a Green Market and theatrical performances!  There will also be a FREE art give away by featured artist, Christopher Morris. He turns everyday objects into extraordinary works of Alphabet Letter Art! The Rickie Report knows you’ll enjoy this event on March 15th and 16th and shares the details here.

 

 

 

10th Annual

 Coral Springs Festival of the Arts     

 

March 15 – 16, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm  

           

The Walk on University Drive in Coral Springs    

                          

Navigational address:  2874 North University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065      

                

Support the Arts, the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

The 10th Anniversary of the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts is slated for March 15-16, 2014.  This annual art extravaganza is a true celebration of the arts and will once again transform The Walk on University Drive into a first class outdoor art gallery.  The festival is hosted by the Coral Springs Festival Committee, Inc. and the city of Coral Springs, is produced by Howard Alan Events, the country’s top festival promoter. 

 

 

 

"BEACH" by Christopher Morris will be the FREE Art Giveaway!

“BEACH” by Christopher Morris will be the FREE Art Giveaway!

 

 

This two-day outdoor fair has become the city’s signature event complete with a fine art show, contemporary craft festival, theatrical performances, literary workshops, a children’s area, a Green Market and a full line-up of live music. Partial proceeds from the festival will benefit the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the city’s other non-profit qualifying artistic endeavors within the community.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 

 

Additional Information At-A-Glance:

  • Juried first-class outdoor gallery showcasing local and national artists & crafters
  • Fine Art Show
  • Contemporary Craft Show
  • Hosted by the Coral Springs Festival Committee, Inc. & the City of Coral Springs
  • Produced by Howard Alan Events
  • Original Artwork Handmade in America
  • 200 artists and crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $30,000
  • Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All artists and crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Theatrical performances
  • Literary workshops
  • Children’s activity area
  • Full line-up of live music

 

 

 Christopher Morris Turns Everyday Objects into Extraordinary Works of Alphabet Letter Art!

Chris Morris is the photographer behind The Alpha Canvas. Though he did not set out to be a professional photographer, he has been enjoying photography professionally for a number of years. With his wife, Christa and son, Silas, the Morris family searches the countryside, looking for interesting objects that will make unique letter photographs.

"Pittsburgh"

“Pittsburgh”

In doing so, special attention is paid to make sure that no alphabet photo is staged or manipulated. Recently, with the addition of the gallery wrapped canvases, Chris has had the opportunity to showcase some of his other photography.

"Forever"

“Forever”

Taking the photographs for each of the backgrounds as well as the letters allows him to photograph and display beauty in a multitude of ways. In addition, Chris takes care and pride in the finish work of the artwork. From the printing and stretching of the canvases to the cutting of the mats and making the frames, Chris performs every aspect of this work.

"Family"

“Family”

 

With each purchase from The Alpha Canvas, 10% of sales will be used to directly support various Christian humanitarian and orphan relief agencies. The Morris family has a heart and a calling to continue to be involved in the Christian mission field and has hopes that The Alpha Canvas will be a fundraising catalyst for stateside and overseas mission trips.

 

 

 

"Hope"

“Hope”

 

 

In addition to the 10% of sales that is donated, all proceeds from the“Hope” canvas goes directly to Orphan Voice, a Christian orphan-relief ministry. The Morris family had the great joy and privilege of spending over two months in Vietnam working alongside this organization, and they hope to continue to support the work of this ministry.

 

"Love"

“Love”

For more information about Chris’ photography and mission, please visit: www.thealphacanvas.com  or email thealphacanvas@gmail.com

 

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 Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), 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 10th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com, email  info@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

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: February 26, 2014 at 8:16:02 PM EST
To: Malinda Ratliff <malinda@artfestival.com>
Malinda,
Attached is the image for the give away. It is a photograph printed on canvas and gallery-wrapped.  It can just be titled “Beach” & the value for the size we are giving away is $55 (size is 12″x21″).  Please let me know if any other information is needed (I’m not sure if another email was sent previously; however, this is the only one that I received after speaking with you on the phone).

Thanks a bunch.

Chris

 

 

Lauderdale by Sea is Perfect Place to Learn More About Crafts

The 18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival will showcase crafts created by artists in the United States. This event takes place March 8 & 9, 2014.  We hope you take the time to explore the world of craft and especially look at Lorraine Vogel‘s jewelry which is created with polymer clay. The Rickie Report shares some background about this medium which continues to grow in popularity, produces fascinating forms and sophisticated accessories for home and body.

 

 

18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival

 

March 8 – 9, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

A1A and Commercial Boulevard

 

Navigational Address:  4400 North Ocean Drive,

Lauderdale By Sea, FL 33308

 

To Support the Arts and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

The finest crafters in the country will descend upon this South Florida community when Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival returns March 8 – 9, 2014. The show will take place in its original location in downtown, just a short distance from the beach.  The displays, with a wide variety of original and affordable crafts, will be set up along A1A and Commercial Boulevard. The Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce hosts this two-day annual tradition.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 

 

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Bracelet by Lorraine Vogel

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Bracelet by Lorraine Vogel

 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:

 

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 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

 

 

A layer of Lorraine Vogel's Polymer Clay

A layer of Lorraine Vogel’s Polymer Clay

 

 

 

Lorraine Vogel

 

One medium that is becoming more popular is polymer clay.  The color ranges are as open as your imagination!  Polymer clay is, as the name implies, a bendable polymer compound for artists and crafters. It’s not true clay (which is fine particles of silicate suspended in water) but  is pliable like clay.  Polymer clay is comprised of fine particles of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) suspended in plasticizer.

 

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel

 

 

What makes polymer clay special is its versatility. It comes in dozens of colors, and you can blend clays together like paints to make your own colors. Since the color is inherent in the particles, you can also work two or more colors together without blending them to create special effects such as cane working and marbling. The clay’s pliability and ductility let you use techniques from glasswork, textile arts, and sculpture. Because polymer clay doesn’t dry out, it can be sculpted and formed it without worrying about a time limit. It is baked to cure or harden the clay. (courtesy of www.dickblick.com)

 

Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel

Polymer Clay Earrings by Lorraine Vogel

 

Lorraine Vogel, a fine crafter from Delray Beach, creates one-of-a-kind polymer clay jewelry pieces.   She tells The Rickie Report, “Because my background is in the graphic arts, my jewelry designs are clean and bold with a tropical flair.”  It is important to point out that these designs are not painted, but created through painstaking layering, shaping, cutting and melding the polymer clay strata. 

 

 

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Brooch by Lorraine Vogel

Makume Gane Polymer Clay Brooch by Lorraine Vogel

 

Lorraine uses an ancient Japanese metalworking technique called Mokume Gane and incorporates stamping to create my pieces. Her creations have a consistent South Florida tropical feel.   Mokume Gane (pronounced moe-koo-may-GAHN-ay) is a Japanese term for “woodgrained metal”.  In polymer clay terms, it is a method of stacking, constructing and layering polymer clay, which is then impressed , or in Lorraine’s case, stamped and then cut in various ways to achieve a myriad of interesting and beautiful designs.

 

 

For more information about Lorraine’s designs please visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WiredOrchidJewelry/about?ref=shopinfo_about_leftnav

 

For more information about polymer clay please contact the Southeast Florida Polymer Clay Guild at sefpcg.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 18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea 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 The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

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26th Annual Art Fest by the Sea Features a Unique FREE Art Giveaway!

The 26th Annual Art Fest by the Sea spans 1 mile along Oceanfront AIA (from Marcinski Road in Jupiter to Donald Ross Road in Juno Beach)! More than an outdoor art gallery style exhibit featuring original artwork of 300 leading artists from the United States, this is a community collaboration.  The Rickie Report urges you to take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service and enjoy eclectic art displays, live music and a FREE art giveaway! We share details about the art giveaway by David Fernandez and feature Glenn Woods & Keith Herbrand, “The Pottery Boys” in this article.

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!

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.

 

 

 

Additional Information:

  • 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

Vase by The Pottery Boys

 

 

 

TRR:  Tell us a little bit about yourselves

PB:

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.

 

GLENN:

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

One-of-a-Kind-Vase by The Pottery Boys

 

Keith :

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

Platter by The Pottery Boys

 

 

TRR:  How did you get started working with each other?

PB:

 

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

Smaller Vessels by The Pottery Boys

TRR: What helps you stay creative ?

PB: (Glenn)

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

“Day Lily” Vase by The Pottery Boys

 

 

TRR: Is there anything else you want our readers to know?

PB:

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

Small Wide Jar by The Pottery Boys

 

 Community Collaboration:

 

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.

 

 

 

For more information about David Fernandez please visit: http://www.clayputter.com  or http://www.clayputter.com/About_Inventor.html

 

For more information about The Pottery Boys, please visit: http://potteryboys.com/artistprofile.htm

 

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  

 

 

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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Enjoy the Debut of Downtown Tradition Craft Festival

 The first Downtown Tradition Craft Festival will debut the first weekend of March. Town Hall Square in Tradition Village will be transformed into an outdoor craft showcase featuring original handmade crafts including unique and affordable gift items. This free event will allow the public explore original art and crafts in a delightful setting.  The Rickie Report brings attention to watercolorist Michael Weber, AWS and share the details about this event.

 

 

 

American Craft Endeavors

Presents:

Debut of the Downtown Tradition Craft Festival

March 1 – 2, Saturday & Sunday

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Town Hall Square at Tradition Village

Navigational Address: 10824 SW Village Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

To Support the Arts, Crafters and the Local Economy

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

Watercolor by Michael Weber

Watercolor by Michael Weber

 

 American Craft Endeavors (ACE), the largest producer of high-end juried craft fairs throughout Florida, brings a new event to Tradition Village in Port St. Lucie. The Downtown Tradition Craft Festival will debut March 1-2, 2014. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Still Life by Michael Weber

Still Life by Michael Weber

 

Town Hall Square will be transformed into an outdoor craft showcase featuring a full spectrum of craft media including photography, pottery, leather items, functional art, stained glass and much more.   The prices will be set to suit all budgets and will range from as little as $3 to $3,000.

 

Watercolor by Michael Weber

Watercolor by Michael Weber


To ensure a superior event with quality affordable original crafts, all of the local and national crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by American Craft Endeavors.  Located in the heart of the popular community of Tradition, Tradition Square boasts shops, restaurants, parks, and outdoor performance pavilions geared especially toward hosting exciting outdoor events.

 

 

Still Life by Michael Weber

Still Life by Michael Weber

 

 

bio weber

 

Watercolor by Michael Weber

Watercolor by Michael Weber

 

 

Additional Information At-A-Glance:

 

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts – Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items
  • 150 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 wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass

 

 

Directions

From the South:  Merge onto I-95, head North and take exit 118 for Tradition Pkwy. Turn left onto Tradition Pkwy and then right onto SW Village Pkwy. Take a left onto SW Meeting St and arrive at show site.

 

From the North: Merge onto I-95, head South and take exit 118 for Tradition Pkwy. Turn left onto Tradition Pkwy and then right onto SW Village Pkwy. Take a left onto SW Meeting St and arrive at show site.

 

Watercolor by Michael Weber

Watercolor by Michael Weber

 

 

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 more information about Michael Weber, please visit:  http://weberwatercolors.net

 

 

 

 

For additional information on the debut of the Downtown Tradition 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 The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

26th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part II

The final Las Olas Art Fair of the Season is scheduled for March 1 – 2, 2014.  Don’t miss this eclectic mix of original art, live music and outdoor gallery setting.  There is a FREE art give-away plus the official poster by artist Sharon Kusha is available.  The Rickie Report shares the details and focuses on the colorful artwork of Douglas Fountain.

 

Howard Alan Events

Presents 

 

26th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part II

March 1 – 2, 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

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

Free and open to the public

 

 

 

 

Las Olas Art Fair Part II returns March 1 – 2, 2014 with another eclectic display of vibrant, colorful and whimsical art, handcrafted by the finest artists in the country. This event allows art enthusiasts and fans of this wildly popular show to enjoy the new work of their favorite artists while exploring the work of new and emerging talent. Partial proceeds from the festival benefit the Las Olas Association.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 

The two-day nationally ranked event, produced by Howard Alan Events, features 300 of today’s top local, regional and national artists who will collectively display over $15 million in artwork. The artists will line Las Olas Boulevard with their professional booths, transforming the area into a first-class outdoor art gallery. The wide range of artistic media, with broad appeal, will include paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, ceramics, mixed media and much more.  The prices have been set to suit all budgets and range from $25 handcrafted earrings to $30,000 life-size sculptures.

 

"Towels and Umbrellas" by Igor Menaker   This is the FREE art give-away!

“Towels and Umbrellas” by Igor Menaker
This is the FREE art give-away!

 

Festival patrons will have the opportunity to engage the artists and learn about the creative process. In addition, there will be a free art giveaway featuring the work of participating artist Igor Menaker.  This fine art photographer travels the world capturing the vibrant and colorful landscapes he encounters, turning them into exquisite works of art.  The giveaway prize, a 24”x36” photographic print on canvas titled “Towels and Umbrellas” taken while in Burano in Venice, Italy, and valued at $425 will be on display in his booth.  There will be no purchase or fee required to participate in this giveaway and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the art show.  To learn more about Menaker and his work got to  www.menaker.com.

 

 

An original painting by participating artist Sharon Kusha inspired the show’s 26th edition poster with a unique depiction of Las Olas Boulevard.  It will be on display and available for purchase at the festival along with t-shirts and previous editions of festival posters.  As always, the booth will be located across from the Cheesecake Factory.

 

"Sky Warriors" by Douglas Fountain

“Sky Warriors” by Douglas Fountain

 

FESTIVAL AT-A-GLANCE:

  • Juried first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists
  • Among the largest and most popular outdoor art festivals in South Florida
  • 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 media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
  • Free Art Giveaway
  • 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.

 

Mask by Douglas Fountain

Mask by Douglas Fountain

 

fountain bio

 

"Orange Totems" by Douglas Fountain

“Orange Totems” by Douglas Fountain

 

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 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 26th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part II and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.  To contact Douglas Fountain please visit: http://www.dougfountain.com/Welcome.html

 

 

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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Martin County’s Premier Juried Art Festival Returns to Downtown Stuart

Martin County’s premier juried art festival returns! The 24th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival will take place February 22 – 23, 2014, transforming the streets of downtown Stuart into an art gallery.  This event is sponsored by Howard Alan Events and features a FREE art give-away by Featured Artist, Susan Painter. The Rickie Report shares the details here and highlights another Featured Artist, Mallo Bisset. 

 

 

24th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival

February 22 – 23, 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

 

Susan Painter's Bright and Functional Pottery

Susan Painter’s Bright and Functional Pottery   

 

 

Martin County’s premier art festival returns to historic downtown Stuart February 22 – 23, 2014. The jury process is well underway and festival promoter Howard Alan Events promises to deliver another spectacular first-rate art affair that festival patrons have come to expect.  The show will once again feature the finest artists in the country, welcoming back many favorites and introducing new artists to the area. A portion of the proceeds from the art festival benefits the Stuart Main Street programs. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

The festival will go through downtown Stuart starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continues on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to engage the artists to gain a better understanding of their work and inspiration as they stroll through the vast array of quality original art.

 

Susan Painter

 

A free art giveaway will offer festival patrons a chance to win an original handcrafted platter by exhibiting artist Susan Painter. Her sought after “Beachware” pottery is as practical as it is whimsical. Each unique piece is hand painted in bright Key West colors or in lively Palm Beach earth tones. All are handmade by the artist on the potter’s wheel, many with handcrafted attachments, such as palm trees, fish, and shells. The prize will be on display at her booth where registration will also take place.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, February 23, at 4:00pm, no purchase will be necessary to participate.

 

 

Festival At-A-Glance:

 

  • Historic downtown Stuart – starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continues on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • Original Art – Handmade in America
  • 250 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
  • Beer and wine carts will be located throughout the festival
  • Free Art Giveaway
  • A portion of the proceeds from the art festival benefits the Stuart Main Street programs.

 

 

Mallo Bisset

 

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Mallo Bisset might have taken the long road to living her dream, but once she sets her mind on something, there’s nothing stopping her.  As a little girl living on the Åland Islands in the Finnish archipelago, she wasn’t too fond of school, and told everyone “I am going to be an artist when I grow up”.  Life got in the way for a while, but after years of hard work and building a successful business, in 2007 with encouragement from her husband and daughter,  Mallo finally took the time to do what she had always dreamed of doing.
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It started with a weekly drawing class at the local Adult Education program.  After just two semesters her teacher, Helen Terry, told her she could make money drawing pet portraits.  Mallo’s earliest work combined her love of animals with her love for the arts.  Having tried drawing, pastels, and watercolors, it was time for oils!  She signed up for classes at a studio which was located across the street from her own business, so she could be close to work, yet make it easy to get to class every week. This is where her love affair with oils and the palette knife began.
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Under the tutelage of Georgia Abood at Alizarin Crimson, she has been working on her craft and has made remarkable progress in such a short time.  Having grown up on an island, and living in Florida for 30 years, with a second home in the Bahamas, it’s not a surprise that Mallo Bisset’s work often features the water and always celebrates the beauty of nature.   As it turns out, that little girl in Finland really did grow up to be an artist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), 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 24th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival 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 The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts Returns with Free Art Giveaway and Live Music

The 13th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts returns the first weekend of February.   Promoter Howard Alan is adding a special FREE ART GIVE AWAY by Jupiter artist, April Davis. Art lovers and art buyers will see over 150 artists whose work has been juried to be part of this event.  The Hobe Sound show offers a small town feel with sophisticated sense of creativity .  Kids crafts, Green market and so much more!  The Rickie Report looks forward to seeing you there!  More details are in this article.

 

 

13th Annual

HOBE SOUND FESTIVAL of the ARTS

 

 

Saturday, February 1st & Sunday, February 2nd

10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound

 

Free and open to the public

Free shuttle service from the parking lot of  The Pine School

 

FREE  ART  GIVEAWAY 

by Featured Artist, April Davis

 

 

To Support the Arts, Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce & Local Economy

 

Navigational address: 11954 SE Dixie Highway Hobe Sound, FL

 

The Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts is produced by Howard Alan Events, and hosted by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce.  This premier juried festival showcases the work of 150 of the finest artists in the country as well as top talent from throughout South Florida.  Festival patrons can look forward to welcoming back their favorite artists with their newest creations as well as exploring the work of new and emerging artists. Admission is free and open to the public; shuttle buses will provide transportation from the parking lot of The Pine School to the festival site at no charge.

 

Information At-A-Glance:

  • Juried outdoor art showcase
  • Original Art – Handmade in America
  • 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
  • Free Art Giveaway
  • Green Market featuring locally grown produce, exotic plants and orchids, honey, spreads, jams and oils.
  • Kids Zone offering interactive art and craft activities as well as games for children.
  • Official Festival Poster featuring local artist April W. Davis will be sold during the art show.

 

 

 

 

The outdoor gallery style exhibit spans four blocks of Dixie Highway starting at Bridge Road, just west of the Intracoastal Bridge in Hobe Sound. All of the artists will be present for the duration of the festival with their finest work.  The eclectic display of original art includes a myriad of distinctive styles and artistic media with broad appeal.  The prices are set to suit all budgets.

 

 

 

Hobe Sound Festival Poster by Jupiter Artist, April Davis

2014 Hobe Sound Festival Poster by April Davis

 

This image was commissioned by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce to be their poster image for the 2014 Hobe Sound Art Festival. It depicts a view of the Intercoastal  Waterway in Hobe Sound, Fl.  It features a manatee family in the foreground and the Bridge Road Bridge in the background.

 

A free art giveaway will feature the work of participating artist April Davis. The prize, a 36” x 22” limited edition Gicleé reproduction of her painting “The Manatee  Zone – Hobe Sound, FL”, will be on display at her booth.   ITs value is $275.   This award-winning artist has gained recognition for her impressive landscapes and cityscapes as well as large-scale originals, averaging six by eight feet. April’s brilliant use of rich acrylic paints and her distinctive style engages the viewer.  Her work can be seen in private, public and corporate collections as well as premier art shows throughout Florida, such as the Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts.   Festival patrons may visit April at her booth where they can register for a chance to win; no purchase is necessary to participate.

 

Lush Tropical Landscape by April Davis

Lush Tropical Landscape by April Davis

 

 

April’s painting also graces this year’s official festival poster and may be purchased along with other merchandise at the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce booth. 

 

 

The Rickie Report has visited April’s gallery, opened in Jupiter since 2010.  She in Tequesta.  April tells us, “I think the thing that sets me apart from other artists and why I have been chosen for so many poster images is because my painting depict specific places that people recognize and have an emotional connection to. I strive to create an image that brings happiness, light and peace to the viewer when they look at it”.

 

 

 

 

A Green Market, will feature locally grown produce, exotic plants and orchids, honey, gourmet spreads, jams, oils and much more. The revenue generated from the festival by the Chamber benefits the many programs it runs, including free “Inside Hobe Sound” tours for new residents and the two scholarships that are awarded to graduating seniors each year.

 

 

 

Sunset scene by April Davis

Sunset scene by April Davis

 

 

Young artists will be featured in another fundraiser.  Note cards with the winning images of the Children’s Poster Art contest will be available for sale and the proceeds will benefit the art programs in Hobe Sound elementary schools.  The Women’s Club coordinates this charitable endeavor.

 

Dock Scene by April Davis

Dock Scene by April Davis

 

The Chamber will be hosting a children’s area with interactive art and craft activities as well as games that will engage young art enthusiasts. A lounge area will be located close to this kid’s zone, where patrons cans relax, listen to music and enjoy a bite to eat.    Nightingale Private Care returns as the presenting sponsor of the 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 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 about April Davis’ gallery or art work, please visit April W. Davis Gallery   1630 N. US Hwy 1 Ste. C    Jupiter, FL 33469   Tel: 561-401-9818   Cell: 561-302-3280 www.aprilwdavis.com

 

 

For additional information on the 13th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

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