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
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.
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.
- 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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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