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From the Easel of Klaus Schuler to Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts Poster!

Poster art is alive and doing well!  In fact, Klaus Schuler, an artist who resides locally, has recently had a piece of his artwork chosen for the upcoming Howard Alan Show in Hobe Sound.  The Rickie Report delves into how artwork is picked for posters, how they are produced and an in-depth look at Klaus’ artistry.

12th Annual

Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts

Saturday February 2 – Sunday February 3

10:00 am – 5:00 pm


The festival starts at Bridge Road & alternate AIA, continuing South on AIA.   ADMISSION & PARKING Free and open to the public. Free shuttle service will be provided.

Hobe Sound’s signature art festival, a celebration of the arts, is produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, to Support the Arts, Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce & Local Economy. 


The artists are juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity in order to ensure a wide array of quality artwork representing a variety of artistic media.  The artists will be present for the duration of the show and welcome the opportunity to meet art enthusiasts and discuss the work, techniques and inspiration. 

This year’s official festival poster will feature the work of local watercolor artist Klaus Schuler, a Signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society, The Florida Watercolor Society and the Palm Beach Watercolor Society.  

Official Poster 2013

Klaus worked for many years at the Boeing Company at Kennedy Space Center where he illustrated many projects for the Space Program until 1993 when he began to paint full-time inspired by the coastal beauty right in his backyard.  He enjoys exhibiting his work at fine art festivals throughout the country like the Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts, which allow him the opportunity to meet art enthusiasts and collectors investing in his work.


A dentist in North Palm Beach who decorated his whole office with Klaus’ paintings claims that they have a calming effect on patients. Klaus tells The Rickie Report, ” If you’ve been in the setting of one of my paintings, it will rekindle memories for you.  If you fish the flats, you will feel the experience, the painting will remind you of your time on the waters edge.”


Klaus spent many hours in his youth kayaking, boating and fishing in the Guntersville, Alabama area where his family owned a house on Whitaker Lake. This early union with lakes, rivers and fishing were to become the cornerstones of his art.  After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the University of Alabama, (Roll Tide), Klaus joined the Boeing Company at Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he illustrated many projects for the Space Program.


There, he discovered great fishing and painting subjects on the Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon. A move to Stuart, Florida opened up a new world of coastal beauty. The Indian River, Intercostals Waterway and the St. Lucie Inlet provided ideal subjects for his art inspired by the paintings of N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer and C.E. Monroe.  In 1993, Klaus left the industry to become a full-time fine artist, which makes the rest of us grateful! It wasn’t long before his subjects included scenes from the Bahamas and the Florida Keys.


Klaus says, “I like exhibiting my work at outdoor shows. Not only do you get about 30,000 people walking by your work, but you also get to meet the people buying your work and hear some of the stories they tell about their experiences at the places I’ve painted….I could write a book.”

The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a children’s area with interactive art and craft activities as well as games that will engage the youngest of festival-goers. Nightingale Private Care returns as presenting sponsor of the festival.

Reef Club

Reef Club

The Rickie Report made inquiries regarding the Hobe Sound Festival of Arts poster and is pleased to share what we found:

                        Each year the Hobe Sound Chamber organizes a Festival of the Arts committee consisting of Chamber Business Members to help plan the event. The Co-Chairs of the committee and the Executive Director walk the show each year, viewing the work of each artist. They choose their favorite artist of that year who represents the local area and ask them to submit images for the following year. The co-chairs, executive director of the chamber along with Howard Alan choose the final image.  Hobe Sound is an unincorporated village located in Martin County.  


                     An official told us, “After  the image is chosen, with Howard’s help, we print it locally and sell at our Merchandise Tent as a fundraiser for the chamber.  Proceeds from the sales go back to the Chamber’s Operating Budget to help fund community programs such as beach and road clean ups, our annual Christmas Parade and newcomer tours of Hobe Sound call ‘Inside Hobe Sound.’ Also proceeds go to scholarships for Martin County High School Students. Students apply for the scholarships via their school guidance office.”



Loose Beer

Loose Beer


Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts 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:  Paintings,  Life Size Sculptures,  Photography,  Ceramics,  Glass,  Wood,  Handmade  Jewelry,  Collage,  Mixed Media

·          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 painting by local artist Klaus Schuler.


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 12th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit or call 561-746-6615.



Banyan Bikers

Banyan Bikers

Klaus looks forward to meeting show-goers! For more information (772) 283-5684  cell:  772-263-1145  or email:


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