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Howard Alan Events’ Signature Fall Art Festival Returns To Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend

Art enthusiasts and holiday shoppers alike will marvel at the array of original art, handcrafted unique gift items and eclectic displays representing a wide variety of artistic media when the Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival returns November 28 & 29. This Signature Fall event coordinated by Howard Alan  has been ranked among the 100 Best Fine Art and Design Shows in America by Sunshine Artist magazine and features leading local and national artists. 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 of fiber artist, Ricki Levine; glass artist, Jan Kirchhof, and Hayley Zimmass’ whimsical ceramics.  This is a great alternative to shopping in a crowded mall and a chance to meet the artists who create what they are selling!

 

 

16th Annual

Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival

 

 

Saturday & Sunday

November 28 – 29

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

 

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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

 

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

 

November 28 & 29, 2015, the 16th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival. Unique gift ideas for alternative holiday shopping. 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 include paintings, life size sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and mixed media. Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Free and Open to the Public.

 

 

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“Lady” by Hayley Zimmass

 

 

Hayley Zimmass, Ceramics

Pine Ridge, FL

http://blog.artfestival.com/2014/09/zimmass-hayley/

 

 

 

Hayley tells The Rickie Report, “I have been making whimsical clay figures since 1988. I try to make them fun for the buyers and fun for them and their friends to look at. The artwork has expanded over the last 26 years as I have tried new ideas and perfected new methods”.

 

 

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“Dogs” by Hayley Zimmass

 

 

 

“New artwork is always coming into my head and new techniques for making it more whimsical and more fun are a constant, ongoing process. My bright colors are a signature part of my work, as is the blending of those colors through my airbrush techniques”.

 

 

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“Fish” by Hayley Zimmass

“The figures are all sculpted from blocks of clay. They are then fired in one of my kilns to harden them. Then the colors are applied, and back into the kiln again up to a bit over 1800 degrees. Then the clear glaze is applied and the figures are again fired in the kiln to get the finished artwork”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kaleidoscope by Jan Kirschhof

Jan Kirchhof, Glass and Gourds

Parkland, FL 
http://www.almoststarvingartist.com

 

Jan tells The Rickie Report,”I have always been a crafty sort of person but did not begin my ‘art’ career until I was in my 40s, and then, it was by accident”… A girlfriend wanted to take a class in stained glass but didn’t want to go alone, so I signed up too. Little did I know that six weeks later I would be hooked! There was so much to learn that I became an apprentice, and then took a job in a commercial glass studio. In the next five years I was fortunate to work on many varied and interesting projects as well as to teach classes. 

 

 

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Kaleidoscope by Jan Kirschhof

 

 

 

“Now I work from my home studios in Parkland, Florida and Dahlonega, Georgia doing private commissions, as well as creating inventory for the shows I participate in each year”. In addition to traditional stained glass in the lead and copper foil methods, Jan specializes in what is known as an “overlay” process. By creating a silhouette image from metal and affixing it to a piece of glass, she attains a great deal of detail in a cost effective way.

 

 

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Decorative Glass by Jan Kirchhof

Jan goes on to share, “The gourd art came about, again, by accident. While shopping in a home furnishing store I chanced upon what I thought was a beautiful rustic vase. It turned out to be a gourd. I bought it and after much contemplation I decided “well shoot, I can do this”.

 

 

 

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Gourd Art by Jan Kirchhof

 

 

 

She hunted down some gourds (not easy to find in south Florida) and began her journey. “A lot of what I know about gourd art has come from books and trial and error. The finer techniques I have learned in workshops from artists involved in the Florida Gourd Society. I am currently a member of the American, Florida, and Georgia Gourd Societies”.

 

 

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Hand Knit by Ricki Levine

 

 

Ricki Levine, Fiber

Marco Island, FL
http://rickisknits.com

 

Ricki Levine shares, “After retirement from a career in the Computer Industry, boredom set in! I began knitting, a skill I had learned as a child. I was enthralled by the changes in the yarns and colors – and they inspired me to create my own designs. When I was out in one of my creations, people would ask to purchase one–I was amazed to discover that I had creative talent when I had only exercised the mechanical side of my brain during my career”!

 

 

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Hand Knit by Ricki Levine

 

 

Ricki’s Knits are all original creations, hand knitted by her. Ricki’s products include jackets, shawls, ponchos, scarves, capes and caplets. Each unique garment is a combination of 25 yarns of different textures and colors that blend together to create a unique piece of fiber art. “My color sense and attention to detail allow me to produce designs that are both fashionable and artistic. Currently, I am in several Florida boutiques in Naples, Sanibel Island, and Coral Gables, and display my work at the Howard Alan events in South Florida. I’m not bored anymore”!

 

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Hand Knit by Ricki Levine

 

As Ricki’s husband says, “Every woman looks better when they wear one of my wife’s garments”! (She tells us, “Obviously he is extremely prejudiced, but I hope you will enjoy wearing my designs as much as I enjoy creating them for you”).

 

 

This art show is a perfect setting for shoppers eager to kick off the season and get a jump-start on their holiday shopping while exploring the diverse art displays and avoiding the hectic and crowded malls. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to explore the original work of more than 200 of the finest artists in the country that have been selected from hundreds of applicants. The jury process ensures exhibits of quality work with broad appeal and prices that will be suitable to many budgets. The artists will be set up along 4th Avenue, one block north and south of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach.

 

 

Information At-A-Glance:

 

  • 16th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival
    November 28 & 29, 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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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), 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 16th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit http://www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

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