Enjoy Free Admission And Free Parking At Boca Chapter Of Southern Handcraft Society’s “Holiday Harvest 2018” October 5 & 6

The Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handcraft Society announces “HOLIDAY HARVEST 2018”.  The public is invited and it is FREE TO ATTEND.  Shop and meet the artists and artisans who create affordable handmade gifts that are heirloom worthy.  Friday, October 5th, with evening hours and Saturday, October 6th at the Boca Raton Community Center.  Gifts for all ages and occasions.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos from last year’s event.

 

 

 

 

SOUTHERN HANDCRAFT SOCIETY
Boca Raton Chapter
Presents

“HOLIDAY HARVEST 2018”

Friday, October 5th – 1:00 to 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 6th – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

 Free admission    Free Parking

Boca Raton Community Center

150 Crawford Blvd.   Boca Raton, FL

(East of I-95 Just North of the corner of Palmetto
Park Rd. and Crawford Blvd).

Free Admission

Free Parking

Most vendors will accept cash or check only

 

SHS meets on the first Monday of the month (excluding September and December) at 7 PM at Patch Reef Park Community Center, 2000 W.Yamato Rd.( just west of Military Trail), Boca Raton, FL 33431. Enjoy the yummy desserts and snacks at each meeting as well as show and tell, demonstrations, lectures, “make it and take it”, gift drawings, Pot luck dinners, an annual retreat and much more! COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!

 

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

 

“Our purpose is to support and enhance the interests, talents and abilities of our members as well as making new friends. Our goals are to provide educational opportunities, preserve and enrich creative arts, stimulate public awareness of the creative arts and provide group sponsored social activities. Our variety of talent, ladies and crafts are second to none and totally awesome! YOU ARE INVITED”!

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

All the shows are decorated by members and admission is always free. “We craft a variety of handmade quilts, jewelry, soap making, greeting cards and paper gifts, yummy food treats, wood gifts, hand painted ornaments and gifts, home decor and much more! Talent, camaraderie and fun is what makes a great group even better”!

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

For more information:

www.shsboca.com

 

 

 

 

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51st Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival Offers Free art Giveaway, Live Music, Food Court, Kid’s Art Tent and More

The 51st Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival takes place March 21 – 22, 2015.  The Village Green, on Crandon Boulevard, in Key Biscayne will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original artwork and affordable gift items by 150 of the finest artists in the U.S. Enjoy eclectic art displays, live music, an international food court, fine wines & craft beers, children’s activities, a free art giveaway and special activities marking the show’s milestone. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Rickie Report gives you more details and highlights of Featured Artist, Kokó Brandão, whose Free Art Giveaway is valued at $850. 

51st Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival

 Saturday, March 21

&

Sunday,March 22

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

 

Key Biscayne welcomes back its premier art festival March 21-22, 2015. This two-day annual tradition includes a wide variety of original art, live music, children’s activities, an international food court featuring fine wines & craft beers as well as a free art giveaway.  The wide array of artistic media will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, and mixed media as well as unique gift items. The prices will be set to suit all budgets. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

 

"Gold" by

“Gold” by Kokó Brandão FREE Art Giveaway Painting Valued at $850.

The festival, produced by 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.

 

"Nice Hat" by

“Nice Hat” by Kokó Brandão

The artists, who will be present for the duration of the event, welcome the opportunity to meet festival patrons and discuss their work. The jury process ensures diverse art media of the highest quality and will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, and mixed media. 

 

 

"Curly Haired Woman" by Kokó Brandão

“Curly Haired Woman” by Kokó Brandão

 

 

Kokó Brandão’s figurative forms magically capture the beauty of female portraiture – while creating art that is completely modern and original. Kokó is inspired by the graceful elegance of the female form. At times classically alluring, demure and provocative, her art has a pervasive sense of sophistication. Her signature use of expressive color as well as the dynamic application of paint on the canvas combines to create her uniquely recognizable style. The giveaway prize, a 40”x16” original acrylic painting on canvas titled “Gold” and valued at $850, will be on display in her booth where registration will also take place. No purchase is necessary to participate and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the art show. To learn more about this talented artist and explore her work go to  www.kokobrandao.com.

 

Viewers report, “Looking at Kokó Brandão’s work, you always get a feeling of the artist’s soul – tension behind the painting … interaction of strong tones and the bright color impact … abstract elements and the sensual dynamics”.

 

"Japanese Woman" by  Kokó Brandão

“Japanese Woman” by Kokó Brandão

 

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, a 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
  • The 50th Anniversary 2014 Commemorative Festival Poster featuring the art of Xavier Cortada will be available, for $10, at the Rotary Welcome Tent located in the center of the festival.
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation.

 

 

"Early Morning" by Kokó Brandão

“Early Morning” by Kokó Brandão

 

This year’s festival sponsors include the Miami Herald, the NY Times, the Village of Key Biscayne, The Islander News, FJ Turbine Power, Dr. Neil Friedman DDS, Baptist Health South Florida, Sun Trust Bank, Home Federal Bank of Hollywood, Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Joan McCaughn & Team, and Alice & Stephen Takach.

 

 

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 51st 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

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

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14th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts Offers Original Fine Art and Crafts Plus FREE ART Giveaway!

The 14th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts returns January 31-February 1, 2015 with 150 of the finest artists in the country. This popular two-day outdoor gallery style event is produced by Howard Alan Events, and hosted by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce. 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.  The Rickie Report shares the details plus a sneak peek at the FREE Art Giveaway by artist Steve Whitlock and the Festival poster by Mimi McCallum.

 

 

 

14th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts

January 31 – February 1, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound

11954 SE Dixie Highway, Hobe Sound, Fl. 33475

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

Free and open to the public

Free shuttle service will be provided from the parking lot of The Pine School

 The Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts returns January 31-February 1, 2015 with 150 of the finest artists in the country. This popular two-day outdoor gallery style event is produced by Howard Alan Events, and hosted by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce. 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.

 

 

The festival spans four blocks of Dixie Highway starting at Bridge Road, just west of the Intracoastal Bridge in Hobe Sound. Festival patrons will be able to explore the vast array of original art and learn about the artists and crafters who will be present for the duration of the show. A free giveaway will feature the work of exhibiting artist Steve Whitlock; no purchase will be necessary to participate.

 

"Jupiter Sailfish" FREE Art Give Away by Steve Whitlock  Valued at $350. Framed

“Jupiter Sailfish” FREE Art Give Away by Steve Whitlock Valued at $350. Framed

 

Wide variety of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass. In addition, there is a Free Art Giveaway featuring exhibitor Steve Whitlock and the Official Festival Poster featuring artist Mimi McCallum will be sold during the art show.

 

Steve Whitlock

 

"Black and White" by Steve Whitlock

“Black and White” by Steve Whitlock

 

“As a wildlife artist and marine illustrator I enjoy a rare experience, someone who truly loves his work. My many years as a fishing guide and sportsman led me to the most rewarding and fun career anyone could ask for. If I paint it, I’ve done it, truth in the artwork is very important to me. As a true Florida native, I have over 40 years experience fishing, hunting and exploring the wild places most people never see. I hope you enjoy viewing my artwork. If you get a chance, stop by one of the art shows or tournaments and say hi. Tight lines, Steve”.

 

For more information about Steve ( his life story is truly an inspiration) and to see more of his artwork, please visit:  http://stevewhitlock.com

 

 

"Under the Banyans" Hobe Sound Festival Poster by Mimi McCallum

“Under the Banyans” Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts Poster by Mimi McCallum

 

This year’s official festival poster showcases the work of artist Mimi McCallum and may be purchased along with other merchandise at the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce booth. Mimi will also be judging the annual Children’s Poster Art contest. The winning images will be available on a variety of note cards that will be sold during the art show and proceeds will help fund art programs in the elementary schools. The Women’s Club coordinates this charitable endeavor.

 

See more of Mimi’s artwork at:  http://www.mimimccallum.com

 

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 two $750 scholarships awarded to graduating seniors of Hobe Sound, as well as the art programs in the city’s elementary schools.

"Straits of Florida Mahi" by Steve Whitlock

“Straits of Florida Mahi” by Steve Whitlock

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 and crafters hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
  • All exhibitors on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media

 

"Sea Turtle" by Steve Whitlock

“Sea Turtle” by Steve Whitlock

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 14th 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.

 

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

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

HotWorks’ 6th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ Is Sure to Please

The 6th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ presented by Hot Works will take place on January 24 & 25, 2015 in downtown Boca Raton on Federal Highway at Palmetto Park Road.  Patty Narozny, the Show’s Producer has more than 30 years of experience in the art fair and art exhibition scene.  This Show has been voted one of the top art shows in the United States!  The Rickie Report shares the details and knows you’ll enjoy the professional artists as well as the special “Budding Artists Art Competition”. Admission is FREE for this family friendly event!

 

6th annual HotWorks.org

Boca Raton Fine Art Show™

Saturday, January 24th

and

Sunday, January 25th

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily

FREE Admission

 

Federal Highway/U.S. 1 from Palmetto Park Road to N.E. 2nd Street, adjacent to Sanborn Square Park

 

 

 

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Parking :

 

  • Parking is available at various metered street parking, HSBC Bank, 1st United Bank, First United Methodist Church, or St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church.

 

Wearable Art by Bradford

Wearable Art by Bradford

Important Facts About This Show:

 

  • Juried by art professionals with a combined experience of more than 120 years
  • Produced by, Hot Works, an art fair organizer with a national & standing reputation
  • Show Director Patty Narozny has more than 30 years of art fair and event experience
  • Focus is visual arts, diversity & community enrichment
  • 175 Artists of all mediums for sale
  • paintings, sculpture, glass, clay, wood, fiber, jewelry, photography, more
  • Meet the Artists who are in the Art Show
  • Voted as one of the top Art Shows in the Country!
Jewelry by Holeman

Jewelry by Holeman

Important Show and Traffic Details:

· The art show will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 24 and 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

· The location will be Federal Highway/U.S. 1 from Palmetto Park Road to N.E. 2nd Street, adjacent to Sanborn Square Park

· Federal Highway will be closed to vehicular traffic between those two points from 1 p.m. Friday, January 23, until 10 p.m. Sunday, January 25

· Traffic will be diverted to Dixie Highway for the period of time Federal Highway is closed

· Event move-in begins Friday, January 23, at 3 p.m.

· Federal Highway/U.S. 1 will re-open no later than 10 p.m. Sunday, January 25

Painting by Bennett

Painting by Bennett

The Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc. is the 501c3 non-profit arm of Hot Works™

 

Its focus is visual arts, diversity and community enrichment. As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, the Budding Artists Competition for grades 6 to 12 or ages 9 to 19 encourages students to create their original and personally handmade art. Young artists are inspired to submit their original art to be publicly displayed at the “Budding Artists Art Competition” tent the entire weekend. There is $250 in Budding Artists Art Awards.

Kinetic Sculpture by Beckman

Kinetic Sculpture by Beckman

 

 

 

 

Glass by Wilbat

Glass by Wilbat

 

 

 

 

 

 

More info Visit www.hotworks.org

 

 

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26th Annual Delray Beach Festival of the Arts Offers FREE Art Giveaway and Over 300 Artists

The 26th Annual Delray Beach Festival of the Arts returns January 17-18, 2015.  One mile along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach, starting at US1 and continuing east over the Intracoastal Waterway to A1A and the Atlantic Ocean, will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original artwork and affordable gift items by more than 300 artists from the U.S. Enjoy eclectic art displays, live music and a FREE art giveaway. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Rickie Report gives you the details and more information about the FREE Art Giveaway by Steven Lloyd.

 

 

 

26th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts

Original Art – Unique Gift Items – Live Music – Free Art Giveaway

Saturday, January 17

and

Sunday, January 18,

10 am – 5 pm

Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach

(US-I across the Intercoastal Bridge to AIA)

Navigational address:

1111 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483

 To Support the Arts and the Local Community

 Free and open to the public

 

 Festival promoter Howard Alan Events returns to Downtown Delray Beach with the city’s premier Festival of the Arts January 17-18, 2015. This nationally ranked outdoor gallery style exhibit is the largest art affair in South Florida, spanning one mile of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach, starting at US1 and continuing east over the Intracoastal Waterway all the way to A1A and the Atlantic Ocean. The festival features 300 of the finest artists in the country from more than 30 states as well as top local and regional artists. The exhibitors are juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants to ensure quality and diversity. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

"Eruption" by Steven lloyd is the FREE Art Giveawy

“Eruption” by Steven lloyd is the FREE Art Giveaway

 

 

Festival patrons will be able to explore the vast array of original art and learn more about the artists and their creative process. They will also have the opportunity to register to win the free art giveaway featuring the work of exhibiting artist Steven Lloyd. No purchase is necessary to participate and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the art show.

 

"Copper" by Steven Lloyd

“Copper” by Steven Lloyd

 

 

STEVEN LLOYD

 

Steven tells The Rickie Report, “I started out doing custom paint work on motorcycles and vehicles and everything else in between. I attended an airbrush seminar in Charlotte back in 2004 and noticed an aluminum panel that someone had pinstriped. It caught my eye and I inquired about it and one thing has just led to another. The possibilites are just endless what you can do with this style of art”.

 

"Time2Burn" by Steven Lloyd

“Time2Burn” by Steven Lloyd

 

“One of the things that I notice that I feel separates me from other artists is my finish work. People look at my art and they think that it’s glass, but its actually clear coated metal. When you spend hours polishing a work of art to the point where someone thinks that it is glass, I know I have done what I set to accomplish!”

 

 

"Job" by Steven Lloyd

“Job” by Steven Lloyd

 

About the FREE Art Giveaway piece:


“This piece features aluminum grade sheeting that has been hand ground into several different background patterns. The colored portions of the art have been through a process that I designed called “pigment flotation” in which the coloring is floated in a flamable solvent and set on fire. Once the chemicals have burned off you are left with a one of a kind unique design! Other highlights are then added to create depth. The art is then clear coated and polished to perfection”.

 

Festival Information At – A -Glance:

  • 26th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts
  • January 17 – 18, 2015 – Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Location: Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach (US-I across the Intercoastal Bridge to AIA)
  • Navigational address: 1111 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
  • Free and open to the public
  • Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
  • Consistently ranked among top 100 fine art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine
  • Largest art affair in South Florida spanning one mile of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach
  • Original Art – 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

 

 

"Modern Spectrum" by Steven Lloyd

“Modern Spectrum” by Steven Lloyd

 

Steve goes on to explain, “I call this type of work “Ground Metal Art”. It is a very rare and unique style of art, and is made up of aluminum grade sheeting and automotive urethane paint materials. Each work of art is a true one of a kind. My paintings are full of energetic flowing lines that love the reflection of light to create that ultra modern feel. The colored artwork is created using a transparent urethane paint system that resembles the look of a hologram. In the past recent months I have discovered a new style that I call “pigment flotation” in which I float the colored pigments and then set them on fire to create a very unique burnt effect on the panels. These pieces have become very popular and are best viewed up close to see the hidden details. Most of the art is clear coated several times for maximum protection”.

 

For more information about Steven Lloyd’s Artwork please visit:

http://www.stevenlloydmetalart.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steven-Lloyd-Metal-Art-Design/102238493168034

or call (804)712-8871

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 26th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit  www.artfestival.com or call561-746-6615.

 

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

Beasties of the Kingdom are a Must See at 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

The 17th Annual Delray Beach Craft Festival goers will have a lot of artists to see.  John Raya’s creations, “Beasties of the Kingdom” promise to amuse and please all ages.  Previously sharing his creative genius at Disneyland and Universal Studios, John eventually struck out on his own.  Choosing a “Beastie” is probably the most difficult decision you’ll have to make!  Everything is handmade in the USA ( including the paint as well as boxes).  The Rickie Report shares the details of the full event and a glimpse of some “Beasties”.

 

 Delray CF Flyer_May

 

American Craft Endeavors Presents:

17th Annual Delray Beach Craft Festival

Saturday and Sunday: May 24 & 25

10 am – 5 pm

FREE admission

Tennis Center on Atlantic Avenue  

Delray Beach,FL

 

 

John Raya at Work on his Beasties of the Kingdom

John Raya at Work on his Beasties of the Kingdom

 

Meet John Raya

and

his Beasties of the Kingdom

 

 

Throughout his life, John Raya’s two passions have been sculpting and cartooning. As a child, John spent long hours mastering the great works … from the “Sunday funnies”, his favorite comic books, or the all-time classic “Mad Magazine.” Any piece of paper was a potential sketch pad for John to practice drawing his childhood heroes and heroines. He shares, ” I mastered anatomy and life drawing skills by the age of ten through long hours laboring over the finer points of proportion and structure … by sketching the likes of “Wonder Woman” .”

 

"Palm Beach Paulie" by John Raya

“Palm Beach Paulie” by John Raya

 

John’s talents soon found their way to Universal Studios in California where he worked summers as a cartoonist between stints at Cal State at Fullerton where he studied the “3D’s”–dating, dancing, and design. With a knack for quick-sketch caricature, John’s art drew him to Disneyland where he would sometimes sketch up to 400 people in a single day. John eventually found his way to Walt Disney World® in Florida, where as an art director, he was responsible for artists operations in the theme park.

 

 

"ZsaZsaZebra" by John Raya

“ZsaZsaZebra” by John Raya

 

In 1975, mustering his entrepreneurial spirit and with his accumulated professional experience (and a prayer), John embarked on his own business venture. Developing the “Beasties of the Kingdom” collection along the way, John fulfilled a lifelong dream and created a vehicle for his personal style and sense of humor. Starting with just six designs in his collection, John soon directed his talents to creating new and better “Beasties” to keep up with the ever-growing demand. Since then, John has increased his collection to include over sixty new “Beasties of the Kingdom” that has attracted a global family of collectors.

"Ernie Eagle" by John Raya

“Ernie Eagle” by John Raya

 

 

 

For more information about Beasties of the Kingdom, please visit www.beasties.com  or call 407-758-9891   (voice or text)

 

 

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.

 

 

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