David Berger At Silver Anniversary of Artfest by the Sea

 Look at the detail in the lace and notice the folds of the tablecloth.  And did you see how perfectly reflective the glass of wine is?  Move over to one of David Berger’s still life paintings and you feel like you’ve been transported back in time, gazing at an Old Master’s work.  Each one is worthy if being its own masterpiece in your home, office or yacht. The Rickie Report hope to see you at the 25th Anniversary of Art Fest by the Sea, another great show for Howard Alan Events March 9 & 10!

 

 

 

25th Annual Art Fest by the Sea

(Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL)

March 9 and 10, 2013

Saturday and Sunday  10 am – 5 pm

                   One Mile Along A1A Ocean Front                            

Marcinski Rd (Jupiter)  to Donald Ross Rd (Juno Beach)

4050 South US Highway 1  Jupiter, FL 33477

A portion of the proceeds of this show benefit Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce

Still Life by David Berger

Still Life by David Berger

 

Speaking with David Berger

TRR understands that you started painting later in your life. When and why did you begin painting? 
DB: The first 31 years of my life was spent searching for who I actually was, this process was slowed greatly by living in Miami FL. as a child and gravitating toward the “wrong crowd” with alcohol and drugs at age 12.  I continued this for 20 years till I was 31 and wound up in a substance abuse treatment center where I sobered up and started life over again.
I found a set of water colors while in treatment and played with them for a year or so, then took an oil painting class and fell in love with it. My first oil painting was of the bell peppers which I later titled “Bad Fruit”. Not a great piece but my teacher insisted I come back the next week and try again, which I did, hesitantly.

 

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TRR: Do you have a particular medium you prefer or does the image dictate the medium?

 

DB:  I paint in oil.

I paint utilizing old world glazing techniques, painting background to foreground, painstakingly allowing the paint to dry and glazing in the details.

 

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TRR: The lace and details of the folds of your material in your still life images are exceptional.  (Personally that is what draws us into your booth and your images).  Can you tell us more about the techniques you use to master these so beautifully?
DB:  I paint on a heavily primed and sanded canvas to where it is almost smooth as board. I actually use soft rounded synthetic filberts, realizing that I can kill a $3 brush as quickly as a $50 brush.

 

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Waterfall

TRR: What advice would you give to someone who has never thought of themselves as a painter but feels tempted to try it?

DB:   I believe that in life if you feel led to do something creative, just do it. Let go of the fear, perfectionism, what others might think of whatever you do, and most of all… if you enjoy doing it…do more of it. there are so many instances in life where we are judged by others as to what we do for a living, our political views, religion, how we raise our children, economics etc.,  I know that when I am sitting at the easel, engrossed in the work… I am at one with the universe.

Produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Art Fest by the Sea, ranked among the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine, returns to celebrate 25 fabulous years on March 9 – 10, 2013.  The juried outdoor art show, popular among locals and tourists alike, features the work of 300 leading artists from around the country.

 

 

The wide array of fine art on display includes a variety of media with prices set to suit all budgets. The artists will line one mile of AIA starting at Marcinski Road in Jupiter Beach and continuing to Donald Ross Road in Juno Beach.  All artists will be present for the duration of the festival, available to discuss their art and inspiration. Complimentary shuttle buses will be running from the Florida, Power & Light building on Universe Blvd. and Ellison-Wilson Road to the festival site each day. Parking and admission are free.

 

Partial list of participating artists:  

Kelly Allen (Jewelry, Jupiter);

AJ Brockman ( Digital Art, Palm Beach Gardens);

Scott Buccina ( Stone Sculptures, Hobe Sound);

Walter Catts (Furniture, Palmetto);

Mark Pericot (Photography, Tampa);

Herbert Weintraub ( Acrylic, Boynton Beach);

Andrew Wender ( Raku, Englewood); Accessoreez (Jewelry, St. Pete.)

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 25 Annual ArtFest by The Sea 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

Their Van is Packed for the Juno Beach Show- Don’t Miss Accessoreez NEWEST Items!

The Rickie Report has noticed that Accessoreez’ following is growing!  At the Hobe Sound Art Show, there were people lined up waiting to try the jewelry on.  Now, their van is packed and ready to bring you their latest jewelry creations. Leslie continues to form incredible hand blown glass elements for her necklaces and at the same time, is creating a whole new line of jewelry!  Be at the Juno Beach Show and get there early – most of these are one-of-a-kind pieces.

 

25th Annual Art Fest by the Sea

(Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL)

March 9 and 10, 2013

Saturday and Sunday

 10 am – 5 pm

                   One Mile Along A1A Ocean Front

Marcinski Rd (Jupiter)  to Donald Ross Rd (Juno Beach)

4050 South US Highway 1  Jupiter, FL 33477

A portion of the proceeds of this show benefit Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce

 

 

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Leslie Huston is the lead designer of accessoreez, a handcrafted line of contemporary art glass borosilicate jewelry. Her creative energies coalesce in the production of distinctive designs as elegant tropical hues synergistically merge with a high desert color palette of hot fired glass, fresh water pearls, turquoise, coral, hammered copper & silver, and other select materials.

 

Seahorse Necklace

Seahorse Necklace

Leslie’s art glass instruction included studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, Mills College in Oakland, Ca, and the University of San Diego.

 

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Today she collaborates with her sister, Shelley Harper, a noted metal worker, on unique one-of-a-kind designs. Shelley’s studies include the University of Puget Sound & a BS from the University of Southern California.

New - Cuff Design!

New – Cuff Design!

 

Coming from two dramatically different regions, Leslie and her design studios are based on Florida’s Gulf Coast in St. Petersburg, Florida, while Shelley can be found at her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Glass Tendril Necklace

Glass Tendril Necklace

The marketing side of accessoreez is in the able hands of John Huston, Leslie’s husband.  (We like the van design, John). For more information visit: http://www.accessoreez.com

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561-537-0291

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.

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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.” www.klausschuler.com

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 www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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Banyan Bikers

Klaus looks forward to meeting show-goers! For more information  http://www.klausschuler.com/ (772) 283-5684  cell:  772-263-1145  or email: ksartist@gate.net

 

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Courage + Inspiration = AJ Brockman

This will not be the first time The Rickie Report has met AJ Brockman .  You will be amazed at the strong, yet delicate details of his artwork.  His artwork has been shown most recently at the Hobe Sound Art Festival as well as at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL.  The Rickie Report met AJ at an artist forum sponsored by the Palm Beach Cultural Council and could see his drive to make a statement about his fine art abilities.  Don’t miss his booth at Artfest By The Sea!

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AJ Brockman has faced challenges his entire life.  He has been wheelchair bound since the age of two.  As Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a progressive neuromuscular disease, devastated his body he continued pursuing his art, quickly realizing it was a true passion.  He transitioned from acrylic paints to computer-generated art as he lost strength in his hands.

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Today, he creates fine art with a mouse and two fingers on his left hand.  His painstaking attention to detail is evident in each and every work of art inspired by his surroundings and his experiences as a native South Floridian.  His story is one of courage and perseverance, which he hopes, will inspire others to pursue their dreams and overcome their own obstacles.

 

AJ shares, “While registering for classes in high school, I came across a brand new elective course called Commercial Art Technology, and I thought it would be an interesting alternative to learning French or joining the volleyball team. As it turned out, the class was more than just interesting: It was a game-changer. Aided by computer software that replicates traditional painting/typesetting/layout, and fueled by my unwavering passion for all things artistic, I found I was once again able to create. I didn’t have complete use of my hands, but I learned to effectively manipulate the mouse using two fingers on my left hand. That’s all it took!”

 

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AJ welcomes you to his website  with this greeting, “Welcome to Single Handed Studio! Here you will find all of the digital painting & design of, me, AJ Brockman.  I am an award-winning artist that truly has a passion for art, design and all things that are awesome.  I also have SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), a progressive neuromuscular disease, and have been wheelchair-bound since age two. I view myself as being “differently abled” rather than “disabled” and I live life to the fullest every day”.

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A South Florida native, much of AJ’s work reflects the local natural inspiration: the ocean, landscapes, and a beachside lifestyle. However he does not limit himself to a specific genre.   AJ goes on to say, “What I would like most of all is for others to enjoy my work, inspire creativity and prove that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and have the drive to do so”.

AJ went on to graduate with a BFA from Digital Media Arts College, and is currently working as a professional graphic designer in South Florida. For more information about AJ Brockman :  www.singlehandedstudio.com

 

Ranked among the top art fairs in the country, Art Fest by the Sea is popular among locals and tourists alike who look forward to the wide variety of fine art on display and for sale.  The artists will line one mile of AIA starting at Marcinski Road in Jupiter Beach and continuing to Donald Ross Road in Juno Beach.  All artists will be present for the duration of the show, available to discuss their art and inspiration. Complimentary shuttle buses will be running from the Florida, Power & Light building on Universe Blvd. to the festival site each day. Parking and admission are free.

The 24th Annual Art Fest by the Sea takes place  March 10 – 11, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm  and will include 300 artists from 30 different states.  For more information: www.artfestival.com  or 561-746-6615.

For coverage of your events, listing of announcements in our events section, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

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The Passionate Pair to Meet at Hobe Sound Fair

The 11th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts takes place  February 4th & 5th, 2012  10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Admission is free.  The event takes place on A1A/ Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound,FL.Why is this show different from others?  There is an artisan couple you need to meet!  If you are looking for that “special something” for that “special someone”, be sure to stop and see Leslie and  John Huston!  Plus, Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts takes place just before Valentine’s Day…

They wed on October 10, 2010 at 10:10 a.m. in front of Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, with family and friends in attendance.  Their cake was in the shape of a baseball!  She is the jewelry designer and he is the marketing manager at accessoreez in St. Pete, FL.

After completing her art studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, Mills College in Oakland and the University of San Diego, Leslie Belcher moved to FL.   She is Director of Design at accessoreez in Saint Petersburg.

“At accessoreez ‘art to wear’ is our motto and our passion is to create extraordinary designs that enhance every womans beauty.  Our mission is focused.  With todays marketplace of impersonal “me too” mass merchandising accessoreez offers a refreshingly different shopping experience”, Leslie says.

Rainbow Glass Necklace Each original accessoreez design is conceived and developed with the inclusion of intricately sculpted borosilicate glass masterpieces as focal elements. Years of experience amongst the members of the accessoreez design team has synergized into a common force to produce some of the most glorious art glass creations available to today’s discreet clientele.

Also an accomplished mixed media artist, Leslie has honed her skills over the years in the design and implementation of contemporary hand blown tempered and torch fired glass focal elements as her art medium. Incorporating art glass and various semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, sterling silver, & other fine materiel into each unique lifestyle inspiration, Leslie’s work has recently been featured in Southern Living Magazine and represented at select art galleries and fine boutiques across the country.

Leslie relates, “I am a glass artist & jewelry designer living in St. Pete, Florida. I started my company, accessoreez, 8 years ago when I was downsized from my corporate job & this was what I was meant to do. I work with great people & some truly talented artists & my commute is walking into my studio. If you’re looking for something unique….this is the place”.

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Howard Alan, Bringing Art to the Streets

Rickie, Howard, and Max

The Rickie Report has showcased a number of local artists who participate in juried shows run by Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors.  We met with Howard to hear his perspective on the business and will share his helpful hints in making your show experience more successful.  Consider this:  it all started more than 29 years ago with a man and a gorilla.

Leaving a career as a chiropractor, Howard Alan went into retail, settling in Plantation, Florida.  Howard featured 40-50 artists and crafters on consignment, which was a unique and successful endeavor all on its own.  In an effort to bring in the business, he strategically placed a 6-foot-4-inch gorilla named “Magilla” out on the street and declared that “Magilla” was running for Mayor!
The Mayor at the time was not happy that he was being poked fun at and had Howard arrested.  The brilliant publicity stunt to promote the store not only worked, it landed Howard and “Magilla” on several local TV news stations, as well as “Good Morning America” and “PM Magazine”.   Found guilty of “having something illegal on the street,” Howard was ordered to pay a $500 fine, serve probation, and donate “Magilla”, who had become a celebrity to various charities and organizations for a 6-month period.
Through the whole ordeal, Howard realized he had a knack for advertising and public relations.  Combining his newly discovered talent and his passion for the arts, Howard created Howard Alan Events, a public relations and advertising agency specializing in art show promotions.
Howard’s first show was in a Boca Raton housing development during the dead heat of summer.  It was a great learning experience.  Howard started promoting craft shows in shopping centers, in conjunction with bands, classic cars and beauty pageants.  Approximately 100 exhibitors were featured.  It was a serious struggle, but Howard was determined to make it work.  The rest, as they say, is history.
Today, Howard Alan is one of the most widely and highly recognized individuals in the industry.  Along with Debbie, his wife and business partner and their dedicated staff, Howard runs 45 annual juried art shows and 40 annual craft shows out of a small office in Tequesta, Florida.
No matter which corner of the nation you visit you are sure to find a Howard Alan event somewhere, be it Aspen, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Alexandria, Cleveland, Ft. Lauderdale, Sarasota, or Beaver Creek, just to name a few.   These popular outdoor festivals are consistently ranked among the top art shows in the country.
With all the shows came all the artists.  Over the last 24 years, Howard Alan is proud to have exhibited the work of over 10,000 different artists worldwide.
Today, a typical Howard Alan show will feature anywhere from 100 to 300 exhibitors.  These artists are like family to Howard and Debbie and many have been with them since the very beginning.   Many credit Howard Alan for allowing them to make a living doing what they love most.   Sitting sidecar through all of this is “Magilla’s” head, which Howard keeps at his office for good luck.

Debbie Alan

No matter how many shows in the schedule or how large the staff grows, Howard Alan Events is still a family business that cares about its exhibitors.   In fact, Howard and Debbie still travel and coordinate many of their own shows.  It is not uncommon to see them at 5am assisting exhibitors with setup, or offering a little pep talk on selling or booth display.  It is this consistency of commitment and quality that has created a faithful following among artists and customers.

TRR: What criteria do you look for in choosing a venue?
HA:  Our team will go to an area and spend some time visiting the local art galleries, interior designers, museums, hotels and shops.  We find that art show afficiandos like to incorporate our events as a “stay-cation”.   We need to get a feel for the community, taking into consideration its own flavor and taste, before we can bring in artists.  If the area is contemporary or more nature-oriented, that will affect which artists we will promote at the show.  Our artists travel from all over the country.  We want to offer different, fresh work that is affordable to the community and at the same time be saleable.  Our number one goal is to take of the artist.
HA: We are also growing and diversifying.  A number of surprises are in the works!  Also, you notice there is no music program at our shows.  We feel it takes the attention away from the artists who are showing their work.  We want the artists to be able to interact with the attendees with no distractions.
TRR: Tell us more about the exhibitors.
HA:  This may come as a surprise, but the average age of the exhibitor is 63.  These are people who work very hard.  Many of them had former careers and gave up the security of a regular pay check to do what they are passionate about.  We are very proud to offer “handmade in America” products.   About 20-25% of the exhibitors in each show are new to the show.  Our artists’ following is very loyal.  There are some artists who follow us around the circuit for the season.
TRR: Each show is juried.  Artists must send photos or videos of not only their work, but of them working on their pieces of art.  Tell us about the jurying process.
HA: We have an independent group of judges who are knowledgable about their particular art area.  We strive to keep everything in our shows handcrafted.  Do some things slip by?  Yes.  But, it is rare.  When we are putting a show together, we also look at categories.  Typically, 45 out of every 100 applications is for jewelry.  That category is only 20% of each show.  We want diversity to not only be fair to the exhibitors, but to keep the shows fresh for the attendees.   With the advent of the zapplication www.zapplication.org there is increased competition to get into a show.
TRR: Have you met any particularly innovative artists?
HA:  I live in an art show!  Event posters  decorate the walls of the offices, along with unique pieces  like the British telephone booth; the vintage gasoline pump, and other sculptures.
TRR: What tips would you offer an artist/artisan who has never done a show?
HA:  Know your audience!  If you have not sold anything over one season, it is time to reinvent yourself.  Fresh work and good quality emanates no matter how large or small your work is.   Consider your display very carefully.   It needs to be aesthetically appealing.  It is not enough to put objects on a shelf or hang artwork on a wall.  Talk to your potential buyers.  Tell them what inspired you to make what you are selling.  Have professional business cards and a sign-up book to capture email addresses so you can contact them when you are going to be in the area in the future.
TRR: Note to TRR readers – see archives and more helpful hints in article posted 09/25/11.

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Behind the Scenes at a Howard Alan Art Festival

Howard Alan Events, Producer of the Nation’s Finest Juried Art Shows,
Showcases Local and Nationally Recognized Artists

Art festivals produced by Howard Alan Events are first class art exhibits much like those you’d expect at an art gallery or a museum but outdoors and family friendly.  The Florida based company has a long history for making art more accessible to the community in a casual and fun setting.

Howard Alan Events is the nation’s top producer of high-end art festivals and has perfected the art of doing business.  Howard Alan and his wife Debbie started out in a small office in Plantation, Florida and through the years this family owned company has exhibited the work of thousands of artists from all over the country and abroad.  Howard Alan Events is one of the most widely recognized art festival promoters in the country, producing more than 45 festivals a year.  Howard and Debbie personally oversee these shows and are usually found on site at one event or another.

Howard Alan Events has provided more than 10,000 different artists the opportunity to exhibit their work and make their businesses grow; many of them have given up professional careers, trading in their dress shoes for sandals.  The art festivals help generate millions of dollars for a variety of organizations such as chambers, rotary clubs, downtown business associations and several other non-profit community organizations.  The artists, local merchants, restaurants and hotels all benefit from these events that drive additional guests and dollars to the art shows as well as the local economies.  Company founder Howard Alan advocates the importance of supporting the arts and artists because this in turn helps the local economy.   “Art is an investment that’s tangible;  you can hang it on the wall and enjoy it as it appreciates in value,” explains Alan.

Although based in Florida, Howard Alan Events 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 Alexandria King Street Festival of the Arts, Alexandria, VA, 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 group’s founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.   Each show is unique with works of both established and emerging artists who depend on Howard Alan Events for their livelihood.

“We are a national touring art fair based in South Florida, but we found that some of our best customers wanted us to bring top-rate festivals to their hometowns” says Alan.  “These are vibrant areas, rich in culture and supportive of the arts.  We bring a local contingency of artists, as well as a troupe of artists from around the country that have never exhibited in these areas.”

The artists are juried by an independent panel of expert judges, and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity.   All of their artwork is original and handmade in America.

Howard Alan Events stipulates that all artists are required to be on-site for the entire duration of the show.   The artists line each venue with their gallery style display booths, transforming the area into a first-class outdoor art gallery.  Festival goers can meet the artists who are available to discuss their art and inspiration.  The artistic media represented include paintings, sculptures, photos, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, and ceramics.

Prices range from $25 hand-designed earrings to $50,000 metal sculptures.  The festivals appeal to family and friends as a free and fun weekend activity, as well as serious art buyers looking to add to their collections.

For additional information on Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

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