Greet 2013 With Fabulous Offerings by Artisans and Artists in Delray Beach

Before the ball has dropped in Times Square you need stretch your legs!  Walking through the 6th Annual Downtown Delray Beach New Year’s Weekend Art Festival organized by Howard Alan will offer you an abundance of artists and artisans showing their creations.  The Rickie Report understands that there are many outdoor events during “season”, but this one is special.  Most likely, you have seen Jennifer Ardolino’s artwork in a hotel or spa.  Check out this prolific artist, who paints Floridian scenes in Deco, Traditional and Abstract styles!


6th Annual Downtown Delray Beach New Years Weekend Art Festival


Vast Array of Unique & Affordable Crafts Handmade in the USA

 Saturday December 29 – Sunday December 30

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 4th Avenue & Atlantic Avenue

Free and open to the public


One hundred fifty leading crafters from the US will line 4th Avenue & Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach with their professional booths displaying original handmade affordable crafts and gift items. The artistic media include folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, wall hangings, ceramics, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products.  One of those artists is Jennifer Ardolino.


Jennifer Ardolino sees art in many things and has a magical way of transforming what she sees into vivid, wonderfully colored images that transport the viewer into the scenes. The rich palette of the tropics and the beauty of nature have provided Jennifer with an endless variety of vibrant subjects. Her chosen media extend from the supple natural beauty of watercolorsto the strong vivid colors of acrylics.

A Native of South Florida, Jennifer’s painting have always reflected her surroundings. Ranging from the vividly colored tropical manicured landscapes of South Florida where she grew up, to the wild unspoiled natural beauty of a remote island preserve where she now lives, to the tropical Caribbean where she has sailed to and visited many times.

Jennifer self publishes all her own artwork, her many years of training and experience as a successful graphic designer have given her the skills and expertise to produce all of her own Giclee prints. This allows her to enjoy ultimate control over the quality and artistic content in each and every print she produces. Her paintings and Giclee prints are the ultimate blend of nature, art, color and state of the art technology.

A graduate of Colorado’s Institute of Art, Ardolino’s work has gained national and international acclaim, earning her numerous awards on the art show circuit. Her artwork can be found in galleries in Florida as well as at Caribbean hotels, corporations and private collections including: Sandal’s Resort, St. Croix , Paradise Island, Nassau , Doral Resort, Miami Beach , Doral Resort, Miami; Hyatt, Miami Lakes.



Collections: Sandal’s Resort, St. Croix Paradise Island, Nassau Doral Resort, Miami Beach Doral Resort, Miami Hyatt, Miami Lakes Shows & Awards: Banyan Festival – Poster Artist – 1996 Coconut Grove Artist of the Year 1996 – “Coconut Grover” Newspaper Shrimp Festival – Fernandina Beach – Isle of Eight Flags Award 1998 Shrimp Festival – Fernandina Beach – Isle of Eight Flags Award 1999 Homosassa Seafood, Arts and Craft Festival – Second Place 1999 Festival of the Arts – Inverness – Award of Merit 1999 Key Biscayne Art Festival – Best in Category 2000 Shrimp Festival – Fernandina Beach – Isle of Eight Flags Award 2000 Meet Me Downtown – Boca Raton – 2nd Place Watercolor 2001 Shrimp Festival – Fernandina Beach – 2nd Place Watercolor 2001 Key Biscayne Art Festival -2002 – Best in Category 2002 Key Biscayne Art Festival – 2003 – Merit Award



Galleries representing Jennifer include: Kathleen Longley Coconut Grove Gallery Artist Representative 2790 Bird Avenue 3625 SE 1st St Coconut Grove, Florida 33133 Boynton Beach, Florida (305)445-7401 (561) 733-8732;  Hi-Tec Graphics Studio 100 4600 SW 71 Ave. 100 SE 1st St. Miami, FL 33155 Boca Raton, Florida 33432 (305) 663-1127 (561) 392-0745; Ann’s Framing Gallery  Calusa Gallery 2172 Gulf Gate Drive 2460 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Suite 404 Sarasota, Florida 34231 Naples. FL 34109 (941) 923-3704 (941) 594-3888; Designs Art & Framing Frame Designs 1303-D1 SE 17th St. Cswy 1681 SE Hwy 19 Southport Shopping Center Crystal River, Florida 34429 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33316 (352) 795-5131 (954) 832-918 and Cottage Framer Earth-Star Designs 1910 NW Hwy 19 10849 W Yulee Dr. Crystal River, Florida Homosassa, FL 34448 (352) 795-5596 (352) 621-0166. To reach Jennifer: (352) 563-6477 ~ Fax: (352) 795-6783  or Email: 

To ensure a superior event with quality affordable original crafts, all of the local and national crafters have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by American Craft Endeavors, producers of the top outdoor craft festivals in the country.  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.

Whether you are a craft enthusiast or looking for distinctive, original gifts, there is something for everyone. This outdoor family friendly event allows the public to support the arts, the crafters as well as the local community in a fabulous setting. A full spectrum of craft art media will be on display and for sale including folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, wall hangings, ceramics, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products with prices ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. For more information: – 561-746-6615.


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