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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6th Annual HotWorks.org Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ Award Winners

The 6th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ was held on January 24 & 25, 2015 in downtown Boca. This fine art and fine craft fair was juried by art professionals, bringing a combined experience of more than 140 years in art education and/or art fair experience to this event. All artwork was original and personally handmade by the artist who participated in the show. All forms of discipline were showcased and for sale including paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, jewelry, photography, and more.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share the Award Winners here.

 

 

6th Annual
HotWorks.org Boca Raton Fine Art Show™

Announces Professional Artist Award Winners

of the

January 24 & 25, 2015

Downtown Boca Raton

 

All Art was Original and Personally Handmade

by the Artists in the Show

Sponsored by Hot Works, LLC, a professionally produced fine art fair by a show director with a national standing and reputation, and the Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc., the associated 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on visual arts, diversity, fostering art education among young students, and community enrichment, there was $1,500 in Professional Artist Awards. Criteria for judging were based on technique/execution, originality, and booth appearance.

 

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Winner, 2015

Industry advocate Les Slesnick of Orlando, Florida was the Artist Juror. Mr. Slesnick is an artist himself, and has tremendous experience with juried art fairs and artists; he has more than 30 years of experience with participating in art shows, plus another 10 years with consulting and jurying art fairs across the country. Mr. Slesnick is an award-winning artist from the top juried fine art shows in the country. Mr. Greg Anderson, a Boca Raton resident, volunteered as Mr. Slesnick’s assistant on Saturday, January 24.

 

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Winner, 2015

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Winner, 2015

 

Following the selection of awards, a “Prize Patrol” team visited each winning artist at his/her booth, and delivered a colorful, beautiful 2’ ribbon that each winning artist displayed the duration of the show for art fair visitors to see. The “Prize Patrol” was honored this year to have several City officials as our special guests, and who also personally congratulated each winning artist. The list of dignitaries was headed by Mayor Susan Haynie and Council Members Robert Weinroth and Scott Singer; the team also included Boca Raton resident, artist, and architect Greg Anderson, along with Executive Director of the Boca Raton Fine Art Show™, Patty Narozny. It was very positive exposure for the community and for the artists.

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Winner, 2015

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Winner, 2015

Professional Artist Winners

 

Two $500 Purchase Awards/Juror’s Award of Excellence
· Zaki, Mixed Media
· Gail Markiewicz, Clay

Five $100 Awards of Excellence:
· Frank Borelli, Fiber
· Magali Fox, Mixed Media
· Eddie Myers, Digital
· Oscar Rivera, Precious Jewelry
· Charles Strain, Sculpture

Fifteen Awards of Distinction:
· Orna and Ami Amrani, Mixed Media
· Deborah Armstrong, Precious Jewelry
· R. C. Fulwiler, Photography
· Daniel and Frances Hedblom, Metal
· Kristin Holman, Mixed Media
· Kit Karbler, Glass
· Jinsong Kim, Clay
· Meredith Kuntzsch, Mixed Media
· Ricki Levine, Fiber
· Michelle McDowell Smith, Mixed Media
· Armando Pedroso, Mixed Media
· Sabra Richards, Sculpture
· Debra Steidel, Clay
· Gregory Story, Clay
· Lee Wilson, Painting

 

All winners are juried in and accepted to participate in the 7th Annual
HotWorks.org Boca Raton Fine Art Show™
January 23 & 24, 2016
Downtown Boca

 

 

6th Annual 

HotWorks.org Boca Raton Fine Art Show™

January 24 & 25, 2015

Announces Budding Artist Competition Award Winners
Grades 6-12 or Ages 9-19

As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, a Budding Artist Competition for grades 6-12 or ages 9-19 was integrated into the art fair. Sponsored by the Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc., the art fair’s 501c3 non-profit arm, young artists were invited to apply with their original and personally handmade art in all forms of medium.

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Budding Artists Winner, 2015

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Budding Artists Winner, 2015

This year’s Budding Artist contest included 47 entries from 16 area schools; all entries were publicly displayed under the “Budding Artist” tent. It exposed young artists to the opportunity of creating his/her art for a living – doing something he/she loves to do, and, most importantly, how to do it. The competition gave budding artists a golden opportunity to begin learning the rules of being part of a professional art show and exhibition.

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Budding Artists Winner, 2015

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Budding Artists Winner, 2015

The young artists and their families attended the event on Sunday afternoon, when the winners were announced at 3pm. There were $250 in cash awards provided to four young winners, along with a beautiful, colorful two-foot-long ribbon. Criteria for judging the youth art were based on technique/execution and originality, which is similar to the criteria for the judging of the professional artist awards.

 

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Budding Artists Winner, 2015

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Budding Artists Winner, 2015

 

In presence for the Budding Artist awards announcement was Council and Community Redevelopment Agency Member Robert Weinroth who represented City of Boca Raton and showed his support for the art fair and this program. Mr. Weinroth was there to personally congratulate each Budding Artist winner.

 

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Budding Artists Winner, 2015

Hotworks Boca Raton Fine Art Show Budding Artists Winner, 2015

Artist Michael Braun, Digital, gave a short presentation about transforming his artwork from fiber to digital art. He had something in common with one of the Budding Artists, Dominic Mattioli of Monarch High School, who entered a painting of Jimi Hendrix. Michael designed Jimi Hendrix’ pants in his famous on-stage photo and made clothes for other musical artists including Sonny & Cher, Greg Allman, and Sly of Sly & the Family Stone.

 

 

The artwork made by the Budding Artists was so compelling, original and well done that patrons purchased some of the student’s art.  For the budding artists who did not win a prize, it is important that they were communicated that even the best artists do not get accepted into the best art shows all the time; that art is subjective, and if this is something they love to do, they should not give up, but to also congratulate the winners.

 

 

The Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ provided these students with an unmatched learning experience, and exposed families to artwork that they would not have otherwise seen. Young artists were encouraged to speak with the artists in the show – all professionals — and to ask them questions about participating in art shows as a career.

 

2015 Boca Raton Fine Art Show™
Budding Artist Award Winners Are as Follows:

One $100 Best Budding Artist:
Kirsten Kelly, Painting, Age 17, A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach

Three $50 Budding Artist Awards of Excellence:

Shelby Goldring, Mixed Media, Age 15, A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach
Craig Ira, Drawing, Age 14, University School of Nova Southeastern University, Davie
Jessica Pan, Drawing, Age 16, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland

Save the date….

7th Annual
HotWorks.org Boca Raton Fine Art Show™

January 23 & 24, 2016

Downtown Boca

****Deadline for the 2016 Budding Artist Competition****
December 1, 2015
Grades 6-12 or Ages 9-19

 

See Art, Love Art, Buy Art!
See You There!

Event Hot Line: 941-755-3088
Event Website: www.HotWorks.org
Event Email: Info@HotWorks.org
Patty Narozny, Executive Director
Email: Patty@HotWorks.org

 

 

 

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