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Howard Alan Events can become the backbone of your exhibiting year. These popular outdoor festivals are consistently ranked among the top art shows in the country. Located along some of the most charming streets in the nation, the festivals brings the unique creations of hundreds of award-winning artists to thousands of art enthusiasts across America every weekend.

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About Howard Alan Events More than 27 years ago Howard Alan opened a retail store in Plantation, FL. In this store, Howard featured artists and crafters, selling their work on consignment. A publicity stunt featuring a 6-foot-4-inch gorilla named Magilla, brought the press running, landing Howard and his gallery on several local TV news stations, as well as Good Morning America and PM Magazine. Realizing he had a knack for advertising and public relations he combined this talent and his passion for the arts and created Howard Alan Events, a public relations and advertising agency specializing in art show promotions.
Today, Howard Alan is one of the most widely and highly recognized individuals in the industry. Along with Debbie, his wife and business partner of 25 years, his son Darrin and their dedicated staff, Howard runs 45 annual juried art shows and 40 annual craft shows out of a small office in Plantation, Florida. With all the shows came 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 upwards of 300 exhibitors. Many credit Howard Alan for allowing them to make a living doing what they love most.
The District Art Annual...Downtown Kansas City Howard Alan Events produces multiple shows therefore they have an ongoing jury process that meets twice monthly and juries by category. SHOW DIRECTOR'S SUGGESTION: We recommend that you apply EARLY as the show and/or most categories will fill quickly. Visit their website
www.artfestival.com to view the events and plan your schedule. Then apply at:
www.zapplication.org

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Comment by irmaly Brackin on February 12, 2009 at 8:47am
i have enjoyed some of the alan shows..only now with the economy ..i can not justify the show fees...also the distance from my home..cost of hotels..i'm still trying to find a professorship...or other creative directions .....
Comment by Dave Piper on February 16, 2009 at 8:35pm
You might find this interesting. Two or three years ago, I entered seven or eight of Howard's shows at one time. Four of them were the little American Craft Endevers shows and mailed a jury fee check and a check for the full booth fees in total for every one of the shows. I had never entered any of his shows before. I have done shows through out the US of thirty-eight years and one indication of my level of craft professionalism is the fact that I have been accepted and done Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival for twenty years in a row. I mention this to simply make the point that my work must be good enough especially for a Craft Endever show which even allows import chinese jewlery. I Got a purple piece of paper from the Alan staff with tall letters spelling out the word "Rejected". I called and ask for a reason and was told "we don't give reasons". I called back and mentiond that I paid $35 to be juried and would appreciate a reason. I was then told that they looked at my web sight and found that my son works with me (he has since he was 2...he will soon be 40) and no artist or craftsman is allowed to have anyone else involved. I ask about wives or husbands and was told that is not allowed either. I found this to be very interesting and now realized the kind of people I was dealing with. To pretend that that rule even existed was quite unbelievable. I have since realized that a Howard Alan rejection is a true badge of honor. Especially after seeing one of their Craft Endever crap fests up close. It all still puzzles me a bit but I sure don't care at all. Dave

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