A Man, a Gorilla and a Dream of Art

Before the Las Olas Art Fair was a glimmer in his eye, Howard Alan started small, showcasing 50 artists on consignment with a six-foot gorilla strategically placed outside his door to draw customers in.

While the gorilla ended up costing him a $500 fine, the Alan family learned a valuable lesson about creating an active space for art to thrive. Fast-forward to today, and the Alans throw weekend art festivals at over 40 cities across the states. Locally, the Annual Las Olas Art Fair is in its 21st season. Snake through a labyrinth of eats, live music and vendors hocking paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and life-size sculptures.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this weekend on East Las Olas Boulevard. (between SE 6th and SE 11th avenues in Fort Lauderdale). Call 954-472-3755, or visit artfestival.com for more information.
Sat., Jan. 3; Sun., Jan. 4, 2009