2017 Fall Show Schedule

2017 Fall Show Schedule

October 21st & 22nd, 2017-30th Annual Las Olas Art Fair (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

October 28th & 29th, 2017-33rd Annual Mount Dora Craft Fair (Mount Dora, FL)

November 4th & 5th, 2017-Highlander Park (Dunedin, FL)

November 11th & 12th, 2017-29th Annual St. Armands Circle (Sarasota, FL)

November 18th & 19th, 2017-Deland Fall Festival of the Arts (Deland, FL)

November 25th & 26th, 2017- 54th Cocoa Beach Art Show (Cocoa Beach, FL)

 

 

Honored to be Chosen for the 2017 Best of St. Petersburg Artist Award

Blue Island Graphics, LLC. Receives 2017 Best of St. Petersburg Award

St. Petersburg Award Program Honors the Achievement

ST. PETERSBURG July 14, 2017 — Blue Island Graphics, LLC. has been selected for the 2017 Best of St. Petersburg Award in the Artist category by the St. Petersburg Award Program.

Each year, the St. Petersburg Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the St. Petersburg area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 St. Petersburg Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the St. Petersburg Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About St. Petersburg Award Program

The St. Petersburg Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the St. Petersburg area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The St. Petersburg Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: St. Petersburg Award Program

2017 Show Schedule

2017 Show Schedule

January

January 7-8, 2017  Dunedin Art Festival, Dunedin Florida

January 14-15, 2017  66th Annual Beaux Arts Festival – University of Miami, Coral Gables Florida

January 21-22, 2017 16th Annual Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art Festival, Sebastian Florida

February

February 4-5, 2017 42nd Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival, Mount Dora Florida

February 11-12, 2017 Artsfest Stuart, Stuart Florida

February 18-20, 2017 Artigras, Jupiter Florida

February 25-26 Islamorada Market, Islamorada Florida

March

March 3-4, 2017 Las Olas Art Fair part III, Fort Lauderdale Florida

March 11-12, 2017 Palm Beach Medical Center Art Fest by the Sea, Juno Beach Florida

March 18-19, 2017 24th Indialantic Art Festival, Indialantic Florida

March 25-26, 2017 Downtown Festival of the Arts Mebourne New Haven Avenue, Melbourne Florida

April

April 1-2, 2017 Islamorada 26th Island Fest Founders Park, Islamorada Florida

April 7-9, 2017 55th Delray Affair, Delray Florida

May

May 5-7, 2017 Sunfest, West Palm Beach Florida

May 13-14, 2017 Midflorida Mayfaire by the Lake Polk Museum of Art, Downtown Lakeland Florida

32nd Annual Melbourne Art Festival Poster Artist

2016 Melbourne Poster Artist

2016 Melbourne Poster Artist

I am very excited to announce being selected as the 32nd Annual Poster Artist for the Melbourne Art Festival here in Florida.  Thanks to all the Melbourne Directors and Officers for this Fine Art Show.

Ceiba, Puerto Rico along the El Yunque & East Coast

Puerto Rico

Ceiba, Puerto Rico along the El Yunque & East Coast.

First stop on our way to Rincon and not disappointed! Ceiba is named after the famous Ceiba tree and located in the north-east coast of the island, south of Fajardo, north of Naguabo and southeast of Río Grande. Nice drive from San Juan.

 

Boqueron

Boqueron, Cabo Rojo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Our next stop was Boqueron on the west part of the island. This place is great for swimming with locals, grabbing chicken or pork on a stick, and just hanging out in the village. Loved it!

Boquerón is a beach village located in the city of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

 

West Coast Bound

I decided to take the summer off, having a busy winter season.  I was looking forward to a much needed break.  I have found in order to be creative, sometimes you just need to get away. My wife Teresa and I decided to take our seven-year old son Tucker on a month-long road trip.  It seems the best trips are always the ones that have no set plans ahead of time.  So our only plan was to head west till we hit the Pacific, then we would decide to head north or south.  On the way out we decided to stop outside Yellowstone for a week to visit with family, and do some hiking.  From there we headed up through Montana, Idaho, and finally hit the Washington Coast.  Although it felt good the weather was a little colder on the Washington coast than Florida’s coast in July, so we decided to keep heading south…..

Artist Mike Williams on cliff

Laid Back

I spent two weeks hiking and camping out in the Redwoods nearly 25 years ago when I was in high school, so it was great to come back and be able to share it with my wife and son.  For two and a half weeks we worked our way down the coast, if we liked an area we stayed a little longer, if not we moved on.

Mike and Tucker

Monterey Sardines

We made it as far as Big Sur and decided we should start heading back, taking our time to stop at Yosemite for a few days on the way back.

Tucker in the Neveda Desert

Nevada Desert

It was well worth the time to make some great memories.

 

 

 

 

 

Venice Giveaway

Howard Alan Events recently asked if I would like to be the Featured Giveaway Artist for the 14th Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic. In exchange for all the free press and publicity the giveaway artist is asked to donate a piece of artwork, which is then raffled off at the end of the show.

Venice Giveaway

Venice Giveaway

Fishing in the Dominican Republic

I recently got the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic. There’s no way I would pass up fishing on the west end near the Haitian Border.

Two fishing boats, with a ballyhoo on hook, La Isabella, Dominican Republic.

Fishing boats at rest in La Isabella, Dominican Republic


Leaving the chaotic city of Santiago, heading for Luperon, it was obvious the area was not visited by the average tourist. The only traffic jams we encountered there were caused by a herd of cattle being driven down the road. It waslike stepping back in time, with donkeys being used to carry water as well as anything else the Dominicans could lash to their backs.
Artist Mike Williams with two mahi

Dinner


Some of the wealthier families had tin roofs, but the vast majority of the homes were thatched. We flew in right after 12 straight days of rain, so the water clarity was somewhat affected. The fishing and diving were not picture-perfect, but awesome nonetheless. We still had plenty of Mahi and Wahoo to eat every night. We went to one restaurant, and had a great chicken meal. You know the meat is fresh when you see chicken feet and feathers in the trash.
This restaurant serves chicken

Fresh chicken served here


The many people we met could not have been nicer or more welcoming. One thing stood out to me, it was obvious they had next to nothing, yet everyone was smiling, and more than happy to invite us in for a meal, asking for nothing in return.

I left this trip hoping for an off the beaten path experience, I’m happy to say I think I found it.

10th Annual Islamorada Holiday Festival

Illustrated Christmas Ornament by Mike Williams

Illustrated Christmas Ornament by Mike Williams

Usually, the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce features only artists from the Florida Keys in their annual Holiday Festival charity auction. That’s why I was honored when they asked me to create a Christmas ornament for the 10th annual Holiday Festival on Dec 5, 2014, knowing that the only other outside artists last year were Guy Harvey and Wyland. It was going for a good cause, hopefully it raised a lot of money for my friends in the Keys.

How Oscar’s surf shack ended up in the Mike Williams Collection

It was just starting to pour down rain as we were running down a dirt street in Dominical, Costa Rica. I stopped in front of a shack hidden in a forest of palms and banana trees. This would make the perfect piece for a future drawing I told myself. I had to get a photo of it. The next morning as my wife was horseback riding in the mountains, I drove back to get some photos.

Oscar's surf shack in real life

Oscar’s surf shack in real life

As I was taking shots a tico popped his head out, telling me to come in and take some photos of his collection of boards he lined up inside.

He was proud to tell me he built the structure himself, using reclaimed wood and anything else he could find to nail together. I told him I was an artist from Florida, and would be creating a drawing of his surf shack.

Rent a surfboard and hit the waves in Dominical, Costa Rica.

We exchanged emails, then he posed for a quick pic, and was off to catch a good break with his friend, Kevin. I thought it would only be fitting for the title to be Oscar’s Surf Shack.

If you go looking to rent a surfboard in Playa Dominical…