The place was jammed packed. Now if you did not know about this you would not have guessed from approaching the complex. Those that were in the know had their pick of two fabulous days. Howard Allen does two kinds of shows, Art and Arts and Crafts this was the later. One hundred and fifty crafters and artist showed their wares, via Howard Allen Productions. Then there was the Arepa, Lemonade, Pretzel, Italian sausage and beer vendor. Those concerned about the success of the construction of our new facility need not worry how it is being paid for. 52 thousand dollars was added to Lake Worth’s coffer. Based on $350 per artist space, some spaces were higher, and not counting the food vendors. No one was hurt in this process. Every existing business up there was busy busy busy. A win win for every one. Parking staff worked extra hours, cleaning crew was visible. Not quite, Lake Worth artists were no represented here. We, Fred and I used to do Howard Allen when he just started out. We paid $75 then up it went $150 when the price for a booth started to reach $250 we quit the circuit. This is hard on artists and it’s not just the price, think of travel time, set up and tear down, sometime breakage. Today’s teardown had to be just awful, as the rains and winds came. Losses that offset any profit the artists might have made. I wrote about the art show circuit here about a year ago. The Poster Artist was from a near by community and it was a nice poster. The Casino had to be depicted on the poster. I still maintain the prices are to high, especially for a first time event. Lose one piece to weather or accident the artists can not recover as each piece is done by hand and is an original work of art. Thought the life of an artist is easy?If you missed this show you have a chance to support our talented Lake Worth artists at Art @ the Eco. A Mango Groves neighborhood fundraiser. Artists from our community were given priority. See you there Dec. 7 2 to 7 p.m. wine and food served with purchase of ticket.