EventsNews February, 4th 2011 by

Stephen Howes International Artists Collective "Assured Growth Value : Invest in Art".

Stephen Howes International Artists Collective “Assured Growth Value : Invest in Art”. From February 3- 24, 2011 at the Casa de la Cultura in Fuengirola

Sculpture By Christopher Stone

On Thursday the 3rd of February 2011, the Casa de la Cultura in Fuengirola held an exciting exhibition of the works a number of important artists, organized by Stephen Howes of “Stephen Howes Fine Art.“  The inauguration of the exhibition was well attended by well over 150 persons, including the American Consul, artists, as well as visitors who had travelled from as far as Ibiza and Granada, and were involved directly in the art world. The media were also in attendance supporting this important cultural event.

The American Consul with Jack Nusbaum

The art on display was varied and of a high standard, and included the works of British sculptor Christopher Stone, painters Andy Bonomo,  James Connell, Laim Delany, Caroline Cary, Stuart Briggs, Johan Wahlstrom, Marco Bombach, Caroline Louise Smith, Jim Park, Nicholas De Lacy Brown, Janette Lockett, and David Hulston. 

Painting By Andy Bonomo

“ASSURED GROWTH VALUE INVEST IN ART ” is the concept of the exhibition, to show how art is in fact an excellent investment in a time of financial crisis, and as Stephen Howes wrote in his detailed press release “

“A horrendous disastrous financial meltdown/crisis has affected most of the civilized world in many ways especially in finance at all level. those fortunate enough to remain solvent and wish to continue buying and selling stocks and bonds,etc, became very cautious and hesitant as the majority of companies/ commodities listed on stock market exchanges were on a losing down spin. An unwritten financial rule of thumb became-“wait and see”. 

James Connell & Christopher Stone

Stephen Howes & Andy Bonomo

Well Stephen Howes , living in Southern Spain for more than 30 years, a long established agent/ sales/ marketing representative of an international collective of artists and sculptors, patiently waiting and hoping to see- got it! An article in the financial section of his daily newspaper jumped off the page and said – “The Only two investmentss to be considered in these difficult times is GOLD and ART. They grow in value every single day and never, never lose.



A Secure , safe investment virtually returning a healthy increase over purchased price achieving a profitable gain. with No further “waiting” Stephen approached The Casa de la Cultura in Fuengirola, ( Back to his roots as a youngster) a fine regional venue, and offered to set up an arts display of his stable of international artists and sculptors, which Stephen has been doing for many years throughout major European cities as well the USA, to enhance the presentation of his very timely new concept –  “ASSURED GROWTH VALUE: INVEST IN ART” 

 All the fine photos of the  art event were taken by photographer Paul Wilcockson L.MP.A  who is also a member of the “Marbella Marbella” team! To contact him go to

The exhibition is open from February 3- 24  CASA DE LA CULTURA Avda Juan Gomez Juanito 12 Fuengirola, Malaga, Spain

Hours 10: to 18:00. Admission gratis.


Ose, Mugge, Dario & Stephen

Sculpture By Christopher Stone

Stephen Howes Quotes, ” This inaguration was a complete success and far beyond our expectations, we are positive that the remaining weeks of the show will easily tip the balance proving that the Art market on the Costa del sol and else where is an alive and healthy business that can go from strength to strength. I believe that now is the time for the sturdy and the brave to gain their toe hold and go on to become  future market leaders in the art world.

The out come of this show for me and my artist’s is a sure sign that my next spectacular ” A million euros of art” to be held at the Marbella casino in May will be one of the greatest art exhibition ever held in Andalucia”. My team and I are at this moment negotiating with a major London venue regarding our future project that will be held there initially before moving on to Chelsea, New York, NY.

 Contact Stephen Howes: email at   Tel: 952 44 80 55



Dario Poli

Composer, artist, and a published author and illustrator. He is initiator of the campaign to present a better image Internationally, of Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Composer of the music "Marbella Marbella" used as the anthem of the campaign and also many other recorded compositions including Nostradamus, and Corazon, for The Children for Peace Onlus charity in Rome as well as the co-author of the powerful musical drama Lady X and The Power of Destiny. He is also the editor and a founder member of this website.

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  • Dario, Paul, Stephanie, the team, and all who made the show, my deepest gratitude for taking your valuable time attending the inauguration. It was a complete success, the outcome was astounding, and beyond expectations.
    A terrific lead up to " A million Euros of art" at the Marbella casino in April, see you there.
    Best regards, Chris

    • Hello Chris.
      It is you and all the other artists that we must thank, for giving us the opportunity to experience your art and meet those involved in this exhibition. The talent on display was first class and we at Marbella Marbella are happy to have been able to help a little.
      Keep it coming and I am sure that on the 31st March at the elegant Casino in Nueva Andalucia, you will have some super surprises in store for those of us who attend.

  • Both Stephanie and I enjoyed the visual feast of so many artists under one roof – something for everyone. Looking forward to meeting you again, Chris, at the April exhibition.

  • Having been involved in the world of art and design for over 35 years I have seen most of everything if not all of it, I have had numerous solo shows, taken part in countless collective exhibitions, and attended many other artists shows across the globe, each and every one of these had some kind of catalogue, most had promotional posters, and all had some kind of photographers in attendance.
    It was not until the 3rd of February at the "Casa de la Cultura" in Fuengirola that I discovered the value of having a great and professional photographer.
    I had been introduced to Paul Wilcockson and his wife Stephanie by Dario the same evening, they had come along to the inauguration of "Assured growth value, invest in art" a collective exhibition of which I was taking part, Paul brought along his camera and during the show quietly mingled and worked his magic, I am camera shy, ugly, and extremely nervous at these events, the results of which leap out of the finished photo and attack you. I asked Paul "What's wrong with me?", whenever someone points a camera in my direction I tend to smile like I have swallowed a bicycle pedal, my kids at home laugh and tell me that the photos do not look like me, (which is a cold comfort, good news, and kindness mix ) Paul hid a grin as if to say "I've heard that before" I suggested that he should have a look at what he had of me so far, he did, this time he could not hide his grin, and after taking a second look he laughed out loud, and because I followed his laughter he could no longer hide behind his professionalism and roared, through his tears he gently led me through what he knew I was doing wrong, I followed Pauls advice like a lamb to the slaughter, the results dont make me pretty, no one could manage that, but they do make me look human instead of resembling a ferret looking through a loo brush.
    Paul's images of my work are the best I have seen, they are straight out of the camera, no photoshop, no retouches, and taken in the light that was present, I love them, and I am forever grateful for his kind advice.

    Paul Wilcockson L.MP.A

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