Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Dunedin Fine Art Center hosts the 8th annual Wearable Art Fashion Show this weekend. Here's what you need to know if you go.
The Dunedin Fine Art Center is holding its 8th Annual Wearable Art Fashion Show on Saturday, Aug. 11. This event has been voted Best Fashion Show in Tampa Bay for four years, with a sell-out crowd of more than 850 attendees. 1. What to expect: The event allows designers to let their imaginations go wild, and a surprise is guaranteed. Natasha Richards, Miss Gay USA, will emcee the event. 2. Featured designers: Rocky and Kathleen Bridges; Johnny Hunt; Mark Byrne, The Balloon Guy; Scott Durfee and George Medeiros, the Garden Fairies; Michael Della Penna; and Rogerio Martins. The event is not a competition, but a showcase of talent. 3. After-Party? The after-party will run from 9:30 to 11 p.m. and feature designers, live music from Orlando …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Ready to "dig" the arts? Enjoy spring in the Florida Botanical Gardens with art experiences from area museums, including Dunedin Fine Art Center.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Experience a day of family fun in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the Florida Botanical Gardens at the Diggin’ the Arts festival. This new event will offer hands-on activities, displays, vendors, booths, music and refreshments on Sunday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Participate in the plein air — open air — painting competition. Registration for this free event is at 10 a.m. and the works, painted in the gardens, are judged at 3:30 p.m. First prize is $150, second prize is $100 and third prize is $75. Visitors may watch the contestants in action as they paint beautiful garden scenes. Enter a raffle to win a rain barrel, each decorated by one of the participating museums; tickets are $1 each or six for $5. …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
In addition to the annual art show and multimedia fair, art center officials are excited to host Dunedin’s first food truck festival this weekend.
For seven years, the Dunedin Fine Art Center has hosted Trashy Treasures, a sale featuring “once-loved” pieces of donated art and supplies. Beginning in 2008, DFAC also started hosting Contain It!, a multimedia installation show sponsored by local company PODS, where artists decorate the inside of five PODS containers using their own sense of style and imagination. This year, the center has combined both events and added another to the lineup: Eat This!, thought to be Dunedin’s first food truck rally, according to DFAC events director Meg Huntley. “We’re excited about this awesome trifecta of events, and we’re happy to be behind Dunedin’s first food truck rally,” Huntley said by phone this week. For the initial rally, six food trucks will …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Here's what's new in Dunedin on this Groundhog Day 2012.
1) What to wear? With a forecast of partly sunny skies and a high near 80, poor ol' Punxsutawney Phil probably wishes he lived in Dunedin. Tonight's low is about 62, according to the National Weather Service. 2) Need to fill up on the cheap? The lowest reported gas price in Dunedin is$3.44 (cash, regular) at the Super Shop, 1001 Broadway (TampaGasPrices.com). 3) The Dunedin Fine Art Center honors Pinellas County student artwork in its "creative stART!" exhibition, running through Feb. 20, in the Kokolakis Family Gallery. This, the second installment, features 74 works from 24 public elementary schools in Pinellas County. 4) The Homeless Emergency Project, a nearby homeless rehabilitation program, is one of the benefactors in the Tampa Bay…
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
A new partnership, a better location and a promising outlook have Stephen Decaire looking forward to the future of his business.
Stephen Decaire is an artist by nature and a cook by trade, so it makes sense that he has been operating the Palm Cafe inside the Dunedin Fine Art Center atrium lobby for the past four years. Besides the fact that he gets to comingle with fellow artists and art teachers on a daily basis, who make up 80 percent of his clientele, Decaire also gets to hone his talents as a cook by applying his people skills to the café business. “I’m an artist, and I think like one,” the longtime Dunedin resident and owner of Tile Works Gallery on Douglas Avenue said. “I try to balance my art with my cooking, and I like to cater specifically to the art community that dines here.” "I like to cater to each person's needs, be it vegan, vegetarian, gluten free," …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Dunedin Fine Art Center expects a large turnout of artists and students to honor former executive director Nancy McIntyre.
Those who knew and loved the former executive director of the Dunedin Fine Art Center are celebrating her life Friday (Sept. 23) in a most fitting way. Ken Hannon, associate executive director for Dunedin Fine Art Center, explained that the event will afford guests the opportunity to create their own piece of art honoring Nancy McIntyre. She passed away of cancer on July 29 at age 61. “We’re hosting this for David Shankweiler, Nancy’s husband,” Hannon said. “Everyone is invited to bring art and make art while they are here. We are an art center and she was an artist.” McIntyre served as executive director at the Dunedin Fine Art Center from 1986 until 2004. She is credited with creating the children’s museum and expanding the community …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
"He willingly revealed sideshow secrets and told me how much the fat lady really did weigh."
Editor's Note: This is a firsthand account of the Dunedin Fine Art Center's exhibit opening for "SideShow," "Believe It or Not?" and "Under the Big Top" on Sept. 9 and 10. The exhibit opening was held in conjunction with the grand reopening of the David L. Mason Children’s Art Museum. Author Diana Boze Proia is a Clearwater resident who works in Dunedin. Proia attended the event in support of her friends, Louis and Valarie Flack, who donated $1.2 million toward the new wing and for whom it is named. The Art of the Circus The circus is in town; at least, that is what it felt like as I entered the Dunedin Fine Arts Center for the grand opening of the Louis and Valarie Flack east wing. When I entered the building I saw poster size canvas …
Friday, September 9, 2011
With the weather revealing subtle signs of cooling, the temptation to get out is strong.
Give in and you’ll find lots of things to do this weekend in Dunedin. Check out these free or low-cost top weekend picks: FRIDAY: SATURDAY: Enjoy!
Friday, January 28, 2011
The Miniature Art Society's show took lots of volunteer time, runs through Sunday.
The Dunedin Fine Art Center parking lot was full of cars and the gallery was buzzing with people viewing this year’s Miniature Art Society of Florida's exhibit. Inside, miniature artist and Dunedin Fine Art Center faculty member Melissa Miller Nece stood behind a booth with her works in progress. She teaches miniature painting and drawing, as well as watercolor pencils, at the Fine Art Center. When viewing her miniature art, it's easy to overlook the large, coordinated volunteer effort that happened behind the scenes. The Miniature Art Society's website maintains that miniature art is not a mere novelty. It's a fine art form that has been around since the 7th century. The artist must render an image that cannot exceed 25 square inches. …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Children's Museum will offer an even wider variety of services for young artists.
The Dunedin Fine Art Center began a $2 million expansion and renovation project four months ago, which will add roughly 3,000 square feet to the David L. Mason Children's Art Museum. Todd Still, the museum's director of youth education, said that construction has complicated the logistics of holding classes at the center, which is closed through June, but that the faculty and staff have kept it running smoothly. "Surgically removing 3,000 square feet of an existing structure and reconfiguring what will become 6,000 square feet of new space is tricky business," said Still. Classes normally held at the building are still being offered, but at different locations. Jennifer Lederhouse, a staff member who handles class registrations, said that …