BY LENNIE BENNETT
Times Art Critic
Age does have its advantages.
At some point, you get to be venerable.
So it is with Art Harvest, now in its 47th year and returning to Highlander Park in Dunedin on Saturday and Sunday. Despite its proximity to half a century, the outdoor arts festival is still fresh as fall.
There have been nips and tucks over the years, but Art Harvest has stayed true to the formula used by most events of its kind.
It's a juried show, which means that a committee reviews all artists who apply, making sure that the standards the group sets for quality are met. More than 200 artists from points near and far made the cut and will bring their works in popular media including painting, ceramics, jewelry, glass, fiber and wood, which they hope you will purchase.
As always, there will be plenty of choices for food and beverages. You can be good and have a salad or embrace the atmosphere of the great outdoors and choose something more indulgent, involving chocolate or a deep fryer or maybe both.
Kids are encouraged to come, too. A hands-on activities area is just for them, but they must be accompanied by you, no drop-offs allowed.
As an arts lover and consumer, your main priority is and should be: Is this event worth my time?
Yes, it is.
But there is a nice secondary benefit to your support. Art Harvest is organized by the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin. The league is part of a national organization of women volunteers, and locally, this one has poured $1.5 million and 1 million volunteer hours into the community during its 60-year history. Art Harvest's profits (from sales of memorabilia such as T-shirts, not art profits, which belong to the artists) will be funneled back into projects that deal with foster care.