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Dunedin Fine Arts Center hosts art party and garage sale

DUNEDIN

Jeepers! Today's Friday the 13th and Saturday is Valentine's Day.

Do you kiss — or hide under the bed?

We suggest you celebrate the paradoxical weekend at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, where two wild and crazy — but safe — events will be going on.

During Contain It! 11 artists interpret their worlds inside big boxy PODS, or Portable On Demand Storage units. The multisensory installations are found in the center's parking lot during this second annual event.

Step inside the Fine Art Center for Trashy Treasures, the center's sixth annual art garage sale, which promises great deals on once-loved items.

The party begins tonight at 7 with drinks, a disc jockey, hot dogs and live music by Giddy Up, Helicopter. Tour the PODS, watch artist Noah Deledda as he paints live, or bid on Trashy Treasures. Admission is $10.

Saturday offers free admission, PODS viewing and Trashy Treasures from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contain It!

Yoko Nogami, 42, was born and raised in Japan, but she has the heart and soul of a Florida Cracker.

"When most people think of Florida, they think beaches. But I think the best parts are in the central swampy areas," said the St. Petersburg resident, an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida, University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College.

She built a cardboard diorama inside a PODS unit featuring a character she uses in many of her works called "Toko." This time Toko likes to cuddle alligators. She said the girl is a hybrid of her daughter Tora, 14, and herself.

To view her multimedia installation called Spirit of the Suwannee, visitors will insert their heads through one of three zipped openings and experience the smells, sights — even the humidity — of the swampland on a "starry" night.

Graphic artist Stephen "A.G." Carey hails from Orlando and said he feels as though a guardian angel is inside each one of us.

To further this thought, he, with the help of his grandfather and girlfriend, transformed the interior of a PODS unit into the scene of a falling skydiver.

He employs two mirrors facing each other to create the illusion of infinite regress. Fans and dry ice add to the sensations of an aerial jump.

Viewers will step up on a platform and save the day.

"With the fans blowing, it will feel as if you jumped with her," said Carey, 25. "You're there to help her out."

Trashy Treasures

You won't find baby clothes or old tools at this garage sale, just donated works of art and art supplies.

Today, a select group of the items will be offered by silent auction. On Saturday, the rest will be tagged and sold first-come, first-served.

"When we say treasures we mean it," said Ken Hannon, associate executive director at the Fine Art Center. "Just because someone has grown tired of a piece of art doesn't mean it's any less valuable for someone else."

Have a Diversions idea? Reach Terri Bryce Reeves at treeves@tampabay.rr.com.

if you go

Art twosome

What: The Dunedin Fine Art Center presents dual events: Contain It! and Trashy Treasures.

When: There's a party tonight beginning at 7. Admission is $10. The event continues Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free admission.

Where: The Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd.

For more information: Visit www.dfac.org or call (727) 298-3322.

Dunedin Fine Arts Center hosts art party and garage sale 02/12/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 12, 2009 4:38pm]

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