DUNEDIN — For anyone who loves summer art shows, but shies away from hours in the summer sun, plan to spend the weekend in Dunedin.
Forget the sweat and sun hats. Grab your wallet and stroll through an array of artwork ranging from paintings to pottery to jewelry without battling the summer heat. The Dunedin Fine Art Center will host m*ART, an indoor art fair with the ambiance of an outdoor venue and the luxury of air conditioning.
"The Dunedin Fine Art Center is known to be a welcoming place to experience high-quality art," said Ann Feldshue, event organizer. "This event, with its laid-back atmosphere and tremendous roster of artists, should fit right in."
According to Ken Hannon, DFAC's associate executive director, about 40 artists will be poised to show their work.
And while many people know about Art Harvest and may think it is hosted by DFAC, it is not. The Junior Service League of Clearwater/Dunedin founded DFAC and created it as an independent nonprofit around the same time the group began hosting Art Harvest. That event continues each fall and has become a destination for art lovers. But m*ART is completely new.
"This is the first art fair the DFAC will host," said Hannon. "It's a tremendous selection of artists and our cafe will be open that day, which will offer people a little different take on the usual art fair fare."
Individual art pricing is left up to each artist. Have questions about the art? Finding the answers will be as simple as asking the artists themselves since they will sell their own creations. There will be a wide variety or art to choose from during the two-day event.
"We're looking forward to a great inaugural run and think it will be a fun weekend for everyone involved," said Hannon. "We expect to be pretty well-packed with art, and the show will run the spectrum from inexpensive print choices to more expensive originals. You won't be able to turn around without seeing choice art."
Correspondent Theodora Aggeles can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO
The m*ART (Artists Selling Art)
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd.
Cost: Free admission
Info: Call (727) 298-3322 or visit dfac.org