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Dunedin art center's Trashy Treasures sale comes with music, beer

DUNEDIN

A portrait of your goofy cousin will be there. So will a 6-foot-5 fiberglass giraffe with a chip on his hind end.

Art of all kinds — the cheesy and the sublime, family heirlooms and the once loved — will be for sale Friday and Saturday at rock-bottom prices during the Dunedin Fine Art Center's Trashy Treasures garage art sale.

"It's a fabulous way to start, finish or add to an art collection," said the center's associate executive director, Ken Hannon.

The annual fringe art fest will be paired again with a PODS multimedia installation fair, a mini food truck rally and, new this year, choice craft beers from the Dunedin Brewery.

Billed as "Buy It! Eat It! Brew It! Contain It!" the It weekend kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with a party featuring brews, food and live music by the Nancy RayGuns with Sean Delong. Select art will be for sale during a silent auction.

Tour the decorated interiors of 10 PODS storage units, where artists have interpreted the world around them, as you ponder what the meaning of It is.

Many installations are collaborative projects between artists, art instructors and students at St. Petersburg College. This year's artists include Nicole Abbett, Paula "Pollyzoom" Allen, Nathan Beard and the Spolek collaborative, Theo Georgiou, Moses Hensley, Shane Hoffman, Barbara Hubbard with Ya La'ford and SPC students, Wes Roos, Kumpa Tawornprom and Eric Voorhis. There will be a special installation by last year's People's Choice winner, Victoria Block.

Friday night admission is $5. Or, come Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for free.

The Trashy Treasures that don't sell Friday will be for sale Saturday and "priced to go," said Hannon.

Come early. Last year, about 60 people were lined up waiting for the doors to open, he said.

Also on Saturday, the food trucks return, the storage PODS will be open, and the artists will be on hand to speak about their visions.

Artist and stay-at-home dad Beard has paired with two of his peers and their breadwinner wives to create an installation that shows how couples are making this trend of role reversal work. The unit is set up like a three-room house with each couple creating a room.

"The takeaway is that we are no different than other families. We're just trying to raise our children and find a balance between work and life," he said.

His fellow artist Hoffman found inspiration in a painting by one of his developmentally disabled students at the Tampa-based Pyramid Inc. The student fancies trucks, moving vans and Elvis. "I am doing a 3-D sculpture in cardboard of a Mayflower moving van," Hoffman said. "I am intrigued every day by these students; they are all uninhibited geniuses."

The donated art for Trashy Treasures normally brings in about $10,000 each year for the nonprofit art center, and the community has been especially generous this year, Hannon said.

"This is the largest hoard I've ever seen."

As he combed through boxes of paintings, art books, framed photography, jewelry, objects of curiosity and studio gear, he ran across a pastel seascape by Florida artist Lorraine Potocki.

"Some of this is really high-quality stuff," he said.

Then there was that odd assemblage that defied description.

"Some of it just boggles the mind."

Reach Terri Bryce Reeves at treeves@tampabay.rr.com.

. If you go

Buy It! Eat It! Brew It! Contain It!

Details: A party with live music, food and beer takes place Friday beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. The event continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free admission. It's all at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Visit dfac.org or call (727) 298-3322.

Dunedin art center's Trashy Treasures sale comes with music, beer 02/18/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:31pm]
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