HOLIDAY SHOPPING: TWO REASONS FOR DUNEDIN
'Tis the season when galleries, museums and festivals entice you with gift-giving opportunities beyond the big boxes. This weekend, you'll find two big events side by side in Dunedin: Art Harvest and "All Decked Out" at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
Art Harvest, now 52 years old, is a fundraiser organized by the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin to fund community projects. One of its signature ones is a teen training center for children aging out of foster care.
Artists and craftsmen open up outdoor shops exhibiting media that includes painting, ceramics, photography, fiber and wood. It's free admission, and opportunity tickets are for sale ($10 each) with drawings for prizes: a work by the event's featured artist, painter James Carter; a two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Clearwater Beach; Disney park-hopper tickets; $500 cash; and a $200 gift certificate from Gold and Diamond Source. For kids, a free craft tent is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Note that kids must be accompanied by an adult. A food court will sell refreshments, and parking is $5. If you have a disability requiring assistance, call (727) 738-5523, and accommodations will be made if possible. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Next door to Art Harvest parkland is the Dunedin Fine Art Center, which kicks off two new shows, each with gift-giving in mind, opening Saturday.
Art, gifts and decorated trees showcase "All Decked Out," more aimed at holiday shopping, and "Mighty, Mighty" with regional artists including Margaret Juul Ammann, Jonathan Barnes, Nathan Beard, Darren Beistle, Simon Boses, Kate Cummins, Kimberly Engel, Denis Gaston, Kim Kirchman, Sharon Norwood, Jennifer O'Neill Lederhouse, Carrie Smith, Laura Spencer and Caitlin Williams. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The center's Palm Cafe serves breakfast and lunch from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. (727) 298-3322. dfac.org.
Art Harvest and the Dunedin Fine Art Center are at 1143 Michigan Blvd.
TOP OF THE CLASS: UT FACULTY ART SHOW
Art teachers usually let the work of their students shine, but most colleges and universities have shows devoted to their faculty at least once a year. Come out and recognize the talents of those at the University of Tampa. Their diversity is seen in their media, ranging form paintings to installations. Featured are Santiago Echeverry, Kendra Frorup, Cory George, Lew Harris, Michael Ingold, Ina Kaur, Jack King, Brooke Scherer, Doug Sutherland and Chris Valle. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N Boulevard on the University of Tampa campus, is free. A free opening reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The show continues through Dec. 4.
CLAYTON GALLERIES: "SMALL" GROUP SHOW
The show isn't small, with almost 30 artists; the art is. No work measures larger that 24 inches squared or cubed (if it's sculpture). "Small Works" also includes painting (Karen Tucker Kuykendall's A Day at a Time is pictured), mixed media and photography. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. A free opening reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Clayton Galleries, 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. (813) 831-3753.