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CORNUCOPIA OF FALL ART

ART ALERT 6GOIN' ROUND: Steve Cunningham's pottery will be at Art Harvest.

November is a bountiful season for outdoor art. In addition to Art Harvest, these shows top the crop:

Nov. 9-11 _ Festival of the Masters, Walt Disney World Resort.

Nov. 17-18 _ Plant Park Art Festival, Tampa.

Nov. 30-Dec. 2 _ Ringling Crafts Festival, Sarasota.

"Art Harvest," 27th annual juried outdoor show of 195 artists from throughout the United states. Saturday-Sunday at Highlander Park, corner of Michigan Boulevard and Pinehurst Avenue, Dunedin. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Co-sponsored by Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin and city of Dunedin. Food, children's creativity tent. Free. Art is for sale. Souvenir T-shirts, canvas bags, aprons, posters, $10 each. Parking: $2 donation. Rain plans: two pieces per artist to Community Center if entire weekend is rained out.

Talk about your artistic contrast. Just when the weather turns cooler, along comes one of the hottest times of the year for outdoor art shows in central Florida.

Leading the line is Dunedin's Art Harvest, returning to Highlander Park in Dunedin for the 27th time.

The weekend will see some 50,000 people (by last year's estimate) slathering on the sunscreen, wriggling into Reeboks and packing purses (most artists accept checks; many take Visa and Mastercard). Other take-alongs are rain gear (if the sky looks doubtful), the kids (there's a children's tent) and the gift list. With the holidays coming, the November shows are also a hot time for sales.

Since all major mediums will be represented by the nearly 200 artists, the show should offer something for every have-it-all. The artists represent 23 states. Their booths will display painting, drawing, graphics, sculpture, photography, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, wood, metal and mixed media.

Among the artists lured back for another year are most of last year's prize winners, including Russ Gustafson-Hilton, James Michaels, Gael and Howard Silverblatt, Bill Renc, Denis Gaston, Jack Breit, Elizabeth Mitchell and Patricia Karnes.

Picking this year's winners will be Jerald Melberg and Linda Boone. Melberg is proprietor and president of the Jerald Melberg Gallery Inc., Charlotte, formerly curator of the Mint Museum of Charlotte. He has organized exhibitions of emerging artists in the United States. Boone is co-founder and director of Habatat Galleries, located in Farmington Hills, Mich., and Boca Raton.

Winners will share $15,500 in prize money, to be announced Sunday at 1:30, followed by a performance by the Dunedin Bagpipe and Drum Corps.

When it's time for chow, folks can head for a food court offering everything from gyros to hot dogs.

The children's creativity tent, sponsored by Mease Health Care, will present art projects on the theme, "Conserving and Celebrating Florida's Natural and Unique Environment." Junior League volunteers and the Dunedin Fine Art Center staff will guide youngsters through the creation of such projects as sea turtles, fish pins, bird masks and an aquarium mural.

And for those who want a special memory of the weekend, Art Harvest will be selling souvenir T-shirts, canvas bags, aprons and posters at $10 each, all sporting this year's logo, designed by exhibiting artist Margaret Albritton of Placida.

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