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Reaping bounty of artists, craftspeople

Dunedin is famous for its Scottish heritage, pipe bands and annual Highland Games.

But it's also known for its annual art show, one of the most popular in the Tampa Bay area.

More than 200 artists and craftspeople will display fine art at the 34th annual Art Harvest this weekend at Highlander Park.

A variety of media will be represented, including ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, watercolors, oil and acrylics, photography, glass, fibers, wood and metal.

The juried show awards $17,000 in prize money to more than 30 artists.

"The Art Harvest has a built-in reputation for quality," said Peg Cummings, a leisure services program coordinator for the city. This is the 15th year she has organized city services for the art show.

"It's a family-oriented event that allows visitors to enjoy fine art, a great park setting and nice fall weather," Cummings said.

This year's theme, "Beyond the Boundaries," is carried out through a surrealistic painting of five flying seahorses that is printed on T-shirts, posters and other memorabilia.

Children can dabble in art at the Children's Creativity Tent, which will offer six different hands-on projects. They can create a seahorse hat, a surreal painting and other related crafts.

"This is ranked one of the top outdoor shows in Florida," said Beryl Olivit, chairwoman of the Art Harvest and a member of the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, which coordinates the event with the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Major sponsors are Barnett Bank, Morton Plant Mease Health Care and Ramada Inn Countryside.

Olivit said the show will feature a variety of art styles, and prices will range from several dollars to several thousand dollars.

"There will be something for everyone whether they're adding to their own collection of art or looking for holiday gifts," she said.