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Like a good neighbor, Dunedin's Art Harvest beckons you to stop by for a visit (and to shop).

Every art show has its particular personality. Gasparilla benefits from its downtown urban location, Mainsail from its breezy site on Tampa Bay, Festival Beth-El from its intimate setting in the temple's community areas.

Art Harvest in Dunedin, commencing Saturday and continuing through Sunday, has always seemed pastoral. It wraps itself around a small lake and spills into the environs of the nearby Dunedin Art Center. Residential neighborhoods spread beyond. For 45 years, it has ushered in autumn for arts enthusiasts, adding temporary man-made color to the gently nuanced natural colors of its surroundings.

This year's Art Harvest welcomes several hundred artists in many mediums to Highlander Park, giving early holiday shoppers a lot of choices from the functional to the decorative and sometimes, in the case of jewelry, for example, both.

The event is organized by the JuniorLeague of Clearwater-Dunedin, a group of female volunteers who funnel profits into community projects. This year the money will underwrite grants for teachers and other community organizations and provide assistance for foster care families.

Food and beverages, including wine and beer, will be for sale, and a free children's art tent will provide any needed distraction for young visitors. Please do not bring pets.

Lennie Bennett can be reached


Art Harvest

The show is in Highlander Park at the corner of Michigan Boulevard and Pinehurst Road in Dunedin. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; admission is free. Parking is $5 at the park and $3 at Dunedin High School, a half-mile from the park with free shuttle. For information, go to