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Art Harvest brings more than 200 artists to Dunedin

Plus, Babette Herschberger’s deceptively simple surface studies bring color to the Leslie Curran Gallery in St. Petersburg.
Leslie Peebles is the featured artist at Dunedin's Art Harvest on Saturday and Sunday. [Courtesy of the Junior League Clearwater-Dunedin]
Published Oct. 30


Dunedin’s annual Art Harvest hits on many levels. For one, it’s exposure for more than 200 artists, many of whom come from out of state. It’s extra exposure for one featured artist — in this case, Leslie Peebles — whose work gets shown in marketing materials. And the juried festival awards the creme de la creme $27,000 in prize money, which can offset the costs associated with participating (travel, accommodations, booth fees). But on another level, it’s helping other people, a fundraiser by the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin to fight poverty in northern Pinellas County. Make a donation while you’re there enjoying the art and activities. Pop over to the Dunedin Fine Art Center and check out their holiday show, “Shine, Shine, Shine.” Free, $5 parking. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Highlander Park, 903 Michigan Blvd.


The “High Pitch" exhibition at Leslie Curran Gallery is more proof of St. Petersburg’s reputation as a destination for artists. Babette Herschberger, whose work dominates the exhibition, enjoyed a successful career in Miami. She was introduced to St. Petersburg in 2017 when her work was shown at Florida CraftArt. She moved here about a year later, and after being included in several more exhibitions she created the body of work currently on display. Her paintings and collages are deceptively simple. Inspired by the way billboards interrupt nature, she uses boxy forms with splashes of color. But pay attention to her surfaces and notice how intricately she has layered colors or created delicate “seams.” She uses found objects including cardboard boxes, transformed by nuances of color — delicious candy pinks, poppy oranges, sunny yellows — in combinations that sometimes include just a sliver of black. Even whites are layered. They’re punctuated by North Carolina glass artist Cole Johnson’s rotund milky white Canopic jars with colorful, translucent lids, also deceptively minimal until you notice their shapes and surfaces. On view through Nov. 9. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 1431 Central Ave. (727) 898-6061.

Babette Herschberger's "Philco" is part of the exhibition "High Pitch" at the Leslie Curran Gallery in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of the Leslie Curran Gallery]


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