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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Fine Art Center’s 2015 Garden Party is Sunday, April 26, 5 p.m. until sunset, at the center, 1143 Michigan Blvd.

This year’s theme is “Flower Power” and is a salute to DFAC’s 40th anniversary. The party will feature live music with Both Worlds, as well as food and an auction featuring both art and non-art items.

Tickets start at $150 a person through April 21. Tickets will be available at the door for $175. Call 298-3322 for information.

“Yes, it’s a great party, but more important, is the actual effect that the proceeds from our garden party have on the vitality and diversity of Dunedin Fine Art Center,” said Walt Blenner in a press release. Blenner is the DFAC board chairperson. “Art changes lives and this is most evident at DFAC. We can talk about the economics of the arts and the sense of place, all of which are really important, but most of all: the children, teens and adults who take class at DFAC, view and learn from the exhibits, and share friendships are the ones who benefit from this great community resource.”
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TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island Art Guild is exhibiting the work of members Jan Chalmers, Nancy Cohen, Ruth Philipon, Ferial Temsah and Charles Zetterberg at the Treasure Island Community Center in the last show of the season through May 27.

A proficient glass painter Chalmers, changes gears to acrylics on canvas. Pastel hues paint a child awash in wonderment as she gazes at a “Gift from the Sea.” Vibrant complements are contrasted by subtle reflections in “Natures Sandbox” and “Walking the Beach.” “After the Rain” is a visual delight with its sunny tones and soft edges.
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DFAC recognizes young artists
DUNEDIN - In the second installment of Artistic Discovery, Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Congressional District 13 Pinellas County High Schools art showcase, a number of talented area students were chosen for special recognition.

Congressman David Jolly recently handed out the awards. Best of Show went to Ayla Rubin’s “The Bridge to the Bay of Dreams.” Ayla is a senior at Countryside High School. She received to tickets to travel to Washington, D.C., where her work will be featured in the halls of Congress.
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ST. PETERSBURG - William Pachner, one of the most distinguished artists ever to live in the Tampa Bay area, turns 100 on Friday, April 17. In celebration, the MFA is presenting a select installation, William Pachner: Centenary, in the Lee Malone Gallery from Friday, April 10, through Sunday, July 26.

Katherine Pill, Assistant Curator of Art after 1950, has selected the works.

One of them, View of My Birthplace (1958), was the only painting by an area artist chosen for the MFA’s impressive Inaugural Exhibition, which opened the Museum in 1965. It recognized Pachner’s talent and his growing stature in the art world and is an ideal work to spotlight the MFA’s 50th anniversary.
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Grieco’s work featured in exhibit
ST. PETERSBURG - An opening reception for the exhibit "Conversations," featuring acrylic paintings by Mary Grieco, will be presented Saturday, April 18, 6 to 9 p.m., at St. Pete ArtWorks, 635 Central Ave. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will continue through May 9. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and second Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information, visit www.stpeteartworks.com.
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PINELLAS PARK - As Pinellas Park continues to revamp its 5600 block area of Park Boulevard, a new art gallery has opened at 5609 Park Blvd. Swartz Gallery held its opening reception March 21.

Known for creating modern abstract metal sculptures, often brightly painted, artist Clayton Swartz is a longtime resident of Pinellas Park. He’s worked as a professional artist in the city for nearly 20 years, the last 12 years full time.

“It’s great that (the city) is working on redeveloping that area (of Park Boulevard) as an arts district,” he said. “My studio is one mile from where the gallery is. For me proximity of location to my studio was a big factor in having a gallery there.”
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GULFPORT - The committee producing Gulfport’s seventh annual Gecko Ball has announced a call to artists for the creation of larger-than-life geckos to be auctioned during the event on Aug. 29.

The live auction of artist-created geckos has become a much-anticipated Gecko Ball tradition. Seven artists will be chosen to create geckos for the ball this year.

Geckos may be created from any material(s) but the format must be a three-dimensional or sculptural piece within the range of 2 to 4 feet in length. Steel forms that have been used as a starting point for all geckos in previous years are still available to any of the artists chosen if they wish to incorporate the steel form into their gecko creation. Use of the steel form is no longer required. Artists should clearly state that the gecko they create is either intended for indoor display only or suitable for display in outdoor weather conditions. Except for steel forms, artists are responsible for purchasing any materials needed to create their designs. Selected artists must complete their geckos no later than June 15.
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DUNEDIN - Touted as the biggest show of the year, Dunedin Fine Arts Center presents an exhibit by students, members and faculty March 20-May 3.

More than 300 works representing more than 300 artists, representing the entire sprectrum of creative experience offer at DFAC will be on display. The exhibit includes painting, jewelry making, pastel, colored pencil, watermedia, photography, clay, printmaking, mixed media, stone carving, enameling and more.

“This is always such a tremendous exhibit,” said Catherine Bergmann, who as Curator at DFAC has a deep involvement with the show. “Square footage wise this is certainly the biggest show we have! To see the breadth of talent represented in this exhibition is truly inspiring.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - For the first time since 2009, the Florida Artists Group is staging its annual exhibition and symposium at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road. The exhibit will run through May 3.

Approximately 90 artists, representing the 10 regions in the state, will display their work and compete for juried awards in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, mixed media and graphics.

The judge for this year’s exhibition is Frank Faulkner, a nationally acclaimed painter, artist and interior designer, who lives in Hudson, New York. As a companion exhibition, LRMA’s Focus Gallery will feature the Faulkner works “Palm I,” “Palm II” and “Still Life” from May 1-31.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Dalí Museum is adding the renowned genius of Leonardo da Vinci to its repertoire of special exhibits. Dali & da Vinci: Minds, Machines & Masterpieces exhibit opens to the public on Sunday, March 8, at One Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. The exhibit will run through July 26.

Invention as Art features more than 75 works, including da Vinci diagrams, Dalí manuscripts and paintings, and the invented objects both da Vinci and Dalí proposed in advance of their times.
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