DUNEDIN - When looking to bestow their Patron of the Arts Award at the sixth annual Founders Luncheon, the Sterling Society auxiliary group of the Dunedin Fine Art Center didn’t have to look far for one of Tampa Bay’s outstanding patrons.
It’s hard to talk about the Dunedin Fine Art Center and not mention Gail Gamble in some capacity, the group says in a press release. As Susan Gehring, a previous award winner herself noted, “whether you are looking for a talented artist, a committed board member and volunteer, or a generous benefactor, Gail Gamble is all of that and more at DFAC.”
Gamble, a longtime resident of Dunedin, has made many accomplishments during her life. Following graduation from Simmons College in Boston, Gamble taught school in Los Angeles. Gail and her husband, Chip, met in Boston, lived in Chicago and moved to Florida in 1976. They have one daughter, Sarah. The Gambles spend their summers in Chautauqua, NY., where she has been on the Board of Directors of the Center for Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution for six years.
Gamble has spent many hours at the Dunedin Fine Art Center involved in almost every aspect of its operation. She served on the Board of Directors for nine years and was president in 2006 and 2007. Her involvement with the Garden Party is unmatched. She has chaired and assisted with the spring Garden Party for many years.
Gamble assists the staff with many special events, especially the Holiday Show. In 2005, she created and chaired the “Second Time around Art Sale” (now known as “Trashy Treasures”) and also chaired the Preview Party the night before. This event has grown over the years and is looked forward to in the community.
Gamble has involved art in her entire life and takes that love of art to heart. She has studied art and been an avid art student at DFAC.
This year’s awards luncheon on Feb. 1 at the Dunedin Golf Club also honored the tradition of Growing Artists at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Guest speaker Christopher Still was introduced by his brother, DFAC Youth Education Director, Todd Still. Both brothers made a compelling case for the quality and necessity of the educational programs at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
Founded less than seven years ago by Dunedin Fine Art Center members, the Sterling Society’s mission is “to promote the growth of the Dunedin Fine Art Center and to promote interest and participation in the activities of the Center”