An attendee bids on a painting at last year’s Trashy Treasures Preview Party.
DUNEDIN – Art lovers will have three times the fun as a “trifecta of events” – including contain it!, Eat This! and Trashy Treasures – is presented at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd.
The events will run for just one evening and one day on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9. The Trashy Treasures Preview Party will be presented Friday, 6 p.m.
Admission to the party is $5. The exhibition will be open free to the public on Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For many years, contain it! has been double-billed with Trashy Treasures, DFAC’s venerable art garage sale. Beginning last year, a parade of food trucks revved up what had already become a uniquely fringe arts festival. The addition of Eat This! turned an already popular annual event into a tasty triple header.
“Trashy Treasures runs indoors and contain it! outdoors, so art lovers and buyers were already getting two events for the price of one,” Ken Hannon said in a press release. Hannon is DFAC’s associate executive director. “The addition of the food adds something for everyone’s taste buds also.”
According to DFAC, this year’s food truck lineup will feature 3 Ballers Travelling Bistro, Gone Bananas, Michelle Faedo’s On The Go and Tamales & South Of The Border.
Meanwhile, contain it! – which is billed as a multi-media installation fair – features the creations of artists who have reworked the interior of PODS to reflect their unique take on the space.
“The idea is to have someone step inside each POD and feel transported into the artist’s imagination,” said George Ann Bissett, DFAC’s executive director.
This year’s presentation is being curated by Christine Renc-Carter.
According to her biography at The Painted Fish website, outside of her professional career as a museum curator, Carter often coordinates art events in the community. An accomplished artist, she has served as curator for the Florida International Museum and the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection, both under the umbrella of St. Petersburg College. With an extensive background in fine art and art history, Carter’s experience also lies in the field of art preservation, historical fashion and quilts. She received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1997. Since then, she has worked within the world of museums and galleries.
This year’s container artists include Domenica Bello, Vicky Block, Jennie Fleming, Shane Hoffman + 3 students, Jennifer Kosharek, David Matson, Stephen Palladino, P$ynner, Alain Salesse and David Wood.
One of the artists, Kosharek, owns her own small art gallery called, eve-N-odd, in downtown St. Petersburg.
“I've loved art since I was in the fifth grade,” Kosharek said in her profile on Etsy. “I'm a part of the permanent collection of Arthouse Co-op in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, MOMA Wales, the Art Institude in Chicago and various collectors around the world.”
Kosharek hosts mail art shows at her gallery.
Born in New York City in 1986, Palladino also currently lives and works in the Tampa Bay area.
He creates works of art that often times portray nostalgia in modern form.
“A majority of the work I create is based off one fluid line,” Palladino said in his artist statement at the Morean Arts Center website. “I like the challenge and rewards of creating contour subjects.”
P$ynner is an award-winning artist with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, specializing in product design. She earned her degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City.
According to her website, in 1997, she received a grant from Robert Rauchenberg's foundation, Change Inc., and in 2004, won the award for Best Emerging Artist at Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.
For those unfamiliar with Trashy Treasures, the event is the Tampa Bay area’s most loved art garage sale.
People donate artwork that they’ve perhaps grown tired of, and art supplies they no longer need to DFAC. The Dunedin Fine Art Center then offers a select group for sale by silent auction for the event. The silent auction will take place during the Trashy Treasures Preview Party, Friday, March 8, 6 p.m. Admission is $5 which includes admission to contain it! and Eat This! Entertainment will be provided by Six Volt Rodeo.
The following day, on Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., whatever items remain will be sold on a first-come, first-served garage sale basis.
DFAC is still accepting gently used artwork and art-related supplies for the annual Trashy Treasures art sale.
Donations may be dropped off at the center Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Donations will be accepted through March 3.
For information about the sale, call Dawn Scott at 727-298-3322, ext. 236 or email email@example.com.