Folk art from the Drapkin Collection is featured in the exhibit Spirited, on display Sept. 6 through Dec. 21 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
DUNEDIN - Sept. 6 and 7 mark the opening of four new exhibits at Dunedin Fine Arts Center that reach across worldwide cultural boundaries. Spirited, enCircled, Saints Alive! and Kaleidescope of Culture will present an array of work gathered to reflect a broad, though singular theme.
Spirited, scheduled for Sept. 6 through Dec. 21, allows visitors to see another facet of the private collection of Dr. Robert and Chitranee Drapkin. Religious folk art from the 19th century to present day, reflect Guatemala’s ancient Mayan religion as influenced by centuries of superimposed Christianity introducing us to Maximon (San Simon), Ajits Judas, Rey Pascual and other saints of this living culture.
Mandalas as universal symbols of the sacred circle, can be found in all cultures dating back to the stone age. Created to define sacred space or as a tool to express, contain or regulate sacred energy, enCircled, on exhibit from Sept. 6 to Oct. 13, gathers contemporary artists whose imagery or creative process evoke that tradition. Works by Lisa Ariotti, Jack Casey, Catherine Colangelo, Don Cooper, Richard Entel, Dana Lynn Louis, David McKirdy, Bryan Gill Nash and Ivan Puig.
In the juried exhibition, Saints Alive!, scheduled from Sept. 6 to Oct. 13, artists present their private Saints, in all reverence (and not) via icons, illuminated pages, shrines, offerings and statuaries.
In Kaleidoscope of Cultures, on display from Sept. 6 to Aug. 17,2014, the David L. Mason Children’s ART Museum casts its gaze over the multi-cultural landscape of earth, to visit cultural icons from around the globe. An exhibit of work from DFAC Summer Camp artists shares the same name, but occupies its own space in the Kokolakis Family Youth Gallery.
A two-day opening extravaganza includes a Gallery Talk with collector Dr. Robert Drapkin Friday, Sept. 6. from 6-7 p.m., with the opening reception for the exhibitions following immediately from 7-9 p.m. featuring refreshments and live music.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., DFAC’s KID’S ART FEST features games, food and music. An award ceremony for the young Kaleidoscope of Cultures artists is set for 11 a.m.
Admission is $5 Friday night Sept. 6; free to DFAC Members. Admission is free for everyone on Satuarday.
Dunedin Fine Arts Center is located at 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.
The center recently announced its 2013-14 calendar. The schedule features a wide array of exhibits and programs.
Following is a list of planned exhibits:
• WinterGarden – Nov. 2 through Dec. 23. Set in the Meta B. Brown and Douglas Whitley Galleries, WinterGarden is DFAC’s annual national invitational of fine art, craft and design.
• Creative Start: Elementary Schools N-Z – Nov. 2 through Dec. 20. Presented in the Kokolakis Family Youth Gallery, this exhibit will feature a selection of art representing the excellent work being done in Pinellas County Elementary School art classes.
• Creative Start: Elementary Schools A-M – Jan. 5 through Feb. 16, 2014. The Dunedin Fine Art Center, in conjunction with Pinellas County Schools will display a selection of art representing the excellent work being done in Pinellas County Elementary School art classes. The exhibit will be presented in the Kokolakis Family Youth Gallery.
• Taking Shape: Middle School – Feb. 22 through March 30, 2014. Presented in the Kokolakis Family Youth Gallery, this exhibit will showcase the work of students in Pinellas County Middle School art classes.
• E-X-P-A-N-S-I-O-N: The Sequel – March 7 through May 4, 2014. This will be a one-time juried exhibition celebrating the center’s creative evolution.
• Phenomenal – March 7 through May 4, 2014. Presented in the Meta B. Brown Gallery, this exhibit will showcase the work of DFAC faculty members.
• An Artistic Discovery – April 6 to 27. An Artistic Discovery will feature the work of Congressional District 13 high schools. The exhibit will be presented in Kokolakis Family Youth Gallery.
• Dunedin Schools Showcase – May 4 to 23, 2014. Presented in the Kokolakis Family Youth Gallery, this special exhibit in partnership with the city of Dunedin will showcase
the talent of young artists from Dunedin area schools. Work from students in both public and private schools will be featured.
• Word UP – May 23 through Aug. 17, 2014. This will be an audio/visual celebration of the WORD in contemporary art-making.
• The Poetics of Space – May 23 through Aug. 17, 2014. Presented in the Douglas-Whitley Gallery, the artists participating in this exhibit will examine the “poetics of space,” those intimate spaces – attics, basements, forests, nests – people seek and create, where daydreaming is possible. Inspired by the book by the same title, by Gaston Bachelard
• In a Dark Time, the Eye Begins to See – May 23 through Aug. 17, 2014. This juried all-media exhibit will feature artists visually interpreting a single line from a poem of their choosing. Presented in the Meta B. Brown Gallery, the exhibition title comes from a poem by Theodore Roethke.
Following is a list of events scheduled for the 2013-14 season:
• Oct. 10 – Coffee & Conversation with Ya La’ford (painting)
• Oct. 18 – Me and My Shadow [Box]. The event will feature 100 artists who will create unique works of art in shadowboxes.
• Nov. 13 – Coffee & Conversation with Bob Fritz (miniature art calligraphy)
• Dec. 12 – Coffee & Conversation with Dee Kilgo
In addition to these events, monthly Coffee & Conversation programs will continue into 2014. On Feb. 21-22, 2014, DFAC will again host Contain It and Trashy Treasures. Trashy Treasures is a fundraising art-themed garage sale while Contain It is the center’s venerable container multimedia installation festival.