Photo courtesy of HOWARD ALAN EVENTS/AMERICAN CRAFT ENDEAVORS
Shoppers walk along Main Street browsing the unique crafts and affordable gift items exhibited by vendors at the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival.
DUNEDIN – Howard Alan Events, producer of some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, presents the 15th annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Main Street in downtown Dunedin.
The festival showcases local and nationally recognized artists as downtown Main Street transforms into a first-class outdoor art gallery.
Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Dunedin’s village-like atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for this popular two-day art showcase.
Festival-goers will find all kinds of unique masterpieces, from life-size sculptures and spectacular paintings to one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and ceramics. Attracting some of the country’s top artists, the Dunedin tradition is a celebration of the arts. The event will include the work of 100 artists – from 30 different states – who have been selected from hundreds of applicants.
“We have a very selective jury process and choose only the finest artists providing an extraordinary experience defined by the sounds, colors and drama of the works of art on display and for sale,” said festival promoter Howard Alan in a press release.
The artists will be on site for the duration of the festival, allowing attendees an opportunity to learn more about their art.
Following is a list of artists scheduled to participate in the Downtown Dunedin Art Festival:
• Arlene Alldredge, pottery
• Mike Awalt, copper
• David Berger, oils
• Betsy Bohrer, mixed media
• Kevan Breitinger, mosaics
• Dale Cantrell, stone/wood
• Bill Colby, pottery
• Mary Anne Collins, whimsical
• Jim Dee, painting
• Allen Demichele and Kelly Zimmer, sand castings
• Kirk Ellison, mixed media/photography
• Sherry Fennessy, glass jewelry
• Jack and AJ Ferrell, mixed media and tiles
• Michelle Frappier, Jewelry
• John Furches, etchings
• Carol T. Glazer, photography
• Julie Goodin, mixed media
• Christine and David Goshorn, jewelry
• Valery Guignon, fiber
• Jonathan Harvey, fiber
• Elizabeth Haughton and Michel Tsouris, jewelry
• Mimi Hay, clothing
• Barbara Holloway, handwoven artwear
• Barry Hollritt, photography
• Lorri Honeycutt, photography
• Marcy and Adrian Johannes, jewelry
• Anthony Joneck, jewelry
• Annette and Gerry Kapfer, jewelry
• Lawrence Kearns, pottery
• Byron and Georgia Knight, pottery
• Steven Koester, jewelry
• Dianne Krumel, etchings
• Erik Laffer, paintings
• Zenia Lis, jewelry
• Charlotte Lodico, jewelry
• Susan Loy and Ron Ayers, calligraphy
• Glenda and Eric Lundgren, jewelry
• Melissa Luoma, jewelry
• Brian Mace, sculpture
• Sarena Mann, mixed media fabrics
• Susan McCubbin, watercolor
• Brenda McMahon, pottery
• Candyce Moreland, jewelry
• Jeanne Murphy, potography
• Eddie Myers, digital
• Merrianne Nichols, leather bags
• Lori Kay Olling, jewelry
• Arleen and Michael Parker, jewelry
• Ricardo Perez Messina, painting
• Sally Phillips, jewelry
• Patrick Reynolds, oils and watercolors
• Eugene Rizzo, watercolor
• Angela Roberts and Chelsea Pavloff, glass jewelry
• Page Rozelle, jewelry
• Gerald Sanders, metal trees
• Edward Sanderson, paintings
• Carl Schneider, jewelry
• Inna Schoeler, clothing and wraps
• Linda Soderquist, painting
• Sharon and Bob Spry, jewelry
• Michael Stewart, jewelry
• Thomas Styczynski, photography
• Linda Thursby, photography
• Doretha Truesdell, painting
• Mark and Karen Tuttle, jewelry
• Steve Vaughn, photography
• Patrick Whalen, photography
• Skip and Moonstone White, jewelry
• Jacqueline Wides, beaded jewelry
• Mike Williams, pen and ink graphics
• Xiao Xia Zhang, silk embroidery
Participating Tampa Bay artists include Safety Harbor artist Arlene Alldredge, whose clay wall hangings were exhibited the South Hall Gallery of the Safety Harbor Public Library last year; Ozona artist Susan McCubbin, watercolorist; and Sherry Fennessy, glass artist.
Using primarily Italian Murano glass, Fennessy makes all the glass beads used in her creations. She completes the the jewelry with Swarovski crystals and sterling silver made in Bali.
“My inspiration for color combinations comes from continual observance of the world around me,” Fennessy says on her website. “I'm blessed to be able to pursue my passion for art.”
North Carolina artist John Furches has developed a knack for depicting the relationships of color and nature in rural landscapes and nostalgic still lifes. The subject matter for his etchings include botanicals, wildlife, landscapes and historical scenes.
“A lot of his pieces of work are very detailed because he enjoys the challenge of realism,” the artist’s biography states on his website. “Capturing the different colors and textures can be time-consuming.”
Carol Glazer combined her two great passions in life: wildlife and photography.
Glazer has traveled the world to observe animals in their natural environs and has captured both the behaviors as well as the emotions of her wild subjects. Her image inventory includes photos of everything from deer, elk, bison, lynx and coyote to grizzly bears, bobcats, cougars, moose and mountain goats. Of particular interest to Floridians, Glazer has a number of images of alligators from the swamp lands of the Sunshine State.
According to her website, Glazer has been pursued her passion for photography for more than 30 years.
An award-winning photographer, Glazer is an active member of the North American Nature Photographers Association, Florida Professional Photographers, the Yellowstone Association and the National Wildlife Federation.
Orlando-based contemporary impressionist painter Edward Sanderson paints with bold, vivid hues portraying a carefree world full of color and light.
“My paintings invite the viewer to relate to everyday life and cemotions through the use of saturated colors and identifiable objects that co-exist in natural environments,” Sanderson says in his artist biography on his website. “Each painting is designed to capture life’s fleeting moments while evoking emotions through its striking compositions and vivid hues.”
Gerald Sanders began creating wire trees in 1973. The artist fashions trees from hundreds of pieces of straight 23 gauge steel wire, using vise grips and pliers to twists limbs and form delicate branches.
Once completed, Sanders’ trees resemble miniature leafless trees in winter.
What was once a hobby has become full-time vocation – and Sanders admits it all began quite accidentally.
"My mother saves everything and had some wire and suggested I make something with it," Sanders says in his artist biography on his website. "I made a small tree and took it to work with me to show some of the people at the restaurant and a lady wanted to buy it. I sold it for a dollar or two, and another co-worker asked me to make her one."
Since then, Sanders has crafted and sold more than 80,000 wire trees.
The annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival is free and open to the public and it helps support both the arts community and the local economy.