DUNEDIN – The 16th annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Main Street in downtown Dunedin.
This annual tradition transforms Main Street into a first class outdoor art gallery displaying a wide variety of art including paintings, sculpture, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics.
Howard Alan Events, producer of some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, will present the two-day show that features local and nationally recognized artists. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Dunedin’s village-like atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop for this popular celebration of art and artists.
“Known as the most desirable suburb of Tampa, Dunedin has a small town image, but packs the punch of a bustling city with 37,000 residents,” said Howard Alan Events in a press release. “One of the oldest towns on the West Coast of Florida, it has a wooded and subtropical setting with almost four miles of picturesque waterfront, a relaxed lifestyle, and activities for all likes and ages, making Dunedin a truly delightful place to live or visit.”
Festivalgoers 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 event will include the work of 87 artists who have been selected from hundreds of applicants.
The artists will converge upon Main Street in downtown Dunedin, showcasing their finest work including their newest creations. Participating artists will be on site for the duration of the festival, allowing attendees an opportunity to learn more about their art.
Participating Tampa Bay artists include Ozona artist Susan McCubbin, watercolorist; and Sherry Fennessy, glass artist; and Annette Kapfer of St. Pete Beach.
Kapfer creates kiln-fused dichoric glass artwork, which is then creatively patch-worked, affecting three-dimensional views of nature’s art objects.
Though the technique is time-consuming, the results are aesthetically pleasing and readily appreciated. Festival-goers will find an extensive selection of Kapfer’s stunning earrings and pendants on display and available for purchase.
Kapfer grew up just outside of Oslo, Norway, but relocated to Florida. Already a collector of glass objects, she discovered the seemingly magical properties of dichroic glass, which she uses in her studio to capture the spirit of the restless ocean.
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.”
Lake County resident Mike Awalt worked for three decades in the refrigeration industry before realizing his dream of producing art with copper. Life in Florida has influenced his work. Awalt has created artistic impressions of herons, palm trees, lighthouses and mangroves.
Candyce Moreland specializes in handcrafted jewelry for professional women.
“Our traditional and contemporary designs elegantly accessorize both your office and casual wardrobes,” according to the artist’s website. “Our goal is to create beautiful, well crafted jewelry at affordable prices. Because each piece is handcrafted by the artist, many of the designs are one-of-a-kind creations and cannot be duplicated.”
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 emotions 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.
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 swamplands 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.
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.
Howard Alan Events will host additional shows in the coming months in the Tampa Bay area, including:
• 19th annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, St. Pete Beach – Jan. 26-27
• 10th annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival, Sarasota – Jan. 26-27