Coffee & Conversation with the Artist

Coffee & Conversation

May 16 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Dunedin Fine Art Center

Presenters Elizabeth Ventura, Sue Beach, Lorraine Potocki (members of Pastel Society of Tampa Bay) will present: “The 5 W’s of Our Pastel Journeys—WHO we are, WHAT subject matter we enjoy painting the most, WHEN and WHERE did we start loving this medium, and WHY.”

Free for DFAC members

$5 for non-members

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DFAC – Coffee & Conversation with Members of the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay

Coffee & Conversation

Sue Beach, Lorraine Potocki, and Elizabeth Ventura from the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay. Admission to these talks is $5, but it is FREE to current DFAC members.

Hanging out, drinking delicious coffee, talking about art… ah, that’s the life! Enjoy coffee (Presented by the Sterling Society of DFAC) and insights as each month’s invited guest holds forth on their own area of expertise.

Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

This series welcomes Sue Beach, Lorraine Potocki & Elizabeth Ventura from the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay.

The 5 W’s of Our Pastel Journeys

WHO we are, WHAT subject matter we enjoy painting the most, WHEN and WHERE did we start loving this medium, and WHY.

Sue Beach Bio

Sue Beach received her Bachelor’s and Master of Art Education Degrees from SUNY Buffalo State College. After a career of teaching art, she retired to Spring Hill, Florida where she creates drawings and paintings in a wide variety of media. Her artwork has won awards with the Dunedin Fine Art Center, Hernando County Fine Arts Council, Nature Coast Art League, Pastel Society of Tampa Bay, TESA (The Exhibiting Society of Artists), Unusual Frida Art Show, and has been juried into the Florida and Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s Online Shows.

Sue is a member of the Dunedin Fine Art Center, Florida Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of Tampa Bay, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and TESA (The Exhibiting Society of Artists)

Lorraine Potocki Bio

Growing up in Trenton, NJ, there was never a doubt that all I ever wanted to be was an artist. With an Associate in Advertising Design and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and Education, I found my first jobs in local ad agencies, then into corporate marketing communications positions, resulting in several relocations. My last corporate relocation brought me to Florida and my lifelong dream came true.

When I’m not in my studio, I’m an instructor at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.

Elizabeth Ventura Bio

As a child I enthusiastically created art. I colored, painted, and collaged all the time, it seemed. In middle school, I studied for a few summers at The Art Institute of Chicago, and it became my favorite place on earth. After my parent’s divorce, it was the place my artist father took me on our weekends together. I won ribbons in local art fairs and art contests and loved everything about art. About high school, art stopped, academics kicked in high gear, and then on to college, graduate, and professional designation studies. These pursuits kept me intellectually challenged, but something inside withered. In a business career, I succeeded, while my creative life was gasping for breath. My educational credentials served me well but did not satisfy my creative heart.

It became clear that amid the financial statements and press releases of my business life, I yearned for a life in art. My father never wanted any of his children to follow in his artistic footsteps. He felt an artist’s life was too hard, and he wanted “better” for his children. Without formal art school training, I sought to recreate my own foundational education by working with Karen Titus Smith at the Long Beach Island Art Foundation, where I learned to paint in oil. I furthered my study in pastel with master pastelist Richard McKinley and learned to draw from Brian Bomeisler (son of Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain). The Art Students’ League provided figure drawing and collage classes and I have continued to study via a multitude of workshops with many incredible artists across the U.S. I am committed to life-long learning.

All of these experiences have led me to this moment in time and art.

DFAC – Coffee & Conversation is with Kirk Ke Wang

Hanging out, drinking delicious coffee, talking about art… ah, that’s life! Enjoy coffee (Presented by the Sterling Society of DFAC) and insights as each month’s guest discusses their area of expertise.

Admission to these talks is $5 and is FREE to current DFAC members.

The series welcomes artist Kirk Ke Wang.

Kirk Ke Wang, living in the Tampa Bay area for 38 years, is giving a talk titled “A Journey from the East to the West.” In this talk, Mr. Wang will discuss his voyages of life and artistic endeavors from his birthplace in China to his new home in America, from a kid in a labor camp during Cultural Revolution to a CEO of a software company in Shanghai in early 2000, from a national award-winning college professor in Nanjing to a waiter in a Chinese restaurant in Florida, from a lonely diaspora to a board member of a major art museum, from an artist styling in socialist realism to a contemporary artist exploring conceptual abstract art and installations.

Kirk Ke Wang Bio

Kirk Ke Wang, born in Shanghai (China), received MFA degrees from the Nanjing Normal University in China and University of South Florida, is a professor of Visual Arts at Eckerd College and an educational computer software developer. He is also currently serving as a board member for the Ringling Museum of Art and the Public Art Committee of the City of Tampa.

Mr. Wang has exhibited his art in art galleries, none for-profit institutions, and museums locally, nationally, and internationally, such as the Museum of Modern Art, PS1 in NYC and National Museum of Art of China in Beijing, Dr. Sun Yet-Sen National Gallery of Taiwan in Taipei, Polk Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Art, Ringling Museum of Art, and USF Contemporary Art Museum, etc. His works have been collected by museums, galleries, and private collectors in the US and Asia, including the National Gallery in Beijing. At age 24, Mr. Wang was awarded the bronze medal by the Cultural Ministry of China, and he is also the recipient of numerous grants and awards from institutions such as National Endowments for the Arts, Freeman Foundation, Ford Foundation, National AsianNetwork, Florida Arts Council, etc.

Mr. Wang maintains studios in Tampa and NYC and often travels internationally.

DFAC – #SMF Opening Reception & Awards

#SMF Exhibition

DFAC’s outstanding student, member, and faculty artists will share a single artwork celebrating their creative endeavors of this past year in our most beloved exhibition! Student and member artists exhibit one art in any medium, competing for cash prizes selected by a guest juror, while DFAC’s honored faculty display works in an adjacent gallery. Works in painting, jewelry making, pastels, colored pencils, photography, clay, printmaking, mixed media, stone carving, and more will be featured.

Walkin’ the Talk: PCS Art Teachers 

This long overdue exhibition celebrates The Secret Life of Art Teachers… True Heroes + Sheroes, these fabulous creators, show us what they do when they’re not working.

DFAC – Art Talk with Dee Kilgo – Decoding the Mona Lisa

Explore the remarkable, the mysterious, and the weirdly wonderful in art with Dee Kilgo, Ph.D. Art Historian.

Dee’s knowledge and humor make art history fun,

accessible, and intriguing.

All proceeds go to support the educational programs at DFAC.

REGISTER NOW

Decoding the Mona Lisa with Dee Kilgo, Ph.D.

If you’ve wondered how Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa portrait became the world’s most famous painting, this program is for you. Dee’s lecture offers a lively, enlightening take on why and how Leonardo created this painting and how its far-reaching innovations reflect the artist’s genius. In addition, you’ll learn about the bizarre circumstances that contributed to the painting’s unparalleled fame.

DFAC – 44th Annual Garden Party

Save the Date!

Now in its 44th year, the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Garden Party will be held on April 21, 2024, from 5 p.m. to sunset at the waterfront home of one of our generous patrons located on Bayshore Boulevard in Dunedin.

This year’s theme, “Blue Bayou”, celebrates Dunedin’s designation as a Mission Blue Hope Spot. As has been a tradition for many years, the Garden Party will be held outdoors along the water’s edge with a breathtaking ocean view. Guests will enjoy a wonderful selection of curated bites provided by several local restaurants, a top-shelf open bar, artworks available for silent auction bidding, and a brief yet exceptional live auction for a chance to win exotic trips and experiences!

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Co-chairs Steve and Marie Beaty, longtime supporters, emphasize the event’s significance. Their contributions, along with other donors’, enable DFAC to offer outstanding and award-winning programs year after year that include exhibitions, adult and youth education programs seven days a week, and so much more.

Your support ensures DFAC’s legacy for future generations. Through your support of the Garden Party, one of the foundations of DFAC, you are helping to ensure the programs and exhibits at DFAC can be experienced and enjoyed for generations to come. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you on April 21st at the 44th Annual Garden Party: Blue Bayou!

DFAC – Coffee & Conversation is with Mark Mitchell

Hanging out, drinking delicious coffee, talking about art… ahhhh, that’s the life! Enjoy coffee (Presented by the Sterling Society of DFAC) and insights as each month’s guest holds forth on their area of expertise.

Admission to these talks is $5 and is FREE to current DFAC members.

Always pursuing “The Big Idea,” Mark has learned to put concepts first and manipulate imagery to surprise, provoke, and reward the viewer.

“I believe in art that conveys ideas. My process begins with observation and a reaction. I explore symbolic and metaphoric visuals and employ a collage approach to create unique and engaging paintings in acrylic on canvas. By drawing on the power of pop culture, I repurpose its icons, styles, and techniques to deliver a more personal artistic statement.”

Mark Mitchell’s work explores irony, contradiction, parallels, and harmony in 21st-century life through meaningful juxtaposition and social commentary.

Mark Mitchell Bio

Mark Mitchell is an international artist and painter of Conceptual Pop Art. As a PRATT MANHATTAN grad, SVA alum, and former advertising Creative Director, he has spent his entire career honing his visual communication skills.

Mitchell’s work has been exhibited during ART BASEL MIAMI, shared on SEE|ME digital displays at THE LOUVRE, SCOPE, and ARMORY ARTS WEEK NYC, selected by pop-surrealism master RON ENGLISH for BATON ROUGE GALLERY, and gained west coast exposure at bG GALLERY, Santa Monica.

Locally, Mark’s paintings have been awarded at the GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, ART FESTIVAL BETH-EL, ART CENTER SARASOTA, SOFT WATER STUDIOS, and the FLORIDA ARTISTS GROUP Annual Members Exhibition at DUNEDIN FINE ARTS CENTER. He’s been interviewed on FOX13-TV’s GOOD MORNING TAMPA BAY and published in TAMPA BAY TIMES. He participated in the GOAT PROJECT’s charity auction at ZooTampa over Super Bowl weekend and has worked exhibiting at FAIRGROUNDS PROJECTS, St Pete. His work is permanently showcased as a featured artist in the HYATT HOUSE Tampa Airport/Westshore public areas. He is a proud recipient of the CREATIVE PINELLAS Emerging Artist Grant 2019-20 and a Warehouse Arts District Association member.

DFAC – Announcing Another Trashy Treasures Donation Day!

In response to high demand and numerous requests for donation drop-offs, we are pleased to announce an additional Trashy Treasures Collection Day!

Wednesday, February 28th: 9 am to 1 pm

Bring us your Preloved ART,

ART Related Items and ART SUPPLIES!

PODS and drop-off stations will be set up on the southwest side, at the gravel parking area between Highlander Park and DFAC.

Sorry, we cannot accept the following items:

Items in poor condition and cannot be resold

Christmas and other holiday items

Computers and other electronics

Large, outdated camera equipment

Dishes (large sets)

Frames in poor condition or with unsecured glass

Furniture (large pieces)

Items that need to be installed: blinds, light fixtures

Unfinished pottery (greenware)

Fiber Art (fabrics, yarn, sewing notions)

Toys

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 15th, and Saturday, March 16th, so you won’t miss any chance to enhance your art collection or snag fantastic deals on art supplies, frames, and much more!

 

Click Here for More Info

 

DFAC – Art Talk with Dee Kilgo – Manet and Modernism

Explore the remarkable, the mysterious, and the weirdly wonderful in art with Dee Kilgo, Ph.D. Art Historian. Dee’s knowledge and humor make art history fun, accessible, and intriguing.

All proceeds go to support the educational programs at DFAC.

Manet and Modernism

with Dee Kilgo, Ph.D.

Wednesday, March 6th

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Studio B2

 

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The Luncheon on the Grass by the French artist Edouard Manet is celebrated as the first “Modern” painting. Exhibited in 1863, this groundbreaking image shocked the art world and ignited a fierce debate about nudity, social conventions, and the role of art in society. In 1865, the exhibit of his Olympia painting created a scandal that required guards to protect the painting from outraged viewers. In an overview of this remarkable artist’s tumultuous career, you’ll learn why he’s called “the father of Modernism.”

DFAC – NEW Art Classes Start February 26th

 

New Art Classes & Workshops Start February 26th!

Dunedin Fine Art Center offers a variety of classes for children, teens, and adults, whether it is Art & Wellness, Clay, Drawing, Food Arts, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting (Acrylic, Oil, or Watercolor), Pastels, Photography, Printmaking, Kids and Teen Classes, or MORE!

Click Here for All Winter Classes

 

 

 

 

Winter Workshops

We’ve got the class for you… Don’t want to commit to 6 weeks? Try out one or more of our half-day, full-day, or longer workshops!

Click Here for All Winter Workshops

 

Winter Youth Classes

DFAC offers classes for kids and teens, including drawing, painting, clay, computers, photography, food arts, and more.

Click Here for All Youth Classes

 

 

 

DFAC Coffee & Conversation with the Artist

February 15 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, 34698

Elizabeth Faubert, an artist and photographer, will discuss the following photography as a medium and how technology has changed how we take photos and who takes photos (almost everyone) and share tips and tricks for photographing animals, and especially pets.

Admission is FREE for DFAC members and $5 for non-members.

Click here for more information.

DFAC – Save the Date for the 44th Annual Garden Party

 

 

Now in its 44th year, the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Garden Party will be held on April 21, 2024, from 5 p.m. to sunset at the waterfront home of one of our generous patrons located on Bayshore Boulevard in Dunedin.

This year’s theme, “Blue Bayou,” celebrates Dunedin’s Mission Blue Hope Spot designation. As has been a tradition for many years, the Garden Party will be held outdoors along the water’s edge with a breathtaking ocean view. Guests will enjoy a wonderful selection of curated bites provided by several local restaurants, a top-shelf open bar, artworks available for silent auction bidding, and a brief yet exceptional live auction for a chance to win exotic trips and experiences!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Co-chairs Steve and Marie Beaty, longtime supporters, emphasize the event’s significance. Their contributions and those of other donors enable DFAC to offer outstanding and award-winning programs year after year that include exhibitions, adult and youth education programs seven days a week, and so much more.

Your support ensures DFAC’s legacy for future generations. Through your support of the Garden Party, one of the foundations of DFAC, you are helping to ensure the programs and exhibits at DFAC can be experienced and enjoyed for generations to come. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you on April 21st at the 44th Annual Garden Party: Blue Bayou!

Click Here for Sponsorship Opportunities

DFAC – Grant Wood and the American Gothic with Dee Kilgo, Ph.D.

Explore the remarkable, the mysterious, and the weirdly wonderful in art with Dee Kilgo, Ph.D. Art Historian.

Dee’s knowledge and humor make art history fun,

accessible, and intriguing.

All proceeds go to support the educational programs at DFAC.

 

Grant Wood and the American Gothic

with Dee Kilgo, Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 7th

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Studio B2

Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting is one of the world’s most famous and most parodied artworks. Despite its iconic status in popular culture, few people know the unusual story behind the creation and politics of this work and its meteoric rise to fame in 1930. Dee’s lecture tells this fascinating story and how Wood’s painting came to play a unique role in the development of 20th-century American art.

 

Trashy Treasures DROP-OFF Dates

Unleash your “Trashy Treasures”

Bring us your Preloved ART,

ART Related Items and ART SUPPLIES!

Trashy Treasures Collection Days: 9 am to 1 pm

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

PODS and drop-off stations will be set up on the southwest side, at the gravel parking area between Highlander Park and DFAC.

Sorry, we cannot accept the following items:

Items in poor condition and cannot be resold

Christmas and other holiday items

Computers and other electronics

Large, outdated camera equipment

Dishes (large sets)

Frames in poor condition or with unsecured glass

Furniture (large pieces)

Items that need to be installed: blinds, light fixtures

Unfinished pottery (greenware)

Fiber Art (fabrics, yarn, sewing notions)

Toys

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 15th, and Saturday, March 16th, so you won’t miss any chance to enhance your art collection or snag fantastic deals on art supplies, frames, and much more!

 

Click Here for More Info

Trashy Treasures DROP-OFF Dates

Unleash your “Trashy Treasures”

Bring us your Preloved ART,

ART Related Items and ART SUPPLIES!

Trashy Treasures Collection Days: 9 am to 1 pm

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

PODS and drop-off stations will be set up on the southwest side, at the gravel parking area between Highlander Park and DFAC.

Sorry, we cannot accept the following items:

Items in poor condition and cannot be resold

Christmas and other holiday items

Computers and other electronics

Large, outdated camera equipment

Dishes (large sets)

Frames in poor condition or with unsecured glass

Furniture (large pieces)

Items that need to be installed: blinds, light fixtures

Unfinished pottery (greenware)

Fiber Art (fabrics, yarn, sewing notions)

Toys

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 15th, and Saturday, March 16th, so you won’t miss any chance to enhance your art collection or snag fantastic deals on art supplies, frames, and much more!

 

Click Here for More Info

Trashy Treasures DROP-OFF Dates

Unleash your “Trashy Treasures”

Bring us your Preloved ART,

ART Related Items and ART SUPPLIES!

Trashy Treasures Collection Days: 9 am to 1 pm

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

PODS and drop-off stations will be set up on the southwest side, at the gravel parking area between Highlander Park and DFAC.

Sorry, we cannot accept the following items:

Items in poor condition and cannot be resold

Christmas and other holiday items

Computers and other electronics

Large, outdated camera equipment

Dishes (large sets)

Frames in poor condition or with unsecured glass

Furniture (large pieces)

Items that need to be installed: blinds, light fixtures

Unfinished pottery (greenware)

Fiber Art (fabrics, yarn, sewing notions)

Toys

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 15th, and Saturday, March 16th, so you won’t miss any chance to enhance your art collection or snag fantastic deals on art supplies, frames, and much more!

 

Click Here for More Info

Trashy Treasures DROP-OFF Dates

Unleash your “Trashy Treasures”

Bring us your Preloved ART,

ART Related Items and ART SUPPLIES!

Trashy Treasures Collection Days: 9 am to 1 pm

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

PODS and drop-off stations will be set up on the southwest side, at the gravel parking area between Highlander Park and DFAC.

Sorry, we cannot accept the following items:

Items in poor condition and cannot be resold

Christmas and other holiday items

Computers and other electronics

Large, outdated camera equipment

Dishes (large sets)

Frames in poor condition or with unsecured glass

Furniture (large pieces)

Items that need to be installed: blinds, light fixtures

Unfinished pottery (greenware)

Fiber Art (fabrics, yarn, sewing notions)

Toys

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 15th, and Saturday, March 16th, so you won’t miss any chance to enhance your art collection or snag fantastic deals on art supplies, frames, and much more!

 

Click Here for More Info

Star Wars at DFAC

Star Wars at DFAC:

The Last Spaceport Before MEGACON

This Event is Open to the Public and is Free of Charge

Dunedin Fine Art Center: Room B1/B2

An Open House Look at Local Star Wars Costume Groups and How They Prepare for Events

Join local Star Wars costuming club members as they prepare for the upcoming MEGACON comic book convention in Orlando. DFAC will be holding a themed open house event for these groups to show the public a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at how they prepare props, costumes, and set designs before they make the move to the big event.

Come see characters in authentic costumes on-screen, learn how props are made, and participate in art events like “Costume Character Figure Drawing” and coloring pages for kids. Learn about the making process from the creators of the costumes and props while watching Star Wars shows and taking photos with your favorite characters.

Opening Reception for Winter Exhibits

January 14 | 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, 34698

Admission: FREE: DFAC & MASF Members and Children Under 12

Click here for more details.

And don’t forget the monthly Coffee & Conversation with the artist will be held January 18, 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Dunedin Fine Art Center (free for DFAC members, only $5 for non-members).

Pattern Making on Clay Workshop

Pattern Making on Clay Workshop by Adrienne Eliades

Pattern Making on Clay: February 19th & 20th

Adrienne Eliades will host the Pattern Making on Clay workshop at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Adrienne is a studio potter and educator who has studied, taught, and exhibited nationally and internationally.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn from a phenomenal potter and instructor who was named a 2018 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly, and it is for both handbuilders and wheel throwers.

This hands-on workshop introduces pattern decoration techniques and how to embrace vibrant color in clay work. The goal of this workshop is to expand your surface decoration repertoire.

Ages 17 and up. This course is open to all skill levels. Hand-builders and wheel throwers are welcome.

 

Click HERE to Register!