Hammock Park Work Day

Hammock Park Work Day

May 18 | 9:00 to 11:00 am

Join the Friends of the Hammock for a work day event in Hammock Park. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Close toed shoes are also highly recommended. We will provide some tools as well as a specific target as determined by the City of Dunedin and our Volunteer Coordinator. Some months it’s clean-up; others it’s invasive removal. Click for more info.

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.

The Fitzgeralds in Concert

 

 

“One of the best Celtic bands to come out of Canada.” 

An exciting trio of siblings from Ottawa, Canada, who are champions at both high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing. This group fuses traditional and modern styles of fiddle and dance to create their unique sound and style.

The Fitzgeralds have performed with Cherish, the Ladies, We Banjo 3, and more and have played festivals nationwide. Their talents are also a hit in Ireland and Canada.

Don’t miss a chance to see this talented young band!

Meet the Fitzgeralds…  A family group of fiddling and step-dancing siblings – Tom, Kerry & Julie Fitzgerald, and Alanna Jenish on guitar. Outside Canada’s renowned Ottawa Valley, these siblings have come a long way from their small-town roots. Featuring 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions, this unique act features high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing. The rare combination of exceptional musicianship, incomparable step dancing, audience interaction, evident love of performing, and genuine sibling connection resonates with audiences of all ages and sets this group apart. ​

“The Fitzgeralds are standout musicians in our Canadian music industry. Their caliber of musicianship is very high. Together, they are a beautiful blend of gorgeous fiddle music and top-rate, absolutely exhilarating dance routines.”

-Natalie MacMaster, Cape Breton Fiddling Sensation

All tickets include day membership to the Scottish American Society of Dunedin.

Thank you for being so supportive of the performing arts.

Purchase Tickets Online:

$25

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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.

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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!

Women’s Professional Soccer – Tampa Sun

We are hosting the new Women’s Professional Soccer team, the Tampa Sun. They will provide a free clinic to our local soccer players to help promote Women’s soccer in our region.

If you recall, Florida is one of the worst states for female sports participation.

 

 

March Madness Tournament – Dunedin Stirling Soccer

We are co-hosting a Tournament called March Madness at our Dunedin Stirling fields at 981 Jerry Lake Ct. Over 25 teams from around the Central Florida region will play 67 games.

We would love any help we can get and invite all our city leaders to come out to see what DSSC means to the community.

Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Saturday 8 am to 7 pm

Sunday 8 am to 4 pm

 

Whisky Tasting with Seven Nations In Concert!

Celebrate National Tartan Week
with a
Whisky Tasting & Seven Nations In Concert

Saturday, March 30th,  2024, 7:00 PM

This is a fun Tartan Day celebration with a whisky tasting led by Celtic rock sensation Seven Nations! Tickets are also available for Wine or Beer drinkers.

Seven Nations has been touring the USA at festivals and venues for over two decades, and its original rock sound includes bagpipes!

A ticket includes a day’s membership to the Scottish American Society.

The Scottish Cultural Center is proud to welcome back Seven Nations for this Unique Event, which won Best of the Bay in 2023! Seven Nations will present several single-malt Scotch Whiskies from around Scotland and accompany each taste with their unique Celtic Music. Seven Nations is one of the best live bands in Celtic Music, and we are so proud to have them back at our concert hall.

Seven Nations will offer a fantastic evening of Scotch Whisky, songs, stories, and tunes. The original Seven Nations lineup of drums, guitars, and bass made room for bagpipes and fiddle to develop a unique Celtic sound and driving, original songs honed by 20 years of touring and over a million miles on the road. Their rollicking style is blended with a charismatic, passionate stage presence, creating an unforgettable live experience.

The concert will be held at the Scottish Cultural Center in downtown Dunedin, 917 Louden Avenue (across from Caledonia Brewing).

You can Purchase Tickets Online:
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Tickets $50 for Beer/Wine Drinkers
Tickets $55 for Whisky Drinkers  

The Scottish Cultural Center is proud to produce live musical events for the Dunedin Community. The Scottish Cultural Center is the focal point of Dunedin’s Scottish Arts Program, and the Scottish American Society is proud to present these Celtic concerts in partnership with the Cultural Center.   As a 501 C 3 organization, proceeds from these events go to supporting the Scottish Arts Programs in Dunedin as well as maintaining the Scottish Cultural Center, which is one of Dunedin’s Historical Landmarks.!*  

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.