There is an inverse relationship that builds the least exciting art exhibits: more initial potential against less use made of it. As I mentioned in the preview to the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Contain It! show, it starts with a good idea. The mobile storage company PODS donated five units that were in turn used by local artists as sites for installations.
Tarpon Springs has the sponge docks. Clearwater has the beach. Oldsmar has…I don’t know…a movie theatre. But Dunedin – beer, Scottish-ness, and art?! There’s a reason why everyone calls Dunedin “the Paris of North Central Pinellas County”. I call it that for a reason, at least. This weekend we’re heading to Dunedin’s art-heart: the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
Quite a bit is going on Friday night, though I’m focusing on the DFAC’s Contain It! event. I’ll just mention that the $5 admission gets you a free Yuengling. Personally, I’ll be saving my sobriety for the Dunedin Brewery just a short ride away.
Though “crowd-pleasing” and “good art” rarely share the same article, the DFAC’s Contain It! shows are a regular exception. The exception begins with a good idea: the mobile storage company PODS donates units that are in turn transformed into installations by local artists. Big crowd pleasing art events tend to keep the art on the walls like boys at a middle school dance. That being said, what really makes Contain It! a good show is immersing visitors in an art form that many wouldn’t encounter outside of a museum.
The DFAC also knows how to pick ’em – the artists involved not only shine a spotlight on the local scene but also bring quality work. For example, check out this preview photo of Chris Musina’s installation. You’ll also find installations by Kelly Boehmer, Deon Blackwell, Jordi Williams, Mitzi Gordon, Alain Salesse, and Victoria Block.
The DFAC’s offering of engaging work from local talent definitely warrants a trip to the Paris of North Central Pinellas. The event is a promising one; you’ll be glad you parted with the fiver.
- Tempus Projects – Neil Bender: Purple Nurple 2/11 7pm-10pm
- Florida Museum of Photographic Arts – Bud Lee’s America 2/11 is the exhibit’s last day
- Downtown St. Petersburg – Second Saturday Gallery Walk – 2/11 5:30pm-8:30pm