In View | Art Harvest 2016

November 12, 2016 by MIKELL HERRICK | VISUAL ARTS
Perhaps the best story at Art Harvest 2016 began a couple of years ago when Brooksville, FL artist Clovis Dean Rusk saw “Papa Bear” Jack Bertetto and his dog “Little Bear” in a Tampa area bar and took a spontaneous picture of him.  He never saw Bertetto after that encounter, but earlier this year Rusk decided to make a painting from that photograph and it became the centerpiece of his Art Harvest display.  As it happened, friends of Bertetto’s saw the painting and told him about it, motivating him to go see it at the Dunedin show.  Rusk says he was really happy to meet up with Papa Bear and Little Bear again and he gave them a signed print of the painting.  Pictured here with his daughter, Bertetto and his pup were also looking very pleased with the gift that has immortalized them.
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One of Tampa Bay’s Most Popular Art Fairs, this Annual Dunedin Event is Filled With Artsy Fall Fun
Under the Live Oaks in Dunedin’s Highlander Park, some of more than 200 artists pitched their display tents, to entice the thousands of people who came to the 53rd Art Harvest over the weekend.  Juried artists attended from all over Florida and across the country representing just about every medium: ceramics, digital, fiber, glass, graphics, jewelry, metal, mixed media, oil/acrylic, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood – along with a few that might have defied categories.  The work is always unique and of the highest quality and the event is eagerly anticipated by art lovers in our area.

Under the Live Oaks in Dunedin’s Highlander Park, some of more than 200 artists pitched their display tents, to entice the thousands of people who came to the 53rd Art Harvest over the weekend.  Juried artists attended from all over Florida and across the country representing just about every medium: ceramics, digital, fiber, glass, graphics, jewelry, metal, mixed media, oil/acrylic, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood – along with a few that might have defied categories.  The work is always unique and of the highest quality and the event is eagerly anticipated by art lovers in our area.

 

Those attending the 53rd Art Harvest in Dunedin, Florida may have thought they were escaping the political pre-election climate for a few hours but they were greeted with a small reminder at Jack Hill’s booth, where these Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton “jester” sticks were on display.  The DeLand artist, whose bronze cast sculptures are often whimsical in nature, says he was treating both presidential candidates equally, with his artistic statement.

Those attending the 53rd Art Harvest in Dunedin, Florida may have thought they were escaping the political pre-election climate for a few hours but they were greeted with a small reminder at Jack Hill’s booth, where these Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton “jester” sticks were on display.  The DeLand artist, whose bronze cast sculptures are often whimsical in nature, says he was treating both presidential candidates equally, with his artistic statement.

 

Local Dunedin, artists Carol Sackman and Blake White drew lots of closer looks with their colorful and exquisitely detailed ceramic mosaic sculptures at Art Harvest 2016.  Incorporating glass, bottles, shells, gun casings, salt & pepper shakes and teacups, to name a few of the details in their pieces, their work always begs a delightful examination.

Local Dunedin, artists Carol Sackman and Blake White drew lots of closer looks with their colorful and exquisitely detailed ceramic mosaic sculptures at Art Harvest 2016.  Incorporating glass, bottles, shells, gun casings, salt & pepper shakes and teacups, to name a few of the details in their pieces, their work always begs a delightful examination.

 

When cajoled into posing with his work, New Port Richey, FL artist Benjamin Peterson picked the perfect place to stand – framed by one of his large metal, stone and glass sculptures.  Peterson uses recycled materials in his pieces  and his customers are happy to provide new homes for them, in their yards and gardens.

When cajoled into posing with his work, New Port Richey, FL artist Benjamin Peterson picked the perfect place to stand – framed by one of his large metal, stone and glass sculptures.  Peterson uses recycled materials in his pieces  and his customers are happy to provide new homes for them, in their yards and gardens.

 

There’s something a little fishy about the art of Ronald Lemoine, from Hernando Beach, Florida.  Check out this “fried fish combo” on display in the metal sculptor’s Art Harvest 2016 booth – a music and art lover’s joy.

There’s something a little fishy about the art of Ronald Lemoine, from Hernando Beach, Florida.  Check out this “fried fish combo” on display in the metal sculptor’s Art Harvest 2016 booth – a music and art lover’s joy.

 

It takes a really wild and wonderful imagination to create these “assemblages” as Tampa Bay artist Antony Paige Becker calls his sculptures.  His booth at Art Harvest 2016 featured pieces that  incorporated often antique wood and rusty metal parts - chair legs, boxes, wheels, door knobs, mirrors, chains, horseshoes – fit together to fashion some extraordinary art.

It takes a really wild and wonderful imagination to create these “assemblages” as Tampa Bay artist Antony Paige Becker calls his sculptures.  His booth at Art Harvest 2016 featured pieces that  incorporated often antique wood and rusty metal parts – chair legs, boxes, wheels, door knobs, mirrors, chains, horseshoes – fit together to fashion some extraordinary art.

 

Big, bold, colorful and charming – the oil paintings of Fiona Collins drew the attention of Art Harvest 2016 patrons all weekend in Dunedin.  The Largo artist is a recent transplant from Canada (she moved here in February of this year) and is a South African by birth.  She says it feels wonderful to be living in Florida now and especially to be creating art here.

Big, bold, colorful and charming – the oil paintings of Fiona Collins drew the attention of Art Harvest 2016 patrons all weekend in Dunedin.  The Largo artist is a recent transplant from Canada (she moved here in February of this year) and is a South African by birth.  She says it feels wonderful to be living in Florida now and especially to be creating art here.

 

Brooksville, FL artist Clovis Dean Rusk poses in his Art Harvest booth beside the painting that brought the highlight of his weekend – Papa Bear Jack Bertetto and his dog Little Bear.  He hadn’t seen the subjects of the painting since taking their picture a couple of years ago and was happily surprised when they showed up at the show.  Rusk gave them a signed print of the painting and knowing that Bertetto is a vet, he’s considering auctioning off the painting to benefit a cause for veterans in our area.  Rusk was also the recipient of a Merit Award during the show and looking at his work it’s easy to see why.

Brooksville, FL artist Clovis Dean Rusk poses in his Art Harvest booth beside the painting that brought the highlight of his weekend – Papa Bear Jack Bertetto and his dog Little Bear.  He hadn’t seen the subjects of the painting since taking their picture a couple of years ago and was happily surprised when they showed up at the show.  Rusk gave them a signed print of the painting and knowing that Bertetto is a vet, he’s considering auctioning off the painting to benefit a cause for veterans in our area.  Rusk was also the recipient of a Merit Award during the show and looking at his work it’s easy to see why.

 

It’s obvious that she loves the herons, egrets, pelicans, spoonbills and other Florida birds in her environment.  Along with seascapes and sunsets, Polly Berlin often makes the shorebirds the subjects of her romantic and vibrant oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings.  Berlin spends her summers in Belmont, NH and winters in Dunedin, FL and is a prolific artist who has been creating, showing and teaching in her medium for the past 40 years.

It’s obvious that she loves the herons, egrets, pelicans, spoonbills and other Florida birds in her environment.  Along with seascapes and sunsets, Polly Berlin often makes the shorebirds the subjects of her romantic and vibrant oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings.  Berlin spends her summers in Belmont, NH and winters in Dunedin, FL and is a prolific artist who has been creating, showing and teaching in her medium for the past 40 years.

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