In View | Art Harvest 2016 Posted on November 12, 2016 by Neil Heird One of Tampa Bay’s Most Popular Art Fairs, this Annual Dunedin Event is Filled With Artsy Fall Fun Under the Live Oaks in Dunedinäó»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. æJuried 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 äóñ along with a few that might have defied categories.æ 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 Hilläó»s booth, where these Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton äóìjesteräó sticks were on display.æ 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.æ 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 äóñ framed by one of his large metal, stone and glass sculptures.æ Peterson uses recycled materials in his piecesæ and his customers are happy to provide new homes for them, in their yards and gardens. Thereäó»s something a little fishy about the art of Ronald Lemoine, from Hernando Beach, Florida.æ Check out this äóìfried fish comboäó on display in the metal sculptoräó»s Art Harvest 2016 booth äóñ a music and art loveräó»s joy. It takes a really wild and wonderful imagination to create these äóìassemblagesäó as Tampa Bay artist Antony Paige Becker calls his sculptures.æ His booth at Art Harvest 2016 featured pieces thatæ incorporated often antique wood and rusty metal parts – chair legs, boxes, wheels, door knobs, mirrors, chains, horseshoes äóñ fit together to fashion some extraordinary art. Big, bold, colorful and charming äóñ the oil paintings of Fiona Collins drew the attention of Art Harvest 2016 patrons all weekend in Dunedin.æ The Largo artist is a recent transplant from Canada (she moved here in February of this year) and is a South African by birth.æ 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 äóñ Papa Bear Jack Bertetto and his dog Little Bear.æ He hadnäó»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.æ Rusk gave them a signed print of the painting and knowing that Bertetto is a vet, heäó»s considering auctioning off the painting to benefit a cause for veterans in our area.æ Rusk was also the recipient of a Merit Award during the show and looking at his work itäó»s easy to see why. Itäó»s obvious that she loves the herons, egrets, pelicans, spoonbills and other Florida birds in her environment.æ Along with seascapes and sunsets, Polly Berlin often makes the shorebirds the subjects of her romantic and vibrant oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings.æ 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.