Hanging out, drinking delicious coffee, talking about art… ahhhh, that is the life! Well, that WAS the life at least for an hour or so each month at the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Coffee and Conversation series, sponsored by DFAC’s Sterling Society.
Times change and so do our ways of doing things together. So many of the events have become virtual. That does not need to lessen the joy in connecting with artists you may know or have always wanted to meet! You can still enjoy the insights as each month’s invited guest holds forth on their own area of expertise. You will just have to pour your own coffee!
Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at 12 noon, the series turns to DFAC’s current Between | Us exhibition for inspiration. Partners Carol Dameron and Herb Snitzer are the result. Both Carol and Herb will be holding this Coffee and Conversation. Carol, a painter and printmaker will be sharing new paintings, which blend narrative realism and the colors and feel of old Florida postcards. Renowned photographer Herb Snitzer will share a documentary by Ethan Early for an overview of his work and then talk about a new civil-rights diptych he is working on.
Carol Dameron began her formal art education at the Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, continuing at the Louvre Museum and The Centre Americain in Paris. Further studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Dijon, France and an appointment to the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam led to four years of landscape and plein air paintings in the countryside of southern Portugal. Her paintings and drawings are in the collection of the Polk Museum in Lakeland, Florida, and the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.
Ms. Dameron has over fifty commissions to date from society portraiture to allegorical triptychs and murals as well as numerous private collectors. She had a retrospective this past February at the Octagon Gallery. Ms. Dameron taught anatomy and figure drawing at the Morean Arts Center from 1992-2004. She currently offers a class entitled “Do You Want to Paint Better?” at the Studio @620.
Herb Snitzer has sixty-two years of work fine art and photojournalism. He is the author of seven books, covering issues of music, early radical education, and photojournalism. He is a former LIFE photographer. He says he was part of that early movement of photographers who roamed the streets, day and night (in NYC), looking for ways to express what they wanted to say about the chaos of the world in mid-20th Century. For him, it was about meeting such photographic luminaries as W. Eugene Smith, Gordon Parks, Cornell Capa and the great Edward Steichen, director of photography at The Museum of Modern Art. Each in their own way contributed to his early development as a photographer.
His work has remained inner directed these past fifteen years, yet he continues to look outward to see the injustices and inequalities that surround him. He has tried, in his own measured way, to visually comment on what he sees and believe about the world(s) within which he lives.
Herb Snitzer says he is “now in the early winter of my life, alive and still curious about this ever-changing and dynamic world – a world filled with too much pain. Early on I said that art transforms and transcends. I deeply believe this. The creative process enhances and ennobles life, changing forever how one sees the world.”
So, drop in for this ZOOM Coffee and Conversation presentation. Registration IS REQUIRED. Login details will be provided for all those who register on zoom. This year’s series is sponsored by Dianne Wheatley Giolotti.
The original idea for an art center in Dunedin dates back to more than 40 years ago in 1969. Recognizing the importance of the arts to everyday life, five women from the Junior Service League of Clearwater-Dunedin sought to create a space within the community where the arts could be perpetuated and celebrated. These women resolved to work toward the creation of a cultural climate and the eventual building of a fine arts and cultural center. Both the League and the city agreed that an art center would be a beneficial heritage for the city of Dunedin and set forth the motions to put the plan in action.
Five years later in 1974, the vision and commitment of the City of Dunedin, its citizens and the members of the League, came to fruition when ground was broken on the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
When the doors to the first 2000 square foot facility were opened in February of 1975, a commitment to excellence and a welcoming spirit were the guiding lights that you can still see in DFAC’s nearly 50,000 square feet of facilities.
Today, the Dunedin Fine Art Center is built on strong foundations within the community and reaches the greater Destination Tampa Bay™ area. Through donations, endowment and memberships, the center is able to exist and expand to serve the community and meet the needs of our society.
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