DUNEDIN – This summer, the Dunedin Fine Art Center seems to have taken inspiration from a song from “Tommy” by The Who in 1969, borrowing from the chorus for its theme “See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me”. The theme signals a particular multimedia experience, bristling with powerful and provocative works of art.
The Summer 2022 solo exhibitions will open over the next two months at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. The program includes the lustrous sculptures of Thomas Anderson III, mixed media works and installations by Vickie Pierre, moving visual interpretations of works and words from the “Dictionary of Dark Sorrows” and the kaleidoscopic spectrum of the international exhibition of the Colored Pencil Society of America.
Here is an overview of the MAEC’s summer exhibitions.
“Dictionary of Dark Sorrows” will take place from June 1 to July 1 in the Meta B. Brown and John and Pat Rossi galleries of the CASM. Inspired by John Koenig’s legendary online “book” of imaginary words (now available in book form), artists are invited to illustrate a word from the Dictionary of Dark Sorrows or invent your own to translate it into visual form. To view the online archive of words, visit archive.org/details/the-dictionary-of-obscure-sorrows.
“Thomas Anderson III”, a solo exhibition, will run from June 10 to August 28 at the Gamble Family Gallery of the MAEC. Anderson, a sculptor based in Tarpon Springs, creates powerful portraits in stone and wood that reflect the visions and reality of an African American man.
“Vickie Stone” a solo exhibition, will be presented from June 10 to August 14 at the Entel Family Gallery. Pierre is a Florida-based multimedia artist of Haitian descent and growing fame. Her creative process is informed and inspired by memory, fantasy, surrealism, popular culture, and decorative and ornamental arts.
“My creative process is informed and inspired by memory, fantasy, surrealism, popular culture, and the decorative and ornamental arts,” Pierre explains on his website. “This inspiration has manifested over years of collecting diverse materials that often serve as muses in my daily practice and real, physical elements in my assemblages and installations. I continue to focus on universal themes of identity with references to design and nature, as well as the interconnectedness between my Haitian heritage (including the larger Caribbean community) and global cultural mythologies while simultaneously considering feminine and historical tropes in relation to contemporary cultural politics. ”
“International Exhibition of the Colored Pencil Society of America” will be exhibited from July 11 to August 13 in the Meta B. Brown and John and Pat Rossi galleries. This annual exhibition features the best colored pencil artists working today coinciding with the CPSA convention.
Additionally, works by award-winning MAEC faculty will also be featured in the MAEC second-floor teaching gallery from June 3 until December 23.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 727-298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org.