The Dunedin Fine Art Center
The DFAC is built on strong foundations within our community, through donations, an endowment, and memberships. The center is able to exist and expand to serve the community and meet the needs of our society.
$20,000 in the building fund and an idea to offer art classes to the community; for this purpose, the league members managed to get a federal grant of $1,500. Eventually, after almost five years, the league had amassed $65,000. They borrowed the remaining $20,000 from two local banks, which allowed the $85,000 construction to begin
More Notable Moments in the Mid 70s
March 1975 - call for landscaping and sprinkler system funds for the center, needing approximately $1,100
April 4th 1975 $280 raised from 11 donors for the center’s landscaping needs; donations ranging from $5 to $50 – EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!
October 1975 Art Center exhibiting works of Lis Wetzler; paintings that record all the memories of a lifetime
November 1975 Fiber and Fabric show featuring the works of Jackie Herlth
1976 Matt Forsyth Garden dedication ceremony; the late Forsyth was responsible for helping promote Scottish music in the Dunedin area; a donation for the Matt Forsyth Memorial began accumulating soon after his death
April 1976 Truett Coston, architect, philosopher, humorist, naturalist, and conservationist who does pencil and water-color paintings exhibiting at the DFAC through May 1976
July 1976; Members’ show reception
July 19th 1976 Summer program starts at the DFAC for children from 1st to 9th grade, at a cost between $7 and $10
October 1976: Lois Rector exhibit opens
November 1976 – the entire month was designated as the Dunedin Fine Arts and Cultural Center month by the city of Dunedin in conjunction with the largest membership drive. The membership had already tripled since the official opening in 1975.
November 14, 1976 –the first Art Harvest event
February 1977, DFAC sponsors musical program
1977 the Center offers art for the Handicapped, based the program on art therapy
1977 DFAC displays works of D. F. Curtis
April 21st 1977- DFAC launches summer scholarship program for high school students ages 14-18. Chris Still is among the winners
September 1977- DFAC faculty gets to showcase their talents at a faculty show.
The Late 70s - 1978-1979
January 1978- DFAC sponsors trips to the Ringling Museum and the Asolo State theater.
June 1978- Donations to the cultural growth fund poured in with $10,000 from the junior service league. $20,000 from the trident society, and $2,255.60 from the rotary of north Dunedin.
March 16th 1978- A miniature art exhibit in conjunction with the Miniature Art Society of Florida opens at DFAC with over 200 works on display. This partnership still continues today.
July 8th 1978- The “ Eaton’s Suite,” a group of paper works by Charles Harwood of St. Petersburg opens with over 300 people in attendance.
December 1978- Western and Northwestern art from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Turner was on display at DFAC.