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Take a peek over an artist's shoulder

The 14th Studio Waltz lets participants get up close to artisans and their crafts at nine locations in northern Pinellas County.

By LENNIE BENNETT, Times art critic
Published September 15, 2005

Watching an artist at work will never completely illuminate the creative process but you can get some sense of the physical skill involved. The Studio Waltz, now in its 14th year, gives you that opportunity on Saturday. Thirty artists and craftsmen in nine venues will ply their trades in full view.

Potters, painters, printers, weavers and sculptors open their studios, from Clearwater to Palm Harbor, so this isn't a park-and-walk event. But the area, which includes Safety Harbor, Oldsmar and Dunedin, has some charming restaurants along the way and you can make an early fall day of it. (But bring a hat and sunscreen since fall is still just a state of mind in these parts.)

The Dunedin Fine Arts Center is one of the stops that will have artists at work and also a new exhibition, "One Planet - One People" that includes new interactive displays for kids in the center's David L. Mason Children's Art Museum.

The studios are free, including the Dunedin Fine Arts Center but admission to its children's area is $4. Maps with directions to each venue are available at all tour stops.

Studio Waltz Participants

J. Harrison Smith Fine Art Gallery and Studios

1356 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater

(727) 443-6646

Along with Smith, a bronze sculptor, are Kevin Bean, Tom Buchanan, Susan Frame, Sarah Haydon, M'Rissa Rosenthal and Janice Carnegie Rush who work in clay, decorative arts and painting.

Roger Bansemer

2352 Alligator Creek Road, Clearwater

(727) 797-4658

Original paintings, prints, books and illustrations from Bansemer's books.

Imago Art Group at Trailside

464 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

(727) 733-5607

Painting, drawing, watercolor, mixed media and stone carving by artists Mari Kaake Borsuk, Denis Gaston, Marilyn M. Jones, John Lowe, Chuck and Jan Perry, Viv Ruegger and Sultana Volaitis.

June Harben Pastels

527 Main St., Dunedin

(727) 734-9425

Carol Sackman and Blake White

1524 Alamo Lane, Dunedin

(727) 736-4306

Painted furniture and decorative objects, art dolls and mosaics.

Dunedin Fine Art Center

1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin

(727) 298-3322

Clay sculpture and crafts, linoleum block prints, etchings, engravings, painting and drawing by Lin Carte, Donna Linder, Steve Littlefield, Melissa Miller Nece and Jennifer Weaver.

Lee, Loyd and Diane Jones

3839 Shore Blvd., Oldsmar

(813) 855-5558

Sculptural furniture and decorative objects in metal and handmade papers.

Coral Oaks Retirement Center

900 Westlake Road, Palm Harbor

(727) 784-0107

Lois Rector and Maryellen Tully paint on silk and create mixed media works on paper.

Barbara and Ira Burhans

110 Peterson Lane, Palm Harbor

(727) 772-9570

Wheel-thrown pottery and paper casting.

- Lennie Bennett can be reached at 727 893-8293 or

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The Studio Waltz runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at listed locations.

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