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Artsy pairs persist at Painted Fish

Linda and Bill, and Barbara and Ira extend their anniversary show for two more weeks.

By TERRI BRYCE REEVES, Times Staff Writer
Published August 3, 2007

Not a mass production: Barbara Melby-Burhans created this mosaic tile table and chairs. She makes her own tiles and arranges and paints them.
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A vase, pitcher and casserole dish are by potter Ira Burhans.


Perhaps 13 is a lucky number. At least it will be for this weekend's visitors to this city with a small-town feel.

Two of Dunedin's best-known artistic couples have extended their 13th Anniversary Show at the Clay and Paper/Painted Fish Gallery for two more weeks.

Visitors will find new oil paintings by Bill Renc, known for his brilliant watercolors with fish peeping through doorways or doghouses. His wife, Linda, specializes in calligraphic art.

There's a collection of fun and functional stoneware pottery by Ira Burhans. Barbara Melby-Burhans has created a new line of mosaic tile furniture -- she makes the tiles - along with whimsical cast paper sculptures.


The local artists specialize in colorful and tropically themed pieces of art, designed to be at ease in Florida homes and gardens.

Visitors may come in and find one of these artists painting a picture or piece of pottery right on the spot.

Bill Renc remembers the trepidation he felt when signing the first, yearlong lease for the gallery.

"We weren't sure we'd have enough money to see it through. But little by little, people came off the Pinellas Trail or strolling in from Main Street. Now we've built up a very nice clientele and we're as well-known as any gallery in Pinellas."

Terri Bryce Reeves can be reached at


The Clay and Paper/Painted Fish Gallery's 13th Anniversary Show

Where: 350 Main St., Dunedin, next to the Pinellas Trail

When: Show runs through Aug. 19. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

For more information: Call 727 734-5060 or (727) 736-0934 or visit or


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