Celebrate Art, Drawing At Ruskin’s Annual Big Draw

By Kathy Collins

Ruskin’s 8th Annual Big Draw, which is a celebration of art and drawing, will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 3-6 p.m. at the Firehouse Cultural Center located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin.

The Big Draw is an international event celebrating drawing and art all over the world. Locally, the Ruskin Big Draw was started in 2008 to celebrate the vision of the town’s namesake, John Ruskin, a Victorian artist and writer.

As this is an international celebration there will be events held locally in Ruskin, and all over the world. This year’s international theme is Every Drawing Tells A Story. The events which will be held locally will be listed on the international website, http://www.thebigdraw.org/event/Big_Draw_2015/5792, thus putting Ruskin on the map.

According to local chair, Nina Tatlock, “This is our 8th annual Big Draw event. The International theme is Every Drawing Tells a Story, so we plan to have drawing activities that relate to story telling. This will include ink blot/story, printmaking and cyanotype drawings. Attendees can expect lots of movement with time to sit and draw. We will have drawing going on inside and outside with activities for all ages and experience levels. This is a free event that we love to share with the community each year.”

In addition to drawing, there will be food truck vendors on site. No registration is required and everyone is invited to attend regardless of your art ability. If you like to draw or just appreciate the arts, then you should come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin.

This event is made possible thanks to co partners such as the SouthShore Arts Council and the Firehouse Cultural Center with sponsorship from the Hillsborough County Arts Council and the Tampa Museum of Art. According to Tatlock, “It is produced with many hours of volunteer time and volunteer artists who love to have art happening in our community.”

For more information, visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org or call 645-7651.