By Kathy L. Collins

The current exhibit at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin is a fabulous collection of artwork by three highly-talented local artists- Arthur Dillard, Nicole Lamothe and Diane G. Simon. Dillard and Simon are watercolor artists and Lamothe specializes in drawing.

According to Laurie Burhop, the Art Coordinator for the SouthShore Regional Library, “We chose these three outstanding artists because they are all really strong artists, and we wanted to have an exhibit with all three.” Burhop added, “Both Dillard and Simon are painters, and Lamothe does drawings. What is in this exhibit is a nice balance between painting and drawing.”

Dillard, a resident of Bradenton, is a nationally-renowned artist. His work has been shown all over the United States, and many of his paintings have been featured in magazines. His unique style has won him many awards including Best of Show with his portrait, Aunt Easter, in the Manatee County Art League Portrait and Figures Show.

Lamothe has lived in the Tampa Bay area for eight years. In addition to creating original artwork, she teaches drawing, painting and methods of hand-building functional and sculptural ceramics to children in private schools. Lamothe has an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Simon is a resident of SouthShore and has no formal art training. Her art is vibrant and beautiful and a joy to view. Simon shares her creativity with retired and gifted people in the area.

Both Dillard and Simon have previously had shows at the SouthShore Regional Library. Burhop said, “We brought them back because the patrons of the library enjoy their work. It is nice to have them both back showing new work. Lamothe is a new artist here. I think she brings a freshness to the exhibit.”

All three artists will be teaching art classes at the library this fall.  For more information, please contact Burhop at 273-3652.

The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. The exhibit is available for viewing during normal open hours of the library and will be up through the end of June.


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