By Kathy L. Collins

The SouthShore Regional Library located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin has a great number of programs that the library offers to the community free of charge. One of the more popular categories of programming are the art classes and workshops. “We are lucky to have some very talented instructors. Most of them are professional artists,” said Laurie Burhop, the Art Coordinator for the John Crawford Studio at the library.

During the months of September and October, the library holds its Annual Instructors’ Show. “I think it is one of our best shows of the year,” said Burhop.

The Instructors’ Show is an opportunity for the community to see the artwork of the very impressive and talented artists who provide instruction for the popular art programs at the library. But the Instructors’ Show offers even more than just an opportunity to see their work.

On September 12, the library will hold an Artists’ Reception from 5:30-7 p.m.

Prior to the reception, the community is invited to attend several workshops given by some of the instructors. This will give you a taste of what they offer throughout the year.

Margit Redlawsk, a teacher at Apollo Elementary School will hold a Wee Artist class. Nicole Lamothe, one of the new instructors at the library, will hold a Creative Artist class. Michael Parker, an accomplish artist who just completed a large scale public mural in Ybor City will give a class good for teens and adults.

The art classes at the library fill up quickly. Make sure you check the website at often for class announcements. Registration becomes available four weeks prior to the first day of class. Feel free to call the library at 273-3652 or check with the front desk.


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