By Kathy L. Collins

The December exhibit at the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City is a collection of the artwork created by the students who attend the Beginner’s Art Class taught by Lou Ann Watson, a local artist and member of the Art Lounge in Plant City.

Watson said of the exhibit, “I’m very proud of my students.” There are 28 pieces in the collection. Watson has them arranged by subject. There are seven sets of four similar art works depicting a pixie, a turtle, a landscape, an orchid, a rooster, a sunflower and a butterfly. Anne Haywood, Library Director at the Bruton Memorial Library said, “The exhibit is quite attractive and interesting the way Lou Ann has approached the presentation.” Watson teaches classes at the Art Lounge Gallery on the fourth Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $25 and this includes all supplies.

Watson has a long history as an artist, advocate and promoter of the arts. As a child she sketched animals and then took up painting. She has served on the executive committee of organizations such as the Eastern Hillsborough Art Guild. She has assisted in coordinating events such as the Strawberry Festival Art Show, art workshops and art demonstrations.

Watson has held an active role in teaching art and judging art exhibitions often done for little or no remuneration.

Watson is one of the artists that make up the art co-op known as the Art Lounge Gallery in Plant City. The Art Lounge Gallery is located at 119 E. Reynolds St. in Plant City. For more information, please visit or call 704-4872.

The exhibit at the Bruton Memorial Library is available for viewing Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Each month the library exhibits the artwork of local artists. The library is located at 302 W. McLendon St. in Plant City. For more information on this exhibit and others, please call 757-9215.


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