By Kathy L. Collins

It’s Our World is the theme for this year’s seventh annual Big Draw which is a celebration of art and drawing. The event will be held on Saturday, October 4 from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Cultural Center located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin.

The event is free and open to the public. There is no age or imagination limit for this event. A variety of events are planned for the day. The Firehouse Cultural Center is partnering with the SouthShore Arts Council, the Tampa Museum of Art and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County to offer an exciting day of drawing. Various artists will be featured as part of the annual event which is held on the same day as the International Day of Drawing.

Nina Tatlock, a volunteer member of the Big Draw Committee said, “Join us in a Drawing Festival which will be held both indoors and outside. There will be something for everyone including animation, print making, a collaborative mural, En Plein art, drawing robots and more.”

This event is both fun and creative and a great way to expose children to all kinds of drawing. The events planned will celebrate the environment- urban, rural and coastal landscapes.

The Big Draw is an opportunity for artists, no matter what their skill level is, to come out and express themselves through creatively created works of art.

The Big Draw is an international event which celebrates drawing all over the world. Locally, the Ruskin Big Draw was started as a way to celebrate the vision of the town’s namesake, John Ruskin, a Victorian artist and writer. Ruskin believed that the arts were an important tool for knowledge and understanding.

The Firehouse Cultural Center embodies Ruskin’s philosophy by offering a wide variety of events for the community throughout the year.

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