By Kathy L. Collins

The SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin will present its Annual Art Instructors’ Show during the months of September and October. The artwork of over 14 area artists who volunteer time and talents with the community will be on display in the John Crawford Gallery at the library located at 15816 Beth Shields Way. An artists’ reception is set for Thursday, September 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the library.

Works will be shown by Bruce Marsh (oils), Arthur Dillard (watercolor), Michael Parker (acrylic), Diane Simon (watercolor), Arthur Sarlin (watercolor), Anne Walker (acrylic), Patsy Monk (pen and ink), Phyllis Alexandroff (mixed media), Nicole Lamothe (drawing), Margit Redlawsk (watercolor), Leah Lopez (drawing), Cory Wright (oil), Melissa Miller-Nece (colored pencils), and Laurie Burhop (weaving).

Laurie Burhop, Art Coordinator for the John Crawford Gallery said, “Our art instructors come from many different art backgrounds. Many of them teach at the university, high school and elementary levels. All of the instructors are professional artists who show their work throughout the United States.”

The Annual Art Instructors’ Show is just a sampling of the work of the instructors. The instructors work in many different mediums. Some of the artists including Michael Parker and Bruce Marsh are well known in the Tampa Bay area for their public murals. Parker completed a 12,000 sq, ft. mural on Adamo Dr., the gateway to Ybor City. It is the largest mural in the state of Florida. Bruce Marsh has a tile mural with aerial views of Tampa outside the Tampa Bay History Center.

“These are just a couple of examples of our talented instructors. I am extremely proud of my group of art instructors. They each bring a different style to their teaching and are very professional,” said Burhop.

While registration is required, the classes at the SouthShore Regional Library are free to the public and all materials are provided thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center and the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.

Classes fill up quickly, so visit for offerings, call 273-3652 or check with the front desk.


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