By Kathy L. Collins

ART2013 fiber artshow 003The art exhibit in the Crawford Gallery at the SouthShore Regional Library for the months of November and December will feature the artwork of talented artists who specialize in fiber art. This includes fantastic items such as quilting, homemade paper and lace. The show is available for viewing during normal hours of the library, which is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.

There will be approximately 22 pieces created by area artists. There will also be a collaborative piece by four of the artists. A majority of the artists live in the SouthShore communities such as Sun City Center, Apollo Beach and Wimauma, but anyone can apply to be in the library’s shows which run two months.

Laurie Burhop, art coordinator for the John Crawford Gallery, said, “This has turned out to be a very well received show because many people are interested in quilting and are very interested in what people are doing. This year we have a paper maker and a lace maker so it should bring some more variety to it. In years past we have also had weavings. The caliber of the work is very high.”

Events such as the monthly art exhibits are made possible thanks to funding from organizations such as the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library and the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center.

Burhop said, “Because of the grant received from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, we have been able to provide more art classes for pre-K through adults. The Friends of the Library also help pay for our art programming. With their generosity we are able to hire outstanding art instructors and provide quality art programming free to the SouthShore Community.”

For more information, visit or call 273-3652.

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