By Kathy Collins

During the month of September, the talented artists who are members of the SouthShore Arts Council (SAC) will be featured in an exhibit at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin. The exhibit will be in the community space in the center of the library and in a display case.

There are 33 pieces of art including jewelry, mosaics, paintings (oil, acrylic and watercolor), as well as mixed media. According to Nina Tatlock, a member of the SouthShore Arts Council’s Board of Directors, “The caliber of the work in the show is excellent. People should come and see the show because it is good reflection of the level of talent in the area.”

The SouthShore Arts Council (SAC) was formed in 2004 to promote and nurture the practice of the arts in southern Hillsborough County. SAC supports, encourages and promotes activities in the visual arts, music, theater, dance, film and literature in the region. Educational activities in the arts are supported and encouraged. The council strives to expand learning opportunities in the arts for people of all ages.

Tatlock said, “We are a small but dedicated group bringing working artists, artists-to-be, children and community members together to emphasize the richness of our own community.”

Benefits of being a member of SAC are endless, but Tatlock points out, “SAC offers opportunities to exhibit work as a group, to help bring the arts to the community and to participate in art as a community.”

In addition to the member show currently on exhibit at the SouthShore Regional Library, SAC is a co-sponsor of the upcoming Big Draw which is set for Saturday, October 3 at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin. SAC seeks grants to help fund awards for shows such as the annual High School Art Show. SAC also works to bring talented artists, writers, illustrators, musicians, photographers and authors to the area.

SAC was also instrumental in helping to fund the creation of three large scale murals in Ruskin. These include Head, Heart and Hands in 2008, Seed To Bloom in 2010 and Best Little Town in 2011.

For more information on SAC, visit www.southshoreartcouncil.org and follow them on Facebook.