By Kathy Collins

The October exhibit at the Crawford Gallery at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin is the Annual Instructors Show. The exhibit features the talented artists who serve as instructors teaching adults, teens and children in the art classes offered at the library.

This is a wonderfully diverse show with a variety of art pieces including watercolor, oil and acrylics, drawings, pastels, weaving and fabric printing. The instructors exhibiting their work include Laurie Burhop, Anne Walker, Patsy Monk, Phyllis Alexandroff, Diane Simone, Arthur Dillard, Melissa Miller-Nece, Bruce Marsh, Nicole Lamothe and Cory Wright.

Laurie Burhop is the art coordinator for the SouthShore Regional Library. Burhop said, “The Instructors Show is always a favorite of mine. We have many instructors with varied backgrounds and degrees and it is always interesting to see their work. Our instructors are working artists. They include university art professors, as well as high school, middle school and elementary art teachers.”

The Crawford Gallery at the SouthShore Regional Library offers Pre-K through adult art classes that are free to the public with materials included. Registration is required for the classes. Burhop said, “We offer general art classes for children that include painting, drawing, printing sculpture, T-shirt design and clay. Most classes are for all levels, but some of our painting classes are for intermediate students that have had some experiences with watercolors.”

The next exhibit will be the Fiber Arts Exhibit which runs all through November and December. An Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, November 5 from 6-7:30 p.m.

The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. The art exhibits are available for viewing during the library’s normal operating hours of Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday from 12:30-5 p.m.

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