By Kathy Collins

The current exhibit at the Crawford Gallery at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin is the popular Six By Six; Small Art, Big ideas exhibit. There are over 43 artists participating with 110 pieces of original artwork. The show is available for viewing through Friday, June 24.

This is a non-juried show which means that anyone 18 years and older could submit up to four pieces of art for the show. According to Laurie Burhop, art coordinator for the SouthShore Regional Library, “This is the third year we have held this show. It stands up to any juried show. I think artists like it because you could be an artist who wants to enter a show, but might not want to commit to showing 15 to 20 pieces. Also, artists get to work in different media as well.”

In the show, guests will see some fantastic pieces from some truly talented local artists. You will find works which include photography and photos with digital processing. Attendees will also find quilts, clay, watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media and painting on silk just to name a few.

The interesting aspect of the show is the size of the artwork. All artwork must be no bigger than six inches by six inches. Some are even smaller because the artist added a frame. Burhop said, “This show is challenging. You have to come up with an idea that will translate into a small space. You really have to think about what you are going to do and think it through because there is very little space for error.”

Despite the size, the artwork is clear, crisp and wonderfully creative, and is also for sale. The prices range from $10 to $75 per piece. Individuals interested in purchasing a piece of artwork can contact the artist directly as the library does not get involved in the sales transaction.

The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. For more information, call 273-3652 or visit

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