With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

The current exhibit being shown in the Crawford Gallery at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin features the signature artwork of two fabulous local artists. They are Diane Simon and Anne Walker. The title of the exhibit is Painting and Mixed Media. The show will be on display throughout September and October and can be viewed during the normal operating hours of the library. This exhibit is a lovely mix of realistic and abstract pieces.

The SouthShore Library is a fantastic setting for gallery style exhibits such as this one. The exhibit is a juried show and the artists have been selected by the John Crawford Art Advisory Board. Wolfe said, “Both Simon and Walker are established artists, and we are elated to showcase their work.”

Wolfe added, “Diane’s pieces show skillful application of the watercolor medium. She depicts realistic subjects in striking colors. There is an appealing slight edge to her work, which creates real interest and is exciting to show.” With respect to Walker’s artwork, Wolfe said, “Anne’s pieces are equally engaging. Done in acrylic and mixed media, the expressive works on display use a similar color palette to remarkable effect. Like most abstract art, there is an essentialist quality to the pieces. It is just as much about what is not there as it is what is depicted.”

Simon has been painting since she was a child. Simon has taught classes locally for over 10 years. She is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society. For info on Simon’s artwork, visit www.dianegsimon.com.

Walker studied at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art while in high school. She did not pursue art full time until later in life. Since taking up painting, she has shown her work extensively. For more information on Walker’s artwork, please visit www.annewalkerartist.com.

Wolfe said, “These accomplished artists have conveyed their subject matters confidently and with refreshing distinctiveness.” The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. The next exhibit will take place in November and December and will feature watercolor and photography. For information, please call 273-3652.

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