Children from area public elementary schools submitted artwork for the Public Elementary School Exhibit currently on view at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin.

The April art exhibit in the John Crawford Art Education Studio at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin is a wonderful collection of artwork created by local public elementary school children. The exhibit can be viewed through the end of April during the library’s regular operating hours.

The artwork is different and striking. The exhibition shows the passion that even a small child can have for art. There are creations made by students as young as those who attend first grade. Additionally, the artwork reflects the instruction and techniques passed onto students by the area’s art teachers. Each teacher selected a medium and subject matter that their students followed in creating their artwork.

Students who are participating in the exhibit come from the following schools and art teachers- Wimauma Elementary (Julia Dejarmette); Cypress Creek Elementary (Sandra Shelton); Apollo Beach Elementary (Margit Redlawsk); Summerfield Crossing Elementary (Kimberly Hamaker); Reddick Elementary (Harris Hammersmith); Ruskin Elementary (Brenda Eastep); Dawson Elementary (Keith Garner); and Summerfield Elementary (Jessica Sandin).

The Public Elementary School Exhibit was organized by a member of the John Crawford Advisory Board at the library who is also a teacher. She worked closely with the teachers to put together the exhibit. Cheryl Wolfe, Administrative Librarian for the SouthShore Regional Library said, “I like how the teachers grouped the art for the exhibit.” Wolfe added, “I am marveled over the students’ creativity. I am glad that we are able to offer them a space to publicly exhibit their artwork.”

Tbe SouthShore Regional Library is a strong advocate of the arts and a great venue for a variety of arts related events. This includes the next exhibit which will feature fan art celebrating comics, anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy and more.

A reception of the Third Annual Tampa Bay LibCon will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at the John Crawford Art Education Studio at the SouthShore a Regional Library.

The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. For more information on the Public Elementary School Art Exhibit or the Third Annual Tampa Bay LibCon, please call 273-3652.

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