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Volunteers, artists sought for Ruskin's Big Draw

RUSKIN — Organizers of this year's Big Draw event are seeking local artists and volunteers to teach classes or help with setup during the monthlong art workshop series.

The third annual free event, put on by the South Shore Arts Council, runs Sept. 26 to Oct. 30. Dozens of workshops have already been scheduled, but there's plenty of room for more, spokeswoman Melanie Hubbard said.

"It's a way for the Ruskin community to get to know each other, by teaching and learning from each other, being in a group and sharing some laughs," Hubbard said. "The more the merrier."

Anyone who can paint, draw, carve, write poetry or sew is asked to share a talent.

Organizers also need help with nonartistic duties, such as assembling tables and chairs, cleaning the studio, acting as artists' helpers or distributing fliers.

Hubbard said volunteers should sign up as soon as possible, but there's no deadline.

"If we can work people in, we can work people in," she said.

Those interested in teaching art are asked to call organizer Mike Parker at (813) 846-2000. To volunteer in other ways, call Elvie Lamberti at (813) 928-3187.

Organizers also are offering temporary paid positions to work with Beth Shields Middle School eighth-graders, who will have a private workshop with author and illustrator David Macaulay on Oct. 12. Interested volunteers should call Cory Wright at (813) 758-7057.

The Arts Council will host a general meeting for members or anyone interested in more information at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Big Draw studio, 613 N U.S. 41.

Visit for a list of workshops scheduled so far.

Kim Wilmath can be reached at (813) 661-2442 or

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