Murals
"Seed To Bloom, a Mural-in-the-Round", the 2009 Ruskin Community Mural completely covers the Mary and Martha House building on Shell Point Road in Ruskin. Painted by a team of dedicated community members under the direction of artist Josette Urso during the Big Draw 2009, the unusually shaped building serves as the canvas for colorful abstract elements and was inspired by natural images in the surrounding area.

Josette who graduated from the University of South Florida and now lives in New York, spent three months on the project. She led several workshops prior to the actual painting in which participants worked with drawing, watercolor and collage to develop images that were later transposed on to the exterior of the building's facade.
"Head Heart and Hands" 2008 Ruskin
The Community Mural Project launched the first annual BIG DRAW-Ruskin in the center of historic Ruskin.  Michael Parker, with assistant Dave Bush of Community Stepping Stones of Tampa,  helped recruit a community group of local teens and adults, who spent 6 weeks in workshops and design sessions planning the mural. The intergenerational group engaged in an intense collaboration of research, photography, and discussion of possible ideas. Workshop sessions focused on drawing, painting, and digital processes as well as an introduction to skills and formal principles involved in both designing and painting a large-scale work.
The final design concept was based on John Ruskin’s social ideal that human happiness requires the mix of the head, heart and hand. The mural imagery includes references to the historic Ruskin, the agricultural and environmentally sensitive setting across the bay from urban centers, development and movement to future possibility.  The design was completed in early October and painted over a four-week period.
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 "BLT-Best Little Town" 2011 Ruskin
Michael Parker and the Ruskin Community Arts Team 
Businesses write on chalkboards, and you might find yourself having spontaneous picnics with checkered tablecloths and coffee stained napkins next to a tomato field.  When the images of your town come to mind the question becomes: How do you get the feel for all these things in one simple image.  We began by using the chalk board as our base and writing our daily menus on them.  We though a nice element would be to write with refridgerator magnets because they conjure nostalgia and memories of your first art pieces hung with pride on the door of the fridge.  A classic town rich with simplicity and strong roots requires a classic dish rooted in the layers of Americana.  The BLT. when you’ve ventured out into the world and tried some new fancy things,  It’s a sandwich that you turn to when those fancy things have lost their glimmer.  For some reason a BLT seems to always satisfy you.  Its simple classic and a staple on the menu.  This is why we decided that it has so many similarities to our Best Little Town.
    
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