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Tampa Arts Trail: Exhibit gives aerial view of Florida

Published:   |   Updated: July 6, 2013 at 04:45 PM

If you've ever wondered what Florida looks like from the sky, now's your chance to find out.

In an exhibit called "Aloft," the talented aerial photographers of Aerial Innovations in South Tampa give us an intriguing look at Florida from 2,000 feet off the ground. The natural symmetry of the landscape translates into beautiful large-scale abstract portraits that can be interpreted as familiar or other-worldly.

In "Miracle Grow," by Aerial Innovations owner Colette Eddy, the landscape becomes a patchwork quilt in blocks and designs bursting with color.

"I love the distorted beauty of objects, spaces, colors, shapes, geometric patterns," she wrote in a news release. "They are an opiate for my eye and an attraction for the camera."

The play of light and shadow at that elevation creates intense light which translates nicely to the large scale of the works, hanging through August at TECO Public Art Gallery.

Meet the artists and see their works at an opening reception from 5:30 to 7: 30 p.m. Thursday at the TECO Building, 702 North Franklin St. The exhibit is up through August. To see more visions from above, visit www.aerialinno vations.com.

Landscape photographer at Singing Stone

Today is the first Saturday of the month, and that means "Art on 19th" will be in full swing at the Singing Stone Gallery & Studio at 1903 N. 19th St. in Ybor City.

There you will meet fine art photographer Tom Styczynski and have an opportunity to see his colorful landscapes and pictures of wildlife taken at places throughout the world. Co-owner and artist Dan Balk also will be there, creating and showing his eclectic contemporary fine art jewelry.

For information, go to www.singingstoneonline.com or call (813) 728-4325.

Correspondent Esther Hammer can be reached at ehammer@tampatrib.com

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