Inspired Images: Artist Laura Kmetz Opens ‘Sensory Ecology’

“Generation” by Laura Kmetz, acrylic on canvas/via the TECO Public Art Gallery

A new exhibit by artist Laura Kmetz has opened at the  TECO Public Art Gallery.

“Sensory Ecology,” a solo exhibition that runs throught Aug. 30, exhibits the artist’s large-scale, acrylic paintings of botanical and nature, “inspired images as they relate to transformation and regeneration,” according to the downtown Tampa gallery at 702 N Franklin Street.

Ms.  Kmetz is interested in Sensory Ecology,  the study of how organisms acquire, process and respond to information in their environment. Both animate and inanimate organisms exchange materials, energy and sensory information. “I relate this concept to my creative process as I encounter the natural world. More than by its state of being in any given moment, I am inspired by how something moves and its potential to transform, regenerate or be acted upon,” Ms. Kmetz said.

The public is invited to a talk and tour  by the artist at the gallery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  on Thursday, July 11.  Ms. Kmetz will talk with visitors at the free event about her background, her newest paintings and also answer questions.

The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For information about the gallery,  contact curator Debra Radke at For information about the artist,  visit her website or email her at

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