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Artist Hessam Abrishami's work on display at Syd Entel Galleries

Art really can transcend nations and politics. Painter Hessam Abrishami grew up in Iran, where he won his country's national painting competition in 1971, but left for broader educational and professional opportunities. He studied in Italy before settling in the United States, where his vibrant paintings are sold through galleries across the country. A collection of them, which celebrate color and harmony as you can see in the work shown, is at Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor, through Jan. 9. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. sydentelgalleries.com or (727) 725-1808.

Artist Hessam Abrishami's work on display at Syd Entel Galleries 12/16/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:30am]

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