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Carlton Ward Jr. opens Hyde Park gallery; Tequilas has new owner

HYDE PARK — Environmental photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr. now showcases his award-winning work in Hyde Park Village at the corner of Swann and Dakota avenues. The Carlton Ward Gallery features the eighth-generation Floridian's museum-quality, fine-art prints of the Everglades, Gulf Coast, Tampa Bay, Florida cowboys and his most recent portfolio, the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Through his creative camera and studio techniques, Ward documents and promotes conservation of natural environments. Each photograph is accompanied by a detailed caption to fulfill Ward's goal to be both retail store and educational exhibit.

"I want to provide visitors with an experience of the art and also of the subject of the art, which is Florida's natural and cultural heritage," Ward said. "It can be a way to discover or reconnect with native Florida."

Each limited edition photograph is signed and numbered. Smaller, open edition prints and various books are also for sale.

Ward plans ongoing activities related to the wildlife corridor project. "The expedition story will be a permanent, sustained theme so we can learn more about that cause."

The gallery will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday during the BrewHaHa fall festival. On Nov. 15, the public is invited to a grand opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

Carlton Ward Gallery is at 1525 W Swann Ave. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Saturday hours coming soon. Call (813) 251-0257 or visit

Change of ownership at Tequilas

Restaurateur Jason Fernandez added another dining experience to his Ybor collection when he bought Tequilas on Oct. 1.

"I love Ybor City," he said, "and it's more infectious than ever. People love to come down here."

Fernandez also owns Bernini, Ybor Green Iguana and Carne Chophouse, all on Seventh Avenue.

He'll tweak a few things at Tequilas, he said, and add $2 sangria until 7 p.m. every day to the popular offerings on the huge, open-air patio.

"We'll have nearly 100 types of tequila and numerous types of tacos, flour, corn, soft, crunchy, with a variety of fillings." Vegan and vegetarian dishes are also on the agenda.

Tequilas, 1613 E 7th Ave., is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Visit or call (813) 241-9555.

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Carlton Ward Jr. opens Hyde Park gallery; Tequilas has new owner 10/09/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 3:13pm]
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