Cheryl Sackett (shown here on a trip to Tanzania) photographs beautiful images of African landscapes and animals.

Photographs open up the world to the viewer. Valrico resident, Cheryl Sackett’s  beautiful, vibrant and worldly photographs are the subject of Center Place’s January exhibit in the Mook Gallery. Sackett’s work will be on display through January 27.

This is Sackett’s first exhibit. She has assembled 63 amazing photographs of landscapes, animals and people taken on travels through Africa and Europe. Sackett said of the photographs, “Over time, I developed a passion for landscape photography and settled on color digital photography as my medium. For me, fine art photography is primarily the product of an artist bonding with the environment. I choose to take what the environment offers and select the angle of light, composition and lens to capture an image. For this reason, I do not electronically manipulate or manually alter the images. The photographs printed for this exhibit are straight from the original capture.”

Professionally, Sackett is a Surgical Nurse Manager at Brandon Surgery Center. She loves to travel to countries such as Greece, Italy, Morocco and Tanzania. She started out travelling with tour groups. “They never stopped long enough in one spot to take photos,” said Sackett. She then started to go with photography groups.

Sackett said, “If more people travelled, the world would be more accepting and peaceful. I want this world view to come out in my photos.” Sackett added, “Africa is a very humbling place. We went to a new school that had nothing but concrete walls and benches. It really makes you appreciate what you have.”

If you’ve never been to the Mook Gallery, then set some time aside and go see this exhibit. The photographs are simply magnificent.

Center Place is located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. For more information on this exhibit and upcoming exhibits, please visit

Previous articleA Call To Artists For The Strawberry Festival Juried Art Show
Next articleSeffner Christian Girls Basketball Continuing Program Excellence