Pilot/Photographer Ron Lowery to Present Multimedia Show, Sign Books at Sun-N-Fun

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Pilot’s breathtaking aerial shots retrace and capture the beauty of Lewis and Clark Trail and are featured along with a behind the scenes peek of his trip.

Spend an evening at the Florida Air Museum, 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland, during Sun-N-Fun with renowned artist Ron Lowery. He will offer a program that depicts a front-seat ride in the open cockpit airplane he built and named Cloud Chaser when he presents the multimedia show, CHASING LEWIS AND CLARK ACROSS AMERICA: A 21ST CENTURY AVIATION ADVENTURE, at the museum Friday, April 7th at 5:30 p.m.

The audio-visual presentation is based on Lowery’s new book and DVD about his own three-month journey, Chasing Lewis & Clark Across America: A 21st Century Aviation Adventure (Windsock Media, October 2004, $45). Lowery will be on hand to chat and sign books after the program. Catch a preview of his spectacular photographs and story at http://www.chasinglewisandclark.com.

Lowery’s program will allow viewers to experience the beauty of Lewis and Clarks’ epic journey from an aerial view -- floating above the countryside with Lowery, who traced the same route traveled 200 years ago. Enjoy the sights from the open cockpit of a bright green airplane that is no wider than a canoe, while peering through Lowery’s camera lens as he explores and photographs America from his perch in the pilot’s seat. Lowery built the unusual plane specifically for his creative profession.

“I built the plane for two reasons -- photography and exploring,” Lowery said. “For three months, I flew over landscapes that never repeated but evolved like the view through a kaleidoscope. It was like Cloud Chaser was taking me to yet another breathtaking site to show me what she had found.”

Lowery’s program offers scenery that cannot be viewed from the Interstate or an airline window. The program also includes a behind-the-scenes video that documents the plane’s amazing short-field take-off, the creative and logistical challenges of the journey, and a glimpse of life along the trail. Lowery will answer photographic, aviation and travel questions about his journey and offer tips to those planning their own trips to retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark. "Whether viewers are interested in history, aviation, photography or travel, Lowery’s show provides something for everyone," according to Joyce Sanborn, program coordinator.

“Lowery’s story and photographs blend American history, art, culture and romance,” Sanborn said. “His program literally allows the audience to board the big green ‘canoe in the sky’ and take part in a breathtaking journey.”

About Ron Lowery

Ron Lowery has produced award-winning stock photographs and photo illustrations used by Kodak, IBM, CBS, Smith Kline Beecham, Telecom Italia and other corporations around the world. His work was profiled in the book Right Brain, Left Brain Photography: The Art and Technique of 70 Modern Masters, a story that was featured in the June issue of EAA Sport Aviation. The book was favorably reviewed in the November 2005 issue of AOPA magazine. An upcoming feature in Southern Living magazine will profile Lowery and his unusual flying lifestyle. His home base is Chattanooga, Tenn.

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