January 10, 2012 – February 19, 2012
Featuring: Clyde Butcher
Clyde Butcher's black and white photographs explore his personal relationship with the environment. The exquisite beauty and depth of his work draw the viewer into a relationship with nature. For more than forty years, he has been preserving on film the untouched areas of the landscape. His large format photography allows him to express the elaborate detail and textures that distinguish the intricacy of the landscape. Clyde’s many awards include Florida’s Artist Hall of Fame Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association, and The Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Conservation Award.
Niki Butcher is an artist and the wife of photographer Clyde Butcher for nearly 50 years. Originally from Palo Alto she met Clyde in California, while she was studying art at Foothill Community College. After they married she transferred to Cal Poly where she majored in English with a minor in home economics. The Butchers settled in Big Cypress National Preserve and there they founded the Clyde Butcher Gallery. They later relocated to Venice, Florida where they opened a second gallery. Niki accompanies Clyde on all of his expeditions where she assists him, documents their trip, and creates stunning images of her own. Her background as a painter has led her to begin hand tinting her photographs to create unique works of art.
The presentation given by Clyde Butcher illustrates the path in his life that has led him in the direction of black and white landscape photography, and how that career path led him from California to Florida and into the conservation movement. The program will be followed with questions from the audience.
Reception: Friday January 20, 2011, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Artist Presentation: January 21, 2011, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Space limited. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.