The call of the wild is answered with Clyde Butcher’s celebrated black and white photography of the Everglades in the exhibit Clyde Butcher: The Wilds Within at the Ansin Family Gallery at the Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark through August.
For more than 40 years Butcher has been preserving, on film, the untouched and wild landscapes of Florida; however, his interest with the Everglades began in 1986 when he was grieving over the unexpected death of his teenage son. Butcher escaped to the Everglades for days at a time, turning his grief into art.
Emmy-winning filmmaker Ken Burns said “Like the work of Ansel Adams, Clyde Butcher’s remarkable photographs gives us an access to nature we rarely see or experience. They not only reveal the intimate and majestic beauty of the Everglades - and the need to save the fragile environment - they also remind us of the abiding kinship we mortals share when we work together to preserve these magnificent places. Butcher’s art is a national treasure.”
Butcher’s recent projects include work for the State of Florida’s Save Our Rivers program, the South Florida Water Management District, the Division of State Lands, the Bureau of Submerged Lands and Preserves, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, as well as the Audubon Society, the Everglades National Park, the Nature Conservancy, the Rocky Mountain National Park and the Wilderness Society.
A strong proponent of land conservation, Butcher is the subject of two award-winning PBS documentaries: Visions of Florida and Big Cypress Preserve: Jewel of the Everglades. He also hosted the award-winning nature documentary Living Waters ~ Aquatic Preserves of Florida and is a featured guest in the film Apalachicola River - An American Treasure.
Butcher has been recognized statewide and nationally for his photography and humanitarianism. The State of Florida inducted him into the Artist Hall of Fame and awarded him with the Heartland Community Service Award. Other honors he received include the Ansel Adams Conservation Award from the Sierra Club; the Florida House Distinguished Artist Award in Washington, D.C.; Lifetime Achievement Award from North American Nature Photography Association; and Humanitarian of the Year from International University.
This exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.MiramarCulturalCenter.org or call (954) 602-4500. The gallery is open Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.