CLEARWATER, FL – Described as Ansel Adams of the Everglades, world-renowned Florida photographer Clyde Butcher will be hosting an exhibition of his landscape photography titled “The Everglades of America”, at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave.
The natural beauty, daring, and technical achievement of his work have earned Butcher recognition as the greatest landscape photographer of the American 21st century.
The exhibition will open on Saturday, November 6, with Butcher on site for a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The exhibition will be on display until May 31, during library opening hours. This exhibition and parking at the library are free.
Butcher’s black and white photographs have been exhibited in museums around the world.
âThe Everglades exhibit is an opportunity for us to showcase not only a nationally recognized artist, but also the importance of our environment,â said Amanda Thompson, director of the Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency. “We invite residents and visitors to experience this new gallery overlooking the waterfront and all the art and entertainment opportunities that downtown Clearwater has to offer.”
Butcher’s love for the Everglades began when he discovered the unique environment when he moved to Florida in 1980 from California. He began capturing the mysterious and beautiful habitat of the Everglades and used his images in conservation efforts to help the people of Florida understand the need to conserve the endangered habitat.
In addition to presenting unparalleled views in the heart of the Everglades, this exhibit allows visitors to learn about this Florida ecosystem and the importance of water conservation while viewing stunning large-format photographs.
The exhibit coincides with a milestone next year for Everglades National Park, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the end of 2022.
âI hope my vision of the Everglades inspires you to love and protect it for generations to come,â Butcher said of his Clearwater exhibit.
Butcher’s work has received numerous awards and has been the subject of various news programs and PBS, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association and the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club. He was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor bestowed on a private citizen in Florida, and won the Distinguished Artist Award from the Florida House of Representatives in Washington, DC
Additionally, he was named one of Florida Trend’s Top 100 Most Influential Floridians and was included in “Who’s gonna be the next Ansel Adams?” by popular photography magazine.
For more information, contact Eric Santiago, Public Relations and Programs Manager for the Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency, at [email protected] or 727-562-4024.