Clyde Butcher Exhibitions at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts and Southwest Florida Museum

By: Hilda Mitrani

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Clyde Butcher's art is testament to the strength of the human soul. He began his career as an architectural photographer. When his son was killed by a drunk driver, he fled to the Everglades in order to regain his serenity and equilibrium.

According to his website, "The mysterious spiritual experience of being close to nature helped restore my soul." His sadness was also the root of his new career as a nature photographer.

I first became acquainted with Clyde Butcher's work while reading, "Seeing the Light: Wilderness and Salvation: A Photographer's Tale", by journalists Thomas Shroder and John Barry. Now I'm proud to own two of his large format prints in my home.

Today, Clyde is widely recognized for his art. Recently, I was delighted to find three of them in my room at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Course.

His exhibit titled "Living Water: Aquatic Preserves of Florida" will be on display at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts until August 6th.

Afterward, he'll open his third exhibit for the Southwest Florida Museum of History in Fort Myers. Titled "Clyde Butcher: Big Cypress Swamp and the Western Everglades", it will have 40 of his trademark large-format black and white photographs showing Florida's spectacular beauty.

Clyde Butcher's philosophy and artwork speaks volumes to me. I'm glad to see his success is both commercial and artistic. His legacy is no doubt extensive, as so many of us have learned to appreciate nature through his art.

 

More than three decades after he first found solace in the Everglades, Clyde's website still espouses this simple philosophy:

"Wilderness, to me, is a spiritual necessity. My experience reinforced
my sense of dedication to use my art form of photography
as an inspiration for others to work together to save nature's places
of spiritual sanctuary for future generations."
 

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