Clyde Butcher’s “American Everglades” Exhibit Evokes The Beauty Surrounding Us. Arts Council Of Martin County Honors This Photographic Visionary Now Through March 13.

One of the country’s most honored photographers, Clyde Butcher, is being featured at the Court House Cultural Center NOW through March 13. His “America’s Everglades Exhibit”, presented by the Arts Council of Martin County, is a tribute to its 30 years of sharing art in the gallery and as a special tribute to Ansel Adams, who was featured in that first show.  The rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades is captured in these works which span more than three decades of foraging into dense swampland.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY,  JANUARY 21, 2021

 

5:30 – 7 PM

 

 

 

Virtual Meet & Greet with Clyde Butcher:

 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

2 PM

Zoom  Registration  required: www.MartinArts.org

 

 

Exhibit  runs  NOW  through  March 13, 2021

A donation of $5 is requested to support our exhibits and programs

 

 

Court   House   Cultural   Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.,   Stuart, FL

Gallery Hours:

 Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

Covid-19 Safety guidelines are in place

A maximum of 20 people will be allowed in the gallery at one time. Visitors, staff, and vendors must wear face coverings/masks while indoors. Disposable face masks will be available. A 6-foot distance from others must be maintained.Hand sanitizer is available and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned by staff throughout the day.

 

 

Clyde Butcher at Fakahatchee

 

 

The rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades is captured in these works which span over three decades of foraging into dense swampland. Delicate ecosystems, rare botanical specimens, and sweeping landscapes bring the wonder of this mysterious part of our country to light. The scale, extraordinary clarity and tonal range set his photographs apart as exceptional works of art, earning him recognition as the foremost landscape photographer in America today.

 

 

Close up of Clyde Butcher’s camera and a sample of the Exhibition

 

 

This expansive wilderness collection represents the many years Butcher spent exploring the remote regions of the Everglades, experiencing its changes. Shaped and sustained by seasonally flowing shallow water, the area is home to dozens of threatened and endangered species, massive flocks of wading birds, recovering populations of alligators, crocodiles, and millions of insects.

 

 

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANSEL ADAMS

 

 

 

Clyde says, “Out west they have their mountains. We have our clouds.”

 

 

On January 13, 1991 the Court House Cultural Center welcomed a collection of Ansel Adams photographs loaned by the Mitsubishi Estate Collection. To honor that landmark of 30 years ago, the Gallery Committee of the Court House Cultural Center invited revered Florida black and white landscape photographer, Clyde Butcher, to exhibit at the Center.

 

Maria Miele remembers dragging her father to see that exhibit 30 years ago and how impressed she was at the prospect of such a renowned photographer on display in this small town.  She tells The Rickie Report, “As an Arts Council Board and Gallery Committee member, I am so proud to have helped to bring this Clyde Butcher exhibition to Stuart. It is a feeling of pride and personally, as an artist/photographer myself and as an art educator having taught many of our youth about Clyde’s contributions to the arts, it is so satisfying and most exciting! Clyde, known sometimes as “The Ansel Adams of the South”, has personal connection with our beautiful and fragile Florida ecosystems and waterways. I would encourage everyone to see the exhibit and drag their family and friends. This will be one for the record books.”

 

 

A Legendary Photographer and National Treasure

 

 

“Blowing Rocks”  by Clyde Butcher

 

The scale and extraordinary clarity of his work sets it apart as exceptional. In the tradition of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School painters, Clyde composes his works at pristine and untarnished locations across the United States, creating arresting compositions that distinctly mark him as the foremost landscape photographer in America today.

 

Clyde has been called the next Ansel Adams by Popular Photography magazine, awarded as a humanitarian for acting for the betterment of his community, and recognized as a conservationist for bringing issues to the forefront of public consciousness through his art. His photography transcends political boundaries, challenging us to work together to protect natural places across the globe.

 

Butcher’s journey began with a humble origin, born in Kansas City, MO. in 1942, the only child to a sheet-metal worker. As a child, he spent most of his Ume drawing boat designs and crafting ship prototypes from scrap metal. Butcher graduated with a degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University. It was then that he discovered his inability to draw architectural designs. To rectify this he taught himself photography, enabling him to photograph (rather than draw) his architectural models for presentations. Unable to afford a store-bought camera, he made himself a crude, but dependable pinhole camera.

 

 

 

 

Niki Vogel and Clyde married in 1963. He saw an Ansel Adams Photography exhibit at Yosemite National Park, and was so impressed by Adams’ work that he began to photograph landscapes in black and white. Clyde left the architecture field in 1970 and began exhibiting his black and white photographs at art festivals.

 

In 1971 Clyde established his second business, Eye Encounter, Inc., and began selling his photographs as wall decor to department stores such as Montgomery Wards, J.C. Penny’s, and Sears. To enhance sales, he began to use color film, and also a 5ʺx7ʺ view camera. In addition to photographing landscapes in California, he also began to take pictures in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Ohio, and Hawaii. Eye Encounter became a multi-million-dollar business, employing more than 200 workers. Due to the stress of the business Clyde sold it in 1977. To regroup, he built a sailboat and trailered it across the country to Florida.

 

 

Clyde says, “I’d take a gator over a tick any day”

 

 

Clyde moved with his family to Ft. Lauderdale, FL and soon moved to Ft. Myers for a slower pace of life. Clyde began selling his color photographs of the American West at Florida art festivals. After briefly looking around Florida and not seeing anything to photograph, he began producing manipulated photographs with an outer-space theme.

 

In 1983 Clyde began photographing Florida beaches, still using color film. It wasn’t until a visit to Tom Gaskin’s Cypress Knee Museum in 1984, a roadside attraction in central Florida, that Clyde was introduced to a new side of Florida. He says, “After strolling on the boardwalk through a primeval cypress swamp, a whole new world was opened up for me”. Oscar Thompson, a Florida native, introduced Clyde to the “interior” of the Big Cypress National Preserve and the Everglades by taking Clyde on his first walk in to the swamp. After his immersion into the beauty he found so mysterious and primeval, Clyde was then inspired to take black and white photographs of the swamp.

 

 

 

 

Clyde Butcher says,”I hope that through my images people can see themselves in this beautiful ecosystem and understand it is worth saving.”

 

 

In 1986, after his 17 year old son Ted was killed by a drunk driver, Clyde found solace in the wilderness of the Big Cypress National Preserve, where the mysterious, spiritual experience of being close to nature helped to restore his soul. Resolving to relinquish his use of color photography, he destroyed his color work and vowed to use only black and white film. He purchased an 8ʺx10ʺ view camera and enlarger.

 

Although Butcher will always be identified with the Everglades, he is deeply committed to recording precious landscapes throughout the world. The beauty and importance of Butcher’s photography quickly earned him widespread recognition resulting in museum exhibits in the United States, an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Prague celebrating the new millennium, and a request by the United Nations to photograph the mountains of Cuba to celebrate The Year of the Mountains.

 

Butcher has completed six Public broadcasting programs on the environment of Florida, three of them award-winning documentaries. Much of his work can be seen in his numerous books including; America the beautiful, a table top collection of his work from across the United States, Big Cypress Swamp – The Western Everglades, Second edition, which features images from the Big Cypress Swamp where he and Niki made a home for 16 years, and celebrating America’s National Parks, Preserves, Monuments, recreation Areas. Dedicated to the employees of the National Parks, this book showcases Clyde’s stunning black and white photographs of parks ranging from the mountains of Montana to the swamps in the Everglades.

 

 

Clyde Butcher Exhibit Sneak Peek

 

 

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The mission of the Arts Council is to inspire participation in and a passion for the arts in our community. It serves as the local arts agency in Martin County.

For more information, visit www.martinarts.org

 

 

 

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Friends Of Loxahatchee Invite You To Plein Air Exhibit At Visitor Center And Call For Photo Contest

The Friends of Loxahatchee continue to show the many sides of this National Wildlife Refuge that is right in our own backyard.  The Plein Air Palm Beach Artists hosted a paint-out at Loxahatchee and are exhibiting 33 paintings until April 14th at the Visitor’s Center.  Beginning on May 1st, the Exhibit will focus on Photography at Loxahatchee. The Rickie Report shares the details of the Plein Air Exhibit, the Photography Contest and Exhibit at this National treasure, to which everyone is invited. 

 

 

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Friends of the Arthur R. Marshall

Loxahatchee

National Wildlife Refuge

Invite You:

 

Plein Air Paintings:  

Now through April 14, 2016

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Photography Exhibit: 

Opening Reception/Awards

Sunday, May 1, 2016

1 PM

Wine and cheese reception to follow

 

The Visitor Center

Open daily 9-4

The Loxahatchee NWR is at 10216 Lee Road Boynton Beach 33473

The main entrance and Visitor Center are located at:

10216 Lee Road      Boynton Beach, FL 33473

 

 

Main entrance: 2 miles south of Boynton Beach Blvd, West off US 441/SR7

Plein Air at Loxahatchee

 

 

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Organized by Ralph Papa, Donna Walsh and Plein Air Palm Beach Artists

 

 

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The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge preserves a portion of the once vast northern Everglades.

 

 

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It provides habitat and protection for endangered wildlife such as the snail kite and the wood stork and the formerly endangered American alligator.

 

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It is 143,954 acres of northern Everglades and cypress swamp, protecting the integrity of the remaining Everglades ecosystem.

 

 

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“There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them.” – Marjory Stoneman Douglas

 

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PHOTO CONTEST

 

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 33rd Annual Photography Contest

Sponsored by The Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge

 

 Photo contest coordinator is Cathy Patterson, and photo judge panel from the Everglades Photo Society.

For additional information AND MODEL RELEASE FORM

please visit

http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/

Deadline: Entries will be accepted from Saturday, January 9, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016. Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Refuge Visitor Center. Entries sent by mail must be received no later than Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Rules: Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.

  • ß  The contest is open to all photographers except members of the Everglades Photographic Society.
  • ß  All entries must be taken within boundaries of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (LNWR), StormwaterTreatment Area 1 (STA-1W and STA-1E), Wellington Environmental Park, Strazzulla Tract Wetlands, and Water Conservation Area 2(WCA 2A and WCA 2B).
  • ß  Each submission is limited to a total of no more than 5 images.  No more than 2 submissions per photographer.
  • ß  Submitted entries must be the original work of the photographer, and the photographer must own the copyright to the image. The photographer retains the copyright of the submitted images but must agree to allow the LNWR to use and publish the submitted entries without further compensation to the copyright holder.
  • ß  Photos that have won awards in previous LNWR photo contests may not be resubmitted. Photos that have been published or sold may not be submitted.
  • ß  Photos containing recognizable images of people must be accompanied by a model release. More information about the model release and the release form can be obtained at the contest web site: http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/
  • ß  Submissions must be digital, and they must be submitted on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Photos that were taken with a film camera must be scanned in and submitted on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Digital support is available if needed by contacting the EvergladesPhotographic Society at loxcontest@evergladesphotosociety.org
  • ß  High-resolution JPEG images, measuring at least 2000 pixels on the longest side, may be copied on as many CDs, DVDs, or USB flash drives as needed. These will be the images used for final judging and publication/exhibition. If you prefer, you may simply submit the original JPEG image as taken by the camera.
  • ß  Each image must be labeled with your first and last name, image title, and category it is to enter. For example: FirstLast-Title-Category.jpg. If you know the common name of the species photographed, please include it in your title.
  • ß  Each CD, DVD, or USB flash drive must bear the photographer’s name, phone number, and e-mail address. Media used to submit entries will not be returned.All photographs, except those submitted as Artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable: adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions. High Dynamic Range imaging is acceptable in all categories. Stitching is acceptable in Landscapes. Unacceptable, except for Artistic: composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; digital effects that do not show the scene in its natural way.1 People may be included in photos in all categories except Avian, Fauna, and Flora.

Categories: Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit. All decisions of the judges are final.
ß Avian – Birds in their natural habitat.

ß Fauna – Animals (other than Birds) in their natural habitat, including close-ups of invertebrates.

ß Flora – Plants in their natural habitat, including close-ups of flowers, fungi, lichen, and algae.

ß Landscapes – Expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features.

ß Artistic – Artistic compositions in nature both natural and manipulated in post processing (infrared, unlimited digital manipulation).

ß Youth – Any entry of up to 5 photographs by photographers under 18 years of age. Each photograph must fit into one of the categories above.

Entry Fee: A check or money order in the amount of $20 (US) must be included with your entry and made out to Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge. Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge members and Refuge Staff may enter the contest for $10 (US). Participants in the youth category may enter the contest for free.

Entry Form: Each submission MUST be accompanied by a completed entry form with ALL information clearly filled out.

Submission: Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Refuge Visitor Center at:

Prizes: If there are less than ten entries in any category, the judges may choose not to award prizes in that category. One grand prize of $150 (US) will be awarded. Awards for each category:

ß 1st Place – $75 ß 2nd Place – $50 ß 3rd Place – $25

Winning images may be cropped to 8×10 or other sizes for exhibition at the Refuge Visitor Center and other venues.

1 As stated by the National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest, with small modifications.

Loxahatchee Photo Contest
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, Florida 33473-4797

Name:
Address:
City:
Telephone:
Entry Information:

Sponsored by The Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge

Contest Entry Form

State:

E-mail:

Zip:

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 33rd Annual Photography Contest

Category

Title or Species Name

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Categories: Artistic, Avian, Fauna, Flora, Landscape, Youth

 

 

I am a Friends Member, Refuge Volunteer, or Refuge Staff Member (Entry Fee $10)

I am entering in the Youth (Under 18) category (FREE)

None of the above (Entry Fee $20)

 

Entering the 2016 contest grants the Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the right to reproduce, modify, publish, and publicly display the submitted photographs in print or electronic form for educational and promotional purposes without compensation and without notice to the photographer. The submitted photographs will become the property of the Refuge. All other rights to these images will be retained by the photographer. Photos containing recognizable images of people must be accompanied by a model release.

 

 

More information about the model release and the release form can be obtained at the contest web site: http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/

 

 

Entries will be accepted at the Refuge Visitor Center on Lee Road between January 9, 2016 and April 17, 2016. Entries sent by mail must be received no later than April 16, 2016. Please note: The contest ends on a Sunday.

I understand and agree to the contest rules and conditions and certify that all photo entries were produced by me. Signature: Date:

For additional information please visit http://www.evergladesphotosociety.org/loxcontest/

For participants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete the following:

I have read the contest rules and his/her participation is with my permission.

Print Name  __________________

Signature _________________________

Date _______________

ABOUT LOXAHATCHEE:

 

The Refuge is open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day.

The Visitor Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.

Automobile……..$5.00
Pedestrian …….. $1.00
Several kinds of entrance passes can be purchased for those who frequently visit National Wildlife Refuges and other federal recreational fee areas.
An annual pass to this Refuge can be purchased for $12.

No pets or camping are allowed on the Refuge.

Contact Information

Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge
P.O. Box 6777
Delray Beach, FL 33482-6777
Email Us – info@loxahatcheefriends.com
Visitor Center, Gift Shop, General Information:
Tel: (561) 734-8303

 

 

 

 

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Friends of Loxahatchee Shares Call For “Loxahatchee Visions”

Friends of the Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge announce their Sixth Annual Juried Art Contest and Show, “Loxahatchee Visions”.  This is open to all artists, including youth.  The Rickie Report shares the application here. There are cash prizes and the opportunity to sell your artwork  Art Patrons and Visitors will see the exhibit at the Visitor Center beginning on October 19th. The Opening Reception and Awards event takes place on Sunday, October 25th.  

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES:

“LOXAHATCHEE VISIONS”

 

 

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Martin Fitzgerald’s “Lilli Pads” from Loxahatchee

 

Directions: Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is located in Boynton Beach, FL., between Boynton Beach Boulevard and Route 441.

In our Visitor Center, located in the Cypress Swamp next to the 0.4 mile boardwalk, you can learn about our wildlife, habitats, management activities and even see what the interior of the Refuge looks like on a virtual airboat ride, all without ever actually stepping outside. Other informative and interactive exhibits and displays include the history of the Refuge, a tree island and gator hole diorama, and night sounds of the Everglades. Come out and see for yourself!

For more information, call (561) 734-8303

 

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Deadline: Entries will be accepted at the Visitor Center from Monday, October 12, 2015 to Saturday, October 17, 2015.

The Visitor Center is open 9 AM – 4 PM daily.

Accepted entries will be on display in the auditorium from Monday, October 19, 2015.

The Reception and Award Presentation will be Sunday, October 25, 2015 in the Visitor Center Auditorium at 1 PM.

 

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Rules: Entries that do not comply will be disqualified.

  •   The contest is open to all artists.
  •   Each artist may submit one or two original works of art.
  •   No giclees and no previous award winners will be accepted.
  •   No photography-we have a separate photography contest in the winter season.
  •   The subject must be inspired by a “Loxahatchee vision…”
  •   Any media or mixed media may be used (except photographs).
  •   Each entry must be framed and ready for hanging. Wrapped canvas painted edges are OK
  •   Each entry can be no more than 36″ on a side including the frame.
  •   Please label the back with a card securely attached stating the title of the work, the media type, the artists’ name, and the sale price.
  •   Friends of Loxahatchee will use their best efforts to sell the entries and will retain 25% of the sale price as a contribution to the Refuge.
  •   Each artist will be expected to remove their art no later than Sunday, January 3, 2016 or Monday, January 4, 2016.

    Categories: Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit. Judges decisions are final.

  •   There are two categories – Novice (up to age 18) and Adult (age 18 and above).
  •   Each category will be awarded a First Prize ($250); a Second Prize ($150); and a Third Prize ($100)
  •   Judges may designate up to 3 entries in each category as Honorable Mentions.
  •   Judges may decide not to award cash prizes if there are less than 10 entries in that category.Entry Fee and Form: A check or money order made to the Friends of Loxahatchee must accompany the completed entry form. Place both in an envelope labeled Friends Art Contest and bring to the Visitor Center with your entry.

 Novice (free)
 Friends members and Refuge staff ($5.00)

 All others  ($25.00)

Name:

Address:

City:

Telephone:

E-mail:

 

 

Loxahatchee Visions Contest Entry Form

 

Name:

Address:

City:

State:                             Zip Code:

Telephone:

Mobile Phone:

Email Address:

 

Circle One:     Novice        Adult

Title of Entry 1:

Title of Entry 2:

 

I understand and agree to the contest rules and conditions and certify that the entry is my own original work.

Signature:

Date:

 

For participants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete the following: I have read the contest rules and his/her participation is with my permission.

Print Name:

Signature:

Date:

 

Entry forms and rules are available at the Visitor Center or can be downloaded from their website  www.loxahatcheefriends.com

Questions?

Call or email Steve Horowitz

561-637-9751   stephenjayme@yahoo.com

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291