Refuge to celebrate opening of Clyde Butcher exhibit
The public is invited to the free kick-off celebration of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s 75th Anniversary Clyde Butcher Photographic Exhibition on Nov. 13 starting at 9 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center on Sanibel.
Guests will be the first to view Butcher’s American Everglades Collection at “Ding” Darling. The opening will include refreshments and, at 10 a.m., an opportunity to meet the world-famous photographer, who will be available for a limited number of book signings outside the Refuge Nature Store. The store will be carrying books, notecards, T-shirts, hats, and other Clyde Butcher gifts.
The 35-piece photo exhibition will run daily free-of-charge through Feb. 5.
Often tagged “the Ansel Adams of Florida,” photographer Clyde Butcher has made for himself a big reputation based on big black-and-white nature images taken with big cameras. The award-winning artist captures the Florida Everglades, coastal islands, and other unspoiled areas with stunning majesty.
“Wilderness, to me, is a spiritual necessity,” Butcher said.
“The underlying message to this important exhibition is the value of preserving the fragile Everglades habitat and the quality of our waterways in the pristine state Clyde Butcher has captured them,” DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller said. “We thank Mark and Gretchen Banks for sponsoring the exhibition and Wayne and Linda Boyd for sponsoring the opening reception.”