Clyde Butcher to Open "Preserving Eden" Exhibition of New Works
at Coral Springs Museum of Art Sept. 6

Museum to Host "Butcher & Blues" Fundraiser on Sept. 11, 2014

Coral Springs, Fla. – July03, 2014 – For more than 50years, Clyde Butcher has been preserving on black and white film the quiet beauty of Florida's most undisturbed landscapes, including the Everglades. Internationally acclaimed for his photographs and passion for preservation, Butcher will showcase 36 new works in his exhibition "Preserving Eden" Sept. 6– Nov. 22, 2014 at Coral Springs Museum of Art.

Using large format cameras, Butcher's epic exposures sometimes take as long as an hour to capture. His signature techniques allow him (and the viewer) to explore the elaborate detail and textures of Florida's untamed beauty. The handmade, darkroom-developed photographic prints range in size and many are mural-sized. The images range in size from 8"x14" to 5'x8'.

Butcher has been recognized by the state of Florida with the Artist Hall of Fame Award. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association. Butcher received the 2011 Distinguished Artist Award from the Florida House in Washington, D.C. and the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Conservation Award. The Ansel Adams Conservation Award is bestowed to a photographer who shows excellence in photography and has contributed to public awareness of the environment. Preserving Eden is produced by the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium, Inc. made possible with assistance from Clyde Butcher Galleries. Exhibit toured by the South Florida Museum Traveling Exhibits Service.

In honor of Butcher's exhibit, Coral Springs Museum of Art will host a Masterpiece Event, "Butcher & Blues," a casual evening of food tastings, live entertainment, raffles and a silent auction on Thursday, Sept.11, 6:30–10:30 p.m. In addition to celebrating Butcher's exhibit, the event will pay homage to all things American, in honor of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

While enjoying Butcher's monumental images of Florida, "Butcher & Blues" guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy flavorful samples of food from local restaurants including Colony West Grill Room, Runyon's Restaurant and Whole Foods Market Coral Springs. Funky Buddha Brewery will be serving its signature brews and Edrington will be giving out sample sips from its whiskey collection.

The cost to attend is $75 per person for Museum Members at Patron Level ($250) and up, $80 per person Early Bird (RSVP with payment prior to August 1), $85 per person (RSVP with payment from August 1 to September 6 at 5pm) and $95 per person week of the event. RSVPS are required; please RSVP to Lee Ledegang at museuminfo@coralsprings.org or call 954-340-5000.

Current event sponsors include Cozen O'Connor; The Law Offices of Slootsky, Perez & Braxton; Stiles Corporation; WLRN, and Coral Springs Festival of the Arts. Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $1,000. For more information about sponsorships, please contact Sheri Adanti at sadanti@coralsprings.org or call 954-340-5000.

About Coral Springs Museum of Art

Since its opening in early 1997, Coral Springs Museum of Art has served Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, Fla. The museum focuses on highlighting present-day, nationally recognized and Florida artists who create traditional, modern, postmodern and digital art. The museum is located at 3855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065. It is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5p.m. (closed Sundays and major holidays).For more information, visit http://coralspringsmuseum.org/.