Being cited in the same breath as the genius, Ansel Adams, is an indication of the high esteem in which Clyde Butcher is held. Happily, he – and an exhibition of his work – will be seen and heard during the nine-day “Arts Afire!” festival of the arts, which gets underway on March 12, 2011.
With the cooperation of the Marco Island Historical Society, Mr. Butcher will present a program on March 15 at Rose Hall in the Historical Society Building (time to be announced). A number of his dramatic black-and-white photographs also will be on view at Rose Hall. On Sunday, March 20, at the “Afterglow Gala,” which closes the festival, Mr. Butcher will be the host of a special cocktail party honoring the evening’s patrons and sponsors. During the dinner program that follows, Mr. Butcher, himself, will be honored; this time, by the City of Marco Island Arts Advisory Committee , the creative team responsible for the development and production of “Arts Afire!” Mr. Butcher’s journey through life could easily provide a motion picture screen writer with enough meat for an engrossing and moving biopic. Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1942, his youth was a peripatetic existence as he moved about like a nomad with his parents. How Butcher went from a budding architect to become one of the greatest photographers in his field world-wide – including the seven years he lived with his wife, Niki, and their children on a sailboat with no electricity – is a unique and inspiring tale.
Questions? You can catch Clyde Butcher at Arts Afire! on March 15. Ask him.