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Clyde Butcher’s Awe-Inspiring Photo Exhibit – July 13-Sept. 4 at the Islander Resort in Islamoarda – Sparks Photo Contest
Islamorada, FL – July 10, 2013 – Celebrated Florida landscape photographer Clyde Butcher and his “Preserving Eden” exhibit will open July 13th at the new Florida Keys Discovery Center, located on the grounds of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost in Islamorada. With over 30 photographs, most in the artist’s signature large format black and white, the exhibit uses Butcher’s own words as well as ecology-themed story boards to put the Everglades and other Florida environs into a conservation context, said Matthew Woodside, curator at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, which developed the traveling display.
To coincide with the opening of the exhibit Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges announced the launch of its “Share YOUR Adventure” photo contest on Facebook, with prizes for the best adventure travel photos. Commenting on the timing of the launch Outpost President Mark Ellert noted, “Guy Harvey and Clyde Butcher are synonymous with the visual arts and conservation. Here we have two great artists with one resonant message: celebrate and conserve this great ecosystem called the Everglades.”
When asked what transforms a photograph into art, Butcher responded, “I think it’s obviously the person behind the camera who creates the art. Art doesn’t come from fancy equipment. It comes from a way of seeing the world.” Clyde Butcher’s powerful black and white photographs explore his personal bond with the environment. The exquisite beauty and depth of his work draw the viewer into a relationship with nature. A large format camera allows him to capture elaborate detail and textures that distinguish the intricacy of the landscape.
Beginning August 1st, aspiring artists and Guy Harvey fans will be encouraged on Facebook to post photos of their memorable travel experiences. Grand prize winners of the Outpost photo contest will be showcased in the Guy Harvey magazine and receive sportswear, travel gear and accessories from program partners including AFTCO, Go Pro, Sixt Car Rental, Divers Direct and others. Details at facebook.com/GuyHarveyOutpostIslamorada are forthcoming.
Robin Schlaudecker, general manger of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost noted the Florida Keys Discovery Center and Theater is being designed with the help of the Guy Harvey Outpost organization to showcase the history and environmental conservation efforts underway throughout the Keys. “Photography and art are powerful communication tools. We intend to use both as we transform the Islander facilities at Oceanside and Bayside into the newest member of the Guy Harvey Outpost family.”
Despite new guestroom interiors, extensive upgrades to the lobby and other public spaces, the conversion will not change Islander’s character. Resort owner David Curry and marine life artist Guy Harvey are both committed to enhancing Islander’s signature casual Keys’ ambiance that has made the resort so unique and popular including the resort’s iconic signage.
The sign marks the entrance of Islander, a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort, at mile-marker 82. With 139 guestrooms, suites and two-bedroom townhomes for extended stays, the Islander Outpost offers the best in casual Keys’ hospitality with its expansive beachfront, pools and 14-slip marina basin.
The exhibit is free, and open to the public from July 13 to September 4, 2013. For more information about the artists, visit www.GuyHarveyOutpost.com and www.ClydeButcher.com. For property information or reservations, visit www.GuyHarveyOutpostIslamorada.com. For more information about the exhibit, contact Matthew Woodside at 941-746-4131, ext 37, or email@example.com.