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'Butcher & Blues' - Casual evening to honor acclaimed photographer for capturing Florida's untamed beauty

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

Using large format cameras, Butcher's 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 from 8"x14" to 5'x8' - with many mural-sized.

Butcher has been recognized by the state of Florida with the Artist Hall of Fame Award. He 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 awarded to a photographer who demonstrates excellence in photography and has contributed to public awareness of the environment. "Preserving Eden" is produced by the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium Inc. and made possible with assistance from Clyde Butcher Galleries. The South Florida Museum Traveling Exhibits Service tours the exhibit.

In honor of Butcher's upcoming 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 Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 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, guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy flavorful samples of food from local restaurants including Colony West Grill, Blue Moon Seafood and Chophouse, Kilwin's of Coral Springs, Runyon's Restaurant, Buca di Beppo, Taste Buds of India, The Melting Pot and Whole Foods Market Coral Springs. Funky Buddha Brewery will be serving its signature brews and Edrington Americas Inc. will be giving out sample sips from its Scotch collection. PRP Wine International will be distributing wine samples.

Tickets are $75 per person for museum members at Patron Level and up; $85 per person between Aug. 1 to Sept. 6; and $95 per person the week of the event. Reservations are required.

For more information, email 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; Williams Financial Services; WLRN; and Coral Springs Festival of the Arts. Visit http://www.coralspringsmuseum.org for more information. •

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