Exhibit of Butcher’s Photos Hosted by the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation

Renowned landscape photographer and environmentalist Clyde Butcher will showcase the natural beauty of Cuba in images of the island’s most remote and mountainous island locations during a traveling exhibit at the Keys History & Discovery Center, Thursday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Discovery Center, in Islamorada, MM 82, is located at the Islander Resort.Coast 2

Butcher is best known for his evocative black and white photographs of Florida wetlands. The exhibit also will include images from Butcher’s Florida Keys photography collection. The museum opens Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $12.

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Foundation President Richard Russell said, “We are thrilled to welcome back Clyde Butcher, America’s modern day Ansel Adams, with photos he has taken in the Florida Keys and Cuba. This unique exhibit will be of intense interest. Most of us are familiar with photos of Havana and other population centers. We are less familiar with the natural beauty of the Cuban countryside.

“In 2002, Clyde traveled to Cuba at the invitation of the United Nations and shot pictures of the Sierra Maestra Mountains in Cuba’s eastern province of Granma, the south coast of Cuba between Manzanillo and Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa and the region of Pinar del Rio. The images are amazing and will be of particular interest to those of Cuban heritage who will have a chance to see scenes of their native land that they most likely have never seen before,” Russell said.

Foundation Executive Director Jill Miranda Baker said, “It’s very exciting to have Clyde here with the exhibit. His impressive largeformat prints hang in museums around the country, in Florida’s state Capitol building and at Miami International Airport, as well as in many private collections. In connection with the exhibit, Clyde will be on hand to discuss his work and sign books and photos for those who wish to add to their Butcher collections or start a new one. We’ll have additional details soon.”

About the Foundation: The Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation is a not-for-profit organization formed to develop and operate the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center at the Florida Keys Conference Center of the Islander Resort. The History & Discovery Center will include a state-of-theart 40-seat theater and exhibit space totaling 7,500 square feet.

The foundation’s geographic emphasis is generally on the history of the Upper Keys, but encompasses other areas to help tell the stories and preserve that history in a meaningful, entertaining and educational manner. The Discovery Center will appeal to local residents, school groups, tourists, adults, families and scholars interested in the area. The Foundation Board is working with museum professionals in the community and beyond to develop and create the activities of the Discovery Center.

The Foundation Board and committees are composed of members of the community with an interest in preserving the history of the Upper Keys and linking that history to the overall geography and experience of the total Florida Keys to inspire appreciation for our island chain. The exempt educational purpose of the Foundation is furthered by the development and maintenance of a world-class Discovery Center that accurately reflects the history of the Florida Keys community in a multi-faceted and interactive environment.

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Contact: Rich Russell 305-522-0948, Jill Miranda Baker 305-304-