Clearwater Library’s new exhibit features hand-painted photographs from Florida

Art and books go hand in hand at the Clearwater Library.

Niki Butcher, wife of artist Clyde Butcher, has a unique photo exhibition on display at the facility.

When she came to Florida, she was mesmerized by the turquoise water and pink sunsets.

“I had never seen anything like it, so I started photographing Florida with color film, and it just kind of never looked the way I saw it,” Butcher said.

Then she came across some old-fashioned postcards from Florida that were hand-painted.

“I decided I wanted to hand paint some black and white photographs so I could bring my perspective, my colors, into the images that I thought represented Florida,” she said.

“When an artist gets really deep into their art, they kind of step out of the world and yes, it takes a lot of detail to hand paint a photograph, but it’s like meditation,” Butcher shared. “It feels good to do the detail work. Unless you’re someone who can meditate for a long time, it might be difficult, but I find it very enjoyable.”

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Butcher has created more than 60 hand-painted photographs over five decades.

“Life is short. We live in a country that is so great and we are free to be who we want to be and I hope when you walk through the exhibition you can see all these quirky people, all these funny little ones Things you see in the exhibition are our country. It’s an adventure and life should be an adventure.”

Paintings in the Niki Butcher exhibit at the Clearwater Library.

Butcher presents the first solo exhibition of her artwork at Clearwater Main Library through January 31, 2023. The exhibition is free.

Photography is a family affair for Butcher. Her husband, Clyde, is also a well-known Florida photographer. His exhibition recently ended in the same library.

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