EDEN REVISITED: CLYDE BUTCHER AT TBHC
Clyde Butcher is a beloved landscape photographer whose work is dual aesthetic and environmental statement. "Preserving Eden: The Florida Photographs of Clyde Butcher" opens Saturday at the Tampa Bay History Center, and much of it, if you're a fan, you have probably already seen.
I believe art can and should be revisited. You can usually find something new that way, some deeper appreciation.
Though he is most associated with recording the Everglades, this retrospective roams, as Butcher has done throughout his career, around Florida, lugging his large-format view cameras into places not always convenient and easy.
His black-and-white images tease out subtle nuances in a scene while giving even humble locations grandeur.
See "Preserving Eden" at the center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa, through Jan. 28. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12.95 adults; $10.95 seniors, youths ages 13-17 and students with ID; and $7.95 kids ages 4-12. (813) 228-0097. tampabayhistorycenter.org.
FIRST NIGHT 2017: BUY FIRST BUTTONS EARLY
First Night St. Petersburg is an annual event held on the last day of the year (so technically it's really happening Dec. 31, 2016) celebrating the arts in a community and eschewing alcohol. It's family-friendly and a fun date night.
First Night began in Boston in 1975 and the idea took hold in many other U.S. cities. St. Petersburg's first First Night was in 1993.
Many of the events are free — all of the ones outside are — but some require a "button" for admission. Buy one in advance and you receive a discount; you can save $5 on an adult or kid button if purchased before Dec. 31. You're also helping out because it provides money in advance for the event. (Of course, if, like me, you are forgetful, you need to write down or tell someone else about the place you store them.) Advance buttons for adults are $10, children ages 6-12 $5. firstnightstpete.com.
CALL FOR DIVERSITY: EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES
Discussions of inclusion and diversity have occupied a lot of our time of late. Embracing Our Differences is an annual outdoor event in Sarasota each spring, but artists and writers now need to apply for a spot.
The event displays panels at Sarasota's Island Park with thought-provoking images and phrases intended to inspire positive discourse.
It's a juried competition, meaning that a panel of arts professionals will make the winning selections. Remember that among the criteria is the design's ability to translate well into a large format. Organizers say that for last year's Embracing Our Differences, 8,350 submissions came from national and international cities. Amateurs and professionals, teachers, students, all are welcome. Entries may be made online. (941) 404-5710. embracingourdifferences.org.