Commissioned by the United Nations to create a portfolio of the mountainous lands of Cuba, Clyde Butcher set out on three weeklong expeditions into unfamiliar lands. He explored the island country’s varied geographic regions, from the Sierra Maestra Mountains in Cuba’s eastern Granma Province, to the southern coast between Manzanillo and Santiago de Cuba.


Butcher ventured to such places as Baracoa in the northeast, the southern waterfalls of the Sierra de San Juan, and the mogotes of the west in the Piñar del Rio region.

While taking photographs for the Conference for the Sustainable Habitat of the Mountains, Butcher thought about being part of an event-changing history for the better, and enthusiastically saw an opportunity to make a positive difference. His photography transcends political boundaries, challenging us to work together to protect natural places across the globe.

Butcher’s stunning photographic exhibition “Cuba: The Natural Beauty” will be on view from June 24 through Sept. 18 at the Museum of Art – DeLand Downtown Galleries, 100 N. Woodland Blvd.

An opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 24. Admission is free for museum members, and costs $10 for nonmembers.

Reservations are appreciated at 386-734-4371 or by email at


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