Gallery MCO features Wild Florida Exhibit

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Wild Florida Exhibit
The Wild Florida exhibit at Gallery MCO features photographs, paintings, etchings and mixed media by Florida artists. At left, “Somewhere in Florida” photograph by Steve Vaughn, and “Limpkin” hand-painted etching by John Costin; right, “Florida Blue” painting by Jeannie Schubert and “The Trees Clap Their Hands” painting by Carol Elder Napoli.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Experience visual interpretations of natural Florida in the new Wild Florida exhibit at Gallery MCO, featuring photographs, paintings, etchings and mixed media by Florida artists from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s permanent collection of art.

On display in the select exhibition are photographs by Clyde Butcher and Steve Vaughn, paintings by Carol Elder Napoli, Jeannie Schubert and Sherry Lynn Lee Diaz, etchings by John Costin, and mixed media by Karin Bastidas and Beth Appleton.

The treasures in this small but powerful exhibition include a signature black-and-white photograph titled “Thompson Pine Island Road” by the legendary Clyde Butcher, whose studio is in Venice, Fla. Butcher is known worldwide for his majestic photographs of the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp taken with a large-format camera. The photographer, often compared to Ansel Adams, has only photographed in black and white since the tragic death of his son by a drunken driver in 1986.

In contrast to Butcher’s work is a colorful watercolor and cut-paper assemblage by self-taught artist Beth Appleton, who has been working from her home studio in Franklin County in North Florida for several decades. Her art-meets-science imaginative construction finds playful green frogs encircling a spring-like center informed by her fascination with viewing the patterns of diatoms – a type of algae — under a microscope.

The exhibit will be on display through March 14, 2024.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is proud to operate Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), two of Florida’s premier air travel gateways. MCO is a world-class global connector, serving more than 50 million annual passengers in its Main Terminal and Terminal C. Connected to an Intermodal Terminal Facility, Terminal C is an inventive structure that elevates the customer experience with 100% automated screening lanes at TSA checkpoints. ORL is conveniently located just miles from downtown Orlando and provides vital general aviation access to the heart of the region