Manitoulin Fine Arts Association

John Butler

Willisville
Box 153
Whitefish Falls
P0P 2H0

1-705-285-0823
jonbutlerphotography@gmail.com
www.lacloche.ca
www.willisvillemountain.com

“Landscape is a medium for ideas.” - Robert Henri

“Whiter than the stones of Stone Mountain - autumn wind.” - Basho

John Butler - Manitoulin Fine Arts Association

The details in a landscape mean nothing if they do not express some mood of nature felt by the artist/photographer.

I strive to capture internal feelings and the external harmony of the natural world - the passing seasons of life.

The La Cloche mountain range of Northeastern Ontario is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Less than two billion years ago and before glacial erosion, these beautiful quartzite and granite mountains were as high as the Rockies. It is a beautiful and spiritual area on the north shore of Georgian Bay with Killarney Park in the east and the town of Spanish in the west.

Generations of people have been intrigued by the quartzite mountains, crystal clear lakes, windswept pines and abundance of wildlife. The continually changing light and shadows have entranced artists, including five members of the Group of 7, and lovers of the outdoors for centuries.

Jon Butler, a retired newspaper executive, who changed his clothes to enjoy the passing seasons of life has been capturing and enjoying the light of La Cloche for more than 25 years. He concentrates on solitary and contemplative landscapes and atmospheric effects.

The colour, details and shadows seen in his photographs are achieved through the use of camera settings and Jon’s unique sense of light. Jon’s exhibition photographs, except for The Benjamin series, are taken at dawn during the few moments before the sun rises. He uses no additional or altered colour and no digital enhancement. He photographs with 35mm Olympus, 2 1/4 Mamiya, 4 X 5 Linhof and 8 X 10 Agfa cameras.

His photographs reflect years of meditation on the subject matter and they draw viewers into the light of La Cloche. All limited edition photographs are original, manipulative free and in a limited series of 10 or less. The negative is then destroyed.

Jon’s ‘Photo Haiku’ is a form of mixed media combining limited edition photographs and an original haiku written on natural surfaces. A haiku is the expression of temporary enlightenment, in which we see into life and in this case it is La Cloche. Each of the haiku series is limited to five or less.

Private and corporate collections in Canada and the United States have purchased his photographs.

‘The stark beauty of Jon Butler’s Cranberry Narrows was judged the Best Photography.’ - The Manitoulin Expositor, September 15, 2004

“In some of his works, Butler marries sensitivity and composition in a wonderfully harmonious union. A stellar piece entitled Cranberry Narrows offers balance, order, symmetry, and beauty.” The Sudbury Star, February 18, 2006

“The close, even intimate, relationship and depth of feeling between the artist and the art is clear in each of the works. On the whole, the diligence and patience Butler invested in capturing the more illusive moments of nature’s splendor will affect viewers.” – The Sudbury Star, February 18, 2006

Jon, his wife Kerry and son Sam live in Willisville located in the heart of the La Cloche Mountains. Daughter Loren works in the heart of Brantford and daughter Vanessa lives in the heart of Sudbury.

Photographs and photo art cards are available upstairs at Turners Gallery of Little Current, The Art Gallery of Sudbury gift shop, Killarney Park Store and Northwest Trading Company, Espanola.

Participate in your landscape.


Jon Butler - Benjamin Islands II
Benjamin Islands II


Jon Butler - Carmichaels Portage
Carmichaels Portage


Jon Butler - Cranberry Narrows
Cranberry Narrows


Jon Butler - Morning Mist
Morning Mist


Transcendental Pine
Transcendental Pine


Visions of La Cloche
Visions of La Cloche


White Pine
White Pine

Curriculum Vitae - Jon Butler

Solo/Two Person Exhibitions

  • 2004 Cedar Street Gallery, Sudbury
  • 2005 Black Cat Too, Sudbury
  • 2005 Cedar Street Gallery Sudbury
  • 2005 Turner’s Gallery of Little Current - solo
  • 2006 Sudbury Theatre Centre - solo
  • 2006 Espanola Little Theatre - solo
  • 2007 Temiskaming Gallery, Haileybury – Visions of La Cloche - solo
  • 2007 Centennial Museum & Gallery, Sheguiandah – Visions of La Cloche - solo
  • 2007 Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto – Visions of La Cloche -solo
  • 2007 The Kirkland Lake Museum and Gallery – Visions of La Cloche - solo

Group Exhibitions

  • 2005 Manitoulin Art Tour
  • 2005 The Deer Trail Studio Tour, Elliot Lake
  • 2006 Artastic Fusion, M’Chigeeng
  • 2006 Manitoulin Art Tour
  • 2006 Deer Trail Studio Tour, Elliot Lake
  • 2006 Arta Gallery, Toronto – Timeless Beauty
  • 2007 Artastic Fusion, M’Chigeeng
  • 2007 Art of Nature, Green Living Show, Toronto
  • 2007 Arta Gallery, Toronto – Rebirth
  • 2007 Manitoulin Art Tour
  • 2007 Killarney Art Show
  • 2007 The Muskoka Place Gallery, Port Carling
  • 2008 Artastic Fusion, M’Chigeeng
  • 2008 Book Lover’s Ball, Toronto
  • 2008 Art of Nature, Green Living Show, Toronto
  • 2009 Artastic Fusion, M’Chigeeng
  • 2009 Willisville Mountain Project, Whitefish Falls

Juried Exhibitions

  • 1986 La Cloche Art Show, Willisville
  • 1994 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography
  • 1995 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – first place photography
  • 2003 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography
  • 2004 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography
  • 2004 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah - first place photography
  • 2004 Massey Area Museum Art Show - first place photography
  • 2005 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls - first place photography
  • 2005 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah
  • 2005 Massey Area Museum Art Show
  • 2006 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls - second place photography
  • 2006 Massey Area Museum Art Show
  • 2006 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah - honourable mention
  • 2007 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography
  • 2007 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah
  • 2008 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography
  • 2008 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah – first place photography

Grants

  • 2006 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program
  • 2007 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program
  • 2009 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program






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