About

“Landscape is a medium for ideas.”

– Robert Henri

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

– Basho

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.”

Jon Butler is a Zen practitioner and retired newspaper executive who changed his clothes to enjoy the passing seasons of life. He has been capturing and enjoying the light of La Cloche for more than 30 years, concentrating on solitary, contemplative landscapes and atmospheric effects.

The La Cloche Mountain range is one of the oldest in the world. The mountains were formed from sediments that eroded from major mountains to the north that 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 have been intrigued by the quartzite mountains, crystal clear lakes, windswept pines and wildlife. The continually changing light and shadows have entranced artists, including members of the Group of 7, their contemporaries and lovers of the outdoors for decades.

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 are usually taken at dawn during the few moments before the sun rises. He uses no filters or colour alterations and photographs with a variety of film and digital cameras including a 2 1/4 Mamiya, 4 X 5 Linhof, 8 X 10 Agfa and Nikon D80. The 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.

Jon’s ‘Photo Haiku’ is a form of mixed media combining limited edition photographs and an original haiku. A haiku is the expression of temporary enlightenment, in which we see into life and in this case it is La Cloche.

His photographs are in private and corporate collections in Canada and the United States. They have appeared in numerous publications, books, and newspapers and on the CD ‘Willisville Mountain’ by Ian Tamblyn.

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

“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 and his wife Kerry live in the village of Willisville located in the heart of the La Cloche Mountains. They are founding members of the La Cloche Mountains Preservation Society and the Willisville Mountain Project, dedicated to preserve Willisville Mountain and the beauty of La Cloche.

In 2011 Jon published the book ‘Visions of La Cloche, Contemplating La Cloche with Words and Photographs’ and in 2013 he published the book ‘La Cloche Spirit; Contemplating Beginner’s Mind’. Jon’s exhibit ‘La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light’ was part of the Toronto international photography show CONTACT2012 before exhibiting in Gore Bay and Sudbury in 2012.

Jon’s photographs are available at Turners Gallery of Little Current, The Art Gallery of Sudbury Boutique, Killarney Park Store, and The Red Dog in Whitefish Falls. Participate in your landscape.

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Jon Butler

Willisville

Box 153

Whitefish Falls, P0P 2H0

1-705-285-0823

lacloche@gmail.com

http://www.jonbutlerphoto.com

Curriculum Vitae – Jon Butler

Solo/Two Person Exhibitions

2013 Sudbury Library – Featured Artist – solo

2013 Art Gallery of Sudbury Boutique – Featured Artist – solo

2012 Vale Living with Lakes Centre, Sudbury – La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light – solo

2012 Gore Bay Museum & Gallery – La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light – solo

2012 CONTACT 2012, RBC Tower, Toronto – La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light-solo

2007 The Kirkland Lake Museum of Northern History – Visions of La Cloche – solo

2007 Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto – Visions of La Cloche -solo

2007 Centennial Museum & Gallery, Sheguiandah – Visions of La Cloche – solo

2007 Temiskaming Art Gallery, Haileybury – Visions of La Cloche – solo

2006 Espanola Little Theatre – solo

2006 Sudbury Theatre Centre – solo

2005 Turners Gallery of Little Current – solo

2005 Cedar Street Gallery Sudbury

2005 Black Cat Too, Sudbury

2004 Cedar Street Gallery, Sudbury

Group Exhibitions

2016 Wabi Sabi, St Joseph’s Island

2016 Manitoulin Art Tour, Turners Gallery

2015 Wabi Sabi, St Joseph’s Island

2015 Widgawa Arts Festival, La Cloche

2015 Manitoulin Art Tour, Turners Gallery

2014 Manitoulin Art Tour, Turners Gallery

2014 Widgawa Arts Festival, La Cloche

2013 Killarney Art Show

2013 Manitoulin Art Tour, Turners Gallery

2013 NEMI Library Celebrate Summer Art Show

2012 Killarney Art Show

2012 Manitoulin Art Tour, Turners Gallery

2011 Manitoulin Fine Arts Association Exhibit, Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2011 Killarney Art Show

2011 Manitoulin Art Tour, Turners Gallery

2010 Cross-Pollination, Gore Bay Museum & Gallery

2010 Manitoulin Fine Arts Association Exhibit, Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2010 Killarney Art Show

2010 Manitoulin Art Tour, Turners Gallery

2010 Willisville Mountain Project, Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2010 Willisville Mountain Project, Art Gallery of Sudbury

2010 Willisville Mountain Project, Temiskaming Art Gallery

2010 Willisville Mountain Project, Museum of Northern History, Kirkland Lake

2009 Manitoulin Fine Arts Association Exhibit, Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2009 Willisville Mountain Project, Whitefish Falls

2009 Artastic Fusion, M’chigeeng

2009 Local Colour, Art Gallery of Sudbury

2008 Cross-Pollination, Gore Bay Museum & Gallery

2008 Manitoulin Fine Arts Association Exhibit, Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2008 Killarney Art Show

2008 Manitoulin Art Tour, Turners Gallery

2008 Art of Nature, Green Living Show, Toronto

2008 Book Lover’s Ball, Toronto

2008 Artastic Fusion, M’chigeeng

2007 The Muskoka Place Gallery, Port Carling

2007 Killarney Art Show

2007 Manitoulin Art Tour, Turners Gallery

2007 Arta Gallery, Toronto – Rebirth

2007 Art of Nature, Green Living Show, Toronto

2007 Artastic Fusion, M’chigeeng

2006 Arta Gallery, Toronto – Timeless Beauty

2006 Deer Trail Studio Tour, Elliot Lake

2006 Manitoulin Art Tour, Turners Gallery

2006 Artastic Fusion, M’chigeeng

2005 The Deer Trail Studio Tour, Elliot Lake

2005 Manitoulin Art Tour, Turners Gallery

Juried Exhibitions

2015 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls

2015 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2014 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls

2014 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2013 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2013 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls

2013 RBC Dominion Securities “Art Impact” Juried Art Show – Sudbury

2012 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2012 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls

2011 Timeless: Zoomers & Immortality, Twist Gallery, Toronto

2011 Timeless: Zoomers & Immortality, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto

2011 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2011 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls

2011 RBC Dominion Securities ‘Art Impact’ Juried Art Show – Sudbury

2010 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah – Curator’s Award

2010 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – first place photography

2009 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls

2008 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah – first place photography

2008 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography

2007 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2007 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography

2006 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah – honourable mention

2006 Massey Area Museum Art Show

2006 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – second place photography

2005 Massey Area Museum Art Show

2005 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

2005 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – first place photography

2004 Massey Area Museum Art Show – first place photography

2004 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah – first place photography

2004 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography

2003 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography

1995 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – first place photography

1994 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography

1986 La Cloche Art Show, Willisville

Grants

2011 Ontario Arts Council Northern Arts

2009 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program

2007 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program

2006 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program

Recent Bibliography

2013 Photograph included in ‘In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven’

2013 A Willisville & La Cloche Cookbook

2013 Sudbury Living Magazine – Summer edition

2013 ‘La Cloche Spirit: Cotemplating Beginner’s Mind’ a book of photographs & haiku

2011 ‘White Pine’ used in an article in Hydro One’s ‘Between the Lines’

2011 ‘White Pine’ used in an article in ‘The Art of Living’, artoflivingguide.org

2011 The Manitoulin Expositor, July 13, ‘Turners of Little Current host book signing’

2011 ‘Visions of La Cloche, Contemplating La Cloche with Words and Photographs’ a book of photographs and haiku by Jon Butler

2011 The Mid-North Monitor, Espanola, June 8, ‘Local artists showing in Sudbury’

2011 The Manitouin Expositor, April 20 ‘Political action saves Willisville Mountain’

2011 The Sudbury Star, April 16 ‘Preservationists laud decision as historic’

2011 Globe and Mail, Friday, April 15 ‘Multinational mining company surrenders land rights to area which inspired Group of Seven

2010 ‘Manitoulin Cross Pollination, A Tour Through Time’ catalogue

2009 ‘La Cloche Country, It’s History, Art and People’ by J. Waddington, D. O’Neill & D. Coleman

2009 ‘Footprints: Legacy of the Group of Seven’ – McMichael Gallery http://www.groupofseven.ca

2009 ‘The Willisville Mountain Project’ catalogue

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