ISLAMORADA -- Organizers now expect to launch an exhibit featuring the work of South Florida outdoor photographer Clyde Butcher at the Islander Resort's conference center Saturday.
The exhibit is to be the first one housed in the 7,500-square-foot portion of the conference center that has been set aside for a museum.
"We're still looking for volunteers," said Frank Hawkins, a board member of the recently formed Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, which is attempting to raise $1.5 million to launch the museum.
The foundation hopes to eventually fill the two-level space with a rotating combination of Upper Keys historical and environmental exhibits. In the meantime, they are hoping that temporary exhibits, like the Butcher exhibit "Preserving Eden," will raise funds and awareness of their mission.
The foundation had previously announced that it would begin displaying "Preserving Eden" in June. But the exhibit was delayed while organizers brought lighting specifications in the display room up to the standards requested by Butcher's representatives, Hawkins said.
He said the exhibit was to be shipped to Islamorada this past Monday. The History and Discovery Foundation would like to open the exhibit for regularly scheduled hours, but is searching for enough volunteers to make that possible. Otherwise, the exhibit will be open for special events, Hawkins said.
"Preserving Eden" uses Butcher's own words, as well as ecology-themed story boards, to put his photos of the Everglades and other South Florida environs into a conservation context.
Hawkins said it will be at The Islander until around Labor Day.