Harford County Chamber Unveils Artwork by Nationally Recognized Artist
Jim Butcher, renowned artist, was commissioned by the Harford County Chamber of Commerce to create a limited edition print, featuring Harford County images and landmarks of historical or community significance, titled “Harford County Landmarks.”
The highly anticipated unveiling was held at the Chamber’s November luncheon to a large and enthusiastic crowd. Butcher presented his original artwork and spoke about the various locations represented and why each was significant. Nearly 100 copies of the 400 limited edition prints were sold. Unframed prints are available for purchase for $75. The print is approximately 19.5 inches wide by 26 inches high. The original print will be auctioned off at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner – 40th Anniversary celebration on Feb. 18, 2016.
The Chamber was privileged to have local artist Butcher agree to create the print. Butcher attended The Maryland Institute College of Art, majoring in his second year in painting and illustration. In 1964, Butcher was drafted by the U.S. Army, but opted for an earlier enlistment in the U.S. Marines to procure a better career appointment. Soon after being assigned to an air wing in Vietnam, Butcher was invited by Col. Raymond Henry, Special Assistant to the Commandant, to join the Combat Art Team. Responsible for creating a permanent record of the conflict in Vietnam with a medium other than motion picture or still photography, Butcher contributed 150 pieces of art, which are now in the Marine Corps collection at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va. Discharged in 1969, Butcher joined a small commercial art studio in Baltimore. The next year he embarked on an independent art practice, working in a studio in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood. Butcher soon began receiving assignments from such prestigious organizations as the National Geographic Society, United States Navy, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Today, Butcher illustrates for clients across the nation.
With the input of Butcher, project co-chairs Brenda Morrison, Harford Community College, and Paige Boyle, Boyle Buick GMC, and an advisory committee of various business people and notable dignitaries from throughout the county, over 40 locations and landmarks were chosen to be depicted in the exquisite rending of Harford County. A few of the featured locations include Falling Branch, a tank from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Ladew Topiary Gardens, Ripken Stadium and, of course, the Chamber headquarters located in downtown Bel Air. As a resident of Harford County, Butcher says, “I was honored to be chosen for this project. So many more images could have been added to this print allowing a print tradition or a series. The response of the public reflects the love for the county. It was an easy project to get excited about.”
“Working with Jim Butcher on this project has been an amazing experience,” states Pam Klahr, President and CEO of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce. Klahr continues, “The Chamber takes great pride having developed this project – a project that speaks to both the residential and business communities.”
The Harford County Chamber strives to be the premier business advocate in the county, helping members connect and thrive to create a vibrant economy across all sectors through providing its members with unsurpassed networking, business promotion, exposure, partnerships, and being the voice for the business. I95
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