Butcher art donated to Depot

Depot Committee members were on hand for the presentation this week of Artist Larry Butcher’s donation of a drawing of the Nickel Plate Road 765 Steam Locomotive.  Shown here with the donated original are (from left) Carol Santini, Artist Larry Butcher, Jan Winter and Carol Crawford.

Depot Committee members were on hand for the presentation this week of Artist Larry Butcher’s donation of a drawing of the Nickel Plate Road 765 Steam Locomotive.
Shown here with the donated original are (from left) Carol Santini, Artist Larry Butcher, Jan Winter and Carol Crawford.

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

They haven’t decided where to put it yet, but the Clare Depot will be the new home of an original drawing by Larry D. Butcher.
Butcher is a retired professor emeritus of art from Delta College where he taught painting and drawing for 39 years. He holds BS and MA degrees from Central Michigan University and post-graduate work from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

His donated drawing of the engine of the Nickel Plate Road 765 Steam Locomotive, which is a sister to the 1225 Steam locomotive. Both were built in the late 1930s and are still traveling the rails. The drawing includes a unique traffic caution sign imposed over the drawing of the locomotive’s engine. The drawing is from his series of works he refers to as ‘searching for the everyday sacred.”

He said, “I live my artist life searching for the everyday sacred, and following my heart when I create a piece. The drawing is valued at $2,500.
Many of the themes in Butcher’s work honor the roads we travel and fragile impermanence of life.

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