Coral Gables

Photographer’s portraits of powerful women on display in Coral Gables

Photographer Scherley Busch with some of the Florida Women of Achievement subjects she's photographed for her exhibit.
Photographer Scherley Busch with some of the Florida Women of Achievement subjects she's photographed for her exhibit. Photo provided by Scherley Busch

Photographer Scherley Busch’s portraits of powerful women of Florida are on display in Coral Gables at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre.

The portrait project, presented by Florida Women of Achievement, began in the early 1990s with Busch’s first subject being Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a pioneer and an important figure in preserving the Everglades.

Since then, Busch has gone on to photograph Nobel laureates, entrepreneurs, business leaders and other powerful women in positions of authority.

Carol Williamson of the Williamson Automotive Group, treasurer of the Florida Women of Achievement, said it’s an excellent exhibit for everyone to see, particularly during March, Women’s History Month.

“What Scherley is attempting to do is reach the younger generations and let them know about women before them; some of these gals in this exhibit are very powerful, and they’ve done so much and accomplished so much and in a man’s world,” Williamson said.

In addition to looking at the portraits, viewers can punch in a website on any mobile device and read the subjects’ bios while they peruse the exhibit.

Busch has also been filming interviews with her subjects that will be added to her first full-length documentary on Florida Women of Achievement.

The project has been in the works for two years and highlights the life of Barry University’s Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, known as “The Power Nun,” a humanitarian, educator and community leader who broke ground for next-generation female leaders at the university.

Choosing the subjects for the project has been a difficult process for Busch because she says she knows a lot of extraordinary women, but with the direction of board members they select and nominate participants for the exhibit. The only requirements are that they are Florida natives and must be making an impact in the community.

“I think people come away thinking they can do it, too. They’re looking at people that have accomplished something and also people that have realized how important [it is] ... to give back to the world with their talent, and I think that’s really what this exhibit is about,” Busch said.

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If you go

▪ What: Florida Women of Achievement — Portraits of Inspiration

▪ Where: Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. For show times or private tours, call 305-661-6605

▪ When: During Women’s History Month (March) through April 3

Florida Women of Achievement (Amaranthine) is a nonprofit corporation.