When is an artist finished? The answer is never. They are still here. If you can not see them maybe you can smell them, or read them, or hear them, or touch them. Or maybe they have touched you.
– Weldon Butler
It is with great sadness that we announce the passage of Weldon Butler, on Sunday February 24th, at the age of 77. Weldon proved to be a good friend to many and an important part of the PNW community. Weldon Butler moved to Tacoma from Philadelphia in 1968, on the advice of his brother-in-law, who told him the job market was strong. From 1970-73, Butler studied art at Green River Community College, following a desire that first surfaced at the age of 14. In addition to a lifetime of making art, Weldon has been a toolmaker for Boeing, a silkscreen technician in Tacoma, a mapmaker, and an auto shop fender man in his home town of Philadelphia.
The G. Gibson Gallery hosted an exhibit for Weldon Butler in the winter of 2018. His work has been collected by Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia; American Institute of Architects, Seattle; the Seattle Art Museum; the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; University of Washington Medical Center Collection; Portable Works Collection, City of Seattle, Office of Arts and Culture; Washington State Arts Commission Art in Public Places Collection, Gig Harbor, WA; Portable Works Collection, City of Shoreline; and is also included in several architectural and law firm corporate collections. For a complete list of exhibits and awards please contact the gallery.
Weldon’s family is planning a celebration of Weldon’s life and artwork. If you would like information about this forthcoming event, please let us know so we can share your contact information with the family.
Photograph by Reuben Butler