NEWS & EVENTS

“Invincible Promise” – William’s Painting Signed by President Obama at Gallery Eleven One – Also, Signed Fine Art Prints of “Invincible Promise”

William’s painting entitled Invincible Promise 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas..
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We continue to be so very thankful William was invited to create a painting to give as a gift to President Obama as well as to create a painting as a gift to the city of Camden (on behalf of all those in Camden) that President Obama signed to commemorate his visit to Camden on May 18, 2015. We are tremendously honored by these opportunities and by representing Camden in this way.
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The above photo montage is William’s painting entitled “Invincible Promise” honoring the people of Camden and this historic & phenomenal visit by President Obama. How generous President Obama signed William’s painting with the words “We are proud of Camden”.

If you would like to view “Invincible Promise,” please visit Gallery Eleven One on Thursday, June 18th (in conjunction with Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl), or Friday, June 19th. We will have the exhibit and reception both dates from 4-8pm.

If you are not able to attend on June 18th or 19th, please feel free to schedule a time to visit the gallery that is best for you. We look forward to welcoming you.
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In addition to being able to view the original painting, we will also have signed 16″x 20″ fine art prints of “Invincible Promise” available at the gallery.
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We believe this art is for and to help support those in Camden. Therefore, we are selling the fine art prints for $50 with 50% of the amount of each (so $25) going to Camden charities.
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If you live outside of the Camden area and would like to purchase a fine art print of “Invincible Promise”, please contact us via email at ronja@thomaslift.com. Shipping & handling will be an additional $10 so the total will be $60.
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Please view the coverage of President Obama’s visit and William’s painting at SJ Magazine at: www.sjmagazine.net/president-obama-camden A special thank you to Marianne Aleardi and all her team for their incredible work.
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A special thank you to Pete Souza, the Chief Official White House photographer for the amazing photograph of President Obama signing “Invincible Promise”.

Art, Music & More-Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl

Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl

Thursday, June 18th – 4-8pm (please note new time)

Experience Camden’s creative arts community located in the historic & beautiful Cooper-Grant Neighborhood & University/Downtown District near the Camden Waterfront every 3rd Thursday of the month.
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Please view the participating venues & complete details at: www.art11one.com

Living, Working, and Volunteering in Camden, NJ

Carson & Kaden are growing up so fast; they just completed their freshmen year of high school. We hope you enjoy recent photos of all of us as a family.
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Carson & Kaden manage a community garden in Camden whereby all the produce harvested goes directly to the people of Camden. This is led by an incredible organization in Camden: Woodland Community. Carson & Kaden prepare the beds, plant, water, weed, and harvest. We enjoy doing this work and serving as a family.
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On Memorial Day, Carson & Kaden were honored to volunteer to place United States flags on military veterans’ graves in Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, NJ.
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Also, we thank Shahid Rana, the Executive Director of the Fairmount Community Development Corporation, for inviting us to participate in Fairmount Avenue’s Arts and Culture Day on Saturday, June 6th, in Fairmount (Philadelphia), PA. We met many wonderful people and were able to share about William’s art, the gallery, Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl events, and other art initiatives in Camden.

Live Art Experience with Katz JCC – Gala At Woodcrest CC in Cherry Hill, NJ

We were honored William painted live in partnership with the Katz JCC at their Havana Nights Gala on Saturday, May 16th, at the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ. William’s finished live art was auctioned that evening to raise provision for the incredible work of the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill including benefiting children and adults with special needs and providing financial assistance to those in need.
Special thanks to David and Maxine Butler as well as Brian Adler and his team. Also, thanks to Lina Cohen for the 3rd live painting photo above.

President Obama’s Visit – A Phenomenal Day of Art & Celebration in Camden!

We continue to be overwhelmed as we reflect on all that transpired in Camden yesterday. The President of the United States, President Barack Obama, visited Camden on Monday, May 18th! 

Even though Camden is still named as one of the most impoverished cities in the nation, President Obama choose to visit to congratulate the Camden County Police Department and all in Camden on the great progress the city has made. President Obama called Camden “a celebration of progress” and “a symbol of promise for the nation”. For all of us living in Camden, the City Invincible, we are elated by President Obama’s words and visit!

President Obama spoke with many youth in the city – perhaps providing the inspiration for one Camden youth to become President one day. He also traveled through the streets of the city viewing the recent successes in Camden as well as the hardships that still need to be overcome. Camden residents lined the streets to view President Obama’s motorcade. What a phenomenal day for Camden!

William’s painting entitled “Invincible Promise” – 36″ X 48″ acrylic on canvas
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Our hearts are so full (we truly do not have the words) as we reflect on how blessed we are especially in these past few days. First, we are so thankful as William and I were invited to attend the event where President Obama spoke in Camden. Then, William was invited to create a painting to give as a gift to President Obama as well as to create a painting as a gift to the city of Camden (on behalf of all those in Camden) that President Obama signed to commemorate his visit to Camden yesterday. We are tremendously honored by all of these opportunities and by representing Camden in this way.
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The above photo montage is William’s painting entitled “Invincible Promise” honoring the people of Camden and this historic & phenomenal visit by President Obama. How generous President Obama signed William’s painting with the words “We are proud of Camden”. Amazing! We are so thankful.
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A special thank you to Pete Souza, the Chief Official White House photographer for the amazing photograph of President Obama signing “Invincible Promise”.
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If you would like to view “Invincible Promise,” please visit Gallery Eleven One on Thursday, May 21st (in conjunction with Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl), or Friday, May 22nd, from 4-8pm. On Thursday evening, we will also be featuring fabulous Camden poets. For more information and to view all the wonderful participants, please view: www.art11one.com
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William’s painting entitled “Camden Promise” – 30″ X 40″ acrylic on canvas
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“Camden Promise” was given as a gift to President Obama and his family. We are truly so moved this painting is with our President, his precious family, and his leadership team in Washington, DC. We pray “Camden Promise” blesses them all. Both paintings have words from Psalm 33 on the sides of each painting. These include words such as unfailing love, justice, and hope. 
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We pray all who view these paintings are blessed, and we are truly thankful to God we were given these opportunities. Without Him, none of this would be possible. We marvel God would allow us to have this favor in our beautiful city of Camden.
President Obama’s speech was given at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center in Camden.  This is the awesome new Center that is a gem for Camden that literally sits on the site of a former landfill (a total picture of beauty from ashes). William is blessed to have his commissioned painting and the stained-glass installations at this Center. Just outside the main entrance are the words “With God, all things are possible” from Matthew 19:26. We are witnessing these words with the President of the United State’s visit, the paintings, and all happening in Camden.
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We give our special thanks to Mayor Dana Redd and Chief of Police Scott Thomson.  Without their support and trust in us to create these paintings, we would not have had this opportunity. They worked with the White House and the Secret Service to allow “Camden Promise” to be given to President Obama as a gift and then to allow time in President Obama’s schedule for him to sign “Invincible Promise.” Chief Thomson and Mayor Redd were both honored by President Obama. They could be anywhere yet they have chosen to lead in Camden. Their sacrifice as well as their incredible faith and commitment to the City of Camden make them heroes in our eyes.
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We still have challenges to overcome in Camden.Yet we are all celebrating the positive progress in the city as we continue to look forward to the hope of even more lasting transformation for Camden’s residents and all here.
Thank you for being connected to us and for being on this journey with us in Camden. We hope to see you soon. God bless you all. God bless our President, and God bless the City of Camden! 
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Words to encourage us all:
“Proclaim good news to the poor… Proclaim freedom for the captives… Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor….”

Isaiah 61:1-2

“Camden Beautiful” – Closing Exhibit & Reception – May 21st & 22nd – 4-9pm – Original paintings & signed limited edition fine art prints

Join us for a closing reception to celebrate William’s art exhibit entitled Camden Beautiful, an inspiring exhibit of more than 25 paintings.

In addition to the original paintings, we will also have Camden Beautiful” signed limited edition fine art prints available at the gallery.

The exhibit & reception will be Thursday, May 21st, from 4-9pm (in conjunction with Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl). Also, the “Camden Beautiful” exhibit & reception will have extended hours on Friday, May 22nd, from 4-8pm.

As we have now lived and worked in Camden for over three years, so many incredible people and experiences in the city have touched us deeply. Throughout these years, William has been moved to sketch and paint what is beautiful in Camden. Also, he has been inspired to paint the great hope of what is to come for the people here. All of this led to his new exhibit, Camden Beautiful. Please come experience this exhibit and the beautiful city of Camden..

If you are not able to attend on May 21st or May 22nd, please feel free to schedule a time to visit the gallery that is best for you. We look forward to welcoming you.

Art, Music & Poetry-Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl

Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl  Thursday, May 21st – 4-8pm (please note new time)

Experience Camden’s creative arts community located in the historic & beautiful Cooper-Grant Neighborhood & University/Downtown District near the Camden Waterfront every 3rd Thursday of the month.

Special Events for Thursday, May 21st:

Gallery Eleven One - Art Exhibit & Closing Reception 4-9pm - Featuring William Butler’s exhibitCamden Beautiful - over 25 paintings depicting the beauty of Camden
Art Talk by William at 7:30pm - Signed and limited edition “Camden Beautiful” fine art prints also available
Extended hours on Friday, May 22nd, from 4-8pm
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Gallery Eleven One will also feature the following renowned Camden poets: Cassie MacDonald, Rocky Wilson, Joe McCullough, and Michelle Caporale – Performances at the top of the hour at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm

Please view the full list of participating venues & complete details at: www.art11one.com 

Stedman Gallery/Rutgers Center for the Arts - Art Exhibit: “Department of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition” 4-8pm 
The Victor Lofts  – Featuring live music on the Steinway with the talented pianist Christopher Andrew Maier 4-8:30pm
Cooper River Distillers - Taste, see & experience Camden’s new distillery - Free Tours every half hour - 4pm to 8:30pm
Camden RiverSharks - Baseball Game – 7:05pm
Student Works Gallery - Reception & “Best of 2015 Student Art Showcase” 4-8pm

William’s Recent Public Art Installations in Camden

William was honored to be selected to create a 12 foot letter B for a CITY INVINCIBLE letter mural public art project for theCamden Night Gardens Spring Festival which was on Friday, May 1st, on the Camden Waterfront.
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This CITY INVINCIBLE mural celebrates the legendary Camden poet and theme of this year’s festival, Walt Whitman. William was excited to partner with 13 other local and regional artists in this project whereby each artist(s) painted one of the letters in the CITY INVINCIBLE mural. We hope you enjoy the celebratory photos. 
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Special thanks to so many including the leadership of the Camden Nights Garden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the Mayor’s Office & the City of Camden, Rutgers-Camden, and all the talented Camden residents participating in the festival with their music, art, dance, spoken word, and the list goes on. 

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Also, William was honored to partner with the Cooper-Grant Neighborhood Association (CGNA) by leading an interactive live art experience with those attending the CGNA’s Day Dream Celebration in Camden. Many wonderful Camden residents and supporters of all ages helped to create this inspiring interactive painting.

Recently, this interactive live art painting was installed in the the beautiful Cooper-Grant Neighborhood Association Community Garden in Camden. We hope you enjoy the above photos.

Recent Live Art Experience – Mark Schultz Concert in Princeton, NJ

We were honored as William painted live with Mark Schultz in concert on Thursday, April 30th, at the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center in Princeton, NJ. William’s finished live art was auctioned that evening to raise provision benefiting the incredible work of TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen) and Urban Impact.
Special thanks to the leadership of Clear Faith Publishing and Star 99.1 FM.

Join us for a reception to celebrate William’s art exhibit entitled “Camden Beautiful”. This is one of the last months to experience this moving and inspiring exhibit of more than 25 paintings.
The exhibit and reception will be Thursday, April 16th, from 4-8pm (in conjunction with Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl).

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, the “Camden Beautiful” exhibit & reception will have extended hours on Friday, April 17th, from 4-8pm.
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As we have now lived and worked in Camden for over three years, so many incredible people and experiences in the city have touched us deeply. Throughout these years, William has been moved to sketch and paint what is beautiful in Camden. Also, he has been inspired to paint the great hope of what is to come for the people here. All of this led to his new exhibit, Camden Beautiful. Please come experience this exhibit and our beautiful city.
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If you are not able to attend on April 16th or April 17th, please feel free to schedule a time to visit the gallery that is best for you. We look forward to welcoming you.

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