Butler Family in Camden and Trenton, NJ

Carson & Kaden are growing up so fast… and tall! We hope you enjoy recent photos of them and of us as a family:
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..

William and me at White Stone Gallery, a fabulous gallery in Philadelphia.

Carson, Kaden, and the tremendous historical portrayers of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment at the NJ350 Celebration in Trenton. We were blessed to have the creative photo of this photo be on the cover of the NJ Times (Trenton). To view the wonderful cover photo by the very talented Michael

William’s Recent Live Art Experiences in NJ & AZ:

New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday, and William was honored to paint live for the NJ350 Celebration at the Capital Complex in Trenton, NJ.  He joined great leadership and talented musicians and performers in this wonderful event.  We hope you enjoy the above photos of William’s Live Art Experience as well as the finished painting entitled Prosper.

To view a wonderful short video of the NJ350 Celebrationwhich includes photos of William’s live art, please view:
(Special thanks to Madie Orton and the entire NJTV News Team)

To read about the detailed meaning of each layer on the canvas, please view:

Also, William was thrilled to paint live at the beautiful Raderstorf wedding in Phoenix, AZ.  What an incredible couple, and the service blessed all attending. We hope you enjoy the above commissioned paintings William recently created.

NJ350 Prosper – Liberty, Diversity & Innovation.

This painting, “Prosper”, was created live by William Butler at the New Jersey 350th Birthday (NJ350) Celebration on June 22, 2014, at the Capital Complex in Trenton, NJ.  William designed and painted “Prosper” in a visual sequence to creatively celebrate the liberty, diversity, and innovation of the people and the places of the great State of New Jersey.

The beginning layers of “Prosper” reveal the brilliant green silhouette of the State of New Jersey which represents the vibrancy of the people and the land throughout the Garden State.  The State of New Jersey is striking as it rests on a field of red adjacent to a field of blue. These colors represent New Jersey’s history of liberty and patriotism.  Next to the State of New Jersey is the bold inscription NJ350 which is the acronym for New Jersey’s 350th Birthday Celebration.

The next layers of “Prosper”depict a flowing spectrum of color representing New Jersey’s diversity and creativity. Also, the texture & patterns which transition throughout “Prosper” reveal New Jersey’s innovation and cutting-edge technology throughout its 350 years.

Then, a typographic layer was inscribed beginning with New Jersey’s creation date of 1664 and the words “New Jersey”.  Also, the words “LOVE”, “Liberty”, and “Prosperity” are included to commemorate New Jersey’s historic motto of liberty and prosperity.

The final layers represent the beauty and diversity of the people and the land of New Jersey.  First, layered with the word “LOVE” is a New Jersey city scape highlighting the State House in Trenton.  This represents the importance of the vibrant cities throughout the State.  Second, the textured color pattern especially prominent in the word “LOVE” reveals the rich landscape of New Jersey including farmlands, forests, waterways, and more.  Finally, the lighthouse represents the beautiful seascapes of the New Jesey’s Atlantic Shore, and the light of the picturesque lighthouse is shining brightly over the word “Liberty” and then reflecting to highlight the word “Prosperity”.

The upper half of the finished painting depicts New Jersey’s rich past with the words 1664 and other layers. Yet “Prosper” also reveals   especially in the lower half of the painting the hopeful future for those in New Jersey.  The light is shining out brilliantly over the people and places of New Jersey.


Upcoming Live Art – NJ350 Celebration at the Capital Complex in Trenton, NJ – Sunday, June 22nd

New Jersey celebrates 350 years on June 22, 2014!  William will be painting live at NJ350: A Capital Celebration at the Capital Complex in Trenton, NJ, on Sunday, June 22nd, beginning at noon until 3pm. He will be painting near the stage area. 

William is honored to paint live at this fantastic New Jersey birthday party celebrating the people and places of New Jersey.  Bring your family & friends and enjoy; admission is free.

For detailed information, please view:

For a detailed schedule of events: 

3rd Thursday Art Crawl – Thursday, June 19th

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.

 Join us Thursday, June 19th, from 5-9pm

Please view all the participating venues & complete details at:

Recent Commissioned Art

We hope you enjoy the above commissioned paintings William recently created. We are honored to partner with incredible organizations and individuals. We are thankful for the support and for being connected to wonderful communities in and near Camden and throughout the nation. We enjoy promoting and supporting the creative arts which we believe are vital to us all.

Recent Live Art Experiences:

William painted live at the Blessman Ministries Gala at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines, Iowa.

William created the above painting entitled “Magnify Hope – Tshepo” (36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas) with Tshepo meaning hope in South African.

We were so thankful as the final bid for William’s painting was $7,000. This provision will assist Blessman Ministries in providing immediate relief as well as education and training to those suffering from HIV/AIDS and to those in other vulnerable communities in South Africa. For more information on the incredible Blessman Ministries:

Also, William painted live at Arts in the Village at the Walnut Creek Church Downtown in the East Village in Des Moines, Iowa.

We were honored William painted live with the talented Jenny & Tyler. It was an incredible evening with hundreds attending. We were also thankful to partner with the wonderful leadership of the Walnut Creek Church Downtown in creating a commissioned painting for their church.

William’s finished live art painting (above) is entitled “Love Bridge” (48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas). Special thanks to Erik Carlson & Mandy Miller for the beautiful photography.


Please join us this Friday, May 30, 2014 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm. A special evening of music with special guests Jenny & Tyler, live art from William Butler, local visual artists, and hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free!

Walnut Creek Downtown - 323 East Locust Street Des Moines, IA

“ONENESS” – William’s Commissioned Painting for the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Camden, NJ

At the recent 3rd Thursday Art Crawl on April 17th, we were blessed to partner with the Kroc Center-Camden Leadership for the advanced showing of “ONENESS”, William’s commissioned painting for the stained glass installation for the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Camden, NJ.

The Kroc Center is 120,000 square feet on a 24 acre campus. What a gift to have this Center and their tremendous work here in Camden. For more information and to connect with the Camden Kroc Center: or Facebook 

At the event, we thought the Kroc Center Leadership was being honored (as they so deserve this). We were overwhelmed when the Kroc Center Leadership surprised us. William’s painting as well as our business and family were honored. State Senator Donald Norcross and State Assemblyman Angel Fuentes presented us with a beautiful proclamation. It was a joyous celebration of the many tremendous people living and serving in Camden and all the good happening in the city.We recognize we could not continue our work in Camden if it was not for the love & support of many. We are thankful for you!

Also, special thanks to the talented Sha Rana for his photography above.

3rd Thursday Art Crawl & Camden Night Gardens

Camden Night Gardens, a free nighttime creative arts festival on the Camden Waterfront was kicking off at the same time (in conjunction with Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl). A parade of talented dancers and musicians led by Camden Sophisticated Sisters marched by Johnson Park and performed outside our gallery.  What a treat for us all!  Then, the parade marched the crowd into the Camden Night Gardens to start the creative arts festival there.

The Camden Night Gardens was filled with talented local performers. That evening, William was honored to partner with other artists in painting the 8 foot letters that spell out the word Camden. He painted the letter M (photos below).

We are thankful for the following great articles on Camden Night Gardens & Camden’s 3rd Thursday Art Crawl:

Come join us for the next 3rd Thursday Art Crawl celebration on Thursday, May 15th, from 5-9pm (more details below).  

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