CATHLAMET, Wash. - Maude K. Butler, mother of well known Congresswoman, Julia Butler Hansen, was a watercolor artist from 1895 until into her 80s. Born in 1880, she painted hundreds of paintings of the early years on the Lower Columbia River from memory, sketches she had made as a child and photographs. The Julia Butler Hansen Heritage Center, owned by the Wahkiakum Community Foundation, presents the first showing of her art in her hometown of Cathlamet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Butler's style, developed over 60 years, is as impressive today as it was in her lifetime. Not usually sold, the paintings were given to friends, stored in her home and framed for her daughter's office in Washington D.C. as a collection to show visitors.
For the first time, more than 200 paintings will be available to the public for viewing. Restored reproductions of her paintings will be sold or can be ordered. Digicraft in Portland has developed a method of restoring and reproducing high quality prints of the paintings on acid free paper using acid free inks. There will be a limited number of reproduction prints made.
For information, contact Karen Bertroch, Foundation Director, at (360) 795-8805.