Rolon Bert Garner

Rolon Bert Garner

Jan. 5, 1940 – Aug. 17, 2015

Rolon Bert Garner, a Seattle art legend whose influence on the local art scene was immense, passed away peacefully Aug. 17, on Whidbey Island. He was 75.

Garner, who was born and raised in Springfield, Ore., to Dust Bowler parents from Oklahoma, attended the Museum Art School in Portland before moving to Seattle. He was an artist in his own right, but spent most of his energy showing other artists’ work as an extremely talented exhibition designer. In Seattle, he either founded or helped establish many of the best things that happened in Seattle art during the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s: Bumbershoot, and/or Gallery, Artech, The Virginia Inn art bar program and more. He held several art teaching posts in Washington and Oregon and served as a commissioner on the Washington State Arts commission. For 20 years, he was the art director and co-owner of the historic Two Bells Tavern in Belltown with his beloved wife, Patricia. In 1999, he and his wife retreated to Whidbey Island where he continued making his own art at his private studio in Clinton.

Rolon ‘Bert’ was a brother, father and a mentor to so many. Surviving family members include his son, Shane, and two grandchildren, Colin and Breanna. His unique character and love for all will be greatly missed.

A memorial celebration is being planned for late September in Seattle. Memorial contributions may be made to Seattle Art Museum (SAM).

More in Obituaries

Reginald V . Leffler: Dec. 28, 1924 – July 2, 2018

Reginald Victor Leffler, 93 resident of Mount Vernon for the past four… Continue reading

Arnold Francis Pretz: April 18, 1939 – June 19, 2018

Arnold Francis Pretz of Palos Verdes Estates (48 years) and Langley (5… Continue reading

Elizabeth Ann Williamson: Aug. 11, 1957 – May 28, 2018

Elizabeth Ann Williamson, or known by “Liz” to most, was acquired in… Continue reading

Frank Thomas Nichols: Jan. 28th, 1974 – June 21st, 2018

Captain Fish, born Frank Thomas Nichols on Jan. 28, 1974, died at… Continue reading

Donald ‘Don’ Lane: January 6, 1938 – May 30, 2018

Don was born in Ravenna, Mich. to John and Nettie Lane on… Continue reading

Joshua Vernon Bybee: July 22, 1987 – June 11, 2018

Joshua Vernon Bybee, age 30, of Freeland, died suddenly on Monday, June… Continue reading

Ferguson
John Frew Ferguson (Fergie) : Feb. 26, 1939 – June 4, 2018

Born Feb. 26, 1939 in St. Andrews, Scotland and passed away June… Continue reading

Alta Irene Brodie: Jan. 30, 1912 – May 28, 2018

Alta Irene Brodie was born Jan. 30, 1912 to Fred Cushman and… Continue reading

Ray Carlton Posz: July 11, 1925 – May 29, 2018

“You’re Wonderful!” Ray would say to just about anyone who crossed his… Continue reading

Most Read