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Memorial honors George Boulton


Christopher Andersson

The memorial to George Boulton that was recently put up by the Arlington Arts Council near Arlington City Hall.

The Arlington Arts Council's newest community art sculpture is a memorial for George Boulton that has been installed next to the Mayor's Garden near Arlington City Hall.

George Boulton was a long-time Arlington community member who led the Arlington Kiwanis Club for many years and was involved in a number of other local community efforts.

Boulton passed away in March.

"George has always given us a lot of support in our efforts since day one," said president of the Arlington Arts Council Sarah Arney.

That included donating items for their auctions, giving cash donations and selling tickets for the council.

"He helped with pretty much whatever we asked of him," said Arney.

Boulton was named the Arlington Arts Council's Art Advocate of Arlington in 2016.

The sculpture brought in for the memorial is a piece called "Rip Rap" by local artist Reg Akright.

The council had already been considering purchasing the piece before Boulton passed away, and decided to incorporate the piece as a memorial for Boulton this summer.

"That's another one of those serendipitous things that came together," said Arney.

The sculptor Akright had been involved with the Arlington Arts Council for a number of years.

"The Schack Art Center [Everett's art center] did a retrospective on their Artists of the Year from Snohomish County and he was included in that," said Arney, which is where she saw the piece.

"I thought the piece with the rocks and the industrial feel was a good fit for Arlington," she said.

Boulton ran Flowers by George for decades until passing it down to his son David Boulton, and was well-known as a local florist.

"The shape of the sculpture reflects the shape of a vase, so we thought it was appropriate," said Arney.

Arlington's community revitalization project manager Sarah Lopez gathered donations for the bronze plaque for the memorial, which recognizes a number of the organizations that Boulton helped through the years.

"I think it turned out wonderful," said Arney.

"We're very touched and blessed that there is this recognition here," said Boulton's son David Boulton.

"We're overwhelmed by the location right next to city hall, and it is a beautiful addition to the center of the town," he said.

The council is currently working on a couple of other projects as well.

They are printing a Jack Gunter painting of the local Rotary Club's Duck Dash that will be used at Haller Park, where the annual event is held every Independence Day.

They are also making some fish "Steelies" that will decorate the median at 67th Avenue, across from Cuz Concrete.


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