Today is (or would have been) Bill Clayton’s 43rd birthday

Noel and Bill Clayton, 1978.

Bill was born on January 23, 1978 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. And he died by his own hand in Olympia, Washington at 17 years old on May 8, 1995. Not completely by his own hand. His story is far more complicated than that – wonderful and impish early on and then a nightmare storm at the …

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Twenty-five years, and my Mount Saint Helens Letter

May 8, 2020 was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the day our son Bill committed suicide after and in response to being assaulted in a bashing based on his sexual orientation. I knew it was coming but when I woke up that morning it hadn’t struck me yet when our son Noel sent me a text …

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Our Upcoming Art Sale, and “My wife, Gabi Clayton, makes art.”

My husband, Alec Clayton, wrote this on February 12, 2020, and it makes me very happy and proud to know he feels this way about my art: My wife, Gabi Clayton, makes art. For all the thirty some odd years that I was painting and exhibiting my paintings in galleries, hardly anybody even knew she was …

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In an Empty Green Room

In an Empty Green Room – by Gabi Clayton there are times now when I recognize that I have forgotten you spaces now where you are absent even in the everyday minutiae until my finger brushes against the tag from the crematorium kept in the same glass tray I keep earrings in and I recognize once again that you will always be seventeen you …

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Wa are having a Giant Home Studio Art Sale this weekend!

Please join us this weekend for the Claytons’  Giant Home Studio Art Sale! More than 150 paintings and drawings! Crazy low prices! We have been severely impacted by the financial meltdown and have both lost work we depend on to meet our basic living expenses. So … we’re having a two-day art sale at our …

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