Saturday, July 24, 2021

New Endowment Continues Joe Welden Legacy

Joe Welden 2The many friends of local artist and musician Joe Welden recently established the Joe Welden Fund in Support of the Creative Spirit which is intended to provide support to Pink Arrow Arts in Montrose to assist individuals seeking to advance their knowledge in art or music. Joe Welden was a dear friend of the Butternut Gallery and Second Story Books for many years, exhibiting his work often, and enriching the lives of artists and visitors alike with his presence. In 2018, when Pink Arrow Arts, Inc opened their doors at 35 Pine Street, the Welden Gallery was named in his honor.

After Mr. Welden’s passing in May 2020 at the age of 94 memorial donations were collected from the community and this permanent endowment in his memory has been formed at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a division of Commonwealth Charitable Management, headquartered in Joe’s hometown of Montrose. Joe was an iconic and well-respected musician and artist who inspired many people in northeastern Pennsylvania, and beyond. Joe studied art and music in Montrose and Philadelphia and was an accomplished jazz pianist. Many of his paintings, drawings, and collages depicted, and were inspired by, jazz performances. For years his studio in Montrose was a must-see stop on the annual Susquehanna County Artists’ Open Tour every Columbus Day Weekend. His gentle and welcoming demeanor was always a highlight of the tour and he will be deeply missed.

It is hoped this new endowment will honor Joe’s spirit and will help Pink Arrow Arts pass on his talent to new generations of artists and musicians who need a helping hand on their own creative journeys. Donations to Joe’s permanent endowment are always welcome to help remember him and to carry on his tradition of helping others. Contributions can be sent to the Joe Welden Fund in Support of the Creative Spirit at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue in Montrose, PA 18801, or made online at www.community-foundation.org. Joe would shake his head in wonderment at such donations, but also shyly grin with a gleam of appreciation in his eye.

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