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It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news with our BIMA family that the inimitable and essential Frank Buxton—husband of BIMA Founder Cynthia Sears and friend, mentor, and colleague to many others—passed away this week.
Witty and convivial, engaged and curious, Frank enriched all of our lives, through his extraordinary contributions to cultural life and through his enormous heart and infectious personality.
Well-known to others who shared his love of arts, humanities and creative endeavors, Frank was a vital force and an energetic advocate in the arts world—including film, literary, visual arts, comedy and theater—for his entire life. He stepped into every role imaginable: writer, actor, director, champion, producer, idea-man, supporter, activist, curator, historian, critic, and perhaps his favorite role as an appreciative fan of artistic excellence.
He led a rich life, surrounded by family, good friends and colleagues who were drawn to his infectious laugh and charismatic personality, his unsurpassed sense of humor and his giant intellect. He leaves behind a legacy of giving, of sharing, of collaboration and friendship and will be deeply missed.
BIMA is accepting letters and notes on behalf of the family. If you’d like to share a memory, story, or message of what Frank meant to you, please bring your letter, photo, scribble, or card to the main Museum reception desk by Friday, January 12. Your tributes will be collected into a book that will be given to the family.
Many friends have asked us how to make a gift in Frank’s honor. The family has asked us to point people to the organizations Frank cherished most:
Bainbridge Performing Arts
Port Townsend Film Festival
San Francisco Silent Film Festival
And Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
In fond remembrance of our champion and friend,
Frank was instrumental in the development and success of our smARTfilms series. In honor of his contributions, we'd like to extend the offer of a free ticket to Key Largo on January 9th, the first evening of our upcoming series, smARTfilms: Film Noir, which was curated by Frank and John Ellis. Prior to the film, we will lead a toast to Frank's magnificent life and extraordinary impact on our community.
UPDATE: This event is sold out. Thank you for your support!
Touching tributes to Frank are appearing across the internet. Read some of them here:
Frank never stopped making the people around him laugh and smile. Remember his great wit with some of his favorite clips from his career.