Friends remember Capitol Hill artist

Archie "Chip" Jones (Image courtesy )

Archie “Chip” Jones (Image courtesy Korby Gerth)

Friends and loved ones will mark the passing this week of a Capitol Hill arts and nightlife character known for his creativity and “boisterous” enthusiasm.

“He had his fingers in a lot of pies,” friend Korby Gerth said. “I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody who didn’t like him.”

Archie “Chip” Jones, familiar to patrons of Honeyhole and The Redwood and anybody who may have recently visited Summit Ave’s legendary Alhambra building, died last week at the age of 35, friends tell CHS. Gerth said he had not been feeling well in recent days before suffering a heart attack.

While he worked and played on Capitol Hill, Jones also was beginning to grow his artistic contributions to the neighborhood. His Kabuki Samurai painting seen here hung at the Raygun Lounge.

1535509_10201770109467652_1454894412_n“You could tell form his work he was very much inspired by comic books,” Gerth said. He was a huge fan of Batman and all those fun characters.”

“He really enjoyed the human condition,” she said.

You can see some of his work this week as friends plan to gather Wednesday for a benefit art and music show at the Highline to help raise funds for a burial back in Georgia where Jones was born. You can also donate to the memorial fund online.

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