Artist Noel B. Weber found a niche for himself in Boise that has changed the visual landscape of the city for the past 35 years.
As a sign painter, Weber has hand painted and lettered thousands of signs for businesses in the Treasure Valley, adding to the city’s identity.
You can see a retrospective of his work: “Noel B. Weber: A Man of Letters" from 6-9 p.m. at Ming Studios, 420 S. 6th St., Boise this First Thursday.
Weber’s exhibition features pencil sketches, designs, finished glass work and gold-leafed signs.
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You will learn about the art of sign making through an introduction of the tools of the trade, materials, techniques and process.
You also will see a map of Downtown Boise that will show where Weber’s work can be seen when walking through the city.
Weber learned the art of sign making at the Institute of Lettering & Design in Chicago.
In 1975, he co-founded the ‘Letterheads,’ a group of artisans with the point of view to freely share traditional sign making skills and trade “secrets,” to help preserve the craft for future generations.
Weber moved his family to Idaho in 1979 and established the award-winning Classic Design Studio that continues as a family business today. He has passed the craft and art of sign making on to his son, Noel Weber Jr.
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