Hello Nature has said goodbye to Bowdoin. Much has been written about the exhibition; the reviews, mostly good. I really enjoyed every aspect of the show from the very beginning to end.
The opening reception was great. My 90-year-old father George made a surprise appearance thanks to my cousin LeeAnn Herrick. George is blind from macular degeneration and rarely goes anywhere these days. Both my sister Pam and I were completely surprised to see him.
The president of Bowdoin, Barry Mills, acknowledged him warmly during introductory remarks before my talk, which made me glow. My entire family was there, my wife Christine, my kids Atlas and Lola, my sister Pam and beau Ernie. There was a great group of friends from Rangeley. And of course, the three dogs Candy, Bobbin and Flo.
To make the opening even more eventful we received our new puppy Topper from breeder Brian Meany.
So now we have ten dogs. Bobbin, Candy, Flo, Flo, Flo. Flo, Topper, Topper, Topper, and Topper. Or so it seems.
Friends, relatives, and helpers played with the dogs while I endured a lengthy book signing. Book signing is fun...at first.
When it was over I was glad to pack up and get back to Rangeley. But of course that not is the end of it. I had to meet the New York Times video person and she followed be around the place with her camera for a couple of days. Being a famous artist can be tiring.
William Wegman: Hello Nature has closed at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, but the catalog is available here. Check back here for details on future venues.