The exhibit has been open for barely three weeks now. It looks wonderful on its custom-built wall. A week ago I gave a 45-minute talk, which was a first. I spent days putting it together. Keeping it to 45 minutes was the hard part. I had the chance to meet Springfield’s Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant. He and a team from Springfield had gone down to Ground Zero a few days after to see how they could help.
Springfield MA Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant
This week I spoke with the docents. They made me think of many things I had never considered – such as how to speak with children about the paintings. What to say at what age? How to engage them?
Yesterday also gave me my first and only opportunity to have the paintings photographed without their protective acrylic covers – so no reflections.
at the Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield MA through July 10, 2016. springfieldmuseums.org
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