Last Thursday, October 2, was the opening of three awesome exhibitions here at the CHS, including the one that displays some of the work I’ve been cataloging for almost a year. (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling explores the changing cityscape of Hartford in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, and how those changes and others still affect us today. I’ve written about Richard Welling before, but this is different, because you–yes, you!–can come to the historical society and see his drawings for yourself. My work is almost entirely behind the scenes — I am responsible for cataloging the vast Welling collection — so I get to see lots of treasures that the public usually doesn’t. I’ve been using my blog posts as a way of sharing some of the cool stuff that I’ve come across, but it’s so thrilling to see the drawings on the (fabulously blue) gallery walls!
We were also fortunate to have many members of the Welling family here for the opening and for a special breakfast on Friday. While all of our exhibition openings are fun and celebratory, sharing it with the artist’s family was very special.