This past February marked 17 years since Bill opened his gallery in his hometown’s downtown. He has had so many memorable experiences over those years. Several months ago he relocated the gallery to a larger skyway level spot in the beautiful Securian Center. His ten-year lease perhaps best illustrates his continued support of this city, second to the fact that his ever growing portfolio of art consistently promotes it.
Four blocks away Little Girl, the little black Montana cat who had lived in his previous gallery, is now living in a 17Th floor apartment in the 32-story Kellogg Square building. Its east wall, which is all window, allows Bill and her a grand view of the city and crescent shaped Mississippi river valley.
The café Bill created for the little town of Opheim, Montana where he used to spend so much time, he sold to the community in April of last year. His wish that it become a community owned café came true. The animals that were such a part of Bill’s Montana life, except for Little Girl have passed on now. He still has his land north of town, a high spot overlooking the Canadian border.
This fall Bill will seek a seat on the Saint Paul City Council. He nearly won it in 2007. He cares greatly about Saint Paul and perhaps with the support of the voters he can do his part and help it become an even better city.
Last summer Bill undertook a unique photography project: ‘The Carriage Houses and Barns of Saint Paul’. Initially his focus was within the historic Summit Hill area. However after exploring several other neighborhoods: Irvine Park, West Seventh, Upper West Side and Dayton’s Bluff, he realized he could not overlook a corner of Saint Paul. For three months he then explored all 50 some square miles of the entire city on his bike; every alley and most streets, half of which are seemingly on hills, in search of carriage house and barn type structures. In all it was a journey of hundreds of to and fro and back and forth miles. The completed project consists of 500 images on five poster prints.
Bill will be 49 in September. He hopes he is only halfway through his life, but we never know of course how long we will be here. Each day is a gift
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