Minnie Jean and Bill Caruth at the opening reception.
Holland recently came to life for the third grade students of St. John’s Episcopal School through the stories and photography of W.W. (Bill) Caruth III. This is the tenth year the school has asked Caruth to speak to the students about his travels. This year’s exhibit featured photos of windmills and tulips in Holland along with a presentation to students about the journey.
The school hosted an opening reception on March 28 in the Visual Art Gallery at the Judd Center. Caruth's prior exhibits have featured photos from his travels to China, India, Japan, Texas, Venice, Alaska, the South Pacific and Scotland and England.
Many elements influence Caruth’s selection of a travel destination. Some locations are selected because "God has created a beautiful place," he says. Others are chosen for historical significance or cultural differences.
For Caruth, traveling is all about learning. A true historian and perpetual student, he "wants the foreign" when he visits a country. He thrives on learning about the different ways people experience life and often seeks local experts to guide his visits and help him experience the country behind the tourist attractions.
"When people see my work, I’d like for them to enjoy the pictures and learn something," he says.
Caruth is a born storyteller and when he visits St. John’s, he's known to captivate students with his travel stories and photographs. He hopes his art and lectures will help children gain insight into other cultures and learn to appreciate their own.
"I can’t tell you my favorite place because I haven’t been to them all yet," says Caruth.
Photo by Deborah Brown