“The Tale of Two Williams: William Bartram and the Sketchbook of Bill Haynes, Jr.” event was very well attended. Dorinda G. Dallmeyer, president of the Bartram Trail Conference, expertly paired watercolors painted by William “Bill” Haynes, Jr., with passages from William Bartram’s book, Bartram’s Travels. The attendees were excited to see scans of these amazing works of art by Bill. There are 90 different watercolors in Bill Hayne’s art book illustrating William Bartram’s travels throughout the southeast. All of these watercolors are archived and preserved at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. If you would like to learn more, visit the Hargrett Library online here.
Beautiful block prints depicting one of Bill’s illustrations were printed at the Ashantilly Press and sold at this special event. A limited quantity of these unique, numbered prints are still available at Ashantilly.
The Bartram paintings are just one of the many treasures found at Ashantilly Center. Another group of Bill’s chalk drawings were made into a children’s book, Fire Dog, that is currently for sale at Ashantilly.
Dorinda G. Dallmeyer holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology and a J.D. from the University of Georgia. After a long career in research and teaching at UGA, in 2018 she retired as director of its Environmental Ethics Certificate Program. Currently she serves as president of the Bartram Trail Conference. A devoted naturalist and writer, Dorinda received the 2005 Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing about the Southern Environment. Her books include “Bartram’s Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South” (Mercer University Press 2010; second edition 2019). The anthology pairs William Bartram’s classic from 1791 with essays by seventeen modern-day Southern nature writers. She also has served as editor and contributor to other anthologies focusing on Southern environmental history. Her most recent project is the award-winning documentary “Cultivating the Wild: William Bartram’s Travels,” which premiered in 2020 on public television stations across the United States. If you would like to learn more about Dorinda’s documentary, Cultivating the Wild: William Bartram’s Travels, click here.