The Brinton’s 15th Illustrator Show featuring nationally renowned painter and printmaker Theodore Waddell is available to museum visitors beginning March 15 through May 18, 2020.
Follow the adventures of Tucker, a beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, and his friends as they frolic through the seasons making every day and their time count.
Keep scrolling for images and information on how you can purchase the wonderful Tucker books and original art!
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This exhibit is made possible through the generous sponsorship of RAMACO Carbon, LLC.
15th Illustrator Show Family Activities
Win a Tucker book by drawing your own version of Tucker or other animals having fun! Go on a virtual Scavenger hunt! Listen and follow along as we read the Tucker books to you and learn Fun Facts About Bernese Mountain Dogs!
Born in Billings, Montana in 1941, Theodore Waddell studied art at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York in 1962-63 and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Montana College in 1966. In 1968 he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and Printmaking from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In 1968, Waddell joined the University of Montana’s Art Faculty and retired from teaching in 1976.
Soon after, he began working in Montana as a rancher and artist, and his current work reflects the influences of these two professions. His art career took off in 1983 when he was invited to exhibit his work in the prestigious Corcoran Biennial 38th Survey of American Art. In 2004 he was honored at the White House for his work with the U.S. State department’s Art in Embassies program and his collection of paintings in various U.S. Embassies around the world.
Waddell’s abstract impressionistic rendering of real subject matter reflects the American experience of living in the West and his love of the land. His work is found in private and corporate collections throughout the world and is currently exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the western United States.
Waddell is a past recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award in the State of Montana, and in 2015 he received Artist of the Year honors from the Yellowstone Art Museum. In 2017 a major retrospective celebrating his career, “Theodore Waddell, My Montana” was published by Riverbend Publishing. Today, Waddell and his wife Lynn Campion divide their time between homes in Sheridan, Montana and Hailey, Idaho. Mr. Waddell continues to paint and on the side, has been creating beautifully illustrated books featuring his beloved Bernese Mountain Dogs.
Theodore Waddell, his Life and ArtClick here to view a video about featured illustrator Theodore Waddell
Tucker Gets Tuckered
In this episode of children’s storybooks about Tucker, a lovable Bernese Mountain Dog, Tucker has lots of fun. Tucker gets around! He’s always looking for something to do. And guess what? He always finds it. Come along and see for yourself why Tucker gets so tuckered.
Tucker's Seasonal Words of Wisdom
Illustrations by Theodore Waddell
Text by Lynn Campion
Hello again … Tucker here I live on a farm in Idaho next to the Big Wood River, at the end of a road lined with aspen and cottonwood trees. My closest friends are other Berners (we Bernese Dogs call ourselves Berners): Inge, Milli, Paddy, and Muffin. We love to watch all the animals around the farm: cows and horses, deer and elk, ducks and geese, foxes and coyotes, raccoons and skunks.
I love every season of the year, especially Spring when the snow melts, the days get warmer, baby animals arrive, and there are lots of new smells for my sniffer. (Dogs have excellent noses for smelling!) I would like to share with you some of the things I have learned.
Hope you like my book and all the fun adventures that I have every day.
Tucker Tees Off
Illustrations by Theodore Waddell
Poems and Rhymes by Lynn Campion and Stoney Brown
My name is Tucker and I’m a big Bernese Mountain Dog with big dreams. I live in Idaho on the family farm where I can wander around and watch everything. My owners, Ted and Lynn, introduced me to the game of golf, and oh boy do I like to watch that little white ball. In fact, if I can get good at this new game, I’ll be heading for the Canine Masters in no time. Maybe my various friends will join me there … we shall see.