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This week’s WOW at the Woodson

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June 14    
Wednesday 12:15 – 1 pm
Art 101
Explore the Passionate Pursuits: Birds in Our Landscapes exhibition from curator Andy McGivern’s perspective as an area birdwatcher and a longtime friend of many artists represented.
June 15
Thursday 10:30 am – Noon
Exercise Your Imagination
Textile Marbling
Adults ages 60+ join specially trained student artist Molly Hassler to explore creativity – through textile marbling – in a supportive environment. Molly is part of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s Student Artist in Residence (SAIR) Program, created by Professor Anne Basting, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. Funded by Bader Philanthropies, the SAIR Program pairs art students with organizations serving older adults to provide intergenerational connection and creative engagement through
workshops. Anne Basting states, “Research shows that engaging in the arts in late life, as a beginner or lifelong artist, has multiple benefits for health and well- being. It has been a joy to watch both generations thrive in this program.”

Call 715.845.7010 to register


On view Through August 27, 2017
Nature, Tradition & Innovation
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
Innovative and bold sculptural forms by contemporary Japanese ceramists who help redefine an ancient and reverted art form evoke visual associations with the natural world. Whether reminiscent of windswept branches or serene pools, an array of exquisite flower vases, whimsical sake cups, and robust platters reveal the earthly beauty of Japanese ceramics, both inspired by nature and created from its basic elements – earth, air, water, and fire.  Featured ceramists are closely associated with many of Japans traditional pottery centers and are supporters of the mingei movement in which objects of unsurpassed beauty are made for everyday use. Vessels for tea, sake, and flower arrangements highlight three vital areas of Japanese cultural life. Accompanying photography by Taijiro Ito highlight the poetic connections of the ceramic object to nature.


On view Through July 2017

Enduring Beauty Art Nouveau 

Decorative and utilitarian art glass characterized by sinuous asymmetrical lines and deep vibrant colors highlighted with metallic iridescence – favrile – exempli es Art Nouveau influences during the nature-inspired era between 1890-1910.

Black & White
This selection of Birds in Art Master Artist Andrea Rich’s woodcuts – printed only with black ink and utilizing only one woodblock – is intended to complement M.C. Escher’s black-and-white artworks.


On view through February 2018
Passionate Pursuits Birds in our Landscapes
Avian marvels that live in and pass through Midwest cities, rural landscapes, and backyard feeders connect us with nature. They are alluring to watch, sing melodiously, and balance our ecosystem. Whether perched atop a tree, taking a turn at the nest, or foraging for food, birds provide unlimited inspiration for creative artistry.

In the Sculpture Garden
The Dance
Inspired by the way the seasonal migration of sandhill cranes to their Wisconsin nesting grounds marks the passage of time, Boston artists­-The Myth Makers-Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, constructed 25-foot-tall sandhill cranes of Wausau-area saplings, on-site. (June 2016)


Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Always Free Admission!
Museum Hours
TuesdayFriday 9 am- 4 pm
First Thursday of each month 9am- 7:30pm Every Thursday during Birds in Art 9am- 7:30pm S
aturday – Sunday Noon- 5 pm
Closed Monday and holidays, including Easter, Fourth of July, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

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