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This week’s Wow at the Woodson

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Monday, April 22 – Sunday, April 28
April 24 Wed. OR April 25 Thurs.
9:30-10:30 a.m. OR 11 a.m.-Noon
Art Time for Tots  Map It Out
Little ones, 18 months-4 years, and accompanying adults share movement, stories, and music in the galleries. Map exploration and travel-inspired fun are followed by hands-on art projects. Call 715-845-7010 to register.

April 25 Thursday 1 – 2 p.m.
Art 4 You  Map It Out
Bring your child to this afternoon offering just for 4 year olds with busy mornings. Share movement, stories, and music in the galleries. Map exploration and travel-inspired fun are followed by hands-on art projects. Call 715-845-7010 to register.

April 25 Thursday 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Art Kids Re-Imagined Book
Children, 5-12 years, inspired by James Allen’s Onomatopoeia excavated book, create a new story by repurposing an old book. Call 715-845-7010 to register.

April 26 Friday 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Art Babies  Explore!
Bring your littlest ones, birth-18 months, to explore in the galleries and in Art Park, the museum’s interactive family gallery. Share music, stories, and multisensory play. Baby gear – including prams, strollers, front packs, and blankets – is welcome. Call 715-845-7010 to register.

April 27 & 28
Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Book Excavation Sculpture
Teen/Adult Studio Workshop
Learn about the book excavation process and its sculptural storytelling potential from Shannon Pueschner, artist and Woodson Art Museum curator of exhibitions. Alternate narratives and clever compositions lie within the pages of a book, ready to be revealed and re-imagined. $50 for members, $75 for non-members; materials and lunches provided; for more information and to register, call 715-845-7010.

On view through June 2, 2019

“Cut Up/Cut Out”
A contemporary take on the ancient, yet ever-evolving art of cutting paper comprises a range of techniques and materials – from vintage maps and magazines to a leaf, car tire, and saw blade. To transform paper, rubber, metal, and more into thought-provoking artworks, artists explore  varied piercing and cutting techniques that provide endless possibilities for change. By cutting into and through surfaces, artists alter items converting them from opaque to transparent, flat to sculptural, rigid to delicate, and ordinary to exquisite. The process and precision required are laborious, technically demanding, and always astonishing. The art of paper cutting dates back thousands of years, with early artwork emerging from sixth-century China, extending worldwide by the fourteenth century, and later sparking a wave of folk art traditions. Celebrating both innovation and tradition, this exhibition features the work of more than fifty artists, representing diverse styles, techniques, and sizes – from three-inch artworks to sprawling, complex installations.
 
“In Touch with Art”
Tactile Sculpture
The Woodson Art Museum’s inaugural tactile art exhibition debuts with five avian sculptures, available on a “touch table” in the Decorative Arts Gallery. This touchable artwork installation – the first in an ongoing series – provides ready access to original artwork for visitors with low vision or blindness, also encouraging sighted visitors to experience a new way to “see” via the mind’s eye – visualizing artwork though touch.
A commitment to providing accessible and compelling art experiences for all inspired the tactile art exhibition with guidance from tactile sculpture Ann Cunningham.  Beginning March 2, explore touchable sculpture and the power of hands-on appreciation.
 
On view through August
“Regal Bearing: Bird Portraiture”

Regal Bearing applies the tenets of portraiture to more than 60 artworks from the museum’s collection. As with human portraits, the artists represented captured the essence of their subjects using a variety of formats, including a focus on single birds without backgrounds as well as the inclusion of habitat or attributes that help to characterize a species or place it in context.
“Sharing the Shoreline”
Discover the beauty of shorebirds- sanderlings, stilts, turnstones, whimbrels, yellowlegs, and others – through sculptures and works on paper from the collection.

The Woodson is at 700 N. 12th St., Wausau. Visit lywam.org.

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