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This week’s Wow at the Woodson

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Monday, April 29 – Sunday, May 5
May 2 Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Art 101: Book Art Techniques

Learn about the materials and methods artists use to alter books to create story-filled sculptures and intrigue. Shannon Pueschner, artist and Woodson Art Museum curator of exhibitions, shares insights from her work in book and paper arts.

May 2 Thursday 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Hands-on Art: Magazine Mash Up
All ages drop in to create multi-layered artworks, cutting and overlapping magazines to creatively obscure or re-imagine the original intent.

May 4 Saturday 1 – 3 p.m.
Art Park Open Studio: Colorful Combinations
Drop in to create your own cutting-edge artwork using snipped magazine pages.

The Currency of Collage
Mark Wagner Artist Residency 
Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5
Intricate collages made entirely from deconstructed U.S. dollars are the currency of Mark Wagner’s art. Mark, whose work is included in “Cut Up/Cut Out,” slices thousands of bills to create artwork that pointedly and playfully explores the intersection of wealth, power, value and American identity. He re-imagines this revered icon of American commerce, manipulating the material with virtuosity to depict portraits, plant life, fantastical beasts, and allegorical scenes, recasting George Washington in new roles.
Mark was born and raised in Marathon County, visited the Woodson Art Museum during his youth and considers it his “first museum.” During the residency, he will lead a collaging workshop, public program and gallery walk.

May 4 Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cut & Paste
Workshop for Teens & Adults
Teens and adults join artist Mark Wagner for a one-day workshop designed to kick-start your collage endeavors with a practical overview of this art form. Emerge with new insights, knowledge and a half-dozen finished collages of your own. Printed source-materials will be provided; participants also are encouraged to bring paper items whose construction inspires deconstruction. Fee: $35 for members; $50 for non-members; includes materials and lunch. Call 715-845-7010 to register.

May 5 Sunday 1-2 p.m.
Gallery Walk
Explore “Cut Up/Cut Out” during a gallery walk with artist Mark Wagner, who will offer insights into the various processes utilized by his fellow artists.

May 5 Sunday 2-3 p.m.
Making Money by Cutting It
Delve deeper into Mark Wagner’s work with money as he shares a presentation that includes images, a time-lapse collaging video and the tools of his trade; Q & A session follows.

On view through June 2
“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 14th century, and later sparking a wave of folk art traditions. Celebrating both innovation and tradition, this exhibition features the work of more than 50 artists, representing diverse styles, techniques and sizes – from 3-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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