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This week’s Wow at the Woodson: June 10

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Monday, June 10 – Sunday, June 16

June 13 Thursday 10:30 a.m. – Noon
SPARK!
Bring a friend or loved one with memory loss for a social outing in soothing surroundings. America’s Flora sparks one-on-one conversation between participants and an accompanying friend or family member. Social interaction is followed by a hands-on art activity. Call 715-845-7010 to register.


On view through Aug. 25

“Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora”
Spotlighting the ephemeral beauty and variety of plant life, America’s Flora is part of a global initiative focused on the manifold ways the lives of plants and people are intertwined. From the West Coast’s pioneer violet, the Southwest’s saguaro cactus, and sunflowers spanning the Midwest to the Southeast’s iconic longleaf pine, America’s Flora considers native plants. The variety of North American flora, both familiar and rare, is meticulously depicted in watercolor and other mediums. Curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists and the United States Botanic Garden, the exhibition is part of a worldwide project emphasizing the importance of conserving botanical diversity, increasing appreciation of the world’s plants, and linking people with plants via botanical art.

“Flora, Fauna, Font: Illustrating the Alphabet”

Kandis Vermeer Phillips’ illuminated alphabet showcases A to Z adorned with plants, mammals, and insects. Phillips integrated extensive research into the history of medieval illuminated manuscripts into an alphabet primer for her granddaughter. She combined decorative letters with representations of flowers and creatures found in her garden and during family travels.


“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 February 2020
“A Collection Medley”
While an avian theme unites artworks created between 1875 and 2018, the mediums and points of view will surprise and delight.

On view through August 2019

“Regal Bearing: Bird Portraiture”

Regal Bearing applies the tenets of portraiture to more than sixty 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.

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