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This week’s Wow at the Woodson

in Biz Briefs
Monday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 18
Aug. 17 Saturday 10:30 a.m. to noon
Art Beyond Sight
Individuals with low vision or blindness join museum educators for a multisensory tour in the “Botanical Art Worldwide” and “Flora, Fauna, Font” galleries followed by hands-on art making inspired by botanical illustrations. 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.

“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.

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 

“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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