Little ones, 18 months-4 years, and accompanying adults chirp, hoot and chick-a-dee-dee-dee through “Birds in Art” galleries, sharing movement, stories and music, followed by hands-on art projects. Call 715-845-7010 to register.
Sept. 26 Thursday 1 – 2 p.m.
Art 4 You: A Little Bird Told Me
Bring your child to this afternoon offering just for 4-year-olds with busy mornings and delight in “Birds in Art” while chirping, hooting and chick-a-dee-dee-dee-ing together. Share movement, stories and hands-on art making. Call 715-845-7010 to register.
Sept. 26 Thursday 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Art Kids Flight of Fancy
Birds – soaring, alighting and foraging all around us – are ambassadors to the natural world, linking people to the outdoors. Majestic yet fragile, amusing and poignant, birds connect us with nature, heralding each dawn and signaling environmental shifts. The 44th annual, internationally renowned exhibition features all-new paintings, sculptures and graphics of 114 worldwide artists; visit often this fall to discover and savor what inspires you. Call 715-845-7010 to register.
Sept. 27 Friday 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Art Babies: Happy As a Lark
Bring your littlest ones, birth-18 months, to share music, stories and movement in the “Birds in Art” galleries, followed by multisensory play in Art Park, the museum’s interactive family gallery. Bring your baby gear, including prams, strollers, front packs and blankets.
Call 715-845-7010 to register.
Sept. 28 Saturday 1 – 2 p.m.
Learn more about our state’s 12 owl species from University of Wisconsin Arboretum naturalist and educator Sylvia Marek as she highlights the adaptations, behaviors and characteristics of some of the Badger State’s most beloved birds.
From the Museum’s Collection
Mining the museum’s holdings yields an array of significant and masterful works. Spanning the 18th through 21st centuries and encompassing a range of mediums from watercolor to oil and metal to wood, “Collection Classics” comprises work by John James Audubon, Martin Johnson Heade, Andrew Wyeth and others, along with work by contemporary artists, including Robert Bateman, Tony Angell, James Morgan and more.
Carved and painted with a keen eye for ornithological details that convey the behavior, personality and coloration of birds, these decorative wood sculptures often fool the eye, appearing real. From John Scheeler’s pale-colored mourning doves to Ma Hai Feng’s brilliant yellow and green budgerigar, these realistic sculptures seem poised for flight.
“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 Collection Medley”
While an avian theme unites artworks created between 1875 and 2018, the mediums and points of view will surprise and delight.
The Woodson is at 700 N. 12th St., Wausau. Visit lywam.org.