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This week’s Wow at the Woodson

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Monday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau.
Produced in Produce & Worked with Wire
Tom Hill Artist Residency
Tuesday – Sunday, Nov. 5 – 10
San Francisco-based sculptor Tom Hill’s memorable “Birds in Art” artworks feature character-filled and expressive subjects depicted in wire. During his residency, Tom works with area students to create distinct sculptures featuring produce as body-form bases and the foundation for their mixed- media artworks. Inspired by the playful and unlimited mix- and-match design potential of Mr. Potato Head, Tom demonstrates how everyday items, even ephemeral ones, are compelling sources of inspiration ripe for incorporation into art making. See the students’ produce-based creations via photographs on view following the residency. Tom also leads an interactive Art 101 program and a two-day wire- sculpting workshop for teens and adults.

Nov. 7 Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Art 101 Formed, Found & Fanciful Sculpture
Artist Tom Hill describes his creative process of translating dynamic, minimal line drawings into three-dimensional wire sculptures. Learn how he takes inspiration from everyday objects and incoporates other materials into his sculpture.

Nov. 7 Thursday 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Hands-on Art
All ages drop in to create distinctive collages on toned paper and inspired by “Birds in Art” artist Jhenna Quinn Lewis’ painting, “The Theft.”

Nov. 9 & 10 Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mixed-Media Sculpture
Teen & Adult Workshop
Working with wire, wood, metal and paint, teen and adult participants design and create original mixed-media sculptures with guidance from artist Tom Hill. Total fee: $120 for members; $150 for non-members; includes all materials and lunch both days.
Call 715-845-7010 to register.

From the Museum’s Collection
“Collection Classics”
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.

“Deceptive Surfaces”

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.

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