Visit Often through Sunday, November 16
Programs for all ages, including two artist residencies and a guest author in October, enliven Birds in Art 2014. The 39th-annual Birds in Art exhibition remains on view through Sunday, November 16.
A Woodson Art Museum exhibition and fall programs led by an artist in residence and a guest author highlight lessons that can be learned from the passenger pigeon’s extinction 100 years ago.
Project Passenger Pigeon, a nationwide educational initiative marking the centennial of the species’ extinction was the impetus for the Woodson Art Museum exhibition Legacy Lost & Saved: Extinct and Endangered Birds of North America, on view through July 2015.
Six new exhibitions drawn from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s collection complement the 2014 Birds in Art exhibition opening September 6 and feature recent acquisitions and species and habitat conservation themes. Birds in Art remains on view through November 16; the other exhibitions remain on view through February 2015 and beyond.More »
Sunday afternoon’s SPARK! program for individuals with memory loss and their care partners at the Woodson Art Museum, September 21, 1-2:30 pm, fittingly follows Saturday’s nationwide walk to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.
I continually witness sensory-rich, interactive SPARK! programs at the Woodson break through and ease the isolation and depression that those with dementia often experience. SPARK! participants gather to view artwork and engage in related multisensory activities that incorporate movement, music, scent, and tactile objects. During a recent visit, one participant rose from his wheelchair to dance with me, displaying deft footwork! Subsequent group discussions and hands-on art making often evoke reminiscing, laughter, and feelings of belonging.
The whole bird vibrates. Side-lit by sun, a bobolink spills song across new meadow grass on old farmland in Westminster, Massachusetts in May. Notes vector out from half a head of open beak and half a buffy helmet, aquiver with sound. With wing-pumping, reverse-tuxedo verve, this bird makes “going out on a limb” look good.
I am in the field with my teacher, Barry Van Dusen, in mid-spring – out early in the day, out ready in the field where things are just beginning. It’s my first bobolink. And I’m completely happy.More »
In grade school, we practiced cursive until our fingers were numb. Repetition was a key to success. Hard to forget the letters, words, and phrases written on lined paper designed to ensure that tall letters – you know, l, d, h, and b – were high enough and letters that dropped down – q, y, p, and j – were low enough.
Even though the merits of cursive are debated today, there’s something reassuring about repetitive actions and behaviors . . . but, does practice make perfect?
Over the next few days – for the thirty-ninth time – the Woodson Art Museum will celebrate the opening of Birds in Art and welcome artists from around the world, members and guests, and the community at large to the all-new 2014 exhibition.More »