Wausau, Wisconsin: Birds in Art opening weekend at the Woodson Art Museum is part of Wausau’s 25th annual Artrageous Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 6 – 7, offering fun for all ages during north central Wisconsin’s biggest art extravaganza, spanning both sides of the Wisconsin River. The weekend now features four venues, with the addition of the Center for the Visual Arts, hosting the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association State Art Exhibit, on display for the first time in Central Wisconsin.
Celebrate the visual arts at four attractions – Art in the Park in Marathon Park, Festival of Arts downtown, Birds in Art at the Woodson Art Museum, and the WRAA in downtown’s Center of the Visual Arts – throughout Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.
Printmaking is the theme of the Museum’s fourth annual Family Fest.
Our goal is to encourage families to practice healthy habits together, including art making and museum visiting as well as being outdoors, exercising, and eating well.
Drop by the sculpture garden from 9 am to 4 pm to explore different print mediums. Family Fest is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s national initiative launched with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Artwork created by 112 artists from throughout the world will comprise this year’s 39th annual Birds in Art exhibition, on view September 6 through November 16, at the Woodson Art Museum. The Birds in Art exhibition, which presents original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years by artists from throughout the world, celebrates avian marvels through fresh artistic interpretations.More »
A friend with young children thinks, at this stage of summer, that my impending “empty-nest” life stage sounds like a slice of heaven. Our youngest child flies the coop for college in just eight short days. As for my harried-mom friend, she’d like to be the one to fly over the cuckoo’s nest.
I well recall that for young families, mid-August often can be a limbo land of loose ends. Children get restless with the more slack summer routine and are overflowing with anxious energy about returning to fall classrooms. The resulting behavior can be enough to drive even the most patient parents bonkers. When my own kids started bouncing around the room like Ping-Pong balls, I sought out a change of venue with family-friendly activities. Parents, as a wall-crawling alternative, here’s a suggestion that you’re sure to enjoy, too: drop in, 9am-4 pm, today and tomorrow for Family Fest at the Woodson Art Museum.More »
An idea cast forth into the world can cause ripples that continue to touch many lives. My life was changed in 2009 when Helen Ramon, program officer at the Helen Bader Foundation, initiated a call to Wisconsin museums to develop programs for older adults. For me, a Woodson Art Museum educator, that “challenge” led to the opportunity to learn about an innovative program for those with dementia and their care partners called “Meet Me at MoMA” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ideas, methods, and best practices based on MoMA’s program subsequently were implemented at eleven Wisconsin museums. These museums formed an alliance and named their respective programs “SPARK!”. Each museum tailored the program to fit the needs of its visitors and its specific environment.More »