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Botanical Art & Upcoming Artist Programs

Artist Bonnie Gale, Friday – Sunday, June 21 – 23
Bonnie Gale, a New York-based artist and landscape designer who has used willow as her primary medium since the early 1980s, returns to lead programs a year after constructing her site-specific Living Willow Dreams – a seven-foot-tall, domed, willow structure – in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. An accomplished willow basketry artist, Bonnie’s residency programs weave together the themes of this summer’s botanical art exhibitions – Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora and Flora, Fauna, Font: Illustrating the Alphabet. Program registration opens Saturday, June 1; to register for residency workshops please call the Museum at 715-845-7010.

Botanical Art on View this Summer

Spotlighting the ephemeral beauty and variety of plant life, two botanical art exhibitions open at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum on Saturday, June 8. “Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora” highlights U.S. indigenous plants – from cacti and trees to woodland flowers – with a goal to increase appreciation and understanding of the world’s plant diversity and its interconnectedness. An array of North American flora, both familiar and rare, is meticulously depicted in watercolor and other mediums. “Flora, Fauna, Font: Illustrating the Alphabet,” features Kandis Vermeer Phillips’ illuminated alphabet adorned with plants, mammals, and insects.

Current Exhibitions

Woodson Wanderings: Weekly Blog

Cultivating Connections through Botanical Art

How many times have colorful blooms caught your eye and caused you to wonder “what is that flower?” During a recent trip to southwest Wisconsin, conspicuous purple flowers clustered along roadsides and woodland edges garnered attention and conversation. Visit the Museum often with friends and family to discover the many ways botanical art fosters connections between people and plants and deepens appreciation for beauty, creativity, and each other.

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This was magnificent! Took my granddaughter, Addi! She is 7 and studied every one thoroughly and wanted more.

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Must Visit – We love this museum! It has something for everyone. Kid friendly and really neat stuff outside too. Changes often so you rarely see the same things twice.

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