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New Exhibitions Feature Art Quilts and Wood-Turned Objects

Vibrant art quilts and strikingly elegant, contemporary wood artworks comprise two new exhibitions on view at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum through February 25, 2018. A television quilt-show celebrity, area woodturners, and snow sculptors demonstrate their work during varied Museum programs for all ages this winter. An eclectic array of designs, materials, and techniques are woven throughout art quilts depicting animals, both real and fantastical in “Wild Fabrications,” organized by Studio Art Quilt Associates in Hebron, Connecticut. “Explorations in Wood: Selections from The Center for Art in Wood” features enigmatic wood objects from the collection of Philadelphia's Center for Art in Wood. A large-scale glass sculpture by Ricky Bernstein also is on view near the west gallery as well as artwork from the Museum’s collection.
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Find the Flock

This was a fun, free pre-Thanksgiving weekend idea – Magnetic Migration: Find the Flock, the Museum’s seek-and-find challenge to do around town with family & friends, finish, and turn in before Nov. 26, when Birds in Art 2017 closed, migrating away.
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Woodson Art Museum Presents 2017 Birds in Art Exhibition

New perspectives and artistic insights by more than 100 worldwide artists comprised the 42nd annual, internationally renowned 2017 Birds in Art exhibition, which was on view September 9 through November 26, 2017 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
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Watch the live-streamed video of the July 17, 2017 National Medal award ceremony in Washington D.C. The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is one of only two art museums to receive the nation's highest museum honor. Learn more via this 2017 National Medal press release. #NationalMedal
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Insider’s View: Weekly Blog

Mixing Traditions – Old and New

As the holidays approach, many of us likely are busy with traditional activities. Over the years, I’ve found that some of those once-exciting tasks, including Christmas shopping and decorating the house and a tree, have become less important. There remains one holiday custom – cookie baking – that I still hold dear.
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Tradition

December 6th. It arrives each and every year immediately following December 5th and exactly before December 7th. For the twentieth consecutive year, a snowman-adorned stocking is filled with trinkets and treats – on this day. For the sixteenth consecutive year, a Santa-adorned stocking (filled with similar goodies) hangs beside it on the mantel. And for the nineteenth year, my two kids will forget that the sixth day of December is Saint Nicholas’ Day and will be pleasantly surprised (2014 was a momentous year as my daughter did remember and added chocolate-covered curried cashews to my stocking.)
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Wrap Holiday Gifts & Travel Around the Museum

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, planning shifts into overdrive for upcoming holiday gift giving and travel; consider “Quilty Pleasures” getaways focused on upcoming Quilts & Wood exhibitions at the Woodson Art Museum, December 2 through February 25, 2018. Are quilt enthusiasts and fiber artists on your gift-giving list? Consider purchasing a spot in upcoming quilting workshops at the Museum on Saturday, January 20, led by television quilt-show host Mary Fons. Get Quilty Pleasures quilt workshop details and explore other Museum giving opportunities as gift-idea options, for the upcoming holiday season and beyond.
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Luck of the Calendar

I am grateful to work at the Woodson Art Museum . . . an institution that I deeply love and believe in. My Thanksgiving – and every day – gratitude extends to Museum volunteers, members, and all those who visit. The liveliness of our programs and the energy within our galleries are thanks to the shared enthusiasm of those who pass through our doors. You make our work worthwhile. The Museum is the perfect destination for visiting family and friends, and the weekend is the final opportunity to view the 2017 Birds in Art exhibition. Although the Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, the Museum hours on Friday, November 24, are 9 am to 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26, Noon to 5:00 pm.
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