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Quilty Pleasures: Mary Fons Residency, Jan. 19-21

Quilter and television personality Mary Fons offers workshops, a trunk show, and discusses her work and the role of the quilt in American popular culture, January 19-21, during this winter’s varied lineup of Museum programs during the Quilts & Wood exhibitions. The co-host of “Love of Quilting” on public television alongside her mother, Marianne Fons, Mary Fons is a passionate, vibrant speaker on the subject of quilts and shares her insights during two public Museum programs on Jan. 19 & 20. Although a workshop was added on Sunday, January 21, 1-4 pm, all workshops have been filled.

New Exhibitions Feature Art Quilts and Wood Artworks

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.

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.

Woodson Art Museum Presented 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.

Insider’s View: Weekly Blog

Blogged Down

I typically anticipate my slot in the “Woodson Wanderings” posting rotation. Storytelling is what I do; it’s the creative filter through which I experience the world. This time I became stuck, until I focused on a recent spontaneous creation that SPARK! participants sculpted from modeling compound. It means the world to me. May a modicum of all that SPARK! is – for individuals with memory-loss and their family members, friends, care partners, Woodson volunteers, and staff – find its way through my blogged-down thoughts and into this post so that you can delight in it, too.

Mid-Winter Warm Up

During the winter holiday break, my wife Jeana and I visited our son, Justin, and family in Dubai, located on the Arabian Gulf in the United Arab Emirates. Leaving the bitter cold of Wisconsin and spending a week in warm weather was a good reason for the trip. An even better reason was spending time with our family, including two grandsons.

Bring on 2018

I’m a perennial optimist; looking ahead makes me smile. I’m excited about the programs and exhibitions on the Museum’s 2018 docket and the extraordinary “rarely seen” National Geographic photographs that will fill our galleries this spring. Here’s to a fabulous 2018!

Battle the Winter Blues

The days following the Christmas holiday are anticlimactic for me. If you, too, experience a post-holiday slump, I encourage you to battle the winter blues with friends and family and a visit to the Woodson Art Museum. In addition to being warm and cozy, the Art Museum galleries offer a wonderful change of scenery.