Pastel Artist Named Woodson Art Museum 2018 Master Artist

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum announces New England pastel artist Cindy House as its 2018 Master Artist who will be honored during the Museum’s 43rd annual “Birds in Art” exhibition this fall. House, the Woodson Art Museum’s 37th Master Artist, will receive the Master Wildlife Artist Medal during the “Birds in Art” opening, Saturday, September 8.
In announcing the 2018 Master, director Kathy Kelsey Foley said, “Cindy House has developed a style all her own that reflects her love of the natural world as well as her consummate artistry. Her elegant landscapes are captivating; her compositions draw the viewer in to explore nature’s beauty and its avian inhabitants. Cindy’s selection as the 2018 Master Artist adds depth and distinction to the roster of artists previously honored. We welcome her with great enthusiasm.”

Old People Don’t Bounce

My family and co-workers will attest that I have periods of clumsiness. Sometimes the incidents are resolved with a bandage and other times, not. After a recent ice-related fall, several doctors and X-rays, a removable brace, two fiberglass casts, and restrictions to not lift anything heavier than a toothbrush, I’m on the mend.

Passel of Puppies

Nellie is sophisticated, older, and receives private, in-home lessons. Mike and Molly are a bonded pair displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Ellie Mae’s pedigree is a smidge dubious (a further explanation follows), and Piper is a bounding, Tennessee ball of energy. Puppies . . . plenty of puppies. Our staff of fewer than twenty-five is currently raising five dogs, each younger than one year.

Installation Week

While the National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary and My Friend Eric Rohmann exhibitions are being installed, some galleries will be closed until Saturday, March 3, 2018. Art Park, the interactive family gallery in the lower level, remains open while its elements are being changed to incorporate themes from these new exhibitions. During the transition days this week, visitors can experience the 2018 Student Art exhibition and artwork from the Museum’s collection, on view in the Museum’s west galleries, the decorative arts room, and in the sculpture garden. Connect with us at 715.845.7010 or for details.

Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary

March 3 – May 27, 2018

Experience astounding visual wonders in this National Geographic exhibition of fifty striking images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers of seldom-seen places, events, natural phenomena, and man-made heirlooms. From a glacier in Patagonia to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea, this exhibition captures astonishing moments, natural wonders, and extraordinary objects from the far reaches of the globe. Rarely Seen is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society.

My Friend Eric Rohmann

March 3 — May 27, 2018

Award-winning artist Eric Rohmann takes center stage in this retrospective exhibition featuring artwork in various mediums — oil, watercolor, and relief printing — including Time Flies, his first book, which won a Caldecott Honor in 1995; My Friend Rabbit, which received the Caldecott Medal in 2003 for its bold relief-print illustrations; A Kitten Tale, published in 2008; and Oh, No!, his most recent book. Rohmann believes stories need illustrations that complement tone, content, and sensibility. Eric Rohmann will be at the Woodson Art Museum for the opening of his exhibition and return in April for a weeklong residency.

Student Art Exhibition

February 24 – March 31, 2018

Explore artworks by north central Wisconsin students in grades 9-12 via the 41st Student Art Exhibition. See the exhibition and congratulate the student artists on opening day, Saturday, February 24, 2018, Noon-2 pm. Each March, the nation promotes art education by focusing on student work. Art teachers are encouraged to submit student works in various mediums for the Museum’s Student Art Exhibition.

National Geographic Photography and Rohmann Exhibitions on View

Exceptionally striking National Geographic images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers and artwork by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and children’s book author Eric Rohmann comprise two exhibitions on view at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum through May 27, 2018. Eric Rohmann returns for his artist residency, April 3-8, when he will work with area schoolchildren during class visits to the Museum and lead workshops and a public presentation. Photographer Ian Plant, whose Ice Cave Wisconsin is on view in the National Geographic photography exhibition, leads public programs and a class during his Museum residency, May 12 & 13.

Catch Birdwatching Fever

Emerging from what seems like a long winter, I’m always happy to get back into nature to pursue my favorite pastime – birdwatching. The Great Backyard Bird Count was last weekend, and I’m happy to report that our winter bird population is vibrant and healthy. In fact, we’ve seen a robust return of common redpolls and pine siskins, whose numbers were very low last year.