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Woodson Wanderings

Fairy Godmother

Posted on February 15, 2017

I have a beloved fairy godmother at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. My fairy godmother’s stock-in-trade isn’t pumpkins, mice, ball gowns, and glass slippers. Nor does she brandish a glitter- and sparkle-filled wand.


The Ephemeral Nature of Snow

Posted on February 08, 2017

Wisconsin winters can be unpredictable. Throughout twenty-seven years of coordinating the Woodson Art Museum’s monumental snow sculpture project with the Team USA trio, we’ve experienced capricious weather.


Conserving and Preserving

Posted on February 01, 2017

In past blog posts I’ve shared stories about various artworks and how they come into the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s collection where the narrative continues. The Museum’s collection also includes a treasure trove of additional materials including artists’ preliminary sketches and correspondence.

The Woodson Art Museum is entrusted with the archives of two artists: Don Richard Eckelberry and Owen J. Gromme. The stories revealed in the files are fascinating. Not only is it intriguing to read words on paper, it’s interesting to examine the ways that types of paper and duplicating processes have evolved.


Tiffany-Inspired Creativity Shines

Posted on January 25, 2017

Visiting school groups, popular studio workshops, programs, and engaging, hands-on activities in Art Park are keeping the Woodson Art Museum bustling and staff and volunteers busy. This winter, about 700 Wausau School District third-grade students are heading to the Woodson Art Museum – come rain, snow, sleet, or slush. Despite the gray skies and damp conditions, the warm, stained-glass glow of the Tiffany Studios lamps and, of course, the energy of 8- and 9-year-olds always perks me up.


New Office Space

Posted on January 18, 2017

Who would have thought that after planning an entire addition to the Museum, re-configuring existing Museum spaces, and replacing windows and a roof on an eighty-five-year-old building, that “gettin’ some new furniture” would be the most challenging of them all?


A Tourist in My Own Hometown

Posted on January 11, 2017

There’s nothing quite as compelling as holiday houseguests – especially your own adult children – to motivate all types of planning, from menus and recipes to selecting must-visit area sights. In addition to the obvious #1 destination on my list, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, where the warm glow of Tiffany Studios lamps and windows is irresistible, there was something else I had long wanted to do: a nighttime sleigh ride.


1,000-Watt Magic

Posted on January 04, 2017

Opening gallery doors, to me, is like lifting the cover of a book and revealing the story inside. I imagine gallery magic and alchemy feeding the narrative, keeping it fresh.


Collect & Share Inspiring Experiences

Posted on December 28, 2016

We invite you to take a few moments to explore the Digital Guestbook touchscreen in the main entrance during each Woodson Art Museum visit. By answering a few questions and entering your zip code, you can “leave your mark” with a virtual pin on the world map that contributes to revealing the Museum’s global appeal.


Christmas Tradition

Posted on December 21, 2016

I love to bake. That’s no secret to followers of this blog. At Christmastime, I have a particular need to outdo myself. Thankfully, longtime friend Pat Conn shares this passion, and together we spend many hours over two days mixing and baking. This year, we tied the 2015 all-time high of thirty cookie varieties. We certainly would have broken the record, but other obligations pulled us away.


Here Come the Holidays

Posted on December 14, 2016

Typically, the prospect of the holiday season isn’t one I’m enchanted by. Gift giving? Not my strong suit. Christmas music? Pass. Snow? Please. Side effects of the holiday season include five extra pounds, mandatory cheer, and sometimes hairy travel across state lines. I’m not a total Grinch, though; one seasonal symptom I can appreciate is a renewed sense of gratitude and connectedness.