The Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination exhibition opens up a world of creative opportunity for students, leading to questions like “Can I combine a cantaloupe and a watermelon?” or “What about a strawberry and a cactus . . . a pineapple and zucchini?”
Mid-July marked the return of the Woodson Art Museum’s popular Summer Art Sessions for young artists ages five through eight and nine through twelve. Abundant Future’s cultivated plant subjects and artist Ginny Ruffner’s imagined botanical landscape served as inspiration for half-day sessions of art making in the Museum’s classroom studio and sculpture garden. The younger “Micro-Greens” worked in two-dimensions while older participants focused on three-dimensional projects.
Working in a place that used to be someone’s home can be a fun and challenging experience
Recently, curator of exhibitions Shannon Pueschner and I had the opportunity to go to the Center for Collections Care at Beloit College. While there, we took a four-day intensive course on matting. Peek at all the processes below to see just how big an impact such a "small" feature can make!
Sure to lift and refresh spirits like a cool glass of water on a hot summer day, visit to drink in open-air art experiences and many other options at the Museum soon and often.
On Monday – a gloriously beautiful, low-humidity summer day – docents and staff gathered for a Noon-time celebration on the Museum’s Rooftop Sculpture Garden. We enjoyed one another’s company and staff expressed gratitude for docents’ commitment of time and their enthusiasm for the Woodson Art Museum.
In the staff offices upstairs at the Woodson Art Museum, there has been a major undertaking to implement a new software solution.
The galleries and grounds are blooming with various botanicals, and Museum programming is blossoming again. I am looking forward to a bustling summer calendar with no homework assignments or gradebooks in sight.
Abundant Future, opening Saturday, June 11, offers a bit of simulated time travel, fast forwarding through the growing season. While many dote for weeks on recently sown vegetable gardens, nurturing newly-sprouted seedlings, the galleries will be filled with depictions of the bountiful harvest ahead – lush melons, ripe tomatoes, glossy eggplants – from the exhibition’s opening day through August 28. No waiting, weeding, or watering required.