After weeks of late-season snowfall and subsequent thaw-induced flooding, it’s no wonder so many are ready for a break. Why not treat yourself to more than one?
School calendars and cold temperatures don’t need to define or confine springtime excursions. Make the Woodson Art Museum your go-to spot for frequent and extended breaks throughout the spring. By scheduling multiple micro-vacations, you can be a tourist in your own hometown and invite friends and family to Wausau for weekend getaways.
Cut Up/Cut Out features intricately cut paper and other unexpected materials – from vintage road maps and leaves to a car tire and a saw blade – offering plenty to pique curiosity and spark contagious creativity.
The spirit of Slow Art Day – a worldwide art appreciation effort designed to encourage taking time to view and reflect upon artwork – can be applied anytime. For an introduction to the idea, visit the galleries on Slow Art Day, Saturday, April 6, Noon-1 pm and look closely at a few Cut Up/Cut Out artworks of your choosing. Then share your observations with others during a discussion with Museum volunteers, 1-2 pm.
As you stroll through the galleries, the idea is to choose just a few artworks, looking closely and lingering longer with each. Seek and gravitate toward artwork that:
• captures your interest, prompting you to look closer to find out why
• surprises you or shifts your thinking in new, unexpected ways
• makes you smile
Trust your instincts and let delight be your guide. With a nod to organizing consultant Marie Kondo’s living-space advice, choose artwork that sparks joy.
Here’s a sampling. Cal Lane uses her experience as a welder to transform an oil barrel and steel ammunition boxes into lacey marvels. Karen Margolis incorporates maps, symbolizing destinations and arteries of the human circulatory system, and then uses a soldering iron to burn holes that are designed to convey ideas about creating new routes and connections.
During the 2019 Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism, March 17-19, Tourism Secretary Sara Meaney extended an invitation for all to embrace a “curiosity challenge” by traveling to experience something new. Meet that challenge through getaways to the Woodson Art Museum for multiple, cut-above visits.
Be a tour guide for friends and family visiting Wausau, prioritize weekend family outings, date nights during Night Out @ the Woodson on the first Thursday of each month, and solo lunch-hour visits. Cut Up/Cut Out, organized by Carrie Lederer, curator of exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California, remains on view through June 2.
Offering always-free admission, the Woodson Art Museum is the perfect place to visit – soon and often – for rejuvenating breaks sure to foster new connections with art and with others, this spring and beyond.