Changing with the Times

By: Jane Weinke, curator of collections/registrar on October 7th, 2020

The lyrics of the great Bob Dylan song The Times They Are a-Changin’ are timely, and the sentiment rules my daily life. While some change is inevitable, I cope with some things better than others.

The opening of Birds in Art, although missing artists, guests, and events of previous years, was a comfort. It is a delight to walk through the galleries and appreciate the beautifully displayed artworks created by amazingly talented artists. Even though artists were not physically at the Museum, shared emails, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts helped serve as substitutes. Happily, four artists and families did visit, which was a highlight of the subdued opening.

One of few standards did not change. The Collections Committee, comprising six members of Woodson Art Museum’s Board of Directors and the community, along with three staff members, met to consider the purchase of artworks for the collection.

I’m thrilled to report the eleventh year of Project Postcard continued with artists generously donating a record 168 small-scale artworks. The sale differed from previous years; the artworks were chosen for buyers via a random, double-blind drawing. Museum members’ enthusiastic support funded the purchase of four artworks for the Museum collection. Since its inception, Project Postcard has added fifty-three works to the collection.

Museum purchase with proceeds from Project Postcard 2020:

Nicholas Coleman, Oriental Pied Hornbill, 2020, oil on linen on board


Kenn Kaufman, Skipping Water, 2020, oil on cradled panel


Katie Ann Musolff, Perpetual Adoration of the Tanager, 2020, watercolor and gouache on Arches paper


Barry Van Dusen, Winter Watch, 2019, transparent watercolor on Arches cold press paper


While some things change, others stay the same and that keeps us moving forward – looking to better times, reveling in the moment, and being thankful for the constants. Hopefully, times are changing for the better.

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