Extended Distractions

By: Lisa Hoffman, curator of education on May 6th, 2020

While many “safer-at-home” orders remain in effect, here’s a rose-filled view – a virtual bouquet.

George Herzog, Bird and Roses, 1887, oil on wood panel

Working from home, I employ a coping strategy suggested by many mental health specialists – distraction. I imagine art I wish to experience in person in a gallery and think especially of the Woodson Art Museum’s collection.

Here’s my avian-inspired interpretation of “quarantine” via the Museum collection and specifically artworks that were acquired from Birds in Art exhibitions over many years.


Rachelle Siegrist, The Pigeon Hole, 2007, opaque watercolor on Claybord

Social Distancing

Sean Murtha, Periwinkle Flats, 2014, oil on canvas

My Quarantine “Hairdo”

Harro Maass, Dancing Bateleur, 1997, gouache on hardboard

Food Delivery

Owen J. Gromme, Marsh Hawks in Spring – Food Transfer, 1968, oil on canvas.

Comfort Food

S.V. Medaris, Chicken Pot Pie, 2015, hand-colored linocut on Arches cover

Sharing Images that Make You Smile

Mary Cornish, The Contender, 2009, oil on linen on board

Quarantine Is Lifted

John C. Pitcher, Peacefulness, 2018, acrylic on hardboard

For more online options, visit the Woodson Art Museum website, our YouTube channel, and social media channels, filled with pleasant distractions worth sharing now and anytime.

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