Mr. Rockwell Comes to Wausau

By: Andrew McGivern, curator of exhibitions on December 2nd, 2009

Norman Rockwell, in the form of Indianapolis-based character actor Sam Harper, is in the middle of a week-long Woodson Art Museum residency. Harper’s resemblance to Rockwell is uncanny. As Mr. Rockwell, Sam not only has the demeanor of the great American artist, but also has mastered his idiosyncrasies.

Thus far, Mr. Rockwell has met with area school groups and Museum visitors, entertaining them while sharing insights into the artist’s art and life.

In addition to daily presentations and interactions with visitors in the galleries through Friday, Mr. Rockwell offers an evening program on Thursday, December 3, 6 – 8 pm. With visuals, props, and audio, he’ll share background information about Rockwell, beginning with his early years as a timid illustrator through his career as a confident chronicler of American life. In addition, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Glen Moberg will interview Mr. Rockwell, probing deeper into the artist’s illustrious life. A reception follows; $5.00 at the door.

Mr. Rockwell also will be in the galleries on Saturday, December 5, 1 – 4 pm, and on Sunday, December 6, he’ll be among the special guests entertaining participants at the Museum’s Holiday Mingle & Jingle, 1 – 3 pm.

Stop by this week to say hi to Mr. Rockwell!

P.S. In Search of Norman Rockwell’s America remains on view through Sunday, January 24, 2010. Don’t miss this superb exhibition.

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