By: Lisa Hoffman, curator of education on September 13th, 2017

Fresh from the successful opening weekend of the 42nd Birds in Art exhibition, I’m pondering squirrels.

I tend to be fairly deliberate in my work. I like lists. Spreadsheets are my friends. I enjoy planning my calendar and filling it with color-coded notations. I schedule “impromptu” messages to my daughter, a first-year college student. So, I can relate to the industrious squirrel scurrying about gathering and storing for the . . .


I’m a smidge distracted. Can you blame me? The galleries are graced by the work of ninety-four juried artists, nineteen Master Artists, and the newest Master – Wisconsin’s own Don Rambadt – each beckoning me to disappear into it. Meanwhile, the old-school clock on my windowsill continues to mark time, my Mac’s digital “ping” alerts me to new email, and the printed schedule from program support specialist Tina Meverden reminds me that many visitors of all ages and stages are planning to visit over the next week.

So it’s back to my lists. And calendar. And spreadsheets. And Word docs.


Did you know the Museum’s Birds in Art audio-tour app videos are available at the Museum on iPod touch devices and for download on Apple and Android devices? I think I should take a moment to re-watch and listen to these eighteen extraordinary artist narrations . . .

I love my work and happily return to writing this post and planning this week’s public SPARK! experience for individuals with memory loss.


Bart Walter,
“Last Day at the Nest”

Have you purchased the Birds in Art catalogue? It’s a gorgeous complement to the exhibition, documenting each artwork and accompanying artist’s statement. Mine is currently opened to page 126 highlighting Bart Walter’s great blue heron sculpture, Last Day at the Nest. This post was to be about the great blue heron that flew past the window last Friday – during the artists’ lunch and director Kathy Foley’s remarks – distracting most of the artists. That concept too easily morphed into . . .


Visit the Woodson Art Museum and view the internationally acclaimed Birds in Art exhibition. Hone your gathering skills by participating in “Magnetic Migration: Find the Flock” and using clues to seek and find seven of Rambadt’s small nuthatch sculptures perching at public Wausau-area locations.

Don Rambadt, “Nuthatch”

Correctly identifying each sculpture’s exact location earns a chance to win one of two Rambadt nuthatch sculptures. Get clues and entry details via clicking this link to a fillable PDF or at the Museum.

And there’s no need to squirrel away a few dollars for your visit . . . it’s always free admission at the Woodson Art Museum, a 2017 recipient of the nation’s highest honor for museum and library service, the National Medal.

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