Stretching to New Heights

By: Lisa Hoffman, curator of education on July 17th, 2019

Much folding, bending, and shaping occurs at the Woodson Art Museum, I realized during a recent origami project.

Rising Cranes – the newest addition to the sculpture garden – celebrates the paper-folding art of origami.

Inspired by Rising Cranes, many Museum members folded paper cranes during the summer’s exhibition preview reception. It was a lively time for those who participated.

Where else is art moving Museum visitors? Stroll into the Museum’s sculpture garden and sit within Living Willow Dreams, the domed willow structure created by artist Bonnie Gale in 2018. She returned to the Museum last month to lead several workshops – teaching others how to bend willow into stunning creations.

Next month, yogis will gather to bend and fold themselves in the serenity of the gardens during Sculpture Garden Yoga, Thursday, August 1, 5:30-6:30 pm, if weather allows. Register for this program led by a 5 Koshas Yoga and Wellness instructor at

Meander into the Museum galleries and bend forward using in-gallery magnifying glasses to closely examine the intricate detail in Botanical Arts Worldwide: America’s Flora. Wind down the circular stairway to be amazed by the flora and fauna curled, bowed, and twisted around the alphabet in Kandis Vermeer Phillips’ illuminated alphabet.

Stretch your creativity and imagination creating hands-on art projects in Art Park, the family interactive gallery.

Use your hands to explore the five sculptures in the tactile art gallery, comparing the bend of the bronze black swan neck to the sensation of the folded killdeer wing, carved from a redwood burl.

Visit often; there’s no need to stretch your budget because admission is always free.

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