Wandering with the Woodson

By: Kathy Kelsey Foley, director

For nine years, Woodson Art Museum staff members have written weekly for our mixed-voice blog, “Woodson Wanderings.” We’ve never missed a week, a fact in which we take great pride.

Via wide-ranging and varied posts, we’ve shared institutional and personal joys and sorrows. We’ve laughed and we’ve cried. We’ve celebrated and we’ve mourned.

Through these nine years, we’ve created a treasure trove of memories – words, images, and links – all searchable, thanks to the marvels of technology and the ease of WordPress.

On this near-eve of the start of our tenth year of blog posting, I’m rolling out the Birds in Art red carpet. Coincidentally, the September 9 opening of the 2017 exhibition is the anniversary of the launch of “Woodson Wanderings.”

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the days, weeks, and months fly by, especially measured in terms of Birds in Art. Our preparations are ongoing; one exhibition almost seamlessly leading to the next. However, we never assume and we take no aspect of the exhibition or our preparations for granted. Every detail is assessed, tweaked as needed, and new elements always find a place in subsequent exhibitions.

Birds in Art 2017 is filled with delights, including the work of long-time favorite artists and opportunities to meet first-time participants from around the world. During eleven weeks of the best indoor bird watching on the planet, visitors can listen to eighteen artists, in their own voices, sharing insights into their artworks via the Woodson Art Museum’s app, available as a free download on the iTunes store or Google Play or borrow an iPod Touch at the Museum.

Check out the illustrated events calendar for details about this fall’s artist residencies. 2017 Master Artist Don Rambadt will be back at the Museum in October for a workshop and demonstration. Painters Wes and Rachelle Siegrist will be in residence in November for a series of programs designed to highlight the fascinating genre of miniature painting.

You can expect to learn more about these programs and many others through weekly “Woodson Wanderings” posts. Our blog-writing team is always thinking about future topics and how best to share news.

If there’s something you’d like to know more about – or if you have questions we can answer – let us hear from you. We eagerly welcome and encourage reader feedback.

As those burning questions percolate, join me in celebrating the ninth anniversary of “Woodson Wanderings.”


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