Editor's note: An outdated column from the Woodson Art Museum was inadvertently submitted and published Tuesday in the Wausau Daily Herald. Following is the column intended for publication this week, with updated event information.
The calendar may say we're on the cusp of fall, but summer temperatures finally have arrived after mimicking autumn for weeks. Whatever the weather, savor the season and carry the fun into fall by visiting the Woodson Art Museum often.
"Birds in Art" opening festivities on Saturday, Sept. 7, offer excitement on multiple fronts this year. Once again, early birds who visit the Museum on Saturday morning are rewarded with the opportunity to meet more than five dozen "Birds in Art" artists from throughout the world.
? Meet the Artists, 9 a.m. to noon: A terrific opportunity to talk with artists about their artwork and inspiration and get your "Birds in Art" catalogue and poster signed.
? Master Artist Talk, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Terry Miller offers an A-to-Z window into his inspiration and provides context for viewing his work.
? Artists in Action, 10:45 a.m. to noon: How do artists do it? Find out as you watch several "Birds in Art" artists work in various mediums in the sculpture garden.
The 2013 "Birds in Art" exhibition features 125 all-new artworks, including 14 graphite drawings by this year's Master Wildlife Artist Terry Miller. Working purely in pencil, Terry creates lushly textured and detailed drawings.
In addition, four new exhibitions featuring artwork from the Museum's collection can be enjoyed. A dozen large paintings by Owen J. Gromme are juxtaposed with more than 30 pencil drawings and watercolor studies to provide a peek into the artist's creative process. Gromme, a Wisconsin legend, is known as the "father of 'Birds in Art'" because he served as a curator of the Museum's inaugural exhibition in 1976. The re-creation of Gromme's studio complements the paintings and preparatory works on view.
Gromme's love of the outdoors is echoed in "Dawn to Dusk: The Sporting Spirit in America." More than two dozen paintings by Ogden Pleissner, Lynn Bogue Hunt, Frank Benson, A.L. Ripley and others demonstrate the wide-ranging influence of many facets of the hunting and the sporting life.
Two other exhibitions - "Follow the Light" and "Natural Wonders" - respectively focus on the historic masterworks in the Museum's collection and a selection of small-scale works donated to the Museum by artists 20 years ago.
Exceptional indoor bird watching continues throughout the nine weeks of "Birds in Art" and beyond in the permanent collection galleries.
You'll find many reasons in every season to visit the Woodson Art Museum and sculpture garden. Visit www.lywam.org, call the Museum at 715-845-7010, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and the Museum's weekly blog "Woodson Wanderings" for details about upcoming events and programs for all, complementing exhibition themes at the always-free Woodson Art Museum.