Curator Andy McGivern assembles an artist's piece in preparation for the Woodson Art Museum's Birds in Art exhibit.
A recent Daily Herald Media report looked at the mind-bending logistical complexity of getting the Woodson Art Museum's Birds in Art exhibit up and running. Never mind the artists' inspiration or the sublime experience of viewing a beautiful painting or sculpture - think of the FedEx costs, the reinforced wooden crates that need to protect the artworks, the team of volunteers who must receive, place and display the entire exhibit in a matter of weeks.
It's a major undertaking and, we learned from museum director Kathy Kelsey Foley, a bit more hectic than the eventual spotless gallery displays would indicate.
But it is so worth it. Every year Birds in Art is a treat because every year artists find new ways of interpreting the exhibit's guidelines that any piece with evidence of a bird counts. And every year the exhibit is a stop for international tourists, artists and art lovers who might be arriving in north central Wisconsin right now.
It is Wausau's Artrageous Weekend, which - besides being another sign that summer really and truly is drawing to a close - always makes for a bustling few days of citywide activities, not to mention thousands of visitors here to see the sights, enjoy the festivals and pump some cash into the local economy.
Artrageous Weekend is three events:
? Along Third Street downtown and in The 400 Block on Saturday and Sunday, the Festival of Arts will offer wares by more than 100 artists in media from photography to sculpture to jewelry and clothing. There is live music throughout downtown and plenty of places to get food and enjoy people-watching.
? Art in the Park features even more crafts and art for sale Saturday and Sunday at the Exhibition Building at Marathon Park. There are activities for children, and there is pottery and furniture and more.
? And this is opening weekend for Birds in Art at the Woodson. There are "meet the artists" and "artists in action" events on Saturday morning, and the exhibit itself always includes beautiful, pastoral avian art along with more surprising and even challenging interpretations of what "birds in art" can be.
The events of Artrageous Weekend are fun for families and worthwhile even if you don't consider yourself an art enthusiast. It's just a great community event, and worth taking in all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this last summer festival.