Birds in Art Exhibition
There is a noteworthy art exhibition, running from now through Nov. 9, 2008, that celebrates the great beauty and diversity of birds. Since its inception in 1976, this exhibition, entitled Birds in Art, has earned a reputation as one of the world's most premiere wildlife art shows. It has become the flagship show for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.
This year the works of 112 artists from 14 countries including Japan, Sweden, South Africa, and France are represented in the show. Along with the art, the museum also features talks, events, and interactive activities for children.
With at least 1000 entries by more than 600 artists, competition is fierce. The art selection process, conducted by a national panel of judges spans several months.
The diversity of art is impressive, ranging from watercolors to oils to intricate drawings, and sculptures of brass, marble and wood. Says exhibiting sculptor, Don Rambadt, "What's so exciting about this show is getting like minded folks from all over the world together in one place, and realizing how everyone has such different interpretations of the same topic."
The artists have depicted courting cranes and iridescent songbirds, psychedelic loons, and elegant eagles, not to mention exotic birds from faraway places, such as Australian painter Debbie Sullivan's portrayal of the world's smallest penguin species, the Fairy Penguin. The depth of emotion attached to this exhibit by the artists is revealed by a quote from the museum's curator, Andy McGivern - "Artists really look at it as a high point in their career."
Birds in Art Exhibiton
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Museum Location: 700 North 12th Street, Wausau, Wisconsin.
Hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. 9 am to 4 pm; Thurs. 9 am to 7:30 pm; Sat. and Sun. noon to 5 pm.
Contact Information: (715) 845-7010, http://www.lywam.org/