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"Birds in Art: Works by 112 Aritists from Around the World"
2001-09-08 until 2001-11-04
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Wausau, WI, USA United States of America

With 25 years under its wings, Birds in Art lifts off on September 8 to launch its second quarter century of avian art adventures featuring birds and habitats from around the world. The exhibition stays aloft through November 4 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, its Wausau, Wisconsin, aerie. The more than 125 original paintings, drawings, mixed media, and sculpture comprising the 2001 exhibition have been created by 112 artists who hail from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United States. Six Wisconsin artists represent the Woodson’s home state, and the work of 29 newcomers adds fresh perspectives to an exhibition that can boast always something new within its singular focus on birds.

Tony Angell, the 2001 Master Wildlife Artist, will be represented by 11 sculptures made from serpentine, chlorite, alabaster, limestone, marble, and bronze as well as by four drawings from his award-winning books on nature and birds.

At Meet, Mingle, Make Merry on September 8 from 9 am – noon, opening day visitors can come face-to-face with more than 70 of the exhibiting artists. The morning includes a one-hour talk by Angell at 10 am during which he will discuss the curious and necessary range of influences, skills, and tools that have marked his artistic path.

A record-breaking number of artists – 601 – submitted more than 1,000 artworks for review by jurors Tom Davis, senior editor of Wisconsin Trails and Sporting Classics magazines; Diane Jones, curator, John L. Wehle Gallery of Sporting Art, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford, New York; and Joseph Schenk, director, Mobile (AL) Museum of Art. Jurors selected the work of 99 artists; the remaining 13 exhibitors are previous Master Wildlife Artists.

Woodson Art Museum director Kathy Kelsey Foley has only kudos for the 2001 exhibition, describing it as a near-perfect mix of mediums, subject matter, first-time and returning artists, and stylistic handling and approaches. Artworks of superior quality, creativity, and sensitivity once again distinguished themselves, yielding an exhibition that sets the stage for the next 25 years of ‘Birds in Art.’

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