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"Birds in Art: Lifts Off in Annual Salute to All Things Avian"
2003-09-06 until 2003-11-09
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Wausau, WI, USA United States of America

Cuckoo clocks and bird watches set to September 6, 2003 experienced the lift off of the 28th annual Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin. This years celebration of all things avian remains on view through November 9. The original paintings, drawings, mixed media, and sculpture comprising Birds in Art offer a visually stimulating response to the question How many ways are there to look at birds?

This year the answer can be found in 124 different works created by artists who explore the world of birds as a rich mother lode for satisfying their imagination and observational skills. They investigate color and form, shape and pattern, realism and abstraction in endlessly intriguing, inspiring, and accessible ways.

The simple beauty of Birds in Art is that each artist depicts individual, unmistakable birds - yet a Carl Brenders bird or a Nancy Howe bird or a Dan Ostermiller bird reflects the artists personal vision. The exhibitions shared theme may be birds, but the true excitement comes from the varied way in which a body of national and international artists explores and interprets the theme.

The 2003 exhibition includes work by 112 artists who hail from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, and the United States. Seven artists represent the Woodsons home state of Wisconsin. The mix of homelands and bird species is further enriched by the addition of 21 artists who are new to Birds in Art.

Elliot Offner, the 2003 Master Wildlife Artist, is represented with 10 sculptures and three watercolor studies that demonstrate his sensitivity to the natural world that is revealed through the poignant lyricism of his graceful and elegant sculptures.

More than 70 exhibiting artists will be available during Meet the Artists from 9 am - noon, September 6. On that morning, from 10 - 11 am, Offner presents Thoughtful Minds, Skillful Hands, a discussion of his work in the broader context of contemporary sculpture.

A 130-page full-color catalogue documenting every work in the exhibition is available for $18.50 plus $4.50 S/H. It can be ordered by calling 715-845-7010 or on-line at www.lywam.org.

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