Woodson’s Summer Exhibition features botanical art

WAUSAU – A botanical art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum this summer celebrates the diversity and history of crops grown for clothing, healing and food.

“Future in abundance: Cultivating diversity in the garden, yard and field”, on view until August 28, features plants discovered on international travels, picked up at farmers’ markets and plucked from the artists’ own gardens.

Summer highlights

art park, the museum’s interactive gallery that’s fun for the whole family, showcases the plant life grown for food, from farm to table to studio. Visitors of all ages cultivate their creativity by sketching a still life of produce, inventing a botanical specimen and planting an original project in a community art garden installation.

Making @ the museum10am to 12pm on Wednesdays, June 22nd, July 20th and August 24th

Children and families visit the museum for free and can make art in the museum’s sculpture garden during three summer sessions. June’s artful exploration sheds light on painting and the ways in which pigments can be applied and combined on surfaces. The July program celebrates printmaking and focuses on the relief printing process and ways to produce a monoprint. During the August session, participants will experiment with different materials including wire, wood and clay to create small sculptures.

Introduction to Natural Coloring with Molly Hassler: Atelier Workshop, 25 and 26 June, 10am-2pm

During this two-day workshop for teens and adults, artist Molly Hassler shares the transformative effects of natural dyeing with plant-based pigments on fabric and paper. Lunch and all materials provided. Fee: $55 for members; $75 for non-members. scholarships available. Call 715-845-7010 to register.

Evenings at Woodson & Sculpture Garden Yoga

On the first Thursday of every month, the museum is open until 7:30 p.m. and offers the opportunity for evening strolls through the galleries and grounds. Night Out @ the Woodson on July 7th and August 4th, Sculpture Garden Yoga includes, weather permitting, these outdoor-only sessions led by a 5-kosha yoga and wellness instructor, 5:30-6:00 p.m.: 30 p.m. Register at www.5koshasyoga.com/yoga/class-schedule/ and bring mats or blankets. The session will be canceled if the weather requires it; check the 5 koshas facebook page for updates.

Agri-Cultured: Summer Art Sessions for Children

5-8 years, July 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m

During Micro-Greens Make Macro-Art, plants, patterns and prints inspire projects during art sessions for young makers. Participants take a close look at the shapes and textures of plants to create small and powerful works of art. Fee: $35 for museum members, $50 for non-members; call 715-845-7010 to register; scholarships available.

9-12 years, 14 and 15 July, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m

In Plant-Powered Design, budding artists create large-scale sculptures inspired by seeds and spores. Fee: $35 for museum members, $50 for non-members; call 715-845-7010 to register; scholarships available.

Cherishing MemoriesJuly 27, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

Children, youth, and families coping with the death of a loved one create memorial art for a garden, sidewalk, or special place of remembrance. Participants may bring small memorabilia to incorporate into the project. This free program, held in person unless circumstances change, provides an opportunity to share memories and reflections of loved ones. Questions? Call Amy Kitsembel at the Aspirus Bereavement Center, 715-847-2703. To register, call 715-845-7010.

Botanical art with Lynne RailsbackAugust 4th to August 7th

Abundant Future exhibit artist Lynne Railsback captures plant life through intimate and elegant watercolors of native and inherited botanical motifs.

guest artist talk4 Aug, 5:30-6:30 p.m

Join artist Lynne Railsback for a visual overview of the botanical art featured in Abundant Future, highlighting the range of media used by the American Society of Botanical Artists to represent diverse themes.

Guest Artist Open StudioAugust 5, 1pm to 3pm

Stop by, watch and chat with Lynne Railsback as she works.

Studio Workshop: Painting Native Plants with Lynne RailsbackAugust 6 and 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

During this two-day workshop for teens and adults, painter and botanical illustrator Lynne Railsback guides participants through her watercolor painting process. Lunch and all materials provided. Fee: $85 for members; $100 for non-members. scholarships available. Call 715-845-7010 to register.

Gallery WalkAugust 6, 1pm to 2pm

Join Lynne on a walk through the Abundant Future exhibition, gaining insight and hearing her stories and observations of the artworks on display.

SPARK!August 11, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Adults with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners enjoy an interactive, guided experience at the Abundant Future galleries, followed by hands-on art inspired by botanical artworks. Call 715-845-7010 to register.

Art beyond the visibleAugust 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Those with visual impairments or blindness explore the botanical artworks on display through a multi-sensory experience with museum educators, followed by a guided artwork tour. Call 715-845-7010 to register.

additional options

The museum’s stop-by studio, always open for curbside pickup at any time along 12th Street, is stocked with free-to-keep or share art kits and books to encourage art-making and creativity at home support financially. Explore the sculpture garden, grounds and museum Online offersto.

Before visiting, always free admission, check www.lywam.org for all updates.

For more information visit www.lywam.orgemail info@lywam.org or call 715-845-7010.

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