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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The trouble with the Birds in Art exhibition opening in Wausau, WI is that it happens too fast. You get there on a Thursday night, and on Friday you have four functions to go to, on Saturday you are committed for the morning at the museum for the public opening, and then they whisk you off to northern WI near Minoqua to a retreat, and on Sunday you go home. I did all that, and gave a public talk on Sunday. Pheeew. It was really, really fun but I am staggering a little as I contemplate my unmown lawn and house all primed for cleaning again, plus the fact that I leave Thursday morning for three days of pure fun and work at the Midwest Birding Symposium.

I didn't take many photos of paintings, just because I was overstimulated, but this one by Dutch artist Elwin Van der Kolk thoroughly charmed me.

I like paintings that have other paintings within them.

It's nice to see paintings that make me want to paint. There were a whole lot of those at the opening. It hangs through mid-November, so if you're within striking distance of Wausau, you should go!
courtesy of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (stolen from their Facebook page)

Here's our Master Artist, John Busby, in the fetching salmon-pink jacket, along with my dear friend Jim Coe. Here's Jim's evocative painting of a redtail circling over Cindy House's well-painted backyard. (She is probably the only person whose backyard has ever been featured twice in a single Birds in Art exhibition. It is some backyard. One of the fringe benefits of belonging to our little Artists' Group.)

Cindy House was there, which automatically means that there would be a great deal of laughing done. She adheres to Murr Brewster's adage that "really, most things are funny." Here, from left, are Suellen Ross (she of the fabulous hummingbird nest watercolor), Cindy House, and your blogger.courtesy of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (stolen from their Facebook page)

Cindy also creates a mood in her pastel paintings like nobody else. Her painting of her beloved turkeys going to roost on a January afternoon really sticks with me.That backyard, again. Isn't it beautiful?

My paintings were hanging in the foyer so I wandered around in the Birds in Art exhibition a lot because that's where the wine, cheese, people and sausage were.

That's also where lovely Debby Kaspari (Drawing the Motmot!), her matching sister Dorianne, and painter Jim Coe were.courtesy of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (stolen from their Facebook page)

So now you can see my friends' work, and also how cute they all are. More from Wausau tomorrow.

I won't be posting on Thursday night--too bizzy. See you next week, if not at the Midwest Birding Symposium! Walk-ins are welcome!


Okay, what about Snowberry Clearwings?

"It's nice to see paintings that make me want to paint."

That's my yardstick for a really good show! Plan to see this one in less than a week and I'm sure it will have the same effect on me. I'm especially looking forward to seeing all the John Busby work.

Looks like it was a fabulous show - sorry you didn't get to enjoy it more! My favorite part of this post, though, was "because that's where the wine, cheese, people and sausage were." Thank goodness "people" came before the sausage! Ha! Hope the people take precedent over the sausage at the MBS! ;) See you soon!

Cool! Debby has a matching sister!

I would purchase some of those paintings.

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