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Annual Birds in Art exhibit takes flight in Wausau


By Heather Sawaski

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- A major event in the art world is now underway in Wausau. The Birds in Art exhibit is back for another year at the Woodson Art Museum.

Man's favorite feathered friends are back in town. Each year at about this time, the Woodson Art Museum is transformed into a make-shift bird's nest. It houses some of the world's best and brightest in bird creations. And people flock to see it.

"It attracts the best in the bird art world and they're all here at one time in one place," said Bill Sonnerberg, who's been coming to the exhibit for 16 years. "It's a great opportunity to see something that's very unusual."

It's the 34th year for Birds in Art. Each piece highlights some sort of feathered feature. And it showcases all mediums, from painting and sculpting all the way to art deco creations. Curators believe the exhibit draws tens of thousands each year because of the natural human yearning to take flight.

"I always call it avian envy," said Associate Museum Director. "I think we all want to be able to fly, to be able to sit at the tippie top of a tree and see the world from up there and just do all the incredible things that birds can do."

113 artists make up this year's show, some from as close as right here in central Wisconsin, while other's come from miles away. 13 different countries are represented this year.

"I've heard that this particular show is very prestigious and held in high regard throughout the country and throughout the world because it is an international show," said Utah artist Darhl Thomson. "So I feel very privileged to be here."

Because not everyone can. It's a juried exhibit and of the 650 entries this time around, just over 100 pieces were chosen. And because it's the best of the best, nature artists from around the world want to be here.

"Wildlife is a passion of mine too and so to be in a wildlife show it's just very special for me," said North Caroline artist Ralph James. "I love to see the other work of the other artists. It's just very exciting for me."

Birds in Art lasts just 9 weeks--from September through November. Admission is free to the public.

Online Reporter: Heather Sawaski

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