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Dinotopia exhibit prepares to welcome artist

WAUSAU (WAOW)—A combination of realistic landscapes, familiar architectural elements and a collection of dinosaurs interacting with humans has made for an intriguing art display according to Amy Beck of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. 

"They're intricately detailed, they're really so vivid, you can really imagine yourself in this world" Beck told Newsline 9. 

The Woodson Art Museum, 700 North 12th Street, Wausau, Wis., is displaying "Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney" now through April 7th. 

Gurney is the creator, author and artist behind the imaginative Dinotopia franchise.  The concept of a hidden island nation of dinosaurs and humans living side-by-side has spawned children's books, a television mini-series and a nationally touring art display.

The Woodson Art Museum is preparing to host Gurney from Thurs. March 1st through Sat., March 3rd.  As the Woodson's featured Artist in Residence, Gurney will have several public speaking appearances. 

On Thurs. March 1st from 5:30 to 6:30 pm Gurney will be speaking at "Dinotopia: Behind the Scenes."  Here he will discuss how he dreamed up the idea of Dinotopia and how he created the paintings on display in the museum. 

Gurney uses realistic landscapes to backdrop his dinosaur and human points of focus.   

"It's really a chance to learn about how you can take reality and move it, with your imagination, to a whole new realm" Beck said. 

Community members are also welcome to attend the "Gurney Gallery Walk" on Sat., March 3rd from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.  This allows members of the community to meet the artist as he provides an informal tour of the exhibit displaying his creations. 

The Woodson Art Museum is open Tues. through Fri. from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, weekends from noon to 5:00 pm, and until 7:30 pm the first Thurs. of every month.  Admission is free. 

Online Reporter Rob Duns (WAOW)

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