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Birds in Art attracts international art enthusiasts

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The Artrageous Weekend in Wausau is coming to a close, but organizers said the event has gotten international attention.

Organizers said the "Birds in Art" exhibit is a big draw for art enthusiasts.

Sculptures, paintings, and graphite pencil art filled the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau.

The works were all part of the 38th annual "Birds in Art" Exhibit.

"It's worth coming back year after, because the art work is new, year after year," said Amy Beck, Woodson Art Museum Communications Manager.

This year, exhibit judges received more than 600 submissions from both U.S. and international artists.

"It's amazing how far and wide Birds in Art has become recognized," said Beck.

Jenny Hyde-Johnson is one of those artists. She's back for her second year at the event and traveled from South Africa.

"The thing is you can't always say I'll come next year, because you don't always know your work will get in," said Jenny Hyde-Johnson.

Artists at the exhibit said this event gives them feedback on their current work and new techniques for the future.

"It's wonderful to be here and get the masters to comment on your work, you always learn and grow," said Hyde-Johnson.

Artists like Hyde-Johnson said they're amazed by the other works they see.

"When you see it in real life it's absolutely amazing, and then you wonder why yours got in and you always feel it's never as good as the rest," said Hyde-Johnson.

Organizers said thousands of people visit each year to check out the new works. They estimate about 5,000 people stopped by the museum this weekend alone.

Birds in Art is just one part of Artrageous Weekend. Organizers estimate about 50,000 people visited all three events this weekend.

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