by Gary John Gresl

Jason Bouldin, Moonrise over the Mississippi Delta, oil on canvas
Let’s face it! Prejudice against bird paintings, wildlife paintings, and landscape still lives. Any form or subject matter can keep us from finding some real art thrills, large and small. The annual show, Birds in Art”, can be a treat to the open minded because of the skills and variety of the art makers, plus the beauties of those living creatures. There are wonderful paintings in this exhibit each year.

This year at least two Wisconsinites were juried into the selection of 128 works, paintings and sculptures. There is Sandra Wiesman Weiler, who has produced a large painting in which the bird plays a tertiary role compared to the rich skillfully executed wet woodland where water and reflections might awe the viewer. Mary Ulm Mayhew has a nicely impastoed and impressionistic view of crows against a field. Mary’s work was one of a few purchased by the Woodson Museum for its permanent collection.

This year there is an additional benefit, as the museum exhibits paintings by each of the men in the Wyeth family. There is a wonderfully colored and executed shorescape by N. C.; a few skillful watercolors by Andrew to which one can poke a nose just inches from their surfaces, and still more paintings by the youngest, Jamie. One painting apiece by these famous men has been purchased by the museum from the selection shown.

The current annual exhibit continues until November 12th, and is worth a lot of time and trouble to see.

Also at the Leigh Yawky Woodson

November 18, 2006 – January 21, 2007

During a “paint out,” artists gather in one locale to record distinctive views of a specific area. From Sea to Shining Sea: A Reflection of America emerged when the California Art Club and Haggin Museum in Stockton, California, invited 47 artists to attend paint outs in New York’s Hudson River Valley, at California’s Big Sur, and in America’s heartland in and around St. Louis. Artists also were invited to submit a painting from their own region to the exhibition. The 94 impressionist and realist paintings and pastels celebrate the breadth and grandeur of America’s landscape from grand mountains, rolling rural country sides, rugged coasts and seaports to faster-paced industrial and urban sites.

Jason Bouldin, Moonrise over the Mississippi Delta, oil on canvas John Budicin, A Rainy Night in August, oil on linen Fred Somers, Catbird’s Hideaway, 2006, pastel
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