The radar on my phone’s weather app glared at me like a brooding teen throughout the days (and hours) leading up to the Woodson Art Museum’s Plein-Air Paint Out last Saturday. Checking it repeatedly didn’t change the screen: Highs in the upper 80s complete with little cartoonish lightening bolts and dark gray clouds. “What can you do? You can’t control the weather,” my coworkers comforted me in my testy and anxious state.
Eye Clinic of Wisconsin. Artists working near City Hall took shelter under awnings and trees during the rain and painted the doorways, spires, and historic cobblestone facades of the churches near McClellan and Fourth Streets. The rain subsided later in the morning just in time for a walk to Downtown Grocery for a yummy lunch.
PAPA) president Gil Dellinger, used their hands to create a rectangle and scan the horizon for the ideal layout.
Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, with funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Community Foundation, and the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation. In the afterglow of the Paint Out, the spirit of plein-air painting and the beauty of summer lives on in the Museum galleries and throughout the summer’s upcoming programs, summer art camps, and events.
I’m headed home to Chicago for July 4, taking advantage of the opportunity for a long weekend and catching up with friends I haven’t seen in awhile. I look forward to seeing the familiar city skyline – the perfect backdrop for some fireworks.
If your plans either keep you in the Wausau area for the holiday or have you visiting north-central Wisconsin, swing by the Woodson Art Museum this Saturday and create your own fireworks-inspired sculpture during Art Park Open Studio, 1-3 pm. The Museum is closed for the holiday on Thursday, open on Friday, 9am – 4pm, and on Saturday and Sunday, Noon – 5pm.
Have a great holiday and enjoy the summer weather – rain or shine.