Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Paper . . . not just for reading and writing!

In honor of Museums Advocacy Day . . . 

Paper, it's not just for jotting down notes or printing out a letter. In the hands of a master like Canadian, Calvin Nicholls, it becomes a superb art form. Currently hanging at the Woodson Art Museum, Paper Sculpture by Design spotlights Calvin's incredible cut paper masterpieces from the collection of Follett Library Resources, McHenry, Illinois. On loan to the Woodson through early April, these lively and life-like representations of the animal kingdom join a wonderful exhibition of origami folded paper works to fill the galleries of the museum and spark surprise in visitors. I became familiar with Calvin and his wonderful, evocative work in the late 90s when he was one of the included artists in the hanging of the museum's 'flagship' annual exhibition, Birds in Art. I was instantly astounded by the intricacy of his cut and layered paper work and have been ever since. If you are in proximity to Wausau, Wisconsin or plan on passing nearby in the next month or so, do plan to stop into the Woodson to experience the beauty and marvelous creative skill of Calvin Nicholls as well as all the wonderful folding paper artists represented in the accompanying origami exhibition. The diversity of the ever changing exhibitions that pass through the Woodson on a yearly basis, continue to surprise and amaze me for their non-duplicative, unique representations of all things creative, artistic and thought provoking!

1 comment:

Kathy Foley said...

Terry, thanks so much for acknowledging Museums Advocacy Day in such a positive and enthusiastic way. We are truly grateful for your generous comments. I am, as I post this comment, awaiting my return flight to Wisconsin after a day spent on Capitol Hill visiting seven of Wisconsin's congressional offices. Our three-person Wisconsin delegation trooped the colors and even had the pleasure of a handshake with Congressman Petri and an extended photo-op with Congressman Duffy, whose district includes the Woodson Art Museum. A great day capped off by your wonderful blog post. With thanks, Kathy