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Birds in Art exhibit returns for 44th year
WAUSAU - One hundred fourteen pieces of art work got selected to be in the "Birds in Art" showcase at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
The exhibit opened this past weekend and had more than five hundred artists from all across the globe apply to have their work displayed. 

Themes of other exhibits change every year, but the museum takes pride in having new editions of avian themed art.

John Pietsch and his wife travel the world. 

They were happy to be in Wausau and see Birds in Art. 

"I am a bird lover and love to personally take photographs so it was just..kind of gave me some ideas of things or approaches I can take when I'm looking at birds," said Pietsch.

A lot of the pieces were designed by international artists from countries including Japan, Belgium, and Sweden.

Pietsch believes the exhibit has something of interest for everyone.

"The variety of types of art was fantastic. I mean, there's photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures. If you're a bird lover of any kind or a nature lover of any kind then it's awesome," said Pietsch.

This is the forty-fourth year the seasonal exhibit has been at the museum in Wausau.

Linda Metz has been experiencing 'Birds in Art' since 1976.

"We haven't missed a year since then and I think this is probably one of the best from what I have started to observe," said Metz.

She has seen the works of art improve over decades.

"The artists are certainly getting better and better year after and year. I just think we can always expect the best," said Metz.

Amy Beck believes the versatility of the exhibit will continue to draw a big crowd.

"People as usual seem to be over the moon about the variety and the fresh interpretations, the new approaches that people are taking. Its fascinating to look at the ways that artists take that theme and really run with it," said Beck.

The Birds in Art exhibit will be on display until December first.

Story By: Maya Reese


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