We left our home in the Smokies early Friday morning, headed for Wausau, WI, and were surprised to see blowing snow through windows at the Minneapolis airport while catching a connecting flight! I was even more surprised when I realized we could see our breath inside the airport while waiting to board the plane! Thankfully it was a bit warmer in Wausau, where we’re spending this next week at the beautiful Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, as artists in residence, while teaching, demonstrating and lecturing about miniature art.
Arriving at the museum, we were immediately met by several familiar friendly faces, and upon getting settled into our new home away from home at the museum guesthouse, we returned to the museum to get things set up and ready for the upcoming week. That evening we joined Catie from the museum, and her friend Dave for a delicious dinner at Red Eye, while enjoying great conversation about hiking, archeology and other delightfully interesting topics! Saturday morning 16 excited students joined us in the classroom, and after Wes talked about the unique charm of miniatures and answer general questions about our materials and working methods, they enjoyed their first attempt at painting a miniature tree.
Everyone did a good job, and the room was filled with informative talks, conversation and much laughter, as they all watched Wes and me demonstrating different painting techniques, while also continuing to paint on their own little gems. That evening Wes and I went for an invigorating walk to Angelos, located several blocks away, where we enjoyed a delicious pizza for supper! Walking the tree lined streets back at dusk, we were afforded glimpses into the gorgeous historic Victorian homes along the way, creating a most picturesque setting.
Today brings the last two hours of the adult workshop, with Wes giving an informative lecture on the history of miniatures. The following two hours, I’ll be demonstrating miniature painting in the Birds in Art Gallery, sitting near my “Usual Suspects” painting which is part of the exhibition. This evening we’re excited to be joining friends Don and Linda for dinner, and anticipate a wonderful, fun time! Join me next week for more about our exciting week here at The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum!
Until next time . . .