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'Only Owls' Art Exhibition Comes to Isle a la Cache Museum

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Painting by Robert Bateman

Artwork depicting the wonderful world of owls will be on display at Isle a la Cache Museum from Tuesday, November 5, through Sunday, December 29.

The free, all-ages “Only Owls” exhibition features 40 pieces of art in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum's collection.

“With their mysterious elusiveness and fascinating skill sets and abilities, owls have universal appeal,” said Amy Beck, Woodson Art Museum marketing and communications manager. “Many artists are eager to observe, sketch, and draw them, and the Woodson Art Museum’s collection is especially rich in its depictions of owls.”

The exhibition provides insight into the fascinating world of owls and demonstrates a variety of stylistic approaches by 30 artists. The Wausau, Wisconsin-based museum pulled together the traveling exhibit because of the unique nature of the subject matter.

“Owls are magnificent creatures with exceptional characteristics,” the museum stated in its description of the exhibition. “Their distinctive attributes – yellow eyes that enable keen vision used to hunt at dawn and dusk; peculiar facial discs that direct sound to ears on the sides of their heads; unique feather structure that allows nearly silent flight; and more – make them ideal subjects for artistic interpretation.”

Exhibit hours are: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. 

The exhibition takes a common subject – owls – and interprets it through the works of many artists, said Tina Riley, facility supervisor at Isle a la Cache Museum. 

“The many styles of art showcased in the exhibit will be appreciated by art lovers and nature lovers alike," she said. "We hope everyone will take a moment to warm up inside during their visits to Isle a la Cache and enjoy the exhibition.”

This is the perfect time of year to open an art exhibition about owls, said Lynn Kurczewski, director of visitor services. 

"Fall is when owls are active mating and nesting," she said. "It’s also a time when owls are pretty vocal. The District offers hikes this time of year to bring people into the preserves for a chance to learn about owls and hopefully hear their calls. So we thought the 'Only Owls' exhibition would be a perfect complement to our hikes and provide another experience for visitors to learn about owls."

Related Isle a la Cache programs that will take place during the exhibition are:

Cork & Craft: Owls – 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, November 9. Make “art from the heart” with Isle a la Cache as your muse and artist Crystal Simpelo as your instructor. Bring your own wine to sip during the program. Canvases and paints will be provided. Ages 21 or older; $10 per person. Register by Thursday, November 7.

Hoot Hike – 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 4. Learn about owls and what to look and listen for, and then go on a hike in search of our feathered friends. Free; all ages. Register by Tuesday, December 3. 

Night Owl: Cadette Badge (Youth Group) – 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14. Learn about nocturnal creatures, go on a night hike and practice using all of your senses. This program fulfills the requirements for the Cadette Girl Scouts Night Owl Badge. Ages 11-14; groups only. Group rates apply: $25 not-for-profits/$50 for-profits. Register by Thursday, December 12. 

Owl Pellet Investigators – 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 18. Investigate the connections between owls and their environment. Participants will dissect an owl pellet after a short presentation about owls. All tools and owl pellets will be provided. Free; ages 10 or older. Register by Tuesday, December 17. 

Busy Beavers Craft Club (snowy owl craft) – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, December 21. Take part in a snowy owl craft project and take your creation home. Drop by whenever you like between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free; all ages. 


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