Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

  • October 03, 2018
  • Wausau
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  • NOTE: Member ($40) with guest ($50) will cost a total of $90. TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the registration form and enter the guest information, as indicated. Thank you.

Estimated Trip Durations:
Oakwood West: 7:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Capitol Lakes: 7:50 AM - 4:20 PM
Sears East Towne: 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM

Guest Registration Fee: $50

Registration Fee includes Badger Bus travel w/Wi-Fi. Lunch is on your own.

Registration Deadline: October 2

Note: If you cancel after this date, there will be no refund.
Registration is closed

Michael Dumas, Sparrow's Rest, 2016 oil

Register now for the PLATO trip to the "Birds in Art" Exhibit at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau on October 3.  This is the 43rd year for this internationally renowned juried exhibit. 114 artists, including 31 international artists and 8 Wisconsin artists, will present artworks.  Innovative artistic approaches and intriguing mediums - from acrylic and oxidized sterling silver leaf to cut turkey feathers and oil and cold wax on linen - capture the character, spirit and habitats of birds.  All-new artwork features varied interpretations of avian wonders via original paintings, sculptures, and graphics.

                 Rose Tanner, Bee Curious, 2017, oil                      Cindy House, Autumnal Colors, 2018

We will have a docent-led tour of the Exhibit followed by free time to explore the Museum and the adjacent Sculpture Garden on your own. Books and posters from the exhibit will be available for purchase in the Museum's gift shop.

                   Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein, The Dance          Tyler Vouros, Bubo scandiacus, 2017, charcoal and water

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum provides barrier-free access in the Museum and in the Sculpture Garden. Since it opened in 1976, admission to the Museum has always been free.  The Museum's collection focuses on art inspired by nature, primarily birds, and has grown to more than 14,000 objects.  Respected Wisconsin artist, Owen J. Gromme, organized the Museum's inaugural exhibition.  

For more information about the exhibit, click on Birds in Art 2018

Feature: Five Artists to Check Out at Annual, 'Birds in Art' Exhibition, Wausau Daily Herald, Laura Schulte

For more information about the museum, click on Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Upon leaving the museum, we will stop at the Wausau Great Dane Pub for lunch on your own. View a menu at Great Dane Menu.

Trip Itinerary

We will board the bus at three locations in Madison.  Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don't miss the bus.  Don't be late - we can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.  Pack water bottles and lots of snacks for the trip.  Lunch will be around 1:00 PM and there is no food at the museum.

Leave Madison

7:30 AM:  Board at Oakwood Village University Woods

7:50 AM:  Board at Capitol Lakes

8:15 AM:  Board at East Towne Sears


10:30 AM:  Arrive at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum.  Meet the docent for the tour of the exhibit.  

12:00 PM:  Free time to explore the Museum and the Sculpture Garden. 

1:00 PM:  Board bus and stop for lunch at Wausau's Great Dane Pub.  

2:00 PM:  Board bus for return trip to Madison

Arrive Madison (Estimated)

4:00 PM:  Arrive at East Towne Sears

4:20 PM:  Arrive at Capitol Lakes

4:45 PM:  Arrive at Oakwood Village University Woods

Other Information

Accessibility Policy:  To ride the bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.  If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to help you. 

Non-member Policy:  PLATO members must register their guests.  Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip.  (Members may bring more than one guest if, near the Registration Deadline Date, seats on the bus are available.  Check with the trip organizer.)  None-member guests pay an additional $10 registration fee.  PLATO membership is $60/year.

Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):  Birds in Art Mail-In Registration Form.pdf

Questions?  Contact the trip organizer, Martha Zydowsky, at and 608-213-6907.


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