A new exhibition flies into the Woodson Art Museum

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- More than 50 artists from around the world were at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum on Saturday to celebrate 'Artrageous Weekend,' and the opening of a new exhibition, 'Birds in Art.'

Every year since 1976 the Woodson Art Museum has held 'Birds in Art.'

This year, the exhibition flew into the museum with more than 100 worldwide artists, seven from Wisconsin and almost 1,000 pieces of bird-themed artwork.

"It is the best in the world and to have it here in Wisconsin. It's a great gift to the people who make it here," said five-year 'Birds in Art' veteran artist Sean Murtha.

Murtha said that being surrounded by fellow artists allows him to be inspired to try new things and work harder at his craft. With opening day off to a great start, other artists decided to show off some of their hard work during an 'Artists in Action' event.

'Birds in Art' artists gathered in the sculpture garden to show attendees how they achieve their best work through their preferred mediums.

One of those artists was watercolor painter Catherine McClung, who said for her, it all begins with an observation.

"This is my passion, and all I have to do is look out the window and see, well I will say God's creations. They're just amazing and it's humbling." said McClung.

She said her process leads her to form a composition, and that's when the magic happens. However, the road is not always easy.

"In some cases it feels really, and in a lot of cases there's a little frustration involved." said Murtha. "There's not quite what you wanted or quite what you intended."

But with various mediums of work throughout the museum, you would've never been able to tell that there was any frustration involved at all.

The 'Birds in Art' exhibition goes on through November 27th with extended hours at the museum tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Other hours are posted below on their website: