First Thursdays expand opening hours at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum of Art

WAUSAU, Wisconsin (WSAW) – Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum of Art gives people the opportunity to enjoy its exhibits and grounds until 7:30 p.m. instead of the usual closing time of 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

“It’s just an opportunity in addition to weekends for working people to come in for a night out,” said Amy Beck, head of marketing and communications.

There are several different areas to enjoy the art and atmosphere, including two lawns, a rooftop sculpture garden, and various galleries.

“What you see in the outdoor spaces is designed to have plantings and planters that echo the edible plants that echo in the ‘Abundant Future’ summer exhibit,” Beck said.

The museum holds rotating exhibitions at least four times a year. They draw inspiration from nationally recognized museums, but this year’s offering seems particularly suited to the Wisconsin way of life.

“It showcases the diversity of garden, farm and field. So it features botanical artwork of plants grown for clothing, healing and food,” Beck said.

First Thursdays also features yoga on the Sculpture Lawn at 5.30pm, so there are plenty of ways to take advantage of what they have to offer this summer.

“You can stop for half an hour at lunchtime and get a quick overview of things, then come back and hang out for a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon,” Beck said.

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