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Master artist named for 2014 Birds in Art show

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WAUSAU (WAOW) – A Massachusetts wildlife artist known for a preference of sketching live birds in the field has been named master artist for the Woodson Art Museum's 39th annual Birds in Art exhibition this fall.

Barry W. Van Dusen's work has been selected for Birds in Art 14 times since 1991, Museum Director Kathy Kelsey Foley said Wednesday.

He will receive a master wildlife artist medal during the show's opening weekend Sept. 6-7 and about a dozen of his works will be exhibited in the show.

Barry's watercolors are remarkably luminous and sensitive, which is due in part to his preference for working in the field, a long-standing tradition among artists who look to nature for subject matter,” Foley said in a statement.

Van Dusen, 60, calls his more than 80 sketchbooks his “science and art laboratories.” They are filled with thousands of drawings of birds, other animals, insects, plants and landscapes. .

I'm an artist first and a naturalist second,” he said. “Birds continue to fill me with awe and wonder and I hope I can open other people's eyes to their beauty and why they need our protection.”

The 2014 Birds in Art exhibition opens Sept. 6 and continues through Nov. 16. It will feature more than 100 original paintings, sculptures and graphics created within the last two years by artists from throughout the world.

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