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Artist's Talk with Mary Burns

Thursday, January 11, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Wisconsin Academy and the UW-Madison's Trout Lake Station welcomed Mary Burns for an artist's talk at Minocqua Public Library that was live-streamed courtesy of our friends at Trout Lake. Watch the video to learn about Burns’ studio practice and weaving techniques, and hear many of the stories behind the woven portraits in her "Women and Water" exhibition at the James Watrous Gallery. This event was co-sponsored as a special presentation of Science on Tap-Minocqua, a long-running series of informal talks on current topics in the sciences. 

As Burns writes, "Beginning with North American water keepers and water walkers, the idea for this exhibition spread as I found more and more people across the globe doing important water advocacy and work. They included farmers in Mozambique, scientists, oceanographers, artists, journalists, limnologists, a sea captain in the Kingdom of Tonga, a conservation biologist in the Arctic, and activists in Detroit, India, Peru, and Honduras. All of these women and more are doing essential work for water, for the planet, and for us. They are role models of strength, fortitude, sacrifice, and love. It is my great honor to present them to you. I only wish I could have woven more--there are so many women who should also be honored for their water work."


Mary Burns (Mercer) is an award-winning fiber artist and master weaver. Mary’s Ancestral Women exhibition features woven portraits of an elder from each of Wisconsin’s twelve Native tribes along with twelve complementary weavings.

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