Since 1976 the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau, Wisconsin, has held the annual exhibition called Birds in Art. Both the museum and exhibition have gained an inter- national reputation attracting wildlife artists from around the world as well as lovers of "bird" art.

Each year an outside jury selects approximately one hundred works in various media —paintings, sculpture, and graphics, to name a few— for the exhibition. With approximately 1,000 worldwide entries the task is formidable. Artists may submit two works for the jury to consider, but only one may be chosen for exhibit.

Birds in Art opens with the gorgeous Autumn colors in Wausau on the second weekend in September. It is a gala event with many of the artists present to greet and interact with the public. A beautiful color catalog of the exhibition is available, and the artists are always honored to autograph it for the public in attendance.

A Master Wildlife Artist is honored on opening weekend. These have included Roger Tory Peterson, Robert Bateman, Richard Sloan, Dino Paravano, Guy Coheleach, Charles Greenough Chase, Ray Harris-Ching, Lars Johnson, Anne Senechal Faust, Carl Brenders, Tony Angel, Elliot Offner, Nancy Howe, Andrea Rich.and many other great talents. The 2007 Master Artist will be Walter Matia.

When the exhibit closes at the museum approximately sixty pieces are selected to go on a year-long touring exhibition. Various museums around the United States ,and occasionally abroad, have hosted the event. I have been fortunate to have my work included in this tour all four times. Each time my work is selected for this event, it is the highlight of my year. You can learn more about my pieces below. For more information on the exhibit, contact the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.




A photo of the soapstone sculpture, Capture, by Clarence P. Cameron of Madison, Wisconsin 


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Capture was one of 114 artworks selected from over 850 international entries. The touring exhibition went to the Houston (Texas) Museum of Natural Science; Arnot Art Museum , Elmira, New York; Anchorage (Alaska) Museum of History and Art; and the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Capture is carved from rare dendritic soapstone found in Montana. It weighs approximately 20 pounds and is about 9 x 9 x 9 inches. Large pieces of this stone are difficult to find.

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In the collection of
Michael Hartman



A photo of Fight or Flight, a dendritic soapstone sculpture by Clarence P. Cameron


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Fight or Flight is Montana dendritic soapstone. The stone has more of a yellowish cast which is probably caused by iron. The touring exhibition went to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque; the Dayton (Ohio) Museum of Natural History; and the Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.

The piece weighs about 15 pounds and is approximately 9 x 9 x 8 inches. It is mounted on a dark-stained oak base.

The SOLD Sign

In the collection of
Judy Kern and Tom Slawson





  A photo of Impression on a Winter's Eve, a mauve dendritic soapstone sculpture by Clarence P. Cameron


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Impression on a Winter's Eve is rare Montana soapstone, but of a mauve color. There are no dendrites present even though it came from the same region as those above.

The year-long touring exhibition included the Waterfowl Festival of Easton, Maryland and the Wendell Gilley Museum of Southwest Harbor, Maine.

The piece weighs about 20 pounds and is 9 x 7.5 x 6.5 inches. It is mounted on a dark-stained cherry base.

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In the collection of
Ted and Bev Smith






A photo of Midnight Mouser, a dendritic soapstone sculpture by Clarence P. Cameron


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Midnight Mouser was one of 92 pieces selected from over 1,000 international entries. As with the three earlier pieces, it was included with 59 other artworks for the touring exhibition. It went to the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois; the Michelson Museum of Art, Marshall, Texas; and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, New York.

The sculpture is Montana dendritic soapstone. It is approximately 14 inches high.

In the permanent collection
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum





 A photo of Prairie Home Companions, an East Indian soapstone sculpture by Clarence P. Cameron


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Carved from a piece of soapstone from India, Prairie Home Companions is one of my largest pieces to date. As the other photos indicate, it is carved in all dimensions. The sculpture is approximately 13 x 5 x 11.5 inches high and weighs 35 pounds. (And to think, I do all my carving in my lap!)

Prairie Home Companions was one of 114 international works accepted in the 25th Annual Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau in the year 2000.

It was also included in the year-long touring exhibition and was exhibited at the Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, Missouri; The John L. Wehle Gallery of Wildlife and Sporting Art, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford, New York; and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art

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In the collection of
Paul and Donna Gazillo







 A photo of Tundra Talons, a dendritic soapstone sculpture by Clarence P. Cameron


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Tundra Talons is carved from a very dense, heavy piece of Montana, dendritic soapstone. Tundra Talons earned me my sixth opportunity to exhibit in the annual Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau in 2003.

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In the collection of
Dr. Diana Kruse





Full Moon Tonight, a dendritic soapstone sculpture by Clarence P. Cameron 


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Full Moon Tonight was one of 98 juried artworks selected from over 995 entries submitted by 610 international artists. Those selected were exhibited with the works of 18 Master Artists at the 30th Annual Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

Full Moon Tonight is carved from rare Montana, dendritic soapstone. Large pieces, this size, have become extremely scarce. In fact, this owl is a bit contorted simply due to a lack of stone. On its wooden stump, it is approximately 15" high, 9" wide, and 8" deep.

Sorry, SOLD

In the collection of
The Bradshaw-Knight Foundation





A photo of the sculpture, Dinner at the Hard Rock, by Clarence P. Cameron





A slab of beautiful dendritic soapstone hid a few surprises  besides this owl. After making good progress, I ran into an occlusion (impurity), so looking directly at the owl from the left end, the body appears a bit thin. (This would be under the wing shown in this photo) Perhaps "dinner" will change that over time. It still is unique in many ways. A couple more photos will be up shortly.

The piece is 13" high, 11.5" wide, and 4.25" deep. I didn't feel this one needed a base, but one could be fashioned if the buyer wishes.

Sorry, SOLD

In the collection of
Dr. and Mrs. Scott Corbett

Dinner at the Hard Rock was included in the international Birds in Art exhibition in Wausau, Wisconsin, in 2007 and then went on the year-long touring exhibition to the following venues:

Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
Salisbury University
Salisbury, Maryland
Newington-Cropsey Foundation
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

rice: $3,650.00



A photo of Soapstone Owl #1F


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*I have a "senior" French lady friend, and she is always referring to my owls with the French word, hibou or plural, hiboux. I thought of her when naming this piece.



Carved from a beautiful piece of translucent Chinese soapstone, this owl is the largest I have carved in this stone, so far. The translucency is very nice, but there are areas that are opaque. (Be sure to check the larger photos) The back of the piece is smooth and polished, as the larger photos also reveal. The owl is 7.75" high x 6.5" wide and the depth varies up to 3".

It sits on a dark-stained oak base with feet. The base is 8" long x 4.5" deep" x 1.75" high.

Sorry, sold
In the Collection of

James Ketchum

My Pink Hibou* was one of approximately 96 artworks out of almost 1,000 international entries to be selected for the 2011 Birds in Art exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. The exhibition closed on November 13, 2011. For more information, contact me or the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

Although it was already sold, My Pink Hibou was included in AFC's Virtual Online Exhibition. See the next owl for more information.




In the Moment, a soapstone owl by Clarence P. Cameron


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What did the young Saw Whet Owl encounter that put her "in the moment"? We will never know, but I am very pleased to announce that she has been accepted in the 2012 Birds in Art exhibition in Wausau, Wisconsin. This is probably the world's most prestigious "bird art" exhibition in the world, and it will be my tenth time to have a sculpture accepted.

The Owl came from a beautiful piece of Montana soapstone and has the dendritic pattern as well as swirls of manganese mixing with a varying base color.

The Owl, itself, is approximately 7.5" high, 7 " wide, and 5.5" deep. The slate base is approximately 6" square and 2" high. As the larger photos show, the piece is fully carved.

Birds in Art opens to the public on September 8 at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau. Many of the 120 international, juried and master artists will be present. The exhibition runs through November 11, 2012.

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Soon to be in the Collection of
Jo Olson

Price: $4,650.00


My soapstone carvings are also included in the Earth and Mineral Science Museum and Art Gallery at The University of Pennsylvania (Penn State).

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