Tuesday, July 31, 2012

They May Look Familiar


Alan Krueger’s art is sometimes startling because it is so realistic. You may have seen his work on covers of wildlife and sportsman’s magazines over the years. His paintings are detailed, colorful and heart warming. For anyone who enjoys the outdoors and nature subjects in art, Alan Krueger paintings are very special. Painting wildlife has been his full-time profession since 1977…a considerable accomplishment. Starting August 2 and continuing through September 1, an impressive collection of his paintings will be on display at The Edge Center Gallery in Bigfork, MN. The gallery is open on Thursdays through Saturdays 10AM to 4PM. There will be an opening reception Friday August 3 from 1 to 3 PM. Admission is free.

Alan Krueger was born in 1948. Raised in Minnesota, nature subjects have been the focus of his art from an early age. Although largely self-taught, he studied art at Mound Westonka High School, taxidermy at age 15 and later, biology at the University of Minnesota. While serving in Viet Nam, he did many portraits for the G.I.’s. Krueger started painting wildlife full-time in 1977, after placing in the top 10% of the first Minnesota Duck Stamp Contest.

Alan’s art has been in exhibition at Kohl Galleries, Upland California, Prestige Gallery, Ltd., Toronto, Canada, and many other galleries throughout the world. He has had one-man shows at the Hennepin County Minnesota Nature Center, Victoria, Minnesota and Hart Gallery, Billings, Montana. Alan has also explored sculpture and clay models, which are often used when he is painting. He completed many Chainsaw sculptures from 1990 to 2000. In 1987, his painting, "Spring Breakup - Loons" was chosen from an international competition to be reproduced in limited edition by the Laurel Street Art Club.

Setting up a gallery exhibit every month takes time and patience. It also takes a lot of TLC by the volunteer staff at The Edge Center to make sure the art is handled carefully and displayed beautifully. Much appreciation and many thanks go out to those people who work hard behind the scene to complete these tasks.

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