Works by Ernie Pleger will be featured July 8-Aug 5 in the Schwalbach Gallery on campus. The gallery is open weekdays, 9 am-4 pm. Gallery events are FREE and open to all.
Ernie Pleger studied art at Michigan State University, graduating with a BA in 1953. Following service in the army, he entered the University of Wisconsin Law School. After graduating in 1959, Pleger practiced law in Marinette until his retirement in 1997. He has been painting in watercolor for more than 50 years. His work has been included in many regional and national exhibitions, including "Watercolor Wisconsin" at the Wustum Museum of Fine Art in Racine, WI as well as the Florida Art Center's National Juried Exhibition. Pleger is represented by galleries in Wisconsin and Michigan, and his work may be seen locally at the Cornerstone Gallery in Baraboo.
I have always loved art. For the last 60 years or so I have painted places, people, and things that caught my eye and were of interest to me. While I started in oils, I switched to the greater challenge of watercolor years ago. Since I live on the bay of Green Bay, and since watercolor lends itself so well to marine scenes, painting lighthouses, shore birds, derelict boats and seascapes all appeal to me, and I hope my work appeals to those who view it.
I paint flowers, animals, and other subjects as well, but, old buildings and things with a "history" I find of greater interest. I frequently carry a camera with me and work exclusively from my own photos, altering the composition where needed, but staying true to the details my photos reflect.
Producing art, and viewing the work of others, has always been a great source of pleasure to me. Teaching watercolor workshops, from time to time, and working on commissions, has also given me a good deal of satisfaction.