The works of Ernie Pleger will be on display at the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County's James A. Schwalbach Gallery from July 8 through August 5. A reception and gallery talk will take place during the Summerset Festival of the Arts the first weekend in August.
Pleger's favorite medium is watercolor. He lives on the bay of Green Bay and his works often depict marine scenes, lighthouses, shore birds, derelict boats and seascapes. "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," he says. "Producing art, and viewing the work of others, has always been a great source of pleasure to me."
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. He practiced law in Marinette from 1959 until his retirement in 1997.
He has been painting in watercolor for more than 50 years. Pleger's work has been included in many regional and national exhibitions, including "Watercolor Wisconsin" at the Wustum Museum of Fine Art in Racine, WI and the Florida Art Center's National Juried Exhibition. He is represented by galleries in Wisconsin and Michigan, and his work may be seen locally at Baraboo's Cornerstone Gallery.
The Schwalbach Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information about UW-Baraboo/Sauk County and other arts and cultural events, please visit baraboo.uwc.edu.