Famed wildlife artist will be at art gallery

Famed wildlife artist will be at art gallery by David Lias Shoppers who visit downtown Vermillion during the community�s Home for the Holidays celebration Sunday will have an opportunity to meet acclaimed wildlife artist James Meger.

Meger, of Edina, MN, has a reputation for including hidden objects in many of his works. He will be at the Holiday Open House of Tigert Art Gallery, 22 W. Main, from noon to 5 p.m.

His new print, Holy Night, the fourth in a holiday series, will be available as a limited edition and a signed decorator print.

A free mini print will be available to all who attend the the open house. A framing special also will be offered for the mini print and for Holy Night. Tigert Art Gallery will also offer 15 percent off framing or a free decorator print to those who purchase a limited edition print on Sunday. A drawing for Crescendo, a limited edition print, will be held.

The gallery will also offer personalizations, originals, collector plates and canvas reproductions. Refreshments will be served.

Since embarking on a full time professional career as a painter in 1979, Meger has become one of the nation�s most popular wildlife artists.

After graduating from St. John�s University in 1964 with a fine arts degree, Meger served as an officer in the U.S. Army. His tour of duty of included 14 months of combat in the jungles of southeast Asia. He then spent 10 years teaching art and two years in a graduate program at the University of Minnesota.

Meger soared into the limelight in 1980 when his painting of three canvasbacks was selected to grace the Minnesota Duck Stamp. His designs also garnered first place honors for the 1986 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp and the 1986 Alaska Duck Stamp contests.

By winning the Pheasant Stamp, Meger became the first artist to win both of Minnesota�s highly competitive stamp contests. He also continually places in the Federal Duck Stamp contest. He placed second from a field of 800 entries for the 1988 design.

Meger has been named Artist of the Year for Waterfowl Habitat; Duck Unlimited�s Artist of the Year for Atlantic Flyway; Featured Artist of the 1987 National Wildlife Art Show in Kansas City; 1988 Minnesota Wildlife Heritage Foundation Artist of the Year; and 1989 National Artist of the Year for Pheasants Forever.

In 1990, he was selected to design the first fund-raising print for the International Organization of Trumpeter Swan Society.

To date, his donations of original paintings and limited edition prints have earned more than a million dollars for conservation and fund-raising projects.

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