Watershed Gallery

The Watershed Gallery

Now on Display: Mark of the Wild

On exhibit September 2017 through December 2017

Using a combination of natural talent, balsam wood, colored pencils, and passion to illustrate native wildlife, artist Mark Schannach creates stunning original works of art. The level of detail he is able to capture in these drawings is awe-inspiring. This exhibit includes both large and small format and a broad range of northwoods animals and birds found in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

About the Artist

Mark Schannach is an award winning wildlife artist from Minnesota with a life-long appreciation of nature.

“I have always had a great love and appreciation of wildlife, especially birds, which inspire most of my work. I took art classes back in high school and later a commercial art course at St. Paul College, which I graduated from, and worked in that field for a number of years.

My art work is all original and varies from birds to fish and almost anything that walks our forests and fields. My choice of medium is colored pencil used on basswood and butternut pieces. I use acrylic paint for other unique surfaces such as canoe paddles and saw blades. Working out of my St. Paul studio, I first sketch on each surface very lightly and then render it into a beautiful life-like creation. Each piece of art is completed with the application of a finishing glaze. Many of the pieces I create range in size from 5” x 7” up to 16” x 28”. I also do customized commissioned work for customers.”

Coming Soon: The Art of Adam Swanson

Visit the Watershed Gallery this winter to explore the work of Adam Swanson. His work, acrylic on panel, addresses the future, fragility of the human presence, perseverance of nature and underlying threads of danger woven through societies. “There is a deep relationship between art and science. The more we learn about our surroundings, where we came from and who we are, the more likely we will thrive in a universe of endless possibilities.”

The National Eagle Center will host an exhibit opening on Thursday, January 11th, from 4:30-6:30 pm. The opening will be open to the public. 

Interested in submitting your work to The Watershed Gallery?

We are always interested in meeting new artists and viewing their work that showcases the beauty and diversity of life in the Mississippi River watershed.

If you are interested in becoming a Watershed Gallery artist, please send an email to [email protected] with your contact information, brief description of your work and include 2-3 examples. We look forward to hearing from you!