Gary Etzler featured as July Artist in Residence at TBAC

Thunder Bay Arts Council and the TBAC Gallery present woodcarver Gary Etzler as the Artist in Residence for the month of July. An open house in his honor will be held Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the gallery, located at 127 W. Chisholm.

Etzler’s carving career starting in the 1970s beginning with duck decoys. For more than 45 years, Hubbard Lake has served as his home and studio. He moved there from his native Van Wert, Ohio in 1967, teaching art in the Alcona Community Schools until 1999.

Various teaching objectives in different media started his carving career in the 1970s, beginning with duck decoys, which he utilized as an avid sportsman and hunter.

Attention to anatomical detail and the creative posturing of ducks, along with a masterful rendering of color, combine to create wildlife art that is highly sought after by collectors. His use of color involves airbrush, overlays and brush.

Etzler’s work continues to garner numerous awards and world championships in wildlife art competitions.

Basswood carved fish, songbirds, decorative ducks, working decoys, custom turkey calls, knives and ice fishing decoys are other areas he pursues with his artistic talent and craftsmanship.

Quality, craftsmanship, creativity and realism are terms that consistently provide challenges that the artist feels he must satisfy for himself in making each work unique.

“To reflect nature is the ultimate challenge,” Etzler said.

Friday’s event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the TBAC office at 356-6678.