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Spotlight: National Eagle Center

Mark Schannach combines butternut wood, basswood, colored pencils and his love of the natural world to create his art, which is on exhibit at the National Eagle Center through December 2017. Photo courtesy of the National Eagle Center

WABASHA — The work of award-winning Minnesota wildlife artist Mark Schannach has come to the National Eagle Center's Watershed Gallery. The "Mark of the Wild" exhibit featuring detailed colored pencil illustrations on wood, will be on display through December 2017.

Schannach graduated from St. Paul College and started out in the commercial art industry before moving to his studio to focus on creating original works.

"My work is all original and varies from birds to fish and almost anything that walks our forests and fields," Schannach said. "I also do customized commissioned work."

An opening reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. He will be on hand to talk about his work and answer questions. Admission to the gallery is included with daily admission to the National Eagle Center.

The National Eagle Center is a nonprofit educational center on the banks of the Mississippi River. The center fosters environmental stewardship through educational programs and exhibits, up-close encounters with non-releasable bald and golden eagles, and opportunities to view eagles in the wild. For more information and upcoming programming, visit nationaleaglecenter.org.

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