Thunder Bay Arts Council will feature award-winning wildlife artist Chris Wozniak at an open house Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the TBAC Gallery, 127 W. Chisholm.
The open house will feature several of Wozniak's paintings, carvings and prints. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to attend.
Wozniak has been developing his unique style of painting since his high school years in northeast lower Michigan. A degree in commercial art from Ferris State College fine-tuned his given talent. That talent, and a total fascination with nature, is the catalyst that has inspired his creative energy.
Since 1978, when a friend introduced him to decoy and bird carving, the enhancement of creating intricate feathers started Wozniak's imagination working overtime. He also has designed and created several original paintings, many of which have been reproduced into prints and posters.
Wozniak also has entered several art competitions and has done well in all of them. In 1990 and 1995, he was named Michigan Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year. He did the sponsor print for them in 1998.
The Michigan United Conservation Club named him their Artist of the Year in 1998 with a painting of redpols. Although he has not won the Michigan Duck stamp competition, he has placed third twice and in the top 10 many times. He also has several blue ribbons for decoy painting competitions.
Wozniak's love and respect for all wildlife, and his added enthusiasm with nature, continue to inspire him. He is retired from Verizon and can now be found in his home studio with his wife Julie, two cats and his brushes, doing what he loves best.