Ed Labernik portrays the maritime vessels of the Great Lakes, specificially, the Duluth-Superior Harbor, mostly in watercolor. True to his earlier passion, wildlife are usually present in his current series.
His home base was always northern Minnesota, where hunting and fishing played a central role in his life. He studied art and art education in college and later taught secondary level art for 32 years.
His own high school art teacher got him interested in watercolor and stimulated a lifelong interest in painting that has been central to his identity.
Labernik finds his motive in his own experiences. So he finds the greatest compliment in reactions of feeling one had been present or wishing to be. I enjoy his bright, warm palette and loving draftsmanship.
Public venues. Duluth: Art Dock, Inc., 394 S. Lake Avenue; William A. Irvin Museum, 350 S. 5th Avenue; Olde Towne Galleries, Village Mall; Lizzards Art Gallery & Framing, 11W. Superior Street; Lake Superior Railroad Museum, 506 W. Michigan Street. Ely, MN: Dorothy Molter Memorial Museum, 2002 Sheridan Street; Kess Gallery, 130 E. Sheridan Street; Superior, WI: Superior Public Museums, Fairlawn Museum Gift Shop, 906 E. 2nd Street. And his own website is the major internet resource.