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Gerhard Miller Giclees featured at Fine Line Designs Gallery

Museum quality reproductions provide a new opportunity to share his vision
June 27, 2005
by Stephen Kastner

EPHRAIM, WI -
Gerhard C.F. Miller, the dean of Door County artists lived to celebrate his 100th birthday, and shared a lifetime of his artwork in a final retrospective before he passed away in August 2003. He left behind an enormous number of privately owned works, but only a limited collection of unsold originals that made up the body of his work on display at his Sturgeon Bay studio and gallery. The Miller family decided to continue making the remainder of his originals available at the gallery for a limited time, keeping it open through the summer of 2006.

Due to the enormous popularity of Gerhard Miller's timeless paintings and sketches they have also decided to release a number of titles as limited edition Giclee prints on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper, which is similar to the media Gerhard used to create them. All finite details of the original art are produced to exacting detail.

"It's almost impossible to discern the look and feel of the original from the print," says grandson Gary Miller.

He has arranged for the Gerhard Miller Giclee editions to be exclusively available in northern Door County at Fine Line Designs Gallery in Ephraim.

"There are some Giclees here that are derived from paintings that have never been made public," says gallery owner Connie Hatch. "We are also pleased to offer two Gerhard Miller originals in this new collection."

Gerhard was born in Sturgeon Bay in 1903 to Adolph and Molly Miller. He began painting with oils twelve years later as a means to overcome paralytic polio. In 1938 he started using watercolor, continuing to perfect his skills, building a reputation and eventually opening an exclusive studio gallery in 1958. He went on to master the difficult medium of egg tempera beginning with an exploratory fellowship at Huntington-Hartford Foundation in Pacific Palisades, California. Egg tempera soon became his medium of choice for large painting as he has continued creating quick studies in watercolor and sketches in graphite. As one of America's most prolific and distinguished artists, Gerhard's style of representational art came to be classified as "imaginative realism."

Besides depicting the natural scenic beauty of Door County, Gerhard and his beloved wife Ruth would regularly embark on winter plein air art excursions to many countries in Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Each year admirers would look forward to their return and to the latest Gerhard Miler travel portfolio depicted in an abundance of new work.

A member of the American Watercolor Society, Audubon Artists and the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Gerhard has received special recognition in many prestigious galleries throughout the country. His work has been shown in major exhibitions at the National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society, Court Galleries and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. Gerhard was also honored with a Huntington-Hartford fellowship and an honorary doctorate of humanities from the Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.

Fine Line Designs Gallery is currently featuring two of Gerhard Miller's original works and ten Giclees reproductions of paintings originally executed in egg-tempera or watercolor and eight Giclees of sketches done in graphite. All Giclees are in provided in limited editions and are of museum quality.

Giclee printing is the most accurate method of reproducing original artwork available today. Quickly becoming the standard for high quality reproductions in the art industry, Giclee printing is endorsed by major museums, galleries, publishers, artists and private collectors worldwide. Giclee inks are incredibly stable and tests have proven them to be fade resistant for 80 years or more.

Fine Line Designs Gallery presents the works of Gerhard Miller and over eighty different fine artists on display both indoors and on the gallery grounds, located at the northern edge of Ephraim. The gallery features original paintings, sculpture, jewelry, custom wood furnishings and fiber art, open daily from 10 AM - 6 PM. For more information call 920.854.4343 or visit FineLineDesignsGallery.com.

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