Farm Horizons, November 2011

Sporting dog art and marketing introduced

By Starrla Cray, Staff Writer

If dogs and wildlife are part of your life, you’ll want to check out the new website for all things relating to sporting dog art and marketing –

The website, debuting soon, will offer online shopping for the artwork of renowned wildlife artist Carl Melichar, available in traditional prints, as well as calendars, greeting cards, mugs, large posters, and other novelty items.

“You’ll also be able to personalize all of the items,” added Herald Journal Publisher Chris Schultz. “Upload photos of your dog to the site, and we’ll print your order and ship it to you.”

By uploading your dog’s photos to, you can also order a portrait of your dog, painted by Carl Melichar.

The website also features an assortment of integrated marketing services for the sporting dog professional.

For example, dog trainers, breeders, and boarders will be able to purchase customized signs, brochures, and many other marketing products for their businesses.

“They are very cost-effective marketing services,” Schultz said.

About Carl Melichar

Carl Melichar has combined his love for nature and creative talent to become a wildlife artist who is respected throughout the country.

He creates and displays his paintings in an antique 1936 granary called Countryside Art Gallery, located on his property at 8020 Highway 25 just south of Mayer.

Specializing in sporting dogs and pheasants, Melichar has displayed his work at national shows and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for 30 years, and at the Minnesota State Fair for close to 20 years.

The public is invited to Melichar’s annual fall show at his studio Thursday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

“People can come and go as they please,” Melichar said.

The impressive museum/studio consists of his own art, the art of the late Les Kouba of Hutchinson (Melichar’s second cousin), and other historical collections.

Countryside Art Gallery is also open other times of the year upon request. To make an appointment or for more information, call the studio at (952) 657-2323.

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