Runze exhibit will have photos from around the globe

Paul Runze (submitted photo)
Paul Runze (submitted photo)
Runze’s photo of Cecil the lion. (submitted photo)
Runze’s photo of Cecil the lion. (submitted photo)

Paul Runze is planning a photographic exhibition, "Tour the World," on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14, at Merrill Community Arts Center in Woodbury.

A world traveler and award-winning photographer, Runze lives in Cottage Grove and owned Collectors Gallery (now La Vie Boutique) in Woodbury for many years.

He has photographed 73 countries and visited all seven continents, often accompanied by his wife, Paula. The World Wildlife Federation and several African wildlife organizations have used his stunning photographs in their animal preservation publications.

Many of Runze's photos and video of the Zimbabwe lion Cecil were shown worldwide after the popular research animal was killed by a Bloomington dentist earlier this year.

The photo exhibit will include Runze's landscapes, wildlife and cultural portraits of people from such distant destinations as Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Antarctica.

Special emphasis will be given to Africa's "Big Five" large wildlife mammals — the lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Runze will be available during the exhibit to answer questions.

The free show at the Merrill Community Arts Center; 380 Rivertown Drive, Suite 200, Woodbury, will take place 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. All profits from artwork sold during the exhibit will benefit Merrill Community Arts Center.


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