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Art Fraud Back to Top
Artist Sue Dickinson was conned by unscrupulous art dealers, galleries and others. She will soon add a bulletin page to her website, where art fraud can be reported. She hopes this information will help others and aid in the recovery of missing art. Some of her paintings that have gone missing are Clash of the Titans and Family of Giants, both original watercolors, which were taken on consignment by a man called Paul Smolders. He also took several other paintings and has now disappeared. If you’ve been the victim of an art crook.
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Artist Workshops Back to Top
 
Chris Navarro Workshop

You will be working with live horses and cattle as your models. Lodging will be available at the ranch for $390 per person for a 5-night stay at the B-Cross Ranch. The ranch is a beautiful vacation destination, located in a mountain valley in Page Springs, Ariz., just 15 miles from Sedona and 8 miles from Cottonwood. The ranch has large trees, vineyards, and an artesian creek running through the property. The log home sleeps 9 with a covered porch, gourmet kitchen, recreation room with billiards and bar. There is a full service restaurant just 1 mile from the ranch where you will have lunch. During the week you will go into Sedona for a gallery walk and a tour of Navarro Gallery. Friday evening, the last night, there will be a barbeque hosted by Chris and Lynne Navarro.

Anyone who wishes to bring their own horse to use as a model or ride is welcome to board them at the B-Cross Ranch for $20 per night. Chris team ropes at the ranch in the evening, don’t miss this opportunity to take photos for reference or just enjoy.
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Southeastern Wildlife Expo will expand its artistic reach by partnering with the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, to present a world-class workshop and art conference opportunity for professional artists Feb. 8-12, 2008. The workshop/conference will be held at Buck Ridge Plantation in Orangeburg, S.C., just prior to the Expo. The $850 all-inclusive registration fee covers the five-day workshop and art conference, 6 nights’ lodging, a kick-off party, and 16 meals catered by Chef Mark Gibson at Buck Ridge Plantation.

Grand Master Instructors include Mort Solberg (watercolor), John Seerey-Lester and Heiner Hertling (acrylics and oils), Lee Cable (water-based oils, drawing), and Garland Weeks (sculpture, the human form).

Known as the modern day Audubon, artist John A. Ruthven will serve as a Special Guest Instructor. A National Endowment for the Arts Gold Medalist, Ruthven was instrumental in the re-discovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker. A guided field trip to Beidler Forest, an Audubon sanctuary, is also planned.

Robert J. Koenke, former publisher of Wildlife Art Magazine, will discuss promotion and marketing strategies. The keynote speaker will be David J. Wagner, wildlife art historian and author of the newly released American Wildlife Art, a comprehensive overview of the subject.
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Awards & Recognition Back to Top
 
This year’s winner of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest is Joe Hautman from Plymouth, Minn. Hautman has won the federal contest twice before, in 1991 and 2001. Though he holds a Ph.D. in physics, he’s always loved art. It was his win in 1991 that encouraged him to pursue art professionally.

Hautman will be present at the San Bernardino County Museum’s Wildlife Art Festival, which will take place Nov. 16-18. Two dozen prominent wildlife artists will exhibit their paintings, sculptures, carvings, and limited edition prints in the museum’s Hall of History and Schuiling Gallery. The festival is organized by the San Bernardino County Museum Association.
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Wildlife Art magazine sponsored the WAOW "Award of Excellence" for the Women Artists of the West "East to West—Meeting in the Middle" show held in early November at the Hilligoss Gallery in Chicago. Nancy Guzik, the wife of renowned artist Richard Schmid, judged the show and Kathy Cooper was show chairman. The of the award went to Janet Collins of Sedona, Ariz., for her painting Lunch at the Agave Café.
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Casper, Wyo. sculptor Chris Navarro, set a record at the 2007 Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale Quick Draw. Navarro’s one-hour quick draw clay sculpture, Let ’er Buck, to be cast in bronze, sold 31 castings for $555,800 at the show and sale, which benefits the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody.
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The Art of Robert Bateman, a major retrospective exhibition that explores the work of this renowned Canadian wildlife artist has enjoyed record attendance since it opened Sept. 1 at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Therefore, the exhibition has been extended to Nov. 4. Produced and curated by U.S. wildlife artist expert David J. Wagner, the retrospective not only celebrates the work of the Canadian artist but also highlights his long-standing commitment to the preservation and restoration of endangered species. This special exhibition contains more than 50 signature paintings, bronze sculpture, books and videos, plus works on paper that include examples of his original prints and personal sketchbooks.

Recognized by his peers as one of the most influential wildlife painters of all time, 77-year-old Robert Bateman is an artist whose oeuvre encompasses other subjects, ranging from the human figure, to still life, portraiture, landscapes and waterscapes, as well other media including original prints and sculpture.

The gallery is located on Islington Ave., north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and, for the duration of this exhibition, is open daily Mon. to Fri. 10 a.m.-4p.m. and Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
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The American Plains Artists (APA) 23rd annual Juried Exhibit & Sale in September exhibited realistic and representational artworks of America’s Great Plains by more than 70 APA members from across the nation. Show juror Richard Iams awarded the following cash awards: Best of Show, Sherry Blanchard Stuart for Buffalo Sioux; 1st Place, K. Henderson, for Time Passes; 2nd Place, William A. Schneider, for Budding Artist; 3rd Place, JaNeil Anderson for Day Dreamin’.

Other awards include: Publisher’s Award (half-page ad in Wildlife Art magazine, given by publishers Keith & Patricia Hansen), Jammey Huggins for Prairie Dancers; Golden Spur Award—APA Members’ Choice (Gift Card given by H. R. Meininger Co., Denver) Judith Moore-Knapp for Basking in the New Daylight; Arrow Award–Hosting Facility’s Choice (cash award given by GM Real Estate Holdings, Salt Lake City, Oleg Radvan for Bread and Water;

The Coloradan (Autographed book by historian, education advocate, and art connoisseur Doris Monahan of Sterling, Colo., Doris Spires, for High Country Wrangler; Director’s Award, (gift subscription to Wildlife Art magazine given by publisher’s Keith & Patricia Hansen, Russ Becker, for Crow Scouts.

Non-monetary Awards of Excellence: Ann Lane for Girl of the Plains; Mary Ross Bucholz, Fence Rider—Great Horned Owl; JaNeil Anderson, Crawdads; William Hagerman, Wyoming Plains; Johne Richardson, More Than You Know; Bonnie Conrad, Pen Pals; Cindy Long, Pow Wow Regalia; Judith Moore-Knapp, Basking in the New Daylight; Greg Kelsey, Ship Without a Sea.

The Gallery Award (given by Loch Vale Fine Art, Estes Park, Colo.) and the Plainsman Award–People’s Choice (gift certificate awarded by Larson-Juhl, Arvada, Colo.) will be announced at the end of the show Oct. 7.
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Unbridled Devotion by Julie Bender was included in American Academy of Equine Art’s 2007 Fall Open Juried Exhibition and Sale. More than 550 entries were submitted from around the world, with less than 70 hanging pieces selected by a distinguished and well-respected panel of jurors. The exhibition is at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington through Nov. 4
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Julie T. Chapman participated in the recent American Art in Miniature Exhibition and Sale at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla. Chapman will also 4-5 new works at the recent Peppertree Art Show in Santa Ynez, Calif.
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Carol Swinney’s 10" x 20" oil painting Mountain Meadows recently won the Collectors Purchase Award at the 2007 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show at the Elk Horn Gallery in Winter Park, Colo. Swinney has also been invited to participate in the 3rd annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West 2008 exhibition, which will be held Mar. 27 – May 4.
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Award-winning wildlife artist, Gary Johnson, will be jurist for the annual Foothills Art Association Wildlife Show in October. You can see a portion of his work on the Internet. There will be a $100 prize for the painting that best depicts ANY ENDANGERED SPECIES IN THE UNITED STATES. This prize winner will also be featured on the Endangered Species Web site until the next Endangered Species Day in May 2008. (The Endangered Species Day was signed into law in the United States under the auspices of Sen. Diane Feinstein of California. The day itself was founded by David Robinson.)
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Call for Entries Back to Top
 
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, in association with BBC’s Saving Planet Earth, will launch its first "Wildlife Artist of the Year" competition in 2008. Open to all amateur and professional artists age 17 and over, your artwork can help save wildlife.
 
The Loveland High Plains Arts Council will celebrate their 25th anniversary Aug. 9-10, 2008, as the host of Sculpture in the Park, one of the nation’s finest outdoor, juried exhibitions of three-dimensional artwork. The 2008 show will be held in Loveland’s Benson Park, with 200 of the finest sculptors from around the world. Each year, this outstanding exhibit attracts thousands of art lovers and collectors from across the country. Sales at the show now exceed $1 million with approximately three-fourths of the artists selling their work. They welcome applications from new and previous exhibiting artists, and endeavor to diversify and enrich each show by featuring a wide range of artistic expression.
 
Snap up an Award in Wildscape Magazine’s Wildlife Artist of the Year 2008
Now in its seventh year, it just keeps getting better each year! This is an open competition with entries welcomed from wildlife artists’ worldwide for what is now a truly international competition. There are categories and awards for both professional and amateur artists. You do not have to subscribe to Wildscape Magazine to enter. The 2007 winner and Wildlife Artist of the Year was Chris Jones from Wiltshire, UK, for his painting Soft Target – Alligator and Purple Gallinule.
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Conservation Back to Top
 
Ohio wildlife artist Linda Bittner recently contacted Wildlife Art magazine to tell us about a new group of artists called Masterworks for Nature. Their purpose is to benefit conservation through the artwork of their artist members, including John Ruthven and John Agnew. Their motto is "Nature awareness, Education and Conservation through Art." They will be hosting a fund-raiser for a conservation group called The Wilds on April 18 at the Cincinnati Galleries.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released the complete 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, which it has conducted every five years since 1955. The report serves as the baseline for examining how Americans are spending their time and money outdoors. It is considered the definitive source of information concerning participation and expenditures associated with hunting, fishing and other forms of wildlife-related recreation nationwide.

The 2006 Survey shows that 87.5 million U.S. residents 16 years and older participated in wildlife-related recreation—a 6 percent increase from 2001. The number of hunters and anglers fell from 37.8 million in 2001 to 33.9 million in 2006. The most recent survey also showed an 8 percent increase in the number of wildlife-watchers since 2001 but little change in total expenditures for that activity. This report provides a broader and more in-depth look at the data than the Preliminary Findings report issued in May 2007.
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Wildlife, conservation and the tourism economy will benefit from an agreement under discussion between Safari Club International and Azerbaijan, a country which is home to 97 species of mammals, more than 300 bird species and numerous other forms of wildlife.

At a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, SCI President Dennis Anderson, of Anaheim, Calif., praised Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Minister for Ecology and Natural Resources Goussein Bagirov for their leadership as he presented President Aliyev with an SCI life member pin and plaque. This is the first time that such a ceremony has been done with a sitting president. President Aliyev joined SCI and became a life member more than a year ago.

The pin ceremony coincided with the presenting and discussion of a memorandum of understanding for Azerbaijan and the Safari Club International Foundation to cooperate in programs for the conservation of Azerbaijan’s rich wildlife heritage.

Azerbaijan and SCI are also exploring the possibility of hosting a regional "wildlife conservation summit" in the near future. The SCI Foundation supports a similar meeting of government officials that occurs every year in southern Africa.

"SCI and the SCI Foundation would be happy to help the governments of the region work together to conserve species of wildlife that cross international boundaries and comprise a heritage for all peoples of this region," said Anderson.

While accepting the SCI pin, Anderson and President Aliyev discussed the honorable tradition and heritage of hunting and the conservation benefits of regulated hunting based on the best available scientific information to insure that the region’s wildlife is conserved for all future generations.

In the rugged Caucasus Mountains that begin in Azerbaijan hunters pursue the Caucasian tur, a species of wild goat or ibex that inhabits some of the most challenging mountain areas in the world. The hunts take place at altitudes over 8,000 feet in difficult terrain.
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Doug Seus and his Bronze Bear Sculptures
Doug Seus has been training grizzly bears for movies for more than 30 years, and has credits in films including The Bear, Legends of the Fall, An Unfinished Life and The Edge. Recently, Seus’ bear, Bart, a 1,200 lb. Alaska Grizzly, was cast in Sean Penn’s movie, Into the Wild, inspired by Jon Krakaur's book.

Last winter, Seus’ bears Honey Bump, Tank and Bart inspired him to sculpt grizzly bears. His intimate knowledge, understanding, and interaction with grizzlies is reflected in his work. He completed 13 sculptures in less than six months in a flurry of artistic creativity that astonished his friends and family. Michael Coleman, his friend and fellow sculptor, commented on the spirit and unique insight portrayed in the sculptures. Seus has agreed to a royalty arrangement, where he will donate a portion of the sales of the bronzes to Vital Ground, which is a land trust whose mission is to protect grizzly habitat.
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Gallery Happenings Back to Top
 
Attention Andrew Denman Fans
Wildlife Art magazine recently got word that Pacific Wildlife Galleries in Lafayette, Calif. is organizing a one-person show featuring 20 new wildlife paintings by Andrew Denman. Mark your calendars now.
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Museum News Back to Top
 
Wetlands, Waterfowl, and Duck Stamps
Robert McKernan, director of the San Bernardino County Museum, will present a lecture on the subject of waterfowl and wetlands at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The talk will focus on the relationship of duck stamps to wetlands conservation. Duck stamps are not postage stamps—they are revenue stamps sold annually to licensed waterfowl hunters. Proceeds from the sale of duck stamps are the single largest source of revenue for the purchase and conservation of wetlands in the United States. Many of the more than 540 national wildlife refuges have been paid for all or in part by duck stamp funds. Since 1934, Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $670 million used to preserve more than 5.2 million acres of wetlands habitat in the United States.

Each year’s Federal Duck Stamp design is chosen through a federal art competition. The top entries from the 2007 contest will be on exhibit at the county museum from Nov. 14 through Dec. 20, the first showing of these exquisite paintings on the West Coast.
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