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Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Artists Awarded
Midwest Region, June 26, 2010
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Refuge Manager Tom Bell presents Missouri Junior Duck Stamp First Place winner Brandon Bartlett with a framed certificate of accomplishment. Missouri Junior Duck Stamp coordinator Tim Haller looks on. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Refuge Manager Tom Bell presents Missouri Junior Duck Stamp First Place winner Brandon Bartlett with a framed certificate of accomplishment. Missouri Junior Duck Stamp coordinator Tim Haller looks on. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Judge and Art instructor Doug Ross addresses the Award Ceremony (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Judge and Art instructor Doug Ross addresses the Award Ceremony (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Tim Haller Missouri Junior Duck Stamp coordinator shows Abigal Ymker (L) her certificate of Appreciation for winning First Place in the Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Refuge Manager Tom Bell (center)looks on. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Tim Haller Missouri Junior Duck Stamp coordinator shows Abigal Ymker (L) her certificate of Appreciation for winning First Place in the Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Refuge Manager Tom Bell (center)looks on. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

The 2010 Missouri Junior Duck Stamp first place winning artists were reunited on June 26 for an awards ceremony at the Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City, Missouri. At the ceremony, the winners were awarded with their long awaited first place prize money courtesy of Bass Pro Shops.

 

Approximately 30 people attended.  The artists were encouraged to invite friends, family and teachers to the event. Judges, volunteers and staff of the MDC, FWS and Lake Arts Council were also welcome. After the award ceremony participants were treated to cake and punch.   The cakes decoration featured all the artwork from the first place winners.  Some artists took their artwork home on a piece of cake.  

 

Big Muddy NFWR Park Ranger and Coordinator of Missouri’s Junior Duck Stamp program, Tim Haller, and Refuge Manager, Tom Bell, spoke on behalf of the FWS and presented each winner with a certificate and a reusable tote bag. The prize money was awarded to the winners by Lake Arts Council president Julie Lentz.  Bass Pro sends the prize money to the Lake Arts Council and the council makes the individual checks out to the 12 first prize winners. 

 

The winning artists were selected from 935 entries from across the state during the contest held March 25, 2010.  Each first place winner received a $50 award and the best of show winner, Luke Coulter of Washington, Missouri, received a $500 award. Coulter went on to compete at the national competition in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 23rd.

 

Retired University of Missouri artist Doug Ross, a judge of the Missouri Junior Duck Stamp artwork, taught a class after the award ceremony.  Doug’s class went into details on drawing and painting waterfowl.  Doug demonstrated various techniques on his methods in producing wildlife art.  Doug previously won the Missouri Duck Stamp contest when the state of Missouri operated its own waterfowl stamp program.  Doug also does freelance artwork in his retirement. 

 

A highlight to Doug’s presentation included a talk by Luke Coulter the state winner and Luke’s father Marty Coulter a professional artist.  Luke talked about creating his artwork and Marty covered his teaching techniques. Marty’s other son Peter was a Best of Show winner in Missouri in 2005.

 

The award ceremony highlights another successful year in the Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Program.  The promotion of next year’s contest continues with the artwork being displayed across the state.  The artwork was featured at Runge Conservation Nature Center during the month of June. 

 

Duplicate artwork was also on display at the Missouri State Capitol in June during a special session of the state assembly.  The artwork will continue on display across the state at eight additional locations until it returns to the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge headquarters in March to be returned to the artists and the 2011 Missouri Junior Duck Stamp contest can begin a new season of success.   


Contact Info: Tim Haller, 573-441-2799, tim_haller@fws.gov



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