Min­nesota Artist Wins Duck Stamp Art Con­test

The Oakdale Leader - - SPORTS -

A paint­ing by Mark Thone of Shakopee, Min­nesota, has been cho­sen as the win­ner of the 2018-19 Cal­i­for­nia Duck Stamp Art Con­test. The paint­ing, which de­picts five black brant, a species of goose, in flight over an es­tu­ary con­tain­ing eel grass, will be the of­fi­cial de­sign for the 2018-19 stamp.

“It is in­ter­est­ing that a guy from the Mid­west has such an interest in black brant, but they are so unique, and they were the sub­ject of one of my first duck stamp con­test en­tries in another state,” said Thone, a pro­fes­sional artist. “With this paint­ing I wanted to show them in an es­tu­ary in a typ­i­cal Cal­i­for­nia set­ting that re­flects their con­nec­tion to eel grass, which they eat.”

Fol­low­ing the con­test held June 19 in Davis, the judges praised the anatom­i­cal ac­cu­racy of Thone’s paint­ing, with one also not­ing that the birds “filled the frame” of the paint­ing in a fash­ion that will highlight the species on the stamp.

Artists from around the coun­try sub­mit­ted en­tries for the con­test, spon­sored by the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Erik Fleet of Ju­lian placed sec­ond, Roberta “Roby” Baer of Red­ding placed third and Jef­frey Kline­fel­ter of Etna Green, Ind. re­ceived honor­able men­tion.

The top four paint­ings will be dis­played at the Pa­cific Fly­way De­coy As­so­ci­a­tion’s 48th An­nual Clas­sic Wildlife Art Fes­ti­val, which is sched­uled July 21-22 in Sacramento.

Since 1971, the Cal­i­for­nia Duck Stamp Pro­gram’s an­nual con­test has at­tracted top wildlife artists from around the coun­try. The con­test is tra­di­tion­ally open to artists from all 50 states in or­der to en­sure a wide pool of sub­mis­sions. All pro­ceeds gen­er­ated from stamp sales go di­rectly to wa­ter­fowl con­ser­va­tion projects through­out Cal­i­for­nia.

In the past, hun­ters were re­quired to pur­chase and af­fix the stamp to their hunt­ing li­censes. To­day, hun­ters are no longer re­quired to carry the stamps be­cause Cal­i­for­nia’s mod­ern li­cens­ing sys­tem prints proof of ad­di­tional fees paid di­rectly onto the li­cense. How­ever, CDFW still pro­duces the stamps, which can be re­quested on CDFW’s web­site at www.wildlife.ca.gov/ li­cens­ing/col­lec­tor-stamps.

The species for the 201920 Cal­i­for­nia Duck Stamp Art Con­test will be the north­ern pin­tail.

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