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Art, Wildlife and the Great Outdoors on Display in Little Washington this Weekend

Feb 7

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2/7/2012 11:30 AM  RssIcon

If you appreciate art, love wildlife, and enjoy the outdoors, a road trip to Washington, N.C., should be on your itinerary this weekend.  Along the scenic waterfront of this small Inner Banks town is where the 17th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and North Carolina Decoy Carving Championships gets under way, starting Friday at 9 a.m. 

Stop by the Washington Civic Center Friday night to see the unveiling of the portrait that will become the 2012 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, also known as the North Carolina duck stamp.

This is the first year that the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering the print and stamp at a special price of $120 — that’s $25 off the normal price. We’ll have a booth set up in the Civic Center on the stage and will take payments for advance purchases — credit card, personal checks and cash — the entire weekend. The print and stamp will be available on July 1.

Commission personnel also will be selling subscriptions to the agency’s award-winning publication, Wildlife in North Carolina, which has exceptional color photography and great articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and the state’s environment in every issue.

If you don’t get a chance to visit the Commission’s booth this weekend, you can always purchase the print and stamp, at the special price of $120, on the Commission’s online N.C. Wild Store. The $120 is good through June 30. After that, the price goes up to $145.

You also can purchase a subscription to Wildlife in North Carolina online. One- and three-year subscriptions are available for $12 and $30, respectively.

Since 2008, the Commission, in partnership with the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild, has conducted a nationwide art competition for the state’s duck stamp, which attracts some of the most talented wildlife artists in the country. Past winners include Scot Storm, who’s won North Carolina’s competition twice, and last year’s winner Richard Clifton, a self-taught artist from Delaware who won the Holy Grail of duck stamp contests — the federal duck stamp — in 2007.

Purchasing the duck stamp and print not only will beautify the walls in your home, but also will help the Wildlife Commission meet its financial obligations in implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan — the international agreement helping restore waterfowl populations throughout the continent.

Find out more about the festival, including ticket information, by visiting the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild’s website, and make your plans now to visit little Washington this weekend.

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