RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2010) – “Carolina Snow Geese” by Minnesota native Scot Storm was selected as the 2010 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print.
The acrylic portrait, which depicts snow geese flying into a corn field, was unveiled at the 15th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships at the Washington Civic Center in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception on Friday.
Representing the Wildlife Resources Commission at the unveiling were Director Gordon Myers; Wildlife Commissioners Wes Seegars, Durwood Laughinghouse and Mitch St. Clair; and former Wildlife Commissioner and N.C. Representative Arthur Williams.
The unveiling of “Carolina Snow Geese” marks Storm’s second honor as artist for the state’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print, also known as the duck stamp. His painting, “Surf Scoters over the Atlantic” was the North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print in 2008. Last year, he placed third in North Carolina’s competition.
Storm was one of more than 30 wildlife artists from across the United States to submit entries for the third annual State of North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition. In 2008, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission began partnering with the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild to conduct a nationwide competition open to the public.
This year, artists could submit portraits of snow geese, brant, Canada geese, tundra swan or gadwall. In addition to Storm’s portrait, four other paintings, rounding out the top five entries as selected by a panel of judges on Jan. 25, were unveiled during the reception. They were:
2nd Place – Richard Clifton of Milford, Del.; snow geese
3rd Place – Gerald Putt of Boiling Springs, Pa.; gadwall
4th Place – Kreig Jacque of Riverside, Iowa; brant
5th Place – Tim Donovan of Lovettsville, Va.; snow geese
Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps of the winning portrait will be available from the Commission on July 1 for $145. The stamp is $10.
Proceeds from sales of the print and stamps will go to the Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the conservation of waterfowl habitat in North Carolina.
About the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Program
The N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print program, established in 1983 by the Commission, generates revenue for waterfowl conservation in the state, including acquiring and improving habitat. Proceeds from the sale of stamps and prints are designated for the Commission’s Waterfowl Fund.
The money is used to help North Carolina meet its financial obligations in implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, the international agreement helping restore waterfowl populations throughout the continent. In addition, funds have been used to support waterfowl research and to buy equipment used to manage wetlands.
About the Artist – Scot Storm
An architect and a self-taught artist, Scot Storm combined a love for the outdoors with a passion for painting, eventually turning a part-time hobby into a full-time career.
He first ventured into the world of wildlife art in 1987, entering the Minnesota Duck Stamp contest where he placed second. After that win, Storm continued to enter state stamp contests, winning his first top award, the Indiana Pheasant Stamp competition, in 1991.
In 1999, Storm permanently traded in his drafting pencil for a paintbrush, becoming a full-time wildlife artist. In the years since, he has amassed an impressive list of top finishes, including the holy grail of duck stamp contests — the federal duck stamp — which he won in 2004 with his vivid portrayal of a pair of redheads in flight over a North Dakota prairie pothole.
While all of his honors are too numerous to mention, the top ones include:
- The 2005 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year
- The 2006 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp winner
- The 2006 Arkansas Duck Stamp winner
- The 2009 Minnesota Duck Stamp winner
- The 2009-2010 Texas Duck Stamp winner
- 2009-2010 Pheasants Forever Artist of the Year
He lives in Freeport, Minn., with his wife, Kristin, and their two children.
About the Festival
The East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and North Carolina Decoy Carving Championships are annual highlights for Washington, which sits on the scenic Pamlico River in coastal North Carolina. The festival is sponsored by the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild, a 70-member group of local carvers and wildlife artists dedicated to providing educational activities associated with wildlife art and the preservation of eastern North Carolina’s wildlife heritage.
With its thousands of attendees whose interests lie in the conservation and management of our state’s wildlife resources, the weekend-long festival has been an ideal venue for the Commission’s waterfowl stamp unveiling since 1996. Each year, the unveiling occurs during the corporate reception on Friday evening and amid hundreds of onlookers.
In addition to the more than 80 wildlife art exhibitors, the festival features many other wildlife-related events, including duck-carving competition divisions, retriever demonstrations, wildlife art and decoy auctions, a children’s decoy-painting contest and various waterfowl-calling contests. New for this year was the DockDogs Competition, which featured leaping dogs and plenty of high-flying action.
About N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state's fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.
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