AFC Announcements

Artists At Work Catalog in Preperation

2004-2005 Professional Plein air/Nature Artists "Artists at Work" (AAW) Catalog Competition. The first issue of "Artists At Work" Catalog will be debuting in this fall/winter. It is a high quality catalog whose purpose is to bring the artists' work before the institutional collector. All Plein air and Nature Art subjects are eligible. If you are an artist and haven't already sent a note on participation sign up asap. When you sign up at

WNAG well Represented in Wyoming Conservation Stamp Competition

Bill Scheidt, Dan Andrews, Maria Ryan, Michelle Mara, and Debbie Hughbanks finished near the top of the 21st Wyoming Stamp Art Competition this year. The annual event is highly contested and this year both Billl Scheidt and Dan Andrews placed in the top five and Michelle Mara and Maria Ryan placed in the top 40.
This year the featured species was the Burrowing Owl.
Their paintings will be on display at the Wyoming state Museum in Cheyenne through to May 29, 2004


Maria Ryan was one of 25 selected artists who painted a life-sized moose model for the EXCEL Foundation Public Art Project in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, during the year 2004. The moose will be displayed in Coeur d'Alene during the summer. The program "No Moose Left Behind" provides for the auction in late September of the painted moose, all of the proceeds being donated to EXCELs childrens education charity.

Travel and Paint with Mark Hobson in Ireland

With Mark's family roots embedded in Irish soil, this Sept 8-18 trip is a fabulous chance to travel, paint and obtain instruction as you travel to some of Mark's favourite haunts across Southern Ireland. On the journey you visit three separate locations for approximately three days each. After arrival in Dublin airport you drive down to Kiltegan in Co. Wiclow to a gorgeous farm and B&B that has been in the Hobson family for several generations. Once jet lag is behind you and you have had a few dabbles with paint you will then drive across the country by rented bus to Co.

Pablo Dominguez co-authors instructional art book.

Pablo recently completed work for an upcoming book by Walter Foster Publishing, well known for their series of instructional art books. The title will focus on painting wildlife in acrylics including step by step instruction. Pablo created 5 paintings for the publication for which he is co-auther along with wildlife artist Rod Lawrence, also from Michigan. The book is currently scheduled for release this summer and is titled "Wildlife". Walter Foster Publishing will be publishing the book.

Kelly Dodge at CNIB auction

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind ( CNIB )Headquarters in Ottawa will hold it's 11th Annual Eye on the Arts Charity Auction in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, on Saturday, May 1, 2004. Studio 737 of Tweed, Ontario has been selected as this years gallery partner with the C.N.I.B. and among the original art selected for auction is Dodge's piece entitled "Song Without Words". The auction is attended by community leaders, corporate executives and generous friends of the C.N.I.B. Tickets for the event start at $50.00.

New Plein Air & Nature Artists Publication

2004-2005 Professional Plein Air & Nature Artists AAW Catalog Competition

The hunt is on for the best talent out there among National/International artists, painting en plein air and/or nature subjects. The objective is to increase exposure of your work to top Museum curators, Mainstream Galleries, and Serious Collectors including, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Art, the Tate Gallery, among others. This will be a coffee table quality publication.

Melanie Fain Recognized at NatureWorks show

At the NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show and Sale in Tulsa, Oklahoma featuring 50 artists held March 6 & 7, 2004 at the Tulsa Southern Hills Marriott Melanie Fain received one
of five Excellence Awards for "Beetle Series", a series of 4

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