AFC Announcements

National Geographic Chooses SAA to Supply Sculptures

The National Geographic has retained the Society of Animal Artists and the SAA tour director, David Wagner, to provide sculpture for five one-year-long periods of display in the NGS courtyard. From mid-2003 to mid-2004 Rosetta's "Stone Lion" and "The Hunt" resided there, and now Mountain Fishing will be in the courtyard until mid-2005.

Diane Versteeg Art Chosen for National Wolf Awareness Week Poster

2004 National Wolf Awareness Week Poster
Diane Versteeg of Palm Desert, California is the 2004 national poster winner with her image, "Christiane and Houdini - Mexican Gray Wolves".

October 17-23, 2004 is Wolf Awareness Week, a time to recognize the importance of wolves as part of our natural systems. Each year, governors around the country proclaim the third week of October as Wolf Awareness Week.

Linda Rossin Recognized at International Miniature Art Exhibition

The Paper Mill Playhouse's Ren

Wildlife inspiration while staying close to home

Lucie Bilodeau wrote to us of her experience in Montana from June 17th to June 21th past. She took a photo tour with Animals of Montana, a full service game farm and wildlife film casting agency. She took 1,788 pictures in three of a beautiful Mountain Lion, a majestic African Lion, a Bob Cat, baby Raccoons, a very entertaining baby Fisher, two baby bears, a magnificent Snow Leopard, a stunning 400 lb Siberian Tiger, beautiful wolves, baby wolves and a captivating black panther.

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.

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