AFC Announcements

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

Rebecca Latham Receives Award

Rebecca Latham's miniature painting (Morning Elegance - Mute Swan) in the 29th Annual International Miniature Art Show hosted by the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) was awarded the Robert & Leslie Starke Award - best work by a young artist age 35 or younger. The painting was purchased by MASF and will be part of their permanent exhibition. The show was held at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Palm Harbor, FL. Award winning paintings from the exhibit may be seen online at the Society website:

David B. Johnson Wins Best-in-Show

The Canadian Woodcarving Championships have been held annually since 2001 in Hamilton, Ontario. This competition is growing in leaps and bounds with the objective to ultimately replace the former Canadian Championships held in Toronto until 1987. In January 2004, the competition saw close to 500 carvings in its four levels: Novice, Intermediate, Open and Masters.

Novel Workshop by Julie Chapman

The first-ever workshop of its kind

Siegrists recognized by Miniature Artists of America

Miniature Artists of America is the first invitational organization to honor outstanding practitioners of contemporary American miniature art. Signature
members are chosen from the ranks of award winners in major U.S. non-profit miniature exhibits. Other top professional candidates may be nominated by three Signature Members and elected after a jury review of their works. No more than ten candidates are selected in a given year. The Siegrists are two of them this year.

Passing the Torch at the Helm of the SAA

On Jan 1, 2004 Leslie Delgyer takes over as President of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists. She takes over from Francis Sweet who has had three very successful years at the helm of the Society. We wish him all the best in his return to the pursuit of his artwork. Francis has been a member of the WNAG for over three years now and has been a major supporter of our Group.

Marie Heerkens' Field Guide to Mushrooms

The Field Guide to Mushrooms has just been published as an update to the earlier William Thomas book titled Field Book of Common Mushrooms. It is revised and updated with the photographs and drawings of Marie Heerkens.

This 138 page full-color book is available in paperback/spiral bound and is published by Main Streer, a division of Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. ISBN 1-4027-0696-0 .

The book includes topics such as recipes for cooking, glossarry, Foray lists and uses 138 photographs and 12 pen and ink drawings by Marie.

Dumas is Three Time Winner of OFAH Artist of the Year

The Artist of the Year Program sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters began in 1992. Michael Dumas became the first artist to receive this honour, and when he was eligible again five years later he became the first artist to take the award twice. Being named as the 2004 Artist of the Year for an unprecedented third time puts Dumas in a class of his own and reflects the strong following he has in this organization.

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