AFC Announcements

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.

Bruce Krucke Shares Southern African Trip Experiences

The many letters - 108 in total, from Bruce Kruckes trip to southern Africa are now all available on line from her personal website .

Wonderful images from the experience are shared with visitors and the images of some common and rather exotic wildlife is shared with visitors.

WNAG Now Over 200 Members

With the recent acceptance of an invitation to join the Group by SAA member, Chapel, the WNAG has surpassed the 200 members mark.

Recently an invitation was extended to members of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA) to join the Web based WNAG. Over 80 artists have responded and are in the process of building their web site on the WNAG. Jeffrey Whiting, the creator of the WNAG website and the Director of the Group is also a member of the SAA.

Michelle Mara's Northern trip of Inspiration

Michelle Mara has recently returned from another trip through northern wilderness regions. As in previous field study excursions, she recorded numerous observations of birds and mammals, and photographed mountains, forests, tundra and lakes from which future paintings will be composed. These paintings will be part of an on-going collection titled "Song of the Wild North", and new additions to the collection this year
will include scenes of caribou, moose, mountain goats, and several species of owls and waterfowl.

Kitler included in Ducks Unlimited Canada Art Portfolio and a finalist in Artist

Prints will be published by Ducks Unlimited Canada, and will be featured at the highly popular Ducks Unlimited dinner auctions, as well as through an online auction and at sealed bid auctions at quality venues. These activities generate important funds to support Ducks Unlimited conservation programs. Starting in January 2005, David will have a small number of Artist Proofs of the image available for sale.

Kitlers invited to lead trip to Brazil

In May 2004, wildlife artist David N. Kitler and his wife will be leading a 2-week trip to Brazil, a vast country with several distinctly different biomes. This is the chance to experience some of them and visit several of the most spectacular settings in the continent, where opportunities for wildlife-viewing, bird watching and general photography abound.

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