Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Richfield artist wins walleye stamp contest

A painting of two walleye, one chasing a jointed lure, has been selected as the image for the 2010 Minnesota walleye stamp.

The painting, by Tim Turenne of Richfield, Minn., was selected from 17 designs submitted to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“It’s a great image,” said Neil Vanderbosch of the DNR. “We encourage anglers to buy the new stamp when it goes on sale this spring.”

This is the second time Turenne has won a Minnesota DNR-sponsored stamp contest. His painting was selected for the 2010 turkey stamp contest earlier this fall, and he was a finalist in the 2009 walleye stamp contest.

Vanderbosch said seven entries made it to the second stage of judging, from which five finalists were selected. Contest judges were Joe Albert, Outdoor News; Peter Sorenson, University of Minnesota; Lisa Belak, ARTpartner Services, LLC; Dick Grzywinski, fishing guide; and Conrad Schmidt, DNR.

Minnesota’s first walleye stamp was issued last year. Funds generated from the $5 voluntary contribution are dedicated for walleye stocking activities. For $2 more, the DNR will mail the actual stamp to purchasers as a collector’s item. A walleye stamp is not necessary to catch or keep walleye. The 2009 walleye stamp is still available for purchase at all license vendors.

“It’s never too late to buy a walleye stamp,” said Vanderbosch. “They are available year-round. In fact, people still have time to purchase the first-ever walleye stamp as a collector’s item for themselves or a holiday gift for someone else.”

An artist whose work is selected for a Minnesota fish or wildlife stamp receives no compensation from the DNR, but does retain reproduction and marketing rights.
(Webmeister note: I can't even draw a straight line - what a gift.)

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