Winning artist chosen at 2011-12 Upland Game Bird Stamp judging event
ETNA GREEN — Jeffrey Kleinefelter of Etna Green, has won California’s 2011-12 California Upland Game Bird Stamp art competition. His rendition of a wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo, Rio Grande sub-species in gouache will be reproduced on the 2011-12 California Upland Game Bird Stamp and will be available as collectible limited edition prints.
Fourteen artists from 10 states entered the competition sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG). The setting and details of the original depictions were up to the individual artists, but entries had to depict a pair (male and female). If background detail was included in the design, it had to be accurate and representative of a natural habitat in California.
Designs were judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print. The judges are citizens selected for their expertise in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing. The winning art may be seen online at www.dfg.ca-.gov/upstamp.
Each year, the species depicted on the stamp is chosen by the Fish and Game Commission. The upland game bird stamp is required for hunting migratory and resident upland game birds in California. The money generated from stamp sales can only be spent on upland game bird-related conservation projects, the creation of hunting opportunities, and outreach and education.
DFG sells about 200,000 upland game bird stamps annually, including sales to art collectors. In addition to the stamps, DFG typically issues signed, limited edition prints that are valued by art collectors.
For more information about the California Upland Game Bird Stamp program, visit the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/upstamp/rules.html.