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Artists capture state's outdoors scenes at Wildlife Artist Society shows

CorrespondentDecember 12, 2013 

If you missed the other N.C. Wildlife Artist Society shows around the state – or in Georgia or Maryland – you have until midday Dec. 19 to catch the eighth and final show of the year.

Hosted by the Arts Council of Moore County, the show and sale at Campbell House in Southern Pines started Nov. 1 and features more than 30 pieces from 16 artists.

“We just want to make people aware that the wildlife artists in North Carolina – we have a whole bunch of them who are quite good,” said Sol Levine of Wake Forest, a photographer who also is the society’s exhibits chairman. “It’s also a means of people looking at and appreciating some of the flora and fauna of the state.”

The group consists of 35 members, including painters, sketch artists, photographers, carvers, sculptors, illustrators and glassworkers.

“We even accept taxidermists. That’s an art form, too,” said Beaufort painter Kyle Dixon, the group’s president, who added that a collector membership is available as well.

2013 was the organization’s fifth year of doing shows and its biggest. The annual average is about five, Dixon said. The Georgia show exhibited more than 100 pieces.

“That was pretty impressive considering, we’re a small, North Carolina-based society,” Dixon said.

Find out more about the society, including artists’ biographies, at www.ncwas.com.

The Campbell House gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Learn more at www.mooreart.org or call (910) 692-2787.

Seminars for women: The Carolina Girls Outdoor School will conduct a seminar series for women March 15 during the March 14-16 Cape Fear Wildlife Expo at the Wilmington Convention Center.

Topics include pier and surf fishing, knot tying, fishing for a variety of species, deer hunting, turkey hunting, duck and goose calls and wildlife photography. The fee is $125, and a second person can attend for $75.

Call organizer W.C. Lanier at 843-902-6532, email wc@capefearwildlifeexpo.com or go to www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com.

Fly-fishing clinics next month: No need to travel to the mountains to learn fly-fishing.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation will conduct basic clinics 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 4, Jan. 18, Feb. 1 and Feb. 15 at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center.

Two ponds will be stocked with 1,000 catchable-sized rainbow, brook and brown trout raised at the state’s Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Transylvania County, a commission news release said.

Loaner rods, reels and tackle will be available. The clinic fee is $5. Contact the Pechmann Center at 910-868-5003.

Starting Jan. 8, free fly-fishing clinics will be conducted for soldiers from Fort Bragg’s Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion and their families at 1-5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month through March.

Gifts from the coast: The N.C. Coastal Federation staff revealed their inaugural Coastal Holiday Gift Guide on Monday. Gifts include a federation membership, a monogrammed oyster knife, a fishing school registration, a shirt with a speckled trout design, a coastal air tour, and even an uninhabited N.C. island. Learn more at www.nccoast.org under “Recent Stories.”

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