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February 24, 2016 09:30 ET

Canadian Artists Help Paint a Positive Future for Conservation

Trevor Tennant Named Ducks Unlimited Canada's Artist of the Year

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Feb. 24, 2016) - Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is pleased to announce Trevor Tennant of Bobcaygeon, Ont. as the 2016 MBNA-sponsored Artist of the Year for his moose-themed painting, "Shoreline Retreat". The painting was chosen from more than 1,500 pieces submitted by artists who hoped to be selected for DUC's prestigious annual National Art Portfolio.

"I support DUC because they conserve the landscapes and wildlife that inspire me to paint," says Tennant, who has been critically acclaimed for his wildlife art for more than two decades. "Their National Art Portfolio is great exposure for artists and provides great fundraising for conservation. It's a perfect pairing."

Tennant's art is part of private and corporate collections around the world. His wildlife art has been selected for the Ontario Outdoors Card (2005-2007), the Salmon Stamp (2007) and the Trout Unlimited Artist of the Year (2001). He has also designed DUC's 75th anniversary coins, as well as several coins for the Royal Canadian Mint.

Tennant is just one of a talented lineup of 15 artists who have been selected for the 2016 National Art Portfolio - a signature DUC art program which raises essential funds for wetland conservation. These paintings will be made into high-quality, limited edition prints which will receive national exposure through DUC fundraising initiatives. The money raised through the portfolio supports DUC's habitat conservation projects, research and education programs.

"For more than 30 years, our National Art Portfolio has grown into an amazing fundraising program. We promote outstanding artists who understand how essential wetland conservation is to the health of our water, wildlife and environment," says Scott Baker, DUC's national manager of retail programs. "We are excited to celebrate Trevor Tennant's work as the 2016 Artist of the Year, and we are grateful to have the support of some Canada's most talented artists - as well as a of couple premiere artists from the United States."

Artists selected for the 2016 National Art Portfolio include:

Trevor Tennant - Bobcaygeon, Ont. Kevin Johnson - Quathiaski Cove, B.C.
(MBNA-sponsored Artist of the Year) Joseph Koensgen - Winnipeg, Man.
Peter Steuart - Summerland, B.C. Denis Mayer Jr. - Burnaby, B.C.
(Waterfowl Stamp and Print Artist) Geoff Musseau - Channel-Port aux Basques, N.L.
Laurene Spino - Montreal, Que. Patricia Pépin - Bromont, Que.
(National Sponsor Print) Dave Rheaume - Toronto, Ont.
Guy Hobbs - Creston, B.C. Tammy Taylor - Onoway, Alta.
Terry Isaac - Penticton, B.C. John Zacharias - Sherwood Park, Alta.

Throughout 2016, their art prints will be auctioned at fundraising events and sealed bid auction easels across the country. Prints are also available online through DUC's online sealed bid auction. To view this year's Portfolio or bid on some artwork, visit www.ducks.ca/nap. Artists who wish to submit for the 2017 Portfolio can apply at www.ducks.ca/artists.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, other non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.

A high-quality image of Tennant's Shoreline Retreat is available at http://bit.ly/shoreline-retreat.

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