Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

January 28, 2015 16:18 ET

Talented Artists Help Ducks Unlimited Canada Conserve Wetlands

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Jan. 28, 2015) - Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is proud to introduce a talented lineup of artists who have provided some of their most inspired artwork to the National Art Portfolio (NAP) to help raise essential funds for wetland conservation.

For more than three decades, hundreds of artists from across Canada and beyond have submitted their work to the NAP with the hope that it will be chosen for the prestigious portfolio. The selected artists have their artwork made into limited edition prints and are given national exposure through DUC fundraising auctions. Among the talented artists who are chosen for DUC's National Art Portfolio (NAP), only one is selected as the Artist of the Year. This year, Mike Smith, hailing from Cobourg, Ontario, celebrates this honour with his painting, Quiet Anticipation. The money raised through the NAP supports DUC's habitat conservation projects, research and education programs.

"Each year we are privileged to feature such captivating artwork in our National Art Portfolio, which honours seasoned artists while offering a breakthrough opportunity for up-and-comers," said Scott Baker, national manager of retail programs for DUC. "We are proud to promote this year's lineup, who come from diverse backgrounds but all share our passion for nature and conservation. We are also grateful for all the artists who enter their work. The growing number of submissions each year truly reflects how many artists understand the importance of conservation in our country."

Artists selected for inclusion in the 2015 NAP include:

Wanda DeWaard - Cranbrook, B.C. Laura Levitsky (Stamp & Print Artist) - Chilliwack, B.C.
Stephanie Gauvin - Rossland, B.C. Denis Mayer Jr. - Burnaby, B.C.
Darren Haley - Calgary, Alta. Olaf Schneider - Toronto, Ont.
Adeline Halvorson - Calgary, Alta. Mike Smith(Artist of the Year) - Cobourg, Ont.
Julia Hargreaves - West Kelowna, B.C. John Zacharias - Sherwood Park, Alta.
Joseph Koensgen- Winnipeg, Man.

Throughout 2015, art prints will be auctioned at fundraising events and Sealed Bid Auction (SBA) easels across the country, as well as online through the Online SBA website. For a complete list of program and artist information, visit

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

High-quality images of the winning artwork are available.

Contact Information

  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Carie Jones
    Communications Coordinator