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Artists from 16 states depict Pacific marten in 39th annual Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Show

Pacific marten. (Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s 39th annual Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Show will be held starting at 5 p.m. Friday, April 15 with artwork featuring the Pacific marten, a member of the weasel family.

“We’re excited to host the 2023 Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition — and it’s sure to be competitive,” coordinator Margaret James said in a Monday announcement from Game and Fish. “This year we have 59 entries from artists in 16 states. The majority of the submissions are from Wyoming artists — and about one-third of all entries are artists entering the show for the first time.”  

Each year, the show asks artists to depict one of the 800+ species of wildlife managed by Game and Fish in the state. This year’s selection, the Pacific marten, can be found in forested areas of the state.

“It is about the size of a small housecat,” Game and Fish said. “Martens feed on small mammals like voles and squirrels, along with birds and berries. The marten is the only member of the weasel family with semi-retractable claws that make tree-climbing easier.”

Winning art will be selected at the art show, with a $3,500 prize for first place, a $2,000 prize for second, a $1,000 prize for third, a $500 award for fourth and a $250 prize for fifth, according to Game and Fish. The winning artwork will be printed on the 2023 Collectible Conservation Stamp, with the original piece to be kept on display at Game and Fish headquarters.

The upcoming art show will be held at Game and Fish headquarters, located at 5400 Bishop Blvd. in Cheyenne. The awards ceremony and artwork sales will begin at 6 p.m.

“Artwork will be available for sale and will be on exhibit through June 1,” the announcement adds.

Game and Fish adds that the show is sponsored by Girls Gone Gourmet Catering.