Waterfowl Festival Creates New Virtual Art Gallery

To connect fine art buyers to the artists they love, Waterfowl Festival (WF) has gone online for 2020, creating its first ever Waterfowl Festival Virtual Art Gallery. The web-based showcase launches November 1 and will bring the festival “home” to art lovers, giving them the opportunity to explore and purchase exclusive carvings, sculpture, paintings and photography. While the new online gallery can’t replace the in-person thrill of the traditional festival, it will support artists by encouraging interest in their work in their home studios and will help provide them with a much-needed way to continue to earn their living during this challenging year.

“Obviously, we would prefer to be holding the festival in person,” said WF Board President Kevin Greaney. “However, these difficult times have offered us the time to create this new opportunity to use our website to support our artists while providing a small revenue stream for us. We want folks to be excited about what we are planning for 2021 and at the same time remember the impact that the lack of a festival in 2020 is having on the local economy.”

The Virtual Art Gallery will be online at www.WaterfowlFestival.org and will include artists who were juried into the 2020 show. Each artist is submitting three to five pieces that can only be found in the gallery. Visitors can shop from the comfort of home and when they make a purchase, the artwork will be shipped directly to them from the artist. Online sales will benefit both the artist and Waterfowl Festival’s mission and future. The gallery will change often as pieces are sold, so buyers should check in often. Pieces will be updated as sold and updated throughout the year as we get closer to the 50th Festival in 2021. Buyers will find works of art at all price points and can make online purchases through the festival’s new secure, safe e-commerce system.

As of October 5, more than 30 artists have signed up to participate in the Virtual Art Gallery, including: Photographers Heather Orkis, Cal Jackson and Tony Masso; Sculptors Ken Newman, Fred Boyer and Ronnie Wells; Carvers Al Jordan and Tom Horn; Painters Linda Besse, Keith Whitelock, Sara Linda Poly and Sandy Alanko, to name a few. Painter Richard Clifton, who recently won the Federal Duck Stamp Contest for 2020-2021 will also be participating and offering up some of his colorful waterfowl paintings for sale.

Says Kevin, “By engaging our art buyers online and providing an exciting virtual experience for art collectors, we will keep the festival moving forward toward a terrific 50th festival next fall.”

Visit www.WaterfowlFestival.org for more information or email marketing@waterfowlfestival.org.

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