The 100 winning entries from the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Program's statewide contest are on display through
"The artwork is really amazing, and we see it year after year," said
MassWildlife received 446 entries from schools and art studios for this year's contest, which closed in March. From there, the 9-by-12-inch drawings and paintings were narrowed down to 100 by a panel of five judges.
Three first-, second- and third-place entries and 16 honorable mentions are selected for each age group: kindergarten through third grade, fourth through sixth grades, seventh through ninth grades and 10th through 12th grades.
A "Best of Show" is then chosen from the 12 first-place winners and entered into the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. This year's
"People have been humbled and awed by the talent of such a young age group," said Twomey, who will be a senior at
"It's eye candy," said
Entering the contest is typically the culmination of a curriculum offered to public, private and home schools and other educational sites through the
"There are a lot of different ducks that you can choose from," Larson said. "It's not just the bird itself but thinking about the habitat or the place that it is or whatever it may be doing."
The 100 images in the stamp exhibit include various species of ducks, geese and swans swimming, flying, guiding young, resting in the marsh and even diving for food in one piece that has attracted a lot of attention.
"That's a great kind of image because you know that's not your classic profile that you'd see in a field guide," Larson said.
"They all tell a story," Mroz said. "You can almost see the personalities of the ducks involved."
The Custom House is the first stop for the traveling exhibit, which will go on to visit other places in the state through March. It is the first time that the museum has hosted the display, but Mroz intends to make it an annual tradition and thinks the region -- with its history of waterfowl hunting and natural bird habitats such as the Great Marsh that stretches into
"The ducks fit into an environment that is particularly unique here," he said. "I hope it inspires some locals to take their hand at this."
Larson also thinks that showing the exhibit in
"We very much encourage teachers in the area to come see the exhibit and to consider including this in their teaching," Larson said.
The painting of a king eider by the winner of the national contest,
The Junior Duck Stamp Program was created in 1991 by the
Money raised through the sale of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp is used to fund environmental education programs, award scholarships to the winning students and to expand the Junior Duck Stamp Program.
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