World-Champion Duck Carving on Exhibit at Skeen Library, Jan. 31, 2006

by John Bertrand
Friends of the Bosque

SOCORRO, N.M., Jan. 31, 2006 – A wood carving of a female redhead duck, winner of a 1998 “World Champion” award, is now on display at New Mexico Tech’s Joseph R. Skeen Library.

The award-winning carving by Canadian wood carver Georges Vincelli was added this past week to the library’s current display of wood carvings, decoys, and photos, titled “Bosque del Apache — It’s More than You Imagined!”

The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge exhibit, originally scheduled to end on Tuesday, January 31, has been extended to March 31 “by popular demand,” according to Leigh Davidson, administrative assistant at Skeen Library and coordinator for library exhibits.

The redhead duck carving by Vincelli earned its “World Champion” designation in the “species” category at the 28th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, a prestigious event held each year in Ocean City, Md.

On loan from Jim and Cindy Wolfe of Magdalena, the redhead joins 16 other wildfowl carvings and decoys from the Wolfes’ private collection, representing several water fowl species found at the Bosque del Apache.

In addition to the one-of-a-kind hand carvings, the Bosque exhibit at the Skeen Library is also comprised of twenty-four 30” x 40” wall panels that feature photography by published wildlife photographers Jerry Goffe, Gary Froehlich, and Wally Newman, text by naturalist John Bertrand, and the graphic design of Don Begley.

Featured in the 25 photographic panels are birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, dragonflies and damselflies, and butterflies which can be enjoyed at various seasons on the refuge. Selected species lists on each panel accompany the photographs.

Also displayed in glass cases accompanying the wall panels are additional wood carvings of Bosque bird and amphibian species by award-winning Albuquerque carver Bruce Taylor and Magdalena artist Bill Strickler.