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The United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year Steven Lester looks at sport art produced by local students with Academy Art Committee chairperson Nancy Raia and member Susan McCullough.
Founded in 1984, the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) at the United States Sports Academy (USSA) is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history and literature. It can also serve as a source for inspiration.
A handful of students from the Mobile area recently visited the Daphne campus. Afterwards, they crafted their own creations.
The students were from the Rotary Youth Club, St. Paul’s Episcopal School and the National Charity League. Their efforts were displayed at the Eastern Shore Art Center (ESAC) in Fairhope during the First Friday Art Walk.
The art contest took place in conjunction with a visit from painter Steven Lester, USSA’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year. He was in town for his own sport art show at ESAC that featured a series of Olympic-themed paintings.
Lester, along with Art Committee members B.J. Cooper, Bruce Larsen, Susan McCullough, Nancy Raia and Amanda Youngblood, selected the top two winners from each age group. According to the ESAC website, this was the results:
St. Paul’s (third to sixth graders taught by Youngblood): first – Izzie Green (horse); second – Addison Thomas (swimmer);
National Charity League (seventh to 12th graders taught by Raia): first – Anna Schmidt (dancer); second – Kenzie S. (runners);
Rotary Youth Club (third to sixth graders taught by Raia): first – Savannah Coleman (kickball); second – Noe (athlete).
Because of USSA’s connection to the world of sport art, it gave all of the students a series of collectible posters featuring works by some of its former Sport Artist of the Year winners. The posters were produced for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games that took place in Athens, Greece.
According to USSA, Lester’s work is recognized for its “action sports themes that resonate with vibrant life and elicit a visceral, emotional response.” Lester has been invited to stage several live painting events at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
He will be awarded the Sport Artist of the Year honor at USSA’s Awards of Sport event and reception on Thursday, Nov. 14, on the Daphne campus.
“I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award from such a highly regarded institution as the Academy,” Lester told the media. “Many of the previous recipients have been people I have admired and followed all of my career.”
The 35th annual Awards of Sport event is free and open to the public. This program honors those who have made significant contributions to sport in categories as diverse as the artist and the athlete.
Lester will unveil an original work that will be added to the permanent collection at ASAMA. The facility is composed of more than 1,800 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs.
The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 251-626-3303 or visit ussa.edu.
Collectible ADCNR licenses on sale
Those who appreciate wildlife art now have the ability to purchase new collectible licenses with a variety of flora and fauna from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). Licenses for Alabama’s 2019 – 2020 seasons and the new hard cards are now available for purchase.
Eight different cards that depict a variety of outdoor scenes are available for an extra $5 fee. The art scenes include deer, turkey, freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, wildlife heritage with an indigo bunting, sandhill crane or shooting sports. The inaugural bait privilege license hard card will include a deer and feral hog.
A total of 32 license privileges are eligible for a combined purchase with a hard card, including annual hunting and fishing licenses for residents and non-residents, waterfowl stamp, Wildlife Heritage and bait privilege. Trip licenses are not available on hard cards.
The easiest way to obtain a hard license with the outdoors scenes is to purchase a license online and click on the link to purchase a hard license. Buyers can choose to select one or all eight of the cards at $5 each. Those who purchase licenses at retail locations also have the option to purchase a hard license.
If you have already purchased a license and decide to obtain a hard card, you can go online and purchase it via the “Replacement/Additional Hard Card” privilege that will be available.
For more information about license requirements, visit outdooralabama.com/license-information.
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