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Garrett Jacobs enters Federal Duck Stamp competition

Burlington City New Jersey has its own special place in American history. Burlington New Jersey has also been the home to some very well known people that have accomplished some very well notable achievements too. While the list of these Burlingtonians may be a little longer than one may think, you can access a short list that I found on  Wikipedia by clicking here. Hopefully on September 10, 2016 Garrett Jacobs who was born and raised in Burlington City will achieve something that has never been done. In the  61-year history of the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp that's (aka Federal Duck Stamp) competition, there has never been an African-American from an urban area to win the Federal Duck Stamp competition.

Garret Jacobs won the North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition this past January 2016. That by itself was remarkable for a few key reasons. Here is a snippet of the published article by Mike Voss (author) of The Washington Daily News: "AND THE WINNER IS: Garrett Jacobs’ painting of a brant is the winner of the North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition. Jacobs won the North Carolina competition in his second attempt. He scored 41 points out of a possible 45 points. He’s placed in the top 20 entries in three federal duck-stamp competitions.

Neal Woolard, one of the five judges and a Beaufort County resident, was impressed with the quality of the entries. “I think it (quality) was really good in the top five that we picked. We probably cut out more in the in-and-out round to start off with than we have in years past,” Woolard said. “It goes back to the fact we’re attracting so many more artists now, and it kind of thins out things toward the bottom because the quality if getting better at the top, if that makes sense.” Woolard noted that recent winners of the annual competition “are spread out in more states than they used to be.” “Incidentally, the last two winners here were artists of the year for Ducks Unlimited in 2014, 2015. So, that gives you an idea of the quality of folks we are attracting right here in Washington,” Woolard said.

Jacobs’ blue-ribbon entry will be used as the artwork for the 2016 prints and ducks stamps sold to help pay for North Carolina’s portion of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan." Another remarkable thing is that from what I've been finding out is that he may also be the first African-American from an urban area to win any state sponsored Duck Stamp competition. Please read the rest of Mike Voss (author) of The Washington Daily News published article by clicking here

In just about 3 more days some of the most talented wildlife artists throughout this country will enter their masterpiece artwork for an opportunity to have it featured on a conservation stamp. This stamp projects to raise almost $25 million a year to support wetland conservation. What a contribution this could be and knowing that it came at the hands of a urban African-American artist from Burlington City in his own urban backyard of Philadelphia makes it all even sweeter. Here's another snippet of info that I found on the website of where the competition is being held – " Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sponsors the Federal Duck Stamp Art contest, the only federally sponsored competition of its kind. This year, the Service is partnering with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University to bring the contest to Philadelphia. Art entries will be displayed and judging will take place at the Academy on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10. Academy staff will present live animal shows and crafts where children can make their own duck stamp to take home." For more information about this 2 day Federal Duck Stamp event, please click here

There are people from the Federal Duck Stamp national circuit trail that is aware of who Mr. Garrett Jacobs is and the excitement that he's bringing from the urban area where he is from. If you want to wish him luck then show your support by showing up. Garrett Jacobs is coming back home for a few days from Florida and he would be very grateful to see as many people as he can.  What would really be nice if the mayor or someone from his staff be there. What a remarkable photo that would be. Many fist timers all together making another Burlington City imprint in lives of so many throughout our country.

The event will be held at:

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103     
Phone: (215) 299-1000


Burlington City Resident, (contributor)

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Garret Jacobs wins the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition

This year N.C.. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition winner is my brother Garret Jacobs! While this achievement may seem long overdue for some, I knew this day would come. Winning any competition that's open to anyone nationwide is always an accomplishment. I honestly think that his biggest accomplishment just might be that this may have been only his second attempt in entering the N.C.. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition.

It reminds me of what may have been his 1st art competition that he entered years ago back here in Burlington City NJ. Each participant could enter  this art competition either as a professional or armature based upon upon the competition rules. As my brother received his armature credentials and setup his table (a little further down from our original spot), I had to get his paintings out of the car from where we were parked. I carried each painting to the new table locations and we sat there as people came by looking. What we kept noticing over a 90 minute span was that people kept taking a wide path around a tree that was about 50 feet from us (where we first parked). Some would even stop, stare and point but we didn't get it.

My brother asked me to walk over to that tree and try to see what people were looking at. So only as the baby brother could do, I did just what he asked. When I got down to that tree to see what people were looking at, all I could do is laugh. As I walking back with both hands behind my back, I stopped and he asked "Well"? I asked my brother "remember that you said that you were missing a painting"? I said that when I parked the car and got the paintings out, I left the painting of your squirrel. The picture of this squirrel sitting upright against a tree just so happen to be a similar tree that was in the picture. People actually could tell if something was wrong with the squirrel because it never moved. One lady said she walked passed the squirrel twice then told others. Needless to say Garrett Jacobs won but loss this art competition if I remember correctly. They gave him 1st place in the armature division, banned him from future competitions because they said that he should have entered as a professional.

For years I've watch my brother paint one masterpiece after another, only to white them out and draw over them again, I can remember doctors would want to be my friend in hoping that it could land them a little closer to one of my brother paintings. He even had a couple of doctors that were willing to produce his prints and get him started but I know "trust" was big to him. In winning this year N.C.. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition, I hope this gets him started. Whether it's the hair popping of the painting or almost seeing what these animals are looking at through the detail of the animal eyes, his life like renditions of wildlife is something the world needs to see.

Please revisit this post as I will try to update you when his 2016 award winning 2016 North Carolina Duck Stamp prints becomes available. See the North Carolina Washington Daily News press release article about Garrett Jacobs winning the 2016 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition at http://hive.pe/c5

Bruce Jacobs

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