The West Virginia Taxidermy Association 25th Year Anniversary Convention and Competition will be held at the Days Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Flatwoods, WV on April 14 -17, 2011. This will be our 25th annual convention and we are very pleased to announce that the United Taxidermist Association will be holding their Annual Membership Meeting in conjunction with the WVTA convention. The WVTA will be having many great seminars. One of which will be a hands on Mammal Seminar sponsored by the UTA. This seminar will be on setting Bobcat Eyes. Participants will need their own modeling tools. A change-out Bobcat head and eyes will be donated by Van Dykes Supply Co. and instructors for this workshop will be Brenda Duvall, Jim Kimball, Pat Reed and Craig Lewis. Our Fish Seminar will be presented by Ken Bauman of Anadarko, Oklahoma. Ken is the 2009 National Champion - Warm Water Fish, among many other awards, and will be giving an A to Z class on Large Mouth Bass. We are extremely happy to have native son Cary Cochran presenting a class on White Tail Deer. In this seminar Cary will discuss Ear Butts - Size, Shape and Placement. Cary's accomplishments in the taxidermy industry are vast to say the least. We are also pleased to have an informative seminar presented by Brenda Duvall of Medford, Wisconsin. This Carl E Akeley Award winner among many other accomplishments will give a class on Concept and Design of Taxidermy Art in addition to the hands on workshop. This class will cover the many aspects of artfully designing your work. Brenda is the current Secretary of the UTA and was responsible for getting the donation from Van Dykes Supply for the hands on. Our Bird seminar will be presented by Jim Kimball of Medford, Wisconsin. This extremely accomplished award winner will give instruction on the Wiring of Bird Legs and Wings and Attachment Points. Jim will also be involved in the hands on workshop. We are very pleased to have with us Craig Lewis of Burbank, Washington. Craig is the Chairman of the UTA and will present a UTA sponsored Business Seminar. This class will cover many aspects of running a taxidermy business and will include Q&A throughout. Participants in this class will receive a Certificate of Completion from the UTA. We are fortunate to have as a WVTA member Mike Tanner of Gold Hill, North Carolina. Mike works in the medical field and will be presenting a seminar on the subject of Zoonotic. This class will cover diseases from animals that affect taxidermists and will have Q&A throughout. The WVTA is proud to provide our membership with these seven "Top Shelf" seminars presented by World and National Award winners and experts in their fields. The WVTA is also pleased to announce we are adding a "Flat Art" category to our competition this year. We had several folks inquire about it last year. It was presented to the Board of Directors and unanimously passed. We are very pleased to have Ms. Ella Haddix as our judge for this category. Ella is an accomplished art scholar and instructor of many years and we look forward to this new venture. Our judges for this years competition are as follows: MAMMALS/SMALL GAMEHEADS-BRENDA DUVALL BIRDS---JIM KIMBALL FISH-----KEN BAUMAN DEER/LARGE GAMEHEADS-CARY COCHRAN FLAT ART---ELLA HADDIX Convention Schedule and all other pertinent information is currently being added to the WVTA web site www.wvtaxidermy.com Any questions can be PM'd to me here or to Denny Cutright ,[email protected] or contact Rick Dunlap at 304-473-0752 The WVTA would like to invite and welcome everyone to join us in April for a great show and good times.