It’s hard to be from Minnesota and not know of the Hautman brothers. Bob, Jim and Joe are among the most accomplished wildlife artists we’ve ever known, having won the federal duck stamp competition an unprecedented number of times (12 times in the past 28 years). In addition, these friends of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association had a special shout-out in the movie Fargo, so even folks who aren’t particularly interested in waterfowl and wildlife likely have heard of them.
The Hautmans are the feature of a special event set for Thursday, Sept. 7, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. They’ve created 50 new paintings for the exhibit will be on hand to greet visitors, participate in a question-and-answer session, and sign merchandise. Additionally, a documentary about the federal duck stamp contest – Million Dollar Duck – will be premiered at the event. Finally, all 12 of their winning duck stamp artwork will be on display, marking the first time the paintings all have been shown together.
It should be a great evening and wonderful way to celebrate these artists who have contributed so much to conservation.