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Pennsylvania Artist Wins 2012-2013 Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest

Winning Black Bear Painting

Annapolis, Md. (March 29, 2012) — Judy Schrader from Warren County, Pa. won the 16th annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Contest with her painting, Hey Mama, Me Next, of a sow and her two cubs.

“The primary goal was to use wildlife and nature to capture each animal’s character and personality,” said Patricia Allen, Information & Education program manager for DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service.

Schrader’s painting was chosen from 10 qualifying entries submitted by artists from Maryland, Georgia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois. The entries were judged before a crowd at the 23rd Patuxent Wildlife Art Show on March 25 at the National Wildlife Visitors Center in Laurel, Md.

Schrader does realistic oil paintings, such as flowers, butterflies, and landscapes of country scenes. She also does pet portraits of dogs, cats and horses. Wildlife is her favorite subject to paint, including black bear, wolves, and waterfowl. To see more of her work, visit

“This is an absolute honor and I am thrilled,” said Schrader. “Third time’s a charm.” She has submitted three entries in the past.

Proceeds from the sale of the Black Bear Stamps and other related items are used to compensate Maryland farmers experiencing agricultural damage caused by black bears. These proceeds are added to the Black Bear Compensation Fund established by the Maryland General Assembly. For more information on the program, go to Prints of the winning painting will soon be available at

   March 29, 2012

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