Our annual convention and competition will again be held at DoubleTree by Hilton at 16 Ella Grasso Turnpike in Windsor Locks, CT. 860-627-5171. Be sure to ask for the NEAT block rate of $109. 2020 dates are June 5-June 7.
Brenda DuVall and Jim Kimball here. We have decided to do something different here and write our bio’s as one. The two of us have very similar begins with taxidermy. I was introduced to it by a High School Biology teacher and Brenda by a friend at the same time, some 35 plus years ago.
At present time we work together in our full time studio located in Medford, Wisconsin. Taxidermy is pretty much a seven day a week job that we both love.
We both have the same belief with taxidermy, that in order to have consistent results with the final product you must first have an understanding of anatomy and movement in the particular bird or mammal you are working on. This will only happen if you take the time to educate yourselves thru reference books, watching live animals in their natural habitat, and most importantly from competing and learning from others. So whether you’re a Beginner or a Master you should be competing to learn, not win.
Brenda has taken to heart the meaning of giving back to the industry. She maintained a board seat for 8 years and then served as the vice president of the Wisconsin Taxidermy Assoc. She served on the NTA board of directors for two consecutive terms, 6 years. She then went on to serving on the UTA Board of directors for many years, serving as secretary, then vice-chairman then 3 years as the Chairman of the UTA.
Collectively as competitors we have been blessed to win many major awards. Between the two of us we have Four Best of Shows, Four WASCO’s, numerous Best of Category's, Carl Ackley Award, NTA National and North American Championships, World Show 1st. Place Competitor Award, 3rd in the World Waterfowl, Breakthrough Award, and the list goes on.
Taxidermy has also taken us places we never thought were possible. We have worked on animals and props for 5 major movies and numerous commercials. We spent 2 months in Africa setting up a tannery and taxidermy studio for a private company. We have traveled to Australia, New Zealand, and Canada to judge and teach, and learned so much in return.
Our involvement in the competition part of this industry has provided us with many memorable moments. Not only has competing improved our techniques, it has also brought many cherished friendships into our lives.
We look forward to being part of your convention and wish all of you safe travels to the event.
Jim Kimball - Birds and mammals
Fred is from Pennsylvania and has been a taxidermist for 25 years, 22 of those years full time. He has won 3rd in world, North American Champion, National Champion, Eastern National Champion and is a multi champion winner at the state level. We welcome him for the first time to our show.
Fred Gonzalez - Deer and Fish
Where Knowledge and Friendship Meet
Brenda Duvall - Mammals and Gameheads
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