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Graceful Arts students place top 3 in Oklahoma Jr. Duck Stamp Contest


April 22, 2022

Libby Keller won first place in her division with her watercolor and pencil drawing of a swan.

A reception was held at Graceful Arts Gallery & Studios on Saturday, April 16, to recognize Libby Keller (12), Joplin Bradt (10) and Lyla Schmidt (10) for placing first, second and third place, respectively, in their age division for the state Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest.

Schmidt was also recognized for her conservation message.

Duck Stamp Art Contest winners pose with their artworks and instructor. Back row-Jo Decker, Graceful Arts Director and Art Instructor. Front row L to R-Lyla Schmidt (3rd Place); Joplin Bradt (2nd Place); Libby Keller (1st Place).

Melissa Robell with the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge presented each of the students with certificates and prizes they received as awards. Robell also gave a presentation to the audience about wildlife conservation and invited everyone to visit the refuge.

The three students participated in an art course at Graceful Arts Center in Alva over several weeks where they studied their individual bird species, learned different drawing and painting techniques, and composed their unique artworks. Instructor Jo Decker helped the students to submit their artworks to the contest. The federal-level judging for the 2022 Junior Duck Stamp National Contest will begin on April 22 and a winner will be announced when judging is completed. The winning art will be made into a stamp, which goes on sale beginning June 24.

Graceful Arts Center plans on offering the Duck Stamp art course again next year; their classes and workshops can be viewed on their website,


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