Duane Raver Art Auction
Serve The Need of Johnston County will hold a charity art auction on Saturday, September 9th from 5p-9p in the Fellowship Hall of Horne Memorial United Methodist Church in Clayton, North Carolina.
“Artist Duane Raver has donated over 20 prints to Serve The Need in Johnston County in order for the organization to continue its missions of the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Handicapped Ramp Building, Project 9 to 3 and Special Education Scholarships and we are very excited and pleased to be given such great pieces of art from Mr. Raver.” Stated Melissa Dooley, Co-Chair for the Art Auction. “This truly was a gift from God and we are excited to share this with the public on September 9th.”
Dooley goes on to say that the Auction will be preceded by a dinner at Horne Memorial UMC where Raver is a member. “Mr. Raver is a long-standing member of Horne and it is truly our pleasure to be able to honor him and bring his art to his home church. Not only will his fellow congregation be able to be a part of this historical auction, but those of the tri-county area and beyond will as well. This dinner/auction will not only give focus to art, but to Serve The Need as well and we couldn’t be happier.”
The dinner is an unticketed event that will be served beginning at 5pm and donations are suggested. The auction will begin at 7pm and end by 9pm. Cash and check only will be accepted from auction winners and they should be prepared to take their purchase(s) with them that evening.
About The Artist: Duane Raver:
Duane Raver was born and raised in central Iowa where he soon learned to fish and hunt and enjoy the world of nature. It was evident at an early age Duane had the gift of artistic talent and soon began to draw and paint fish, waterfowl, and upland game.
In 1960, after doing much of the artwork and some of the writing for the Commission’s magazine, “Wildlife in North Carolina”, while in the Fish Division, Duane transferred to the Education Division. He continued to do many of the magazine’s covers and other illustrations as well as other features. He progressed from Managing Editor to the magazine’s Editor and layout and design duties. During nights and weekends, Duane did many illustrations for several Southeastern states publications, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and educational and commercial books and magazines. His specialty of fish illustrations soon gained national attention.
Duane retired from the N.C. Wildlife Commission in 1979 to devote full time as a freelance wildlife illustrator. In 1984, he teamed with fisheries scientist Dr. Charles S. Manooch to produce the book Fisherman’s Guide – Fishes of the Southeastern United States, which was reprinted four times, most recently in 2007. The one hundred and fifty full color fish paintings in the book have formed the basis for many fish identification posters and publications nationwide.
During his career, Duane was named Wildlife Artist of the Year four times by the N.C. Wildlife Federation and, in 2003, was inducted into the Federation’s Hall of Fame. He has won numerous art awards and recognition by various sporting and conservation organizations for artwork contributions. In 2009, Duane was awarded The Order of the Longleaf Pine by the State of North Carolina.
Now 90, he still does wildlife artwork on a daily basis in his studio in his daughter’s taxidermy shop near Clayton, N.C.