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The Minnesota Waterfowl Association Inc

901 First St. North

Hopkins, Minnesota 55343

United States

Company Description

The Minnesota Waterfowl Association is dedicated to the preservation, protection and enhancement of our state's wetlands and related waterfowl habitat and our hunting heritage. In order to achieve our mission the following goals have been set. 1)Ensur ... more

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Federal Duck Stamps

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Les Kouba
Leslie C. Kouba, dean of Minnesota's wildlife artists, is a self-made man who described himself as 52 percent businessman and 48 percent artist. I've made my way in this world by following three principles: First, pick the thing you like to do best; then, learn everything you can about it; and finally, be willing to work harder than anyone else in that field. Kouba's secret to success: work. It's that simple."
My father, continues Kouba, contributed to my early appreciation of nature. He taught me a lot of the little tricks in hunting, trapping, and later, fishing. He instilled in me, at an early age, the sheer enjoyment of being outdoors.
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Kouba decided early in life that farming wasn't for him. I knew I could draw when I was about 8 years old. I think I made up my mind about then that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. In fact, says Kouba, many of the buildings on the farm still show traces of my early enthusiastic attempts at painting. And I was quite convinced I was on the right track when I sold my first painting at age 11 to a prosperous German farmer who lived near Hutchinson.
That first painting was of a deer at the water's edge with some pine trees in the background, remembers Kouba.
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I sold that painting for eight dollars, a king's ransom in those days" says Kouba. It doesn't seem like much by today's standards, but keep in mind that was in 1928, 'when a dime was as big as a wagon wheel.' To put it into perspective, my father's total income from his dairy business was $22 for the month.
That early sale went a long way in convincing Kouba's parents that his artistic skills were worth developing. Kouba's parents supported Les's interest in art by enrolling him at age 14 in a correspondence course sponsored by the Federal Schools in Minneapolis. The name has been changed since I went there, says Kouba. It's now known as Art Instruction, the 'Draw-Me' school. It offers all the basics but it doesn't overly influence technique. You don't end up painting like your instructor. I really learned a lot from that school. I will always be thankful that I had the opportunity to take the course.
Many artists I've found today, says Kouba, could benefit from some of those early lessons. Less passed away in 1998.
This information was taken from Kouba's book, The Legacy of Les C. Kouba, p 11-12.


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Les Kouba

Leslie C. Kouba, dean of Minnesota's wildlife artists, is a self-made man who described himself as 52 percent businessman and 48 percent artist. I've made my way in this world by following three principles: First, pick the thing you like to do best; then, learn everything you can about it; and finally, be willing to work harder than anyone else in that field. Kouba's secret to success: work. It's that simple."
My father, continues Kouba, contributed to my early appreciation of nature. He taught me a lot of the little tricks in hunting, trapping, and later, fishing. He instilled in me, at an early age, the sheer enjoyment of being outdoors.
...
Kouba decided early in life that farming wasn't for him. I knew I could draw when I was about 8 years old. I think I made up my mind about then that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. In fact, says Kouba, many of the buildings on the farm still show traces of my early enthusiastic attempts at painting. And I was quite convinced Iwas on the right track when I sold my first painting at age 11 to a prosperous German farmer who lived near Hutchinson.
That first painting was of a deer at the water's edge with some pine trees in the background, remembers Kouba.
...
I sold that painting for eight dollars, a king's ransom in those days" says Kouba. It doesn't seem like much by today's standards, but keep in mind that was in 1928, 'when a dime was as big as a wagon wheel.' To put it into perspective, my father's total income from his dairy business was $22 for the month.
That early sale went a long way in convincing Kouba's parents that his artistic skills were worth developing.
Kouba's parents supported Les's interest in art by enrolling him at age 14 in a correspondence course sponsored by the Federal Schools in Minneapolis.
The name has been changed since I went there, says Kouba. It's now known as Art Instruction, the 'Draw-Me' school. It offers all the basics but it doesn't overly influence technique. You don't end up painting like your instructor. I really learned a lot from that school. I will always be thankful that I had the opportunity to take the course.
Many artists I've found today, says Kouba, could benefit from some of those early lessons. ess passed away in 1998.
This information was taken from Kouba's book, The Legacy of Les C. Kouba, p 11-12.


2010 Waterfowl Hall of Inductees

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Les Kouba

Leslie C. Kouba, dean of Minnesota's wildlife artists, is a self-made man who described himself as 52 percent businessman and 48 percent artist. I've made my way in this world by following three principles: First, pick the thing you like to do best; then, learn everything you can about it; and finally, be willing to work harder than anyone else in that field. Kouba's secret to success: work. It's that simple.
My father, continues Kouba, contributed to my early appreciation of nature. He taught me a lot of the little tricks in hunting, trapping, and later, fishing. He instilled in me, at an early age, the sheer enjoyment of being outdoors.
...
Kouba decided early in life that farming wasn't for him. I knew I could draw when I was about 8 years old. I think I made up my mind about then that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. In fact, says Kouba, many of the buildings on the farm still show traces of my early enthusiastic attempts at painting. And I was quite convinced I was on the right track when I sold my first painting at age 11 to a prosperous German farmer who lived near Hutchinson.
I sold that painting for eight dollars, a king's ransom in those days says Kouba.
...
The name has been changed since I went there, says Kouba. It's now known as Art Instruction, the 'Draw-Me' school. It offers all the basics but it doesn't overly influence technique. You don't end up painting like your instructor. I really learned a lot from that school. I will always be thankful that I had the opportunity to take the course.
Many artists I've found today,says Kouba, could benefit from some of those early lessons. es passed away in 1998.
This information was taken from Kouba's book, The Legacy of Les C. Kouba, p 11-12.


Minnesota Waterfowl Association - Waterfowl Hall of Fame

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Les Kouba

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Les Kouba
Leslie C. Kouba, dean of Minnesota's wildlife artists, is a self-made man who described himself as 52 percent businessman and 48 percent artist. I've made my way in this world by following three principles: First, pick the thing you like to do best; then, learn everything you can about it; and finally, be willing to work harder than anyone else in that field. Kouba's secret to success: work. It's that simple."
My father, continues Kouba, contributed to my early appreciation of nature. He taught me a lot of the little tricks in hunting, trapping, and later, fishing. He instilled in me, at an early age, the sheer enjoyment of being outdoors.
...
Kouba decided early in life that farming wasn't for him. I knew I could draw when I was about 8 years old. I think I made up my mind about then that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. In fact, says Kouba, many of the buildings on the farm still show traces of my early enthusiastic attempts at painting. And I was quite convinced Iwas on the right track when I sold my first painting at age 11 to a prosperous German farmer who lived near Hutchinson.
That first painting was of a deer at the water's edge with some pine trees in the background, remembers Kouba.
...
I sold that painting for eight dollars, a king's ransom in those days" says Kouba. It doesn't seem like much by today's standards, but keep in mind that was in 1928, 'when a dime was as big as a wagon wheel.' To put it into perspective, my father's total income from his dairy business was $22 for the month.
That early sale went a long way in convincing Kouba's parents that his artistic skills were worth developing. Kouba's parents supported Les's interest in art by enrolling him at age 14 in a correspondence course sponsored by the Federal Schools in Minneapolis. The name has been changed since I went there, says Kouba. It's now known as Art Instruction, the 'Draw-Me' school. It offers all the basics but it doesn't overly influence technique. You don't end up painting like your instructor. I really learned a lot from that school. I will always be thankful that I had the opportunity to take the course.
Many artists I've found today, says Kouba, could benefit from some of those early lessons. Less passed away in 1998.
This information was taken from Kouba's book, The Legacy of Les C. Kouba, p 11-12.


Up North Wildlife Gallery - Les Kouba Biography

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Les Kouba

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Les Kouba
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Internationally known as one of the world's foremost painters of wildlife, Les Kouba's deep understanding of the subject stems from his youth on a Minnesota farm.Impressed by the beauty of nature at an early age, he was afforded ample opportunity to observe and study wildlife in their natural habitat.
At 14, Mr. Kouba supplemented his natural artistic talent with a correspondence school art course.The guidance of professional art instruction was invaluable in helping develop his own unusual technique which immediately identifies his work.His exciting oils, and dynamic water colors are known worldwide and reputed to be some of the most authentic portraits of wildlife existence.
In addition, Mr. Kouba's works have appeared on the covers if many national magazines, as illustrations for outdoor books and he is nationally known as an award winning package designer.He has also gained fame as the designer of Federal Duck Stamps.The artist was honored in "Men of Achievement 1974", "Who's Who in Art", International Directory of Arts and "Who's Who", elected 1976-77 D.U."Artist of the Year", winner of Minnesota's First Waterfowl Stamp Competition for the 1978 stamp and, in 1980, being of Czech heritage, recipient of the "King Charles International Award", for outstading achievements in art.
An extremely active supporter of "Ducks Unlimited", an international organization of sportsmen who foster the propagation of waterfowl, Les says "Ducks have been good to me. . .I want to be good to them."Les Kouba's contributions in artwork to Ducks Unlimited now exceeds his goal set for $1,000,000.
He is the Founder and Director of American Wildlife Art Galleries of Minneapolis, which houses one of the largest collections of original wildlife art in the Nation.The gallery exhibits hundreds of vividly exciting water color and oil paintings by famous American wildlife artists.

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