SJ to Unveil 2013 Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, Exhibit

SuggsJohnson, LLC will host a public reception to unveil the 2013 South Carolina Migratory Waterfowl Stamp on January 11 at the Anderson Arts Center. In addition to unveiling the 2013 stamp, the reception will feature an exhibition of the original artwork that has appeared on all South Carolina duck stamps since 1981 -- the first time the entire collection of paintings has been displayed in a gallery setting.

The January 11 opening reception will begin at 7 p.m. at the Arts Warehouse and will feature live music, catering with heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks.  Free to Arts Center members, there will be a $10 admission fee to the reception for non-members, with proceeds going to support the Anderson Arts Center.  Revenue from duck stamps, posters and prints benefit conservation and duck propagation programs in South Carolina and Canada.

“This significant collection is on loan from the Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina State Museum,” said Kimberly Spears, executive director of the Anderson Arts Center. “Traditionally, parts of this collection have been displayed at the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, but this is the first time the entire collection has been exhibited in a gallery.”

The 2013 stamp commemorates the harvesting of the first banded duck in 1910 by Dr. W. Bray at Rocky River in Anderson County, an event instrumental in helping to document duck migration patterns.  The bird Dr. Bray shot was of the black duck species, which is featured on the 2013 stamp along with South Carolina’s state dog, the Boykin Spaniel. The artist commissioned for the painting is Jim Killen of Owatonna, Minnesota, and is Killen’s ninth South Carolina commission. A dedicated conservationist, Killen has been named the Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year three times.

The duck stamp exhibition will also feature wildlife art by local artists Juan Brown, B.C. McConnell, Chase Hunter, Dan Fleming, Mark Hoyle, Charlie Jordan, Ron Kennedy, Donnie Hughes, Ronnie Hughes and Amanda Hughes, noted SuggsJohnson principal Gray Suggs in announcing the accounting and consulting firm’s sponsorship of the reception.

“As we continue to grow our accounting practice in Anderson County and across the Upstate, SuggsJohnson is pleased to be able to celebrate the natural beauty of the region while giving back to our clients and communities through initiatives like this special and unique reception,” said Suggs, a partner in SuggsJohnson.  “We are also grateful to Anderson County for playing a key role in helping make this exhibition possible for the citizens of this area.”

SuggsJohnson, formed in 2005, provides a range of tax, assurance, small business and specialized consulting services to clients across the Southeast.  With clients ranging from individuals to multi-state and international organizations, the firm has particularly deep expertise in serving closely-held businesses and their owners, as well as those in the healthcare, construction, manufacturing, professional services and real estate arenas.  Visit them online at

Following the January 11 debut, the exhibition will be open to the public at no charge through February 22. A special February 8th banquet is also planned. For information on the Anderson Arts Center, the exhibition or the banquet, contact Kimberly Spears at (864) 222-2787.