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"Back-to-Back World Championship Titles"

Lindsay (Lynn) Branson, Ward World Championship Winner, 2013On April 27, 2013, Comox Valley Artist Lynn Branson won her third World Championship in Interpretive Carving at the 43rd Ward World Championship, held in Ocean City, Maryland. Lynn joins an elite group as a back-to-back winner with her carving, "The Burl that Wanted to be a Bittern," sculpted from a Western Red Cedar burl, depicting an American Bittern in a dramatic, defensive display. The Ward Foundation Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, Maryland, will display the carving in their Championship Gallery for one year.

Lynn also won a Bronze Medal in Master's Interpretive Carving for her carving, "Awakening," a swan emerging from a feather. Now available as a Limited Bronze Edition!

The International appeal of the World Championship remains strong, as competitors from across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and Japan continue to flock to Ocean City for the three day event.

Lynn Branson is represented by the Peninsula Gallery in Sidney, BC, and Decoys and Wildlife Gallery in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

For more information, see the Ward Foundation website: www.wardmuseum.org.

The Burl that Wantted to be a Bittern"The Burl that Wanted to be a Bittern"   Awakening - Swan
"Awakening" - Swan Emerging from Feather
Now available as a Limited Bronze Edition!

"Making Her Mark"

On April 28, 2012, Comox Valley Artist, Lynn Branson won her second World Championship in Interpretive Carving at the 42nd Annual Ward Foundation World Carving Competition in Ocean City, Maryland. In 2010, Lynn became the first woman to win the Championship, in the 40 year history of the Show.

Her 2012 carving, "Serendipity," depicts a Woodduckling leaping from a nest high in a tree, and was selected for First Place from the other International entries, by a panel of five judges. The sculpture will be on display at the Ward Foundation Museum in Salisbury, Maryland for one year.

Lynn was also awarded a Second in Show, Silver Medal in Master's Class, for "Peace and Quiet," a carving of two sleeping Barn Owls.

Lynn Branson is represented by the Peninsula Gallery in Sidney, BC, and Decoys and Wildlife Gallery in Frenchtown, New Jersey.



Serendipity"Serendipity" - Woodduckling   Peace and Quiet
"Peace and Quiet" - Two Owls (sold)

"Vancouver Island Artist Lynn Branson Makes History"

History was made, on April 24, 2010, at the 40th Anniversary Ward Foundation World Carving Competition, when Vancouver Island artist Lynn Branson became the first woman ever to win a World Championship title.

Since 1970 the Ward Foundation and Salisbury University have sponsored the International event in Ocean City, Maryland, welcoming artists from all over the Globe. This year the attendees included sculptors from the West Indies (Barbados), Japan, Russia, Australia, South Africa, Great Britain, Germany, and Canada.

In 2007 Lynn (Lindsay) Branson was a Bronze medal winner, and in 2008 and 2009 Ms. Branson finished with the runner's up Silver Medals.   "Phantom of the Forest"
"Phantom of the Forest" - Great Horned Owl
Best in World Interpretive 2010, Ward Foundation World Carving Competition

In 2007 Lynn Branson was a Bronze medal winner, and in 2008 and 2009 Ms. Branson finished with the runner's up Silver Medals.

The winning Interpretive Sculpture, entitled, "Phantom of the Forest" (Great Horned Owl), is on display at the prestigious Ward Foundation Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Maryland, and will remain there for one year.

The Ward World Competition, is a three-day event, held annually, and is named for brothers Lem and Steve Ward of Crisfield, Maryland, whose highly collectable decoys are considered some of the finest of the Chesapeake Bay style. In the 1930s Lem and Steve carved decoys for $1.25 each for local "market hunters," but by the 1940s wealthy private club hunters began to collect the brothers' work to display as art. In 2006 a Ward Brothers decoy sold at auction for $109,250 USD.

For further information see the Ward Foundation Web site: www.wardmuseum.org.


Lynn Branson is an artist for the CANADIAN GIFT BANK. The CANADIAN GIFT BANK purchases art to give as gifts by the Government of Canada to guests visiting from other countries.

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