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              • Don Balke (B. 1933) "Snowshoe Hare" Watercolor
                Jun. 16, 2024

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "Snowshoe Hare" Watercolor

                Est: $200 - $400

                Don Balke (North Carolina, B. 1933) "Snowshoe Hare" Signed lower right. Original Watercolor on Illustration Board. Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for the Baby Wildlife of the 50 States, postmarked January 9, 1984. Unlike their close relatives the rabbits, Snowshoe Hare bunnies are born covered with downy soft fur and with their eyes wide open. These adorable creatures of the forest venture from their birthplace at a very young age. In fact, about two weeks after birth, the young hares are foraging for food on the forest floor, although the mother still supplements their diet with her rich milk. During the warm months the young Snowshoe Hares romp through the forests of Connecticut in their "summer dress" -- the natural brown fur that camouflages the hares against the dull earthen colors. But with the coming of winter, the Snowshoe Hare's coat is transformed into a beautiful winter white to blend in with the drifting snow. Because these furry mammals change color with the seasons, they are often referred to as Varying Hares. The Varying Hare uses its large hair-covered feet to glide effortlessly across deep drifts without sinking into the snow. When the hare is startled it will drop down into the snow and remain motionless. Perfectly camouflaged against the snowy background, only its dark tipped ears and glistening black eyes peer out from the winter whiteness. Quivering slightly, the white hare waits patiently for suspected danger to pass and then gleefully continues its romp through the snow. The Snowshoe Hare is widely hunted, both by man and wild predators. As if to compensate for their short life spans, the hares are unusually prolific. Image Size: 10.75 x 12.5 in. Overall Size: 20 x 21.25 in. Unframed. (B08499)

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              • DON BALKE, GREY FOX, LITHOGRAPH
                May. 28, 2024

                DON BALKE, GREY FOX, LITHOGRAPH

                Est: $750 - $950

                Artist: Don Balke, American (1933 - ) Title: Grey Fox Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 950 Size: 22 x 28 in. (55.88 x 71.12 cm) Description: Standing atop a fallen log, the grey fox in this print by Don Balke is imbued with curiosity and wariness.

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              • DON BALKE, RUFFED GROUSE, LITHOGRAPH
                May. 17, 2024

                DON BALKE, RUFFED GROUSE, LITHOGRAPH

                Est: $750 - $950

                Artist: Don Balke, American (1933 - ) Title: Ruffed Grouse Year: 1977 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 950 Size: 22 x 28 in. (55.88 x 71.12 cm) Description: With its tail plumage spread wide, the male ruffed grouse appeals to his mate beside him in an autumn-themed print by Don Balke.

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              • Don Balke (B. 1933) "White-Tailed Jack Rabbit"
                Apr. 14, 2024

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "White-Tailed Jack Rabbit"

                Est: $100 - $1,000

                Don Balke (North Carolina, B. 1933) "White-tailed Jack Rabbit" Signed lower left. Original Watercolor on Illustration Board. Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for Balke's Baby Wildlife of the 50 States, postmarked November 2, 1984. Born in the open -- concealed only by the North Dakota bush -- the baby White-tailed Jack Rabbit weighs a mere two to six ounces. Fantastic as it may seem, this tiny rabbit can stand and even walk a few steps as soon as it is born. But, perhaps prudently, considering the open country in which it lives, this baby stays warm and cozy in its rabbit furlined nest for about four weeks. Often the nest is shared by two or three siblings. After the first month of life, the little Jack Rabbits venture forth to explore their homeland. Chances are they will spend the greater part of their lives within a few acres of here. They can be seen in their brownish coat which protects these babies throughout the summer months. Blending with the surroundings, only the black tipped ears -- which will eventually rise six inches -- and the fluffy four-inch white tail, give this brown-eyed ball of fur away. In winter, the coat will turn to grayish-white as the growing hare scampers quickly through the snow. For warmth, it may burrow unseen into a drift, or lie in a scooped-out snowy hollow. Full-grown, the White-tailed Jack Rabbit may weigh up to ten pounds. If flushed and frightened, he will run extremely fast, sometimes reaching forty-five miles an hour in a series of twenty-foot springing bounds. Even the water is not a deterrent to the get-away. For, unlike its relative the blacktail, the White-tailed Jack Rabbit will take to the water if cornered, kicking and paddling its way to safety. Image Size: 11.25 x 12.5 in. Overall Size: 18.25 x 20 in. Unframed. (B08944)

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              • Don Balke (B. 1933) "Tundra Muskox"
                Apr. 14, 2024

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "Tundra Muskox"

                Est: $100 - $1,000

                Don Balke (North Carolina, B. 1933) "Tundra Muskox" Signed lower left. Original Watercolor on Illustration Board. Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. 37c Tunda Muskox Arctic Animals stamp issue of July 2, 2003. Called omingmak -- meaning "the animal with skin like a beard" -- by Inupiaq-speaking Eskimos, the muskox Ovibos moschatus has changed little since the last ice age. Mature bulls average five feet high at the shoulder and weigh up to 800 pounds. During the rut (the annual period of sexual excitement in the males), battles between bull muskoxen become battering contests which are as spectacular as they are violent. After a mutual display of aggression, two bulls charge at top speed directly towards one another from distances of 50 yards or more, colliding squarely on their horns. Incredibly, the sound created by this tremendous impact may be heard from up to a mile away. Following a clash, the competitors back up, swinging their heads from side to side, and then repeat the sequence until one bull runs away. A battle may consist of 20 clashes -- each with a force equivalent to that of an automobile slamming into a concrete wall at 17 miles per hour. Luckily for them, bull muskoxen boast heavily armored skulls to protect them from the intense shock of impact; four inches of horn and another three inches of solid bone lie directly between the animal's brain and the area of contact. After muskoxen disappeared from Alaska in the 1800s, a transplant population of some thirty specimens was brought from East Greenland to Alaska's Nunivak Island in the 1930s. Today, thanks to conservation efforts, close to 3,000 muskoxen roam free in Alaska. Image Size: 7 x 6 in. Overall Size: 14 x 13 in. Unframed. (B17099)

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              • Don Balke (B. 1933) "Wolverine and White Pine"
                Apr. 14, 2024

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "Wolverine and White Pine"

                Est: $100 - $1,000

                Don Balke (North Carolina, B. 1933) "Wolverine and White Pine" Signed lower right. Original Watercolor on Illustration Board. Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. This art was originally published in the limited edition collection of philatelic proofcards issued by Fleetwood and the National Audubon Society for the Wildlife of the 50 States. Indian devil, skunk-bear, Evil One and glutton all describe the squat, surly Wolverine. Slinking through Michigan's forests on short bowlegs, the Wolverine looks like a small bear. Heavily built, with shaggy dark hair, he readilys displays sharp claws and powerful teeth. Unusually cunning, the brown-furred predator plunders traplines, steals the bait, ravenously consumes it and then hides the traps. For the gluttonous Wolverine, the trapper's food caches are welcome treasures. He gorges himself on the stolen food and, in thanks, sprays the remains with strong smelling musk. To supplement his thievery the Wolverine hunts. Even though the Wolverine is quite small in size, he can tote a carcass three times his weight for distances over a mile. In lazier moods this ferocious relative of the badger, skunk and otter just climbs a tree and waits alone for rodents or rabbits to come to him. Except for brief family obligations, the antisocial Wolverine spends much of his time alone. After a short spring mating season, females bear two or three woolly babies, taking care of them until the fall when it becomes each Wolverine for himself. Their childhoods end abruptly, and the youngsters soon learn to avoid their natural enemies, including man. Today it seems man may be gaining the upper hand, and the Wolverine has almost disappeared from North America. Even in Michigan, the Wolverine State, the animals are rare, but occasionally they can still be seen sneaking through the White Pine forests. Image Size: 12.25 x 14.75 in. Overall Size: 19.75 x 23.75 in. Unframed. (B95757)

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              • Don Balke (B. 1933) "White-tailed Deer"
                Apr. 14, 2024

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "White-tailed Deer"

                Est: $100 - $1,000

                Don Balke (North Carolina, B. 1933) "White-tailed Deer and Eastern Hemlock" Signed lower center. Original Watercolor on Illustration Board. Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. This art was originally published in the limited edition collection of philatelic proofcards issued by Fleetwood and the National Audubon Society for the Wildlife of the 50 States. A White-tailed Deer, the picture of grace and beauty, bounds away, his upright tail flashing behind him like a white banner. The White-tailed Deer buck is the most hardy and abundant big game animal in North America. White-tailed Deer sport magnificent antlers with dominant main beams and unbranched rising tines. Males fight with their antlers in the fall, lose them in late winter, and grow new ones in late spring. These antlers begin as simple projections laced with blood vessels that carry nourishment. This covering is known as "velvet." In early autumn, the antlers attain their full growth, blood supply stops and they harden. Stags then rub off the velvet. Most bucks are polygamous and fawns are born to their mates each spring, usually twins but sometimes triplets. For the first few weeks, the fawns stay concealed while their mothers browse for food. By September the fawns are weaned, and have grown their brownish-gray coat. Then they are able to join the over eight million deer that roam throughout the United States. Image Size: 12 x 14 in. Overall Size: 19.75 x 22 in. Unframed. (B05272)

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              • Don Balke (B. 1933) "Western Meadowlark"
                Apr. 14, 2024

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "Western Meadowlark"

                Est: $100 - $1,000

                Don Balke (North Carolina, B. 1933) "Western Meadowlark and Indian Paintbrush" Signed lower right. Original Watercolor on Illustration Board. Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. This art was originally published in the limited edition collection of philatelic proofcards issued by Fleetwood and the National Audubon Society for the Wildlife of the 50 States. In plumage there is little to distinguish the Western Meadowlark from its Eastern counterpart. Both have streaked upper parts, a yellow breast with a black V, and white outer tail feathers. The Westerner, however, is somewhat paler. In the realm of song, all resemblance ceases. Unlike the Easterner's plaintive, whistled song, the Western Meadowlark's phrases contain hints of the wood thrush and the Baltimore oriole, with some of the bobolink's exuberance added for good measure. Both species of Meadowlarks overlap in the central states, but do not inter-breed. Females apparently choose their mates on the basis of their distinctive call notes. The Indian Paintbrush is one of a group of plants that seem, at first glance, to bear bright flowers, but a closer look shows that appearances are sometimes deceiving. Actually the tubular creamy flowers, about one inch in length, are almost hidden by the sepals, which are tipped with orange red, and light-red bracts, which are one-to-two inches long. The real leaves are green. They, and the rest of the plant, are covered with short fine hairs. This member of the figwort family grows to about two feet in height, and near the ground it divides into stalks which in turn have little branches. This Wyoming plant resembles a paintbrush. Image Size: 11.75 x 14.25 in. Overall Size: 20.25 x 24.25 in. Unframed. (B05670)

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              • Don Balke (B. 1933) California Gull and Sego Lily
                Apr. 14, 2024

                Don Balke (B. 1933) California Gull and Sego Lily

                Est: $100 - $1,000

                Don Balke (North Carolina, B. 1933) "California Gull and Sego Lily" Signed lower left. Original Watercolor on Illustration Board. Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. Image Size: in. Overall Size: in. Unframed. (B09164)

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              • Don Balke (B. 1933) "Western Meadowlark"
                Apr. 14, 2024

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "Western Meadowlark"

                Est: $100 - $1,000

                Don Balke (North Carolina, B. 1933) "Western Meadowlark and Goldenrod" Signed lower right. Original Watercolor on Illustration Board. Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for Nebraska "Balke's Birds and Flowers" series, cover cancelled March 1, 1985. After leaving the nest, the young Western Meadowlarks spend about two weeks with their parents, learning to hunt beetles, grasshoppers, and crickets. In winter the birds subsist on seeds and waste grain. Not only has the Meadowlark befriended all America by cheering people with its flute-like, liquid songs, but it is also a helpful ally in beating back the encroachment of weeds and insects. Meadowlarks live mainly in monogamy, but a male may have several females. Both sexes are noted for their jubilant whistles. Meadowlarks are decidedly ground birds and the females often build roofed-over nests. Each yellow spray on the Goldenrod is made up of hundreds of individual flowers. The erect, strong stalk is branched, and each branch bears on its upper side a number of small flower heads about one-third of an inch in height. Each head is, in turn, made up of very tiny florets packed tightly in a green cup. These miniature florets either have a banner petal to attract insects or are tube-shaped and produce the pollen and nectar prized by the visitors. Both types of florets produce seeds. As the floret fades, the fuzzy tuft growing near its base develops. This tuft acts as a balloon, floating the ripe seed away on gentle puffs of wind. Image Size: 11 x 12.75 in. Overall Size: 19.25 x 21 in. Unframed. (B09343)

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Apr. 14, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $525 - $675

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Robin YEAR: 1981 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 10 x 10 inches / 25 x 25 cm BOARD SIZE: 16 x 16 inches / 40 x 40 cm SIGNATURE: middle right NOTE: This artwork was originally published on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for the limited edition collection of The Songbirds of the Fifty States. Each cover was postmarked on the anniversary of statehood in the appropriate state capital. Throughout the central and northern states, the return of the Robin in March is a regular topic of conversation. It means that spring is in the air, heralded by a reliable friend. Within a few days after the males appear in northern yards, the females arrive. Soon the male Robins rend the air with cries as they stake out nesting territories and grapple with rivals. After laying a platform of twigs and grass, the female builds up the walls with mud. And to give the nest just the right shape, she employs her breast, making turn after turn. Soon, the Robin's three to four eggs will hatch and a new generation of Robins will grace the countryside. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128276 US Shipping $49 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Apr. 14, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $650 - $800

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Ground Squirrel YEAR: 2003 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 7 x 6 inches / 17 x 15 cm BOARD SIZE: 14 x 13 inches / 35 x 33 cm SIGNATURE: lower left NOTE: This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. 37c Ground Squirrel Arctic Animals stamp issue of July 2, 2003. The arctic ground squirrel Spermophilus parryii was nicknamed "tsik-tsik" by Alaska's Inupiat Eskimos because of the distinctive call it makes to warn other squirrels of nearby predators, even using different variations to warn of different kinds of predators. It usually feeds around high noon, often stuffing its cheeks full of leaves or seeds (Spermophilus means "lover of seeds") to take back to its den for future snacking. Since summer daylight is continuous and very little tundra vegetation exists to provide cover from predators, the "tsik-tsik" keeps a low profile, traveling with its body pressed closely to the ground in a movement known as "tundra glide." In preparation for fall hibernation, it fattens up on flowers, seeds, mushrooms and berries, nearly doubling its body weight over the summer months. The arctic ground squirrel also stores food in its burrow to ensure that when it awakes from its seven-month nap it has something to eat while waiting for spring plants to grow. During hibernation, its body temperature drops from 98.6? F to an incredibly cold 26.4? F -- the lowest known body temperature of any living mammal! In a feat which continues to mystify modern science, this amazing creature allows the temperature of its body fluids to drop below freezing without crystallizing into ice and causing major tissue damage. During the long winter, this impressive rodent will periodically rouse itself -- briefly raising its body temperature by more than 70? F in just four hours. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128271 US Shipping $42 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Mar. 10, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $525 - $675

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Rufous-sided Towhee (titled on label) YEAR: 1981 MEDIUM: gouache on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 9 x 9 inches / 22 x 22 cm BOARD SIZE: 16 x 16 inches / 40 x 40 cm SIGNATURE: middle right PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. NOTE: This artwork was originally published on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for the limited edition collection of The Songbirds of the Fifty States. Each cover was postmarked on the anniversary of statehood in the appropriate state capital. A mysterious rustling draws eyes to a nearby pile of leaves. Perhaps a family of squirrels is playing or a dog is burying a bone. A closer look reveals a surprise. A single bird, the Rufous-sided Towhee, is responsible for all the commotion as he rummages for insects amid the autumn leaves. Then, in a burst of color, he takes to the air, crying his name in loud, clear notes. This handsome bird is well known in the northeastern United States. He arrives there in late April to woo a mate with his drawn out song. Unlike the brightly clothed male bird, the female is a rather drab creature. But, her mottled brown appearance serves her well when predators approach her nest. Because of her dull coloration, an observer can get within a few feet of the nest without spying her or the young she guards. If her nest is in immediate danger, the mother bird may feign a broken wing to divert the predator's attention. In spite of the protection the family provides the nestlings, they soon leave their home to live a life of solitude. Even when winter's first frost nips the air, the Towhees do not form migratory flocks like other birds. Instead, the single sojourners slip away from their home alone, flying by night to a warmer climate. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 130895 US Shipping $49 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Mar. 10, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $525 - $675

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Louisiana Roseate Spoonbill (titled on label) YEAR: 1986 MEDIUM: gouache on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 11 x 13 inches / 27 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 19 x 21 inches / 48 x 53 cm SIGNATURE: lower left PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for the "Shorebirds of the 50 States" issue, cancelled April 30, 1986. Amid the mangrove swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, high in the cypress trees laden with Spanish moss, a colony of Roseate Spoonbills can be found roosting quietly. As they begin to spread their wings in flight, their stunning plumage is revealed. The bright pink and white body plumes are highlighted with vibrant yellow-orange tail feathers. The vivid carmine or scarlet shoulder patterns complement the Roseate Spoonbill's showy pale pink flight feathers. Gracefully gliding toward the water, their esthetic beauty is spoiled by their bald heads and oversized spoon-shaped bill. However, the bill which ruins the visual beauty of the Spoonbill is truly remarkable in its own right. Each bird swings the partly opened bill in an effortless 180o arc through the brackish swamp water feeling for fish. When the nerve endings along the inner lining of the bill indicate contact with a living animal, the Spoonbill snaps its bill shut, trapping its prey. After feeding, the Spoonbills fly back to roost or to their nests to feed their young. The Spoonbill builds a bulky nest of sticks and twigs lined with leaves and soft bark in densely-leaved low trees or bushes. Both sexes incubate the eggs, and chicks hatch within one month. The buff-white hatchlings already have the spatulate bills of adults, but must be fed until they are capable of flight several months later. Slow to mature, Roseate Spoonbills are not fully adult until their third year. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 130894 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Mar. 10, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $525 - $675

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Illustration - Kansas - Meadowlark (titled on label) YEAR: 1984 MEDIUM: gouache on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 11 x 13 inches / 27 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 19 x 21 inches / 48 x 53 cm SIGNATURE: lower left NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for "Balke's Birds and Flowers" series, U.S. 20c Meadowlark/Sunflower, cancelled January 29, 1985. A Kansas naturalist had this to say about the Western Meadowlark: "Kansas is primarily a prairie state, and the Meadowlark is a prairie bird. So many of our birds range only in parts of the state, while the Meadowlark is extremely abundant in every county. Those traveling the state by car or train could scarcely fail to encounter these birds in every mile of the journey, since they have the habit of perching along the fence lines. It is a strikingly beautiful bird, and every child is familiar with its rich liquid songs." The Western Meadowlark is truly a part of Kansas in all seasons. through drought and blizzard, sunshine and rain. One of nature's largest flowers, the Sunflower is a sunburst of radiant yellow. The Sunflower's golden banners are made up of a circle of ray flowers that attract insects to the hundreds of little brown seed-bearing disk flowers in the centers. Each disk floret is a five-pointed tube. In this are five stamens which have their tips joined. The pistil, growing from the seed container, pushes against these tips and forces them out of the tube, making the pollen burst out like a yellow star. Sunflowers grow up to ten feet tall in a single season. The heavy heads bend over and scatter the ripe seeds where a new generation will grow in the spring. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 130896 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Mar. 10, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Alaska - The Musk Ox (titled on label) YEAR: 1983 MEDIUM: gouache on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 11 x 13 inches / 27 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 19 x 21 inches / 48 x 53 cm SIGNATURE: lower right CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 130899 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Mar. 10, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: North Dakota White-footed Jack Rabbit (titled on label) YEAR: 1980 MEDIUM: gouache on paper. Paper applied to board. CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 13 x 13 inches / 33 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 20 x 23 inches / 50 x 58 cm SIGNATURE: lower left NOTE: This art was originally published in the limited edition collection of philatelic proofcards issued by Fleetwood and the National Audubon Society for the Wildlife of the 50 States. This young White-tailed Jack Rabbit sits warily in the long grass amid the fallen leaves of North Dakota's state tree, the graceful American Elm. Heavily preyed upon by everyone from coyotes to man, Jack Rabbits have developed an extraordinary sense of danger. With their large ears twitching at the slightest sound, they peer cautiously over the tall grass. When the noise is resumed, Jack Rabbits take a few gentle hops. Suddenly, like kangaroos, these champion track stars execute a few high flying leaps with their long hind legs and rocket away from their enemies. Like Varying Hares, White-tailed Jack Rabbits also change their coats with the seasons for camouflage. In winter their fur becomes almost pure white, and in the summer a seasonal brown coat will become tinted with gray. In between these seasons, Jack Rabbits mate. Males actually stand toe to toe with one another and slug it out for the females. Once the winners of the bouts are determined, females begin making nests lined with fur from their bellies. Forty days later a litter, usually of four babies, is born. Within minutes, young Jack Rabbits begin hopping about, learning quickly to run and dodge enemies. Because these agile furry creatures retain such a high birth rate, overpopulation sometimes becomes a problem. But eventually, disease and starvation take their toll and the Jack Rabbit populations decline to normal levels. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 130897 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Mar. 10, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $650 - $800

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Washington - Caribou (titled on label) YEAR: 1984 MEDIUM: gouache on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 11 x 13 inches / 27 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 18 x 20 inches / 45 x 50 cm SIGNATURE: lower right PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for Balke's Baby Wildlife of the 50 States, postmarked November 11, 1984. It is spring in the Washington wilderness and tender young Caribou calves prance about the countryside, reddish-brown coats glistening prettily in the warm sunshine. A few short weeks ago, these lovely long-legged creatures were born. Within a few hours, they were walking, and within a few days, they were running -- as fast and as gracefully as their mothers. But, despite this freedom of movement, the baby Caribou still needs guidance, and will stay with his mother as autumn leaves fall and through the rigorous winter to come. Devoted to her offspring, the proud cow will spend many hours licking, nudging, bumping and touching her calf -- also looking for him as he becomes more and more curious about the world. Playing games of chase and follow the leader, the growing calf will leap and dash about, sometimes wandering a bit too far from the herd. The anxious mother may then follow in pursuit, identifying her calf by a series of snorts and by scent. Should she sense danger, the cow will resort to an unusual Caribou language consisting of head bobs, grunts and nudges, to urge her beloved baby to safety -- most often the safety of a high ridge or hill. In early spring, however, as the new calving season approaches, the mother Caribou must prepare for her new baby. Her little yearling will be left or driven off to join the main herd and to eventually raise calves of its own. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 130898 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (B. 1933) "Siamese / Exotic Shorthair"
                Feb. 11, 2024

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "Siamese / Exotic Shorthair"

                Est: $100 - $1,000

                Don Balke (North Carolina, B. 1933) "Siamese and Exotic Shorthair Cats" Signed lower right. Original Watercolor painting on Illustration Board. Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. This painting was published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. 22c Siamese and Exotic Shorthair Cats stamp issued February 5, 1988. Perhaps the most talked about of all domestic cats is the mysterious Siamese. Descended from the "royal cats of Siam," these felines once inhabited the spectacular palaces of Thailand (Siam) as sacred guests. Their appeal may well be based on their affectionate natures, and though their voices are mournful and nagging, they use them to "talk" to their human friends, making these cats appear almost human themselves. Long and slim, the Siamese has a short, sleek coat and almond-shaped eyes of a sapphire hue. Because of their beauty, grace and gentle dispositions, Siamese Cats are among the most desired cats of all. The Exotic Shorthair, on the other hand, is a domestic cat, related to the Persian. Like other domestic shorthaired cats, this breed is proud and fearless, but with an easygoing, faithful nature which is so characteristic of the shorthair breeds. For show, this cat should display ears well set apart and rounded at the tip, a squared chin, rounded eyes and a broad, full-cheeked face. With a muscular body and broad chest, the Exotic Shorthair is generally an excellent show cat. Many cities sponsor such shows with national associations setting the accepted standards for judging. But show, or not, these two breeds of cat will always have the attention of American pet-owners, because of their exceptional good looks and interesting traits. Image Size: 13.75 x 12 in. Overall Size: 22.25 x 20.25 in. Unframed. (B11365)

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              • Don Balke (B. 1933) "North American Bison"
                Feb. 11, 2024

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "North American Bison"

                Est: $100 - $1,000

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "North American Bison and Cottonwood" Signed lower right. Original Watercolor painting. Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. This watercolor was published in the limited edition collection of philatelic proofcards issued by Fleetwood and the National Audubon Society for the Wildlife of the 50 States. A traditional symbol of the Old West, the North American bison once roamed freely over the prairie, providing sustenance and survival to Native American Plains tribes. Also known as buffalo, the bison is the heaviest land animal in North America -- weighing up to 2,000 pounds. It holds its head low and has a distinctive shoulder hump and curved horns. Thick, coarse hair protects it from the harsh winters of the plains. Bison feed throughout the year on grasses, herbs, leaves, shrubs and twigs. Despite their bulky appearance, bison are fast runners, excellent swimmers and easily maneuver rugged mountain slopes. When shedding their winter coats, bison remove the hair by rubbing against a tree or a rock. They congregate in large herds comprised of thousands of smaller bands. Each band includes a dominant, mature bull with his harem of cows, younger adult bulls and bison of various ages. Herding behavior is essential to their survival, providing protection from predators such as pumas, wolves and bears. When a herd is attacked, the band forms a protective circle with bulls on the outside and cows and young in the center. For centuries bison were plentiful throughout North America and played a critical role in the economy of the Plains Indian tribes. With the arrival of white hunters, trappers and ranchers, however, bison populations were destroyed and, by the 1890s, the animal was almost extinct. In 1905, the American Bison Society was established to protect and preserve this endangered species. Image Size: 11.5 x 14 in. Overall Size: 20 x 21.75 in. Unframed. (B05274)

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              • Don Balke (B. 1933) "Bear Cubs"
                Feb. 11, 2024

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "Bear Cubs"

                Est: $100 - $1,000

                Don Balke (B. 1933) "Bear Cubs" Signed middle left. Original Watercolor on Illustration Board. Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. This painting was published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. 20c Smokey Bear stamp issued August 13, 1984. Once numerous, Black Bears are able to survive, even though civilization relentlessly encroaches on their territory. Smaller and less ferocious-looking than Grizzlies, Black Bears will occasionally approach humans but are capable of becoming violently aggressive. Omnivorous, but primarily vegetarians, Black Bears eat berries, succulent roots, acorns, and beech nuts, but they also enjoy fresh meat, and kill or scavenge when the opportunity arises. Their energy-rich diet insulates Black Bears for their hibernation. From October to May, they sleep in caves or hollow logs. During hibernation, mature females may give birth to cubs, usually twins, born in mid-winter. The young cubs huddle against their mothers, nursing until spring brings good weather and their first chance to discover the world outside the den. Female Black Bears are ever-watchful mothers, taking a full year to give their cubs hunting and foraging lessons while vigorously protecting them. As they mature, Black Bears become loners, using their intelligence and secretive natures to survive in their dwindling habitat. Image Size: 11.25 x 11.25 in. Overall Size: 20 x 20 in. Unframed. (B08026)

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Feb. 04, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Winter Wren Bird YEAR: 2000 MEDIUM: gouache on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 10 x 9 inches / 25 x 22 cm BOARD SIZE: 12 x 11 inches / 30 x 27 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. Rain Forest 33c Winter Wren stamp issued March 29, 2000. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 127970 US Shipping $42 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Jan. 07, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $550 - $700

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Birds - Western Meadowlark and Goldenrod MEDIUM: gouache on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 13 x 13 inches / 33 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 19 x 21 inches / 48 x 53 cm SIGNATURE: lower right PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for "Balke's Birds and Flowers" series, U.S. 20c Robin/Apple Blossom stamp, cancelled January 26, 1985. Throughout the central and northern states, the return of the Robin in March is a regular topic of conversation. It means that spring is in the air, heralded by a reliable friend. Within a few days after the males appear in northern yards, the females arrive. Soon the male Robins rend the air with cries as they stake out nesting territories and grapple with rivals. After laying a platform of twigs and grass, the female builds up the walls with mud. And to give the nest just the right shape, she employs her breast, making turn after turn. Soon, the Robin's three to four eggs will hatch and a new generation of Robins will grace the Michigan countryside. The Apple Blossom's bright pink buds, opening to fragrant white, golden-centered flowers, are lovely to look upon. These blossoms are an unfailing foraging ground for bees, and over much of the country, a welcome symbol of advancing springtime. The five pistils and the many stamens with their yellow pollen grow in the center of the five-petaled flower. Bees and other insects carry the pollen grains from flower to flower. This transfer of pollen is necessary for the development of the fruit. Botanically, apples belong to the rose family which includes most of our showy flowering trees -- cherry, plum, peach, pear, quince, and crabapple. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 126905 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Jan. 07, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $550 - $700

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Birds - Orchard Oriole MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 10 x 10 inches / 25 x 25 cm BOARD SIZE: 16 x 16 inches / 40 x 40 cm SIGNATURE: lower middle PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. NOTE: This artwork was originally published on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for the limited edition collection of The Songbirds of the Fifty States. Each cover was postmarked on the anniversary of statehood in the appropriate state capital. The Orchard Oriole is a distinctive bird of chestnut and black plumage which long ago earned the respect of America's farmers by snatching harmful insects from their carefully tended trees. Though usually content to remain on the farm, when it comes time to raise a family, the denizen of the orchard often forsakes his farmland home for a school yard or front lawn nearer to man. The pouch they construct is so expertly crafted, the Orchard Orioles long ago gained the nickname Basketbirds. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 126904 US Shipping $49 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Jan. 07, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $550 - $700

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Black-bellied Whistling Duck MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 11 x 13 inches / 27 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 18 x 20 inches / 45 x 50 cm SIGNATURE: lower right PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. NOTE: This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for the Waterbirds of the 50 States Texas/Black-bellied Whistling Duck. Nearly invisible under leafy cover, the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks perch straight and still. Then suddenly the birds burst into the air, wings a-flutter, filling the air with loud, clear whistles of pe-che-che-ne. Seen from below, the birds' unusually large wings match their black bellies in color. It is this black belly that earned these tree ducks their name. Although named for this black puffed-up belly, this goose-like bird is actually more noted for his coral bill, cinnamon-brown crown and long pink legs. When flying over a feeding place -- a marsh or shallow pond -- the birds brake for a landing, gangling necks and long legs angled toward the water. Wading in the shallow water, they snip their favorite weed and grass seeds for their meal. The slightest disturbance immediately ends their hunt and the birds -- no great swimmers -- head for the woods. In Mexico, where the Black-bellied Whistling Duck abounds and reputedly destroys much grain, he is known as poto maizal, the Cornfield Duck. In the brush country of Texas, the bird can also be found. There, mated birds incubate their twelve to sixteen cream-white eggs in cavities of elms, willows, and other trees. When it comes time for the downy ducklings to leave their comfortable dwelling, they tumble to the ground and follow their parents to the water. Later, at summer's end when cold winds signal winter's arrival, the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks will leave Texas and head south to a warmer home. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 126899 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Jan. 07, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Barn Swallow MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Minor damages to corners. Few minor paint losses. ART SIZE: 27 x 23 inches / 68 x 58 cm FRAME SIZE: unframed (In-House framing available) SIGNATURE: lower left PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood Mint Stamps of the World Panel for the Birds of Belgium stamps issued February 2, 1993. Originally nesting in caves and on rocky cliffs, the modern-day swallow generally prefers to inhabit man-made structures. This choice of habitat accounts for its distinction as one of the world's most well-known birds. The Barn Swallow is also recognized for its fast, direct flight. Thus, most of its insect prey is skillfully captured on the wing. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 126897 US Shipping $75 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,1933-?) gouache painting
                Jan. 07, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,1933-?) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, 1933 - ???) TITLE: Birds - Sanderling YEAR: 1986 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 11 x 13 inches / 27 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 19 x 21 inches / 48 x 53 cm SIGNATURE: lower left NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for Balke's Shorebirds of the 50 States, cancelled December 14, 1986. Sanderlings are found dashing towards the receding waves of almost every beach in the world. Sanderlings dart to snatch tiny mollusks and shrimp in the wet sand with their short pointy bill before their prey can burrow. Then, awaiting the next wave, Sanderlings retreat and stand poised to begin feeding again. As Sanderlings slowly expand their range inland, groups of hundreds of birds can be seen on the freshwater beaches of larger lakes. Sanderlings are normally only seen wearing the gray-white brown-speckled winter plumes which blend well into the sandy background of the beach. But by winter's end, when the Sandelings begin to migrate toward their Arctic breeding grounds, they acquire a deep rust-red coat. Males begin courting with a curious snarling call. They then scrape several depressions above the receding snowline for nesting. Females select one of these hollows and line the nest with dry moss, lichen and grass. After the eggs are laid, the male Sanderling begins incubation, while the female may lay a second clutch of eggs and incubate them herself. When the eggs hatch, the parent leads the young away from the nest sometime during the first day. At the end of two weeks, the young Sanderlings fly well and are completely self-sufficient. Sanderlings flock together again in later summer and traveling hundreds of miles each night, they scatter across the beaches of the world. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 125119 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,1933-?) gouache painting
                Jan. 07, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,1933-?) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, 1933 - ???) TITLE: Bird - Lilac-breasted Roller Bird YEAR: 1989 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Minor damage to upper left corner of board. ART SIZE: 20 x 18 inches / 50 x 45 cm FRAME SIZE: unframed (In-House framing available) SIGNATURE: lower left NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the International Audubon Fund Uganda Lilac-breasted Roller stamp issued November 2, 1987. The multihued Lilac-breasted Roller is a showy, noisy, but nevertheless frequently shy bird -- birdwatchers of Uganda must sometimes be alert to spot one, especiallly during nesting season. The name "Roller" comes from the spectacular and noisy aerobatics this species indulges in on occasion: the Roller's command of the air is total, with a favorite manuever being a skyward soar followed by a long tumbling, rolling pitch back to earth. Another characteristic: Lilac-breasted Rollers will travel long distances to feed on the insects and lizards scared up by a grass fire. But at least when their owner is sitting still, it is the Lilac-breasted Roller's magnificently colored feathers that inspire the most attention. Green, brown, violet, pale greenish blue, lilac, white, black, greenish yellow -- the Lilac-breasted Roller is an attention-getting patchwork of many hues. As one might expect with plumage like that, the nest is hidden out of sight, usually in an inaccessible hole in the stump of a tree or palm. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 125122 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,1933-?) gouache painting
                Jan. 07, 2024

                Don Balke (NC,1933-?) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, 1933 - ???) TITLE: Snowshoe Hare YEAR: 1997 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on paper. Paper applied to board. CONDITION: Some vertical crease lines. ART SIZE: 16 x 20 inches / 40 x 50 cm BOARD SIZE: 20 x 23 inches / 50 x 58 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This art was originally published in the limited edition collection of philatelic proofcards issued by Fleetwood and the National Audubon Society for the Wildlife of the 50 States. A shy, retiring little fellow, the Snowshoe Hare frolics in Connecticut's evergreen forests. Suddenly, crisp fallen leaves from the state tree, the White Oak, rustle softly and the Snowshoe Hare freezes. Perfectly camouflaged against the snowy background, only his dark tipped ears and glistening black eyes peek out from the winter whiteness. Quivering slightly, the white hare waits patiently for suspected danger to pass and then gleefully continues his romp. The Snowshoe Hare uses the natural hair-covered overshoes on his hind feet to glide effortlessly across deep drifts without sinking into the fluffy snow. In spring, Snowshoe Hares move into thick forests where small clearings offer both food and protection. During the warm months they also "change clothes," donning basic brown as a natural camouflage. Because these furry mammals change color with the season, many refer to them as Varying Hares. Much like fictitious rabbits and haras such as the famous Peter Rabbit, Varying Hares spend most of their days fighting for survival. Extremely tasty to most carnivores, they are hunted widely by both man and beast. As if to compensate for the understandably short life spans, the Snowshoe Hares are unusually prolific. After a gestation period of about thirty-six days, the females give birth to anywhere from two to seven bunnies. Unlike their close relatives the rabbits, hares are bigger, have longer legs, taller ears and their young are born already covered with fur and with their eyes open. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 125118 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $525 - $675

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Texas White-faced Ibis YEAR: 1986 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 12 x 13 inches / 30 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 19 x 21 inches / 48 x 53 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for Balke's Shorebirds of the 50 States, cancelled December 28, 1986. Found along freshwater shores and swamps, the White-faced Ibis is very similar in nature to its Eastern cousin, the Glossy Ibis. Except during breeding when the White-faced Ibis acquires the facial plumes which give it its name, the two Ibises are visually indistinguishable. Like the Glossy Ibis, the White-faced feeds and nests in large colonies with herons, egrets and other Ibises. The White-faced Ibis prefers to feed in the muddy shallow bottomlands near its home. It uses its long sickle-shaped bill to seize its prey; its primary diet consists of small amphibians and freshwater crustaceans -- although it will sometimes feed on fish and earthworms. After satisfying its hunger, the White-faced Ibis returns to the noisy, crowded rookery and joins the rest of its flock. The Ibis' nests are built from dead reeds and twigs found along the shoreline, and are usually built on patches of floating vegetation. During breeding, the iridescent sheen of its body plumes contrasts with its dull white face. Both parents take an interest in incubating the four, pale blue-green eggs. They relieve one another with affectionate bill tapping and guttural cooing. In about three weeks the young appear covered with dull, blackish down, and by late summer they can fly and often wander from the breeding site. The use of pesticides is severely affecting the breeding of White-faced Ibises, and their numbers are steadily declining. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128281 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) watercolor painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) watercolor painting

                Est: $525 - $675

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Fishing Flies - Leftys Deceiver MEDIUM: watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 14 x 12 inches / 35 x 30 cm MAT SIZE: 21 x 19 inches / 53 x 48 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This painting was originally featured on the Fleetwood First Day Cover of the U.S. 29c Lefty's Deceiver issued May 31, 1991. The tide is in, and in one of the thousands of shallow lagoons in the Bahama out-islands, furtive Bonefish have begun to feed. Their tails are visible above the surface of the shallow water as they nose along picking morsels from the bottom. Suddenly, a flash of bright color attracts the attention of a hefty Bonefish as a small "fish" darts by. Lunging instinctively, the Bonefish finds itself fast to a flyfisher's Deceiver ... and bores away in the typical long run that makes this fish an angler's delight and challenge. Each year, thousands of Bonefish and other saltwater species fall prey to Lefty's Deceiver -- one of the most popular saltwater lures of all time. Developed by "Lefty" Kreh, legendary outdoors editor of the Baltimore Sun and saltwater angling expert, the Deceiver is deceptively simple in design. Comprised of white cock's hackle feathers, white and red hair from a calf's or buck's tail, and several strands of reflective mylar tinsel, it has the general shape of a baitfish. When pulled through the water, it "swims" enticingly with a fish-like motion. Its streamlined shape is also easy for flyfishers to cast. "Lefty" Kreh and a few others are largely responsible for the explosion of interest in saltwater flyfishing. Undoubtedly, his Deceiver and other innovations in design have helped, by giving flyfishers superbly effective flies with which to pursue the powerful and exciting saltwater species. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128272 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $525 - $675

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Scarlet Tanager YEAR: 1979 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Some inpainting by the lower edge. ART SIZE: 10 x 10 inches / 25 x 25 cm BOARD SIZE: 18 x 18 inches / 45 x 45 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood Birds and Flowers of the Meadow and Garden Collection "Scarlet Tanager and Blue Columbine" porcelain plate. The brilliant Scarlet Tanager male enlivens the summer scenery with lush, flame red feathers perfectly accented by the sooty black of its wings and tail. These beautiful birds spend much of their time in the very tops of trees high above the forest floor. There they move freely, though rather sluggishly, in search of berries and the leaf-eating insects on which they dine. Because of their preference for lofty heights, Scarlet Tanagers are seldom seen except when lured by cool, clean water for bathing. Aside from these rare appearances on the ground, this striking bird's presence is generally marked only by its hoarse song. In fact, often the woodland hiker will hear the Scarlet Tanager before he sees it. To pinpoint its exact location, the hiker often must walk past the bird's perch, listening here and there, before finally discovering the source of the telltale rasping song. A bit husky in tone, the Scarlet Tanager's call has been described as sounding like "a robin with a sore throat." Nonetheless, it is a song which gladdens those who listen for it. Come fall, the Scarlet Tanager molts, exchanging his brilliant summer plumage for the olive-green coloring of his mate. Then it is time to join the flock as they migrate, under cover of darkness, to the warmer climates of South America. But, in spring, they will return to fill the tops of the forest foliage with color and song. PROVENANCE: Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128278 US Shipping $49 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $525 - $675

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Robin YEAR: 1981 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 10 x 10 inches / 25 x 25 cm BOARD SIZE: 16 x 16 inches / 40 x 40 cm SIGNATURE: middle right NOTE: This artwork was originally published on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for the limited edition collection of The Songbirds of the Fifty States. Each cover was postmarked on the anniversary of statehood in the appropriate state capital. Throughout the central and northern states, the return of the Robin in March is a regular topic of conversation. It means that spring is in the air, heralded by a reliable friend. Within a few days after the males appear in northern yards, the females arrive. Soon the male Robins rend the air with cries as they stake out nesting territories and grapple with rivals. After laying a platform of twigs and grass, the female builds up the walls with mud. And to give the nest just the right shape, she employs her breast, making turn after turn. Soon, the Robin's three to four eggs will hatch and a new generation of Robins will grace the countryside. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128276 US Shipping $49 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $525 - $675

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Field Sparrow MEDIUM: gouache on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 10 x 10 inches / 25 x 25 cm BOARD SIZE: 16 x 16 inches / 40 x 40 cm SIGNATURE: lower right PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. NOTE: This artwork was originally published on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for the limited edition collection of The Songbirds of the Fifty States. Each cover was postmarked on the anniversary of statehood in the appropriate state capital. The tiny Field Sparrow makes his home in the overgrown brambles of forsaken pastures. He is a recluse, choosing to avoid even the fellowship of his own kind in the summer months. But, though it avoids the company of other birds, it is known as a gentle songster who rarely attacks other birds. This solitary bird has a beautiful, rust-colored back, but his most distinguishing features are his pink bill and his plain breast. His buff colored eye rings give him a blank, wide-eyed expression, making it appear almost as if he were surprised by an unexpected intruder in his well concealed country home. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 126901 US Shipping $49 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Golden Backed Weaver YEAR: 1989 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 19 x 18 inches / 48 x 45 cm BOARD SIZE: 20 x 18 inches / 50 x 45 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the International Audubon Fund Uganda Golden-backed Weaver stamp issued November 2, 1987. The gregarious Golden-backed Weaver can be found seraching for seeds only in eastern Africa: Tanzania to Sudan. Thickset and stout-billed, it is distinguished by its bright plumage and elaborate nests -- tough, intricate, highly durable structures suspended from trees, with the entrance at the bottom. The nests often hang from the tips of twigs or palm fronds, and are most frequently found near water. A treetop colony of Golden-backed Weavers can be filled with these nests, all slung close together to form a menage somewhat resembling a suburban development tract. Since Golden-backed Weavers tend to be noisy, the constant hubbub from a nesting colony can almost make it sound like a suburb, too! In any case, the sociability of the Golden-backed Weaver makes it hard to miss. Uganda sits at the heart of its range, and the Golden-backed Weaver is an outspoken part of this nation's bird life. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 127966 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Eastern Bluebird and Trillium MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 13 x 15 inches / 33 x 38 cm BOARD SIZE: 20 x 23 inches / 50 x 58 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for the Birds and Flowers of Canada - Ontario, cancelled June 30, 1978. EASTERN BLUEBIRD Sialia sialis The sweet liquid warble of this early spring migrant was music that Henry Thoreau looked forward to with eagerness. While the bright blue of the male pleased his eyes, even more pleasing to him was the bird's song in flight. When the Eastern Bluebird's song finally reached his ears, spring seemed at last to have arrived. Often deceived by prematurely mild weather, many Bluebirds return north too soon, and are killed by sleet and ice storms. For this and other reasons, the Bluebird is now rare in vast portions of the east. Fortunately, many concerned individuals help shelter the early-returning Bluebirds by building nest boxes. TRILLIUM Trillium grandiflorum Trilliums are easily recognized because their wax-white flowers are in sets of three. The common name of Wakerobin, though often used for the whole genus, is more often applied to the earliest-flowering species. The leaves, also in threes, are in whorls, each leaf deeply veined, broad and pointed, some with stems, others clasping the main stem. All members of this species grow best in moist woodland soil, but they will also grow in semi-shaded gardens and rockeries. Collecting Trilliums from all woodland regions can be a rewarding pastime, as many variants exist and all, with reasonable care, seem to thrive well beyond their original areas. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128282 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Birds - Montana Ross Goose YEAR: 1983 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 10 x 12 inches / 25 x 30 cm BOARD SIZE: 18 x 20 inches / 45 x 50 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for the Waterbirds of the 50 States Montana/Ross's Goose. For seventy-seven years after its first scientific description in 1861, the Ross' Goose was considered a mysterious migrant that summered somewhere in the immense wilderness of the Canadian Arctic. The birds' breeding grounds reamined an enigma until 1938 when a nesting colony was discovered in the Perry River region of the Northwest Territories -- the mystery was at last solved. The Ross' Goose, which is a relatively rare species, is quite small and covered with snow-white feathers. In contrast to its pure white plumage, the Goose bears distinctive black wing tips that enhance its beauty. Both adults and young are very similar in appearance to the Snow Geese, from which they can be distinguished only by their smaller size and high bills. The Ross' Geese begin northward migration in early March, and by April wave upon wave of the magnificent birds begin arriving in Montana. After a short stopover in Montana, they continue their northward journey until they reach their final destination, the Great Slave Lake, in late May. There, using willow, birch grass and moss, the female builds her nursery. She carefully lines the nest with her own soft down and feathers and incubates her eggs for about twenty days. The male bird always stands guard to protect the family while the female is incubating the clutch. Once hatched, the young quickly take to the water. As the short Canadian summer wanes, the Ross' Geese form flocks for their migratory journey south. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128277 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Snowy Egret and Turtle MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 12 x 11 inches / 30 x 27 cm BOARD SIZE: 19 x 20 inches / 48 x 50 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. Wildlife of the 50 States 22c Snowy Egret/Alabama stamp issued June 13, 1987. One of the most exquisite of all marsh birds, the Snowy Egret is a member of the heron family. Snowy Egrets are smaller than Great Egrets, and undoubtedly the most handsome of all herons. In breeding season, their spotless white plumage is adorned with waving nuptial plumes. The plumage contrasts with their jet black bill and legs, and brilliant yellow feet. Not a prolific breeder, between April and June Snowy Egrets may lay up to five pale blue-green eggs at a time, although rarely do more than two or three hatch. The young leave the nest within four weeks of hatching and quickly mature by season's end. Highly social, adult Snowy Egrets form colonies of up to a thousand pairs of mating birds. Or they may form smaller colonies with other herons and ibises. However, they usually feed in small groups, frightening their prey by stirring the bottom of shallow ponds and marshes with one foot while balancing on the other. They also have been known to hover above a school of fish like petrels, then drop to the water to catch their prey with their rapier-like bill. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128279 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $600 - $750

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Alaska Musk Ox YEAR: 1979 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 13 x 14 inches / 33 x 35 cm BOARD SIZE: 20 x 23 inches / 50 x 58 cm SIGNATURE: lower left NOTE: This art was originally published in the limited edition collection of philatelic proofcards issued by Fleetwood and the National Audubon Society for the Wildlife of the 50 States. Looking like large, shaggy cattle, musk oxen roam Alaska's frigid countryside. Ovibos moschatus are long, low and appear to be plump, but the musk oxen's thick coat creates much of its bulk. Their shaggy winter coats protect them from frigid climates, and are so warm that anyone dressed in a musk oxen coat would be well insulated, even at the highest altitudes. Like sheep, musk oxen shed their coats each spring. This similarity led to recent research which suggests musk oxen are not really oxen, nor do they have a musk odor. They are, however, closely related to sheep, goats and mountain goats. For centuries, Eskimos descriptively called musk oxen, Oomingmak, meaning the bearded one. High above their bearded chins, the enlarged base of the oxen's hard elastic horns forms a shield covering the crest of their heads. Musk oxen form a circular fortress when threatened, their horned heads lining the outer edge. When attacked, they fling predators into the air and, as they land, trample them. Less defensive against men, musk oxen were massacred during early arctic expeditions and were almost extinct by 1930. That same year, musk oxen from Greenland were relocated to Alaska and, by 1943, the herd numbered one hundred. Recent airplane surveys show a continuing increase. This artwork depicts the musk oxen grazing beneath the Alaskan state tree, the Sitka Spruce. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128273 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $650 - $800

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Green Winged Teal Ducks, Vermont YEAR: 1982 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 11 x 12 inches / 27 x 30 cm BOARD SIZE: 18 x 20 inches / 45 x 50 cm SIGNATURE: lower left NOTE: This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for the Waterbirds of the 50 States Vermont/Green-winged Teal. Bottoms up, feeting kicking to maintain balance, the Green-winged Teal search the pond for seeds of pondweed and sedge. The slightest disturbance immediately ends the hunt and the birds -- the smallest of America's puddle ducks -- take to the air. Their flight is unusual, for the birds leap straight up into the air. Then, in a tightly-formed flock, the ducks level off. Like tiny pond fish who have sprouted wings, the Teal twist, turn and dive in unison. Observers -- campers, ornithologists and all others who venture into the countryside -- marvel at the incredible precision of the Green-winged Teals's flight. Many of these interesting waterbirds spend the winter south ... enjoying the warmth of Mexico and the West Indies. But, at the first hint of spring, the Green-winged Teal are drawn north to their nesting grounds in Canada. It is while in route to and from these nesting grounds on the Canadian plains that the Green-winged Teal are often spied in Vermont. The Teal are readily identifiable by the beautiful band of green plumage on their wings and by the male's bright green head patch. Indeed, whether viewed while on the wing, flying high above in a tightly-formed flock ... or spied while searching for food on one of Vermont's country ponds ... the Green-winged Teal is an attractive and welcome visitor to the Green Mountain State of Vermont. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 127967 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $650 - $800

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Herring Gull MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. No visible inpaint under UV light. ART SIZE: 12 x 11 inches / 30 x 27 cm BOARD SIZE: 19 x 20 inches / 48 x 50 cm SIGNATURE: lower left PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 127968 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $650 - $800

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Bird - Mockingbird, Tennessee YEAR: 1985 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 12 x 13 inches / 30 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 19 x 21 inches / 48 x 53 cm SIGNATURE: lower left NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood Commemorative cover for "Balke's Birds and Flowers" series, cover cancelled June 1, 1985. Intensely territorial, the Mockingbird stands ready to attack any creature that invades its domain, especially fellow Mockingbirds. "Dogfights" involving six or more Mockingbirds bombing on each other are not uncommon. It is thought by some scientists that the Mockingbird's song may have survival value. This bird's continuous imitation of other sounds may be designed to better express individual differences. There is considerable evidence that song is not merely an announcement of the species, but also an individual bird's identity tag. The Mockingbird's so-called courtship dance, which involves flashing of the wings, is not that at all, but rather vying for position in fierce territorial fights. There are more than two hundred species of Irises that grow wild, and thousands of hybrids, but all have two common characteristics: sword-shaped leaves and a distinctive flower structure consisting of three usually erect petals, called standards, and three outer petals, or sepals, that hang down from the base of the blossom. The arrangement of these parts is peculiar and their duties unusual. A bee, instead of settling on the petals that arch upward from the flower's center, uses the broad sepals as a landing field. The sepals curve downward and have honey-guide markings and sometimes golden "beards." Irises come in a stunning range of colors -- hence the name Iris, after the Greek, goddess of the rainbow. PROVENANCE: Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 127969 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick[citation needed] and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $650 - $800

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Red Squirrel YEAR: 1993 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 17 x 15 inches / 33 x 38 cm BOARD SIZE: 21 x 19 inches / 53 x 48 cm SIGNATURE: lower left NOTE: This painting was originally published on the First Day Cover for the U.S. 29c Red Squirrel Self-Adhesive stamp issued June 25, 1993. No wild animals are more familiar to city dwellers than the ubiquitous squirrels. Common throughout North America, these bushy-tailed rodents are often seen in urban areas, where they frequent parks and can become nearly tame. Many a bold squirrel will even approach humans to beg for a tasty handout. Curious and entertaining, these semi-tame animals are often rewarded for their efforts. Yet no matter how much food the squirrels gather, they always seem to be looking for more. Squirrels are notorious boarders, hiding food in hollow trees and even underground. In fact, many trees are thought to be planted when a forgetful squirrel buries a nut which later germinates. The relationship between squirrels and nut trees is almost symbiotic. By burying nuts and then forgetting them, squirrels assure future generations of their kind nutritious food source. Folklore about squirrels and their habit of hiding surplus food abounds. Over the centuries, men have believed that when squirrels hide more food than normal, a harsh winter is on the way. Taking the cue, they too would save extra food for the cold months ahead. It was once thought that squirrels slept all winter but, in fact, most species are not true hibernators. They're simply less visible in the winter because they sleep for longer periods. Yet on a sunny midwinter day, energetic squirrels often emerge to explore their snow-covered surroundings. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128274 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $650 - $800

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: River Otter YEAR: 1986 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 11 x 11 inches / 27 x 27 cm BOARD SIZE: 19 x 20 inches / 48 x 50 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. Wildlife of the 50 States 22c River Otter/Florida stamp issued June 13, 1987. In a rare moment of rest, a solitary River Otter may be found relaxing along a riverbank. Normally frisky, River Otters express themselves with a wide range of vocalizations as they frolic in and around their river home. Strong and wiry, River Otter's have adapted to their watery environment. They possess special muscles for closing their ears and nostrils against water, and the elastic webbing between their toes makes them excellent divers and swimmers. They also possess numerous bristly whiskers which are sensitive to water temperature and turbulence. River Otters use these special strengths along with their incredible dexterity during their daily fishing expeditions. River Otters slip into the water and drive their prey toward the shallows with their streamlined bodies. Then, using their powerful claws, they quickly kill the flailing fish. Unlike Sea Otters which are more gregarious and extremely social, River Otters prefer a solitary lifestyle, and only pair up for a short while during the breeding season. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128275 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $650 - $800

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Ground Squirrel YEAR: 2003 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 7 x 6 inches / 17 x 15 cm BOARD SIZE: 14 x 13 inches / 35 x 33 cm SIGNATURE: lower left NOTE: This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. 37c Ground Squirrel Arctic Animals stamp issue of July 2, 2003. The arctic ground squirrel Spermophilus parryii was nicknamed "tsik-tsik" by Alaska's Inupiat Eskimos because of the distinctive call it makes to warn other squirrels of nearby predators, even using different variations to warn of different kinds of predators. It usually feeds around high noon, often stuffing its cheeks full of leaves or seeds (Spermophilus means "lover of seeds") to take back to its den for future snacking. Since summer daylight is continuous and very little tundra vegetation exists to provide cover from predators, the "tsik-tsik" keeps a low profile, traveling with its body pressed closely to the ground in a movement known as "tundra glide." In preparation for fall hibernation, it fattens up on flowers, seeds, mushrooms and berries, nearly doubling its body weight over the summer months. The arctic ground squirrel also stores food in its burrow to ensure that when it awakes from its seven-month nap it has something to eat while waiting for spring plants to grow. During hibernation, its body temperature drops from 98.6? F to an incredibly cold 26.4? F -- the lowest known body temperature of any living mammal! In a feat which continues to mystify modern science, this amazing creature allows the temperature of its body fluids to drop below freezing without crystallizing into ice and causing major tissue damage. During the long winter, this impressive rodent will periodically rouse itself -- briefly raising its body temperature by more than 70? F in just four hours. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128271 US Shipping $42 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting
                Dec. 17, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) gouache painting

                Est: $700 - $900

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Minnesota Timber Wolf YEAR: 1984 MEDIUM: gouache and watercolor on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 11 x 13 inches / 27 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 20 x 22 inches / 50 x 55 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for Balke's Baby Wildlife of the 50 States, postmarked May 11, 1984. In snug burrows dug deep into the sides of hills, the tiny pups of the Timber Wolf are born in the early spring. Born blind with sooty brown fur, the litter of five to fourteen helpless pups must totally depend upon their mother's milk for about a week after birth. Five to nine days later, their eyes open. Soon after, the babies are eating solid food and growing steadily. The fuzzy Wolf pups spend their days playing and romping through spring meadows . . . however they never wander far from the pack. At eighteen months the young Timber Wolves are well-grown and can now travel with their parents on hunting trips, staying within a close-knit family group for some time. Timber Wolves are devoted parents and providers who will adopt orphaned pups and raise them as their own. In fact, legends have told of lost children raised lovingly from infancy by wolves as in the tale of Romulus -- legendary founder of Rome and his twin brother Remus. When fully grown, the Timber Wolf may measure four to six feet and weigh up to 175 pounds. Once maintaining a range which was probably greater than any other land mammal, the Timber Wolf has been largely restricted by the advance of human civilization. Today, this wild dog has been brought to the edge of extinction, with only a few scattered packs prowling the wilds of Minnesota, Michigan, and Mexico. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 128280 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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              • Bluebird, Rob Stine, Signed, 17/600, 11x15,
                Nov. 13, 2023

                Bluebird, Rob Stine, Signed, 17/600, 11x15,

                Est: -

                Bluebird, Don Balke, 13x10; lot

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              • Don Balke (NC,b 1933) watercolor painting
                Nov. 12, 2023

                Don Balke (NC,b 1933) watercolor painting

                Est: $650 - $800

                ARTIST: Don Balke (North Carolina, born 1933) TITLE: Black-Crowned Night Heron YEAR: 1986 MEDIUM: watercolor and gouache on board CONDITION: Very good. ART SIZE: 11 x 13 inches / 27 x 33 cm BOARD SIZE: 19 x 21 inches / 48 x 53 cm SIGNATURE: lower right NOTE: This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood commemorative cover for the Minnesota "Shorebirds of the 50 States", cancelled May 11, 1986. Often seen in the evening sky as a dark silhouette -- head perfectly in line with its back and its bill pointed forward -- the Black-crowned Night Heron flies with steady beats of broad wings. While in flight, the Black-crowned utters a series of loud guttural quoks. Primarily seen during their dusk feedings, the chunky, short-legged adults are not strictly nocturnal. These Herons frequent fresh water but may be found along salt marshes and woodland wetlands. Extremely social birds, the Black-crowneds gather in rookeries of dozens -- sometimes hundreds -- of birds. In these crowded rookeries, a red-footed male gathers sticks and weeds, while his mate works them into the nest. Mating birds shake their heads, rattle their bills, and nibble each other's plumage. Often, they utter soft, plaintive wok-wok sounds. Both parents incubate the bluish-green eggs until hatching occurs three weeks later. Nestlings at first get only regurgitated juices, but soon tug at the parent's beak for solid food. After the breeding season, Black-crowneds roam far away from the nesting sites. The Black-crowned Night Heron is also a particularly long-lived member of the Heron family, with banded birds collected fifteen to twenty years later. The Black-crowned is also called the Squawk, the American Night Heron and the qua-bird. PROVENANCE: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation. CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 122925 US Shipping $60 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin. His family was completely dependent on the land; they tapped trees to make maple syrup; used crosscut saws for logging and horses for their farmwork; they raised crops for themselves and as income. His upbringing instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He received his first art award in a Wisconsin state-sponsored art contest while at elementary school for a painting of a black bear roaming in the woods. After serving in the US Army, he married Barbara Schernick[citation needed] and they moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time at the Academy, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating, he was hired by a Chicago illustrating studio and eventually moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, late in the night, he painted and developed his skills as a wildlife artist. After 17 years, he left his work as an art director to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art. By 1979, they had six children and a home in the village of Thiensville, Wisconsin. Balke's love of nature took him to the NC mountains where he bought 200 acres in McDowell County and built a home. In 1985, a gallery was added and the Don Balke Wildlife Gallery was opened. In 1987, his work was chosen as the illustration for the official NC Zoo poster. In 1992, the United States Post Office issued a series of first-class postage stamps portraying five different species of hummingbirds designed by Balke. Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the 50 United States for inspiration and research. His wife, Barbara Schernick Balke, does extensive research on the animals and their habitats in preparation for the paintings and does much of the photography on research trips. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment. In 2000, he transitioned to a more impressionistic style with oils portraying scenes from Yosemite National Park in California, Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks, and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

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