Sportsman Show to Showcase Artist, Authors

Booth displays and free seminars also highlight Feb. 4 event

(Oneida, NY – Feb. 2012) Authors, outdoor writers and wildlife artist Tom Lenweaver will be featured at the 2012 CNY Sportsman Show scheduled for Feb. 4 in Oneida. The show for outdoor enthusiasts will be held at the Kallet Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other attractions are booth displays, free seminars, mount displays and the return of the Salerno brothers. The artist and authors are:

Tom Lenweaver, commercial designer, illustrator and award-winning wildlife artist, is probably best known for his gamefish, sporting dogs and migratory waterfowl illustrations used on various outdoor publications throughout the Northeast.

A multi-faceted, highly talented artist whose works reflect in-depth his attention to detail, Tom is extremely attentive to nuances of color. His paintings and drawings cover a gauntlet of subject matter from exquisite fish paintings to his deft touch in painting birds and sporting dogs. Tom’s artwork and prints can be viewed at

Tom maintains his studio and resides in Syracuse.

J. Michael “Mike” Kelly is a retired outdoors columnist from the Syracuse Post Standard where he worked for many years.  He is a freelance writer who has appeared in more than 20 publications, including New York Game & Fish.  He has won dozens of awards for excellence in writing from the NYS Outdoor Writers’ Association.  Many of his favorite columns are included in his new book Farewell Old Girl.

David Figura has been The Post-Standard’s outdoors editor for nearly six years. Prior to that, he was regional editor for The Post-Standard for 10 years, and before that an editor and reporter on newspapers in Los Angeles; Auburn and the Catskills for 14 years. In addition to his outdoors sports writing, he is currently working on a book on middle age men, which he has tentatively entitled, “So What Are The Guys Doing?” His hometown is Endwell and he is a graduate of Cornell University. He and his wife, Laura, who have two grown children, Alex and Katie, and they currently live in Skaneateles.

John Pitaressi has been a writer for the Utica Observer Dispatch for almost 40 years, and an outdoor columnist since 1980. He is a long hunter and angler, and especially enjoys trout fishing.  He is a former member of the Outdoor Writers’ Association.

Leo Maloney is an outdoor columnist for the Oneida Dispatch and freelance writer for over 35 years and staff writer or editor for “New York Fishermen,” “Great Lakes Fisherman” and “Empire Outdoor Journal” magazines. He is currently editor of and Lake Ontario Outdoors.

“Spider” Rybaak is a freelance writer and photographer who is the outdoor writer for Oswego County Tourism fishing reports.  He is the author of “Fishing Eastern New York” and “Fishing Western New York” – the authoritative reference books for fishing 500 of the top waters in New York State.

Carol White has hiked all the peaks in the Adirondacks and the Catskills.  Her experiences are told in her books, including “Adirondack Peak Experiences,” “Catskill Peak Experiences” and “Women with Altitude.”

Tom Yacovella is an award winning wildlife artist, outdoorsman, record-setting angler and author. His book “Wildlife Art of Tom Yacovella: Keep Looking for a Bluebird,” is a studied search to explore nature’s delicate balance and represent it the way that it really is through his text and internationally acclaimed paintings.

Todd Mead is a tournament archer and north woods big game hunter from Queensbury who wrote a monthly column for “Outdoor Magazine.” He is the author of the Adirondack deer hunting book “A Lifetime of Big Woods Memories.”

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