2020, Frank has donated one of these bronzes to National Wild Sheep Foundation. This one depicts the heavy tight curl ram with a fannin’ patina. The piece went for $7000 at the show.
This Alaska Dall Sheep bronze created by Frank Entsminger entitled Standing up for Wild Sheep was commissioned by the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation (AK WSF) for use as the Charles A Sheldon Award for lifetime achievement in wild sheep conservation in Alaska. The original bronze is a full body Dall’s sheep modeled after a record book ram taken by the late Bob Hodson with his muzzle loader. This sculpture is a one of a kind, the only one housed at the Alaska Chapter of Wild Sheep.
A recipient of the award, receives a bust of this piece.
There are 2 recipients since its inception 2018, Bob Hodson & Urban Rahoi who each received a bronze ram bust sculpted by Frank. Urban pictured to the right. Bob Hodson invited Frank & Sue to his home the day after the award presentation that he could not attend due to his health. Bob wanted to tell us how much the award meant to him. This was the last time Frank saw Bob. His bad heart took his life under year later. Thank God he was able to enjoy the award before leaving us.
Charles A. Sheldon was a self-made businessman, philanthropist, and hunter-conservationist famous for his explorations in the northwest wilderness. He was a member of the Boone and Crockett Club with many influential friends in Washington DC. He was able to move a bill through congress to create Denali National Park largely focused on the conservation of Dall’s sheep. Sheldon personally delivered that bill for signing to President Woodrow Wilson on February 16, 1917.
Frank sculpted a set of horns of a large ram with a heavy tight curl similar to one Frank took in 1988. Under agreement with AK WSF, Frank is authorized to sell additional pieces with the tight horns. He will also be able to donate this piece to wildlife conservation. The piece is in a series number; ie not a limited edition. Frank offers this bronze piece with the heavy tight curl ram which can have a patina of your choice. For each sculpture purchased at retail directly from the artist, Frank will donate $1000 to Alaska Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation, AK WSF. In 2020, Frank donated the tight curled ram to National Wild Sheep Foundation with a fannin’ patina. The bronze comes on a 4 ½ inches high 2-tiered walnut base with a swivel. The base is 11-inch round, the bronze is 20 inches tall by 10 inches long and 7 inches wide. Total height with the panel is 25 inches. It currently retails for $5,400.
Issue Date 2019