Spring is here, Shows are actually happening and it seems like life is getting back to the new normal. We are looking forward to the World Show in May and ask you to be sure to stop and visit us at booth 89-90. We will have information on how you can become/continue your membership in the UTA. Save the dates of April 18-23, 2023 for our Expo 2023 at the Drury Convention Center in Wichita, KS. We have secured four of the industry's finest judges in Rick Krane, Jack Emery, Bob Schnettgoecke and Randy Holler.
There will be more to come as time gets closer. Remember to give us a like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest UTA information. We hope that you have a good spring and summer and can spend some time in the great outdoors.
Remember to stay safe during these times . We wish you all a great spring and lots of work!
Chair of UTA BOD
2023 UTA EXPO. APRIL 18-23, 2023
On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, Harry B. Paulson Jr., loving husband, beloved father of six children and nineteen grandchildren entered into eternal life at age 81.
Harry was born on Sept. 14, 1940, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Harry and Eleanore Paulson. He attended Hamline University in addition to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Harry was an engineer for the state of Minnesota for 11 years. In 1971, having the courage to set aside a promising civil engineering career, he moved his young family to Phoenix, Arizona in pursuit of his dreams.
Harry was an avid outdoorsman. He had an immense fondness for animals, and he combined his two favorite hobbies to create extraordinary art in taxidermy. He founded, owned and operated several ventures for over 40 years, including Mountain Valley Taxidermy and Mountain Valley School of Taxidermy (one of the very first in the world). He owned and operated Mountain Valley Custom Leathers. He owned, as well as published, The American Taxidermist Magazine. Harry launched careers, mentored and made lifelong friendships with hundreds of his students. Harry was a trailblazer and innovator in the Taxidermy industry, his work was known nationally as well as globally. He was a founding member of The Arizona Taxidermy Association as well as a founding director in the National Taxidermy Association. Harry’s talent and dedication was admired not only by clients, friends and family: In July of 2021, Harry was inducted into the National Taxidermy Hall of Fame in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the Taxidermy industry and Achievements in Advancing the Art.
He was an avid music lover and a collector of Elvis memorabilia. He was known for his love of Jesus Christ, his patriotism, a true historian, his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. Harry was perhaps best known for the love, adoration and devotion he had for his wife, Carol and his family, this was the true success story of his life.
Harry was preceded in death by his father Harry Sr., his mother Eleanore, his first wife, Kaye and his granddaughter, Meagan. He is survived and his spirit is carried on by his beloved wife, Carol Ann, his six children, Jeffrey, Thomas, Julie, Tamira, Jennifer, Theresa and his grandchildren, Angela, Jeff, Ben, Nathan, Nicole, Ashley, Austin, Tianna ,Tommy, Brock, Xavier, Avia, Robert, Ava, Troy, Baillee, Kayelyn, and Bela, and many loved friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten.
A celebration of Harry’s life will be held on Nov. 15, 2021, at Paradise Memorial Gardens 9300 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to one of the charities supported by Harry listed below.
The American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org (800)342-2383
The American Cancer Society www.cancer.org (800)227-2345
These vendors are offering generous discounts on taxidermy supplies to all UTA Members. You can easily recoup the cost of your membership with a single order.
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The UTA provides education and training services regarding all aspects of the art of taxidermy including a variety of technical services to taxidermists, state associations and others who share a passion and love of the art.
The Artisan Award is chosen by taxidermists - not judges. That's what makes this award so coveted. If you are given an award by other taxidermy professionals, you know you have put together something truly amazing. That's what makes the Artisan Award the "True Taxidermist's Prize".
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