The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) is excited to be displaying a prestigious collection of wooden duck decoys on loan from the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. The exhibit, Floating Sculpture: Bruce Barclay Cameron Duck Decoy Collection, will be on display from April 4 – July 26, 2015. A reception for this exhibition and others on view will be held during our Summer Exhibition Celebration at the Museum on Saturday, May 9th from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., following Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park. The event is free and open to the public.
“We’re very excited to be receiving this exhibition from our friends at the CAM,” says BRAHM’s Interim Executive Director, Bob McCammon. “It’s a unique opportunity for us to have these beautifully crafted wooden sculptures depicting an important aspect of American folk tradition on view here in the mountains.”
Bruce Barclay Cameron began collecting decoys in the late 70’s. This exhibition will highlight a selection of Mr. Cameron’s most noted decoys and brings a collection of treasures from the coast to our mountains. Throughout his collecting, Cameron learned all about the careful craft involved in making one of these sculptures, from the nuances of the paint quality and form to the spirit of the bird itself. Each artisan took into consideration a love for the birds to really make these sculptures come to life, allowing them to stand alone as works of art that can be appreciated from all directions.
Artisans included are A. Elmer Crowell from Cape Cod, MA; Joseph Lincoln from Accord, MA; Hucks Caines from Georgetown, SC; the Ward Brothers, Lemuel and Stephen from Crisfield, MD; Mitchell Fulcher of Stacy, NC; and Ned Burgess of Duck, NC. Also on view will be Spirit of the Bird, a film directed by James Spione.
General admission to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, active military, and children ages 5 and up. Donations are accepted for admission to the Museum on Thursdays. Located at 159 Chestnut Street on the corner of Chestnut and Main in Blowing Rock, NC, the Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (closed on Sunday and Monday). For more information, please call (828) 295-9099 or visit www.blowingrockmuseum.org.