Artist exhibits, carving contest, gala will be featured at Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show March 19-20

Buffleheads, sandpipers, swans, chickadees and geese are just a few of the wildfowl species that will be displayed in paintings, carvings and photography at the 41st Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show March 19-20 at the White Stone Firehouse, 579 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone.

The show will feature about 45 prominent wildfowl artiste from seven states, reported organizer Pat Bruce.

Carving contest

A number of the carvers from several states also will participate in the Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild annual carving competition March 19 at the White Stone Women’s Club, 433 Rappahannock Drive, White Stone.

Classes for working decoys include buoy, canvas, foam and wood decoys. These decoys are judged in a tank where the judges look for decoys that self-right when turned over and sit on the water as a real bird would, said Bruce.

Other classes feature decorative carvings including geese, ducks, songbirds, birds of prey and shorebirds. There is a class for contemporary antique carvings, which are new carvings made to look like antiques. The youth division has been growing over the past several years.

Buoy decoys have become a popular medium and the Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild is the first group to offer a competitive class for these decoys in a contest, she said.

Judging for all classes will begin at 11 a.m. The pubic is invited ….

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