Decoy exhibit

Joel D. Barber, Canvasbacks, watercolor on paper, 1932. Collection of Shelburne Museum.

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy opens at the Shelburne Museum on Saturday, Sept. 14, with a public reception from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. A decoy carving demonstration is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. The culmination of five years of research, the new exhibition explores the life, collection and artwork of Joel D. Barber (1876-1952), a pioneering wildfowl decoy collector who saw in them a unique American art form. Featuring more than 100 decoys, drawings, historical photographs and watercolors from Shelburne Museum’s extensive collection and archives, the exhibition takes a comprehensive view of Barber’s fascination with decoys. The exhibit runs through January 12, 2020 in the Colgate Gallery, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, 6000 Shelburne Road.

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