35th Waterfowl Show door prizes announced
, 2015

35th Waterfowl Show
door prizes announced

Some 82 artists, carvers, bronze sculptors and antique decoy dealers will participate in the 35th annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show March 15 and 16 at the White Stone firehouse.

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Timothy Leary of Dumfries will donate an original painting as the weekend door prize for the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show.

A Preview Night Gala will be held March 14. Tickets are still available for this special evening event. Tickets are $55 per person. For tickets, call 435-6355, email info@rrws.org, or visit rrws.org.

Gala prize

The door prize for Preview Night will be a hand-carved decoy by William Bruce of White Stone, reported co-director Pat Bruce.

William Bruce grew up in White Stone and at an early age learned to respect and admire all kinds of wildlife. As an avid duck and goose hunter, he began carving his own gunning decoys in 1971.

After visiting several decorative carving contests and exhibitions, he became interested in decorative decoys and they became his specialty. He started competing in 1974 and was a consistent award winner at competitions in the mid-Atlantic area. He also was a regular exhibitor at major wildlife art shows in the mid-Atlantic.

Over the years, Bruce’s interest in decorative decoys lessened and he returned to his true love, gunning decoys. He now carves mostly canvas decoys and foam decoys. He especially likes using crab pot buoys for the bodies.

He has taught carving to school groups and scout troops, and has also given numerous programs and demonstrations to local organizations on carving techniques and the history of decoys. Bruce’s carvings may be found in private collections around the country.

Door prize

Each year visitors to the show over the weekend are eligible to win a door prize, this year a lovely original painting by Timothy Leary of Dumfries, said Pat Bruce.

Leary began drawing and painting wildlife, sport fish, and ocean seascapes at a very early age. A hunting accident at age 16 left him partially paralyzed. Although facing many challenges, his determination to succeed, along with the strong support of his family and friends, has earned him much success as an award-winning artist.

His paintings can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the country. He exhibits in many juried shows and has his work in galleries in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia. He was the featured artist at the 2003 Tidewater Fresh and Salt Water Fishing Show and was also an invited artist at the Kennedy Center’s Chalkwalk.

Show specials

The Artist of the Year is John Obolewicz of Powhatan, said Bruce. Visitors to the show will receive a color print of John’s new painting.

A special exhibit this year will showcase the Best in Show entries from the 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, she said.

Show sponsors this year are W. F. Booth and Son, Inc. for the show print, Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust, Rappahannock Rentals, Lawler Real Estate, Currie Funeral Home, Coloryn Studio and Willaby’s Catering.

The Waterfowl Show is sponsored by the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16. Admission is $8. Children younger than age 12 are admitted free.

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