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Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Competition And Art Festival – 50th Year This Spring

Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Competition And Art Festival – 50th Year This Spring


CALL 1 800 5 2 0 NINETY NINE FORTY THREE THAT’S 1 800 5 2 0 NINETY NINE FORTY THREE. YOU KNOW DOUG DECOYS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR CENTURIES BUT IT WASN’T UNTIL THE 20TH CENTURY THAT THESE WOODEN SCULPTURES WERE CONSIDERED WORKS OF ART AND FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS THE ARTISTS IN THEIR HIGH ART HAVE CONVENED IN OCEAN CITY WE OF COURSE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE ANNUAL AWARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WILDFIRE COMPETITION AND ART FESTIVAL MORE THAN TWELVE HUNDRED HANDCART DECOYS REPRESENTING ONE HUNDRED FIFTY WILD FOWL SPECIES FROM ACROSS THE WORLD LIKE THIS ONE. THIS YEAR IS THE EVENT’S 50 IN CELEBRATION OF THE 50 YEAR LEGACY OF THE FESTIVAL IS THE FORD MUSEUM IS PREPARING TO OPEN A NEW EXHIBIT AND HERE TO TELL US MORE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WARD MUSEUM KRISTEN SULLIVAN THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. SO MUCH FOR HAVING THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL REALLY. IT’S A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT YOU WORK. SO WHAT WE’RE SEEING HERE IS NAMED A SCHOOL AND A SCHOOL IS A RUDDY DUCK. AND IT WAS THE BEST IN WORLD WINTER IN THE INTERPRETIVE DIVISION IN 2016 MADE BY AN ARTIST NAMED DANIEL MONTANO WHO’S OUT IN CALIFORNIA AND NOT PART OF OUR PERMANENT COLLECTION SO IT’S NOT ORDINARILY ON DISPLAY BUT IT’S COME FLYING BACK TO THE WARD MUSEUM’S FOR THIS EXHIBIT AS MANY PIECES HAVE THIS I THINK IS DISAGREE WITH ME WE’RE AGREED THIS I THINK IS ONE OF THOSE THAT IS REALLY NEAT BUT YOU KIND OF SEE IT IN PERSON. YEAH IT REALLY TAIL GET IT. SO WITH THAT IN MIND TELL US ABOUT THIS EXHIBIT. SURE. THIS EXHIBIT IS REALLY SOME OF THE BEST OF THE BEST OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SO WHICH WE CALL WORLD’S AND SO A WORLD WHERE WE’RE ACTUALLY ENTERING OUR 15TH YEAR THIS YEAR APRIL 24TH TO 26 AND OCEAN CITY WE’LL HAVE OUR FIFTIETH ANNUAL. SO THIS BRINGS PIECES TOGETHER FROM 19 71 THROUGH THIS PAST YEARS COMPETITION AND IN DECORATIVE LIFE SIZE DECORATIVE MINIATURE DECORATIVE WATERFOWL PEARS AND INTERPRETIVE PIECES LIKE THE ONE HERE. AND YOU’LL ALSO SEE SOME PHOTOS AND DIFFERENT MEMORABILIA FROM THE COMPETITION OVER THE YEARS AND IT’S A REALLY EXCITING FINDINGS ABOUT WHY. SO WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE RIGHT THIS SURE. THIS IS AN INSTITUTION AND ACTUALLY BEFORE THE WORLD MUSEUM WAS THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SO THE WORD FOUNDATION WAS STARTED IN 1968 AND JUST THREE YEARS LATER WE HAD THE FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CARVING COMPETITION WITH THE FIRST TWO WINNERS NAMED IT WILL HAVE ONE OF THOSE WINNERS PIECES ON DISPLAY AND IT’S JUST AN INSTITUTION ON THE EASTERN SHORE THAT BRINGS TOGETHER FOLKS FROM NOT JUST AROUND THE COUNTRY BUT AROUND THE WORLD WE HAVE PIECES FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ELSEWHERE THAT ARE GOING TO BE IN THIS EXHIBIT. SO IT’S AN OPPORTUNE TO SEE WHAT IS A TRADITIONAL ART FORM FOR THE EASTERN SHORE AND HOW YOU KNOW HOW IT’S INTERPRETED AND EXPANDED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. SO SO IS THIS TRULY COMPETITIVE AS WELL. OH YES. WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF COMPETITORS THAT ENTER THOUSANDS PIECES EVERY YEAR INTO THIS COMPETITION AND WE’VE HAD FOLKS FROM ALL 50 STATES AND I THINK 15 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION OVER THE YEARS BECAUSE ARE SOME BIG PRIZES. OH YES PRIZE MONEY RIBBONS AWARDS WE HONOR LIVING LEGENDS EACH YEAR. IT REALLY CONVENES PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND IT’S SORT OF A HOMECOMING FOR A LOT OF FOLKS THAT COME HERE AFTER A YEAR TO PUT THE PIECES INTO COMPETITION INCLUDING SOME FOLKS FROM HERE ON THE EASTERN SHORE IT’S GREAT. SO BACK TO THE EXHIBIT. IT’S A TEMPORARY EXHIBIT IT IS. YEP IT OPENS THIS FRIDAY 17TH WILL HAVE AN OPENING RECEPTION FROM FIVE TO SEVEN. A COME ON BY AND CHECK IT OUT. IT’S FREE TO THE PUBLIC. IT’LL BE OPEN THROUGH MAY 17TH. SO THAT’LL BE DURING A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AS WELL. AND IF WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF THE PIECES WE CAN ABSOLUTELY. BUT IT’S HEY. TELL ME ABOUT IT. YES ABSOLUTELY CONTACT US AT THE WORLD MUSEUM WILL BE OUR CURATOR MYSELF WILL BE HAPPY TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE PIECES ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF CARVING THROUGH THE COMPETITION AND MUSEUM HISTORY BECAUSE IT REALLY DOES HAVE AN INTERESTING HISTORY IN THE WHOLE CARVING AND HOW IT WENT FROM SOMETHING FOR HUNTERS TO SOMETHING AN ART. HI ABSOLUTELY. WHEN THE COMPETITION STARTED I THINK IT WAS AROUND MAYBE A DECADE OR SO AFTER ART FORM STARTED TO BE RECOGNIZED AS SUCH AND PEOPLE STARTED REALLY PUTTING THESE ON THE MANTLE AS MUCH AS THEY DID OUT IN THE BAY AND SO YOU SEE AN EVOLUTION THROUGH THIS COMPETITION FROM MORE HUNTING STYLE DECOYS TO THIS THIS REALLY INTERPRETIVE ABSTRACT ART FORM WE SEE HERE BEAUTIFUL. SO YOU BELIEVE THIS HERE NOW I THINK YOU CAN COME VISIT IT WHENEVER YOU LIKE. ALL RIGHT. KRISTIN SULLIVAN WITH MODERN MUSEUM BEING SO MINDED. I’M

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