The Ward Museum
I was able to visit my family in Virginia this last week. Recently I have started carving birds with my father during these visits, but this time our friend’s basement wood shop wasn’t available. Instead we drove 3.5 hours each way to Salisbury, MD on the eastern shore to visit the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.
I was most excited see how art can extend from craft and function. I felt at home in the intersection of hunting, craft, and painting. Here specifically, decorative carving evolved from functioning decoys used for hunting. The museum explores the history of decoys and carving and concentrates specifically upon two brothers, Lem and Steve Ward from Crisfield, MD. They changed the culture around carving during the early 20th century. Rural life, nature, and relationships met art.