Community Foundation of Southern Maryland

2011 Event Partners:

College of Southern Maryland

Outback Steakhouse

The Potomac Decoy Collectors Association

The Rappahannock Decoy Carvers and Collectors Guild

County Sponsor:

Chaney Enterprises

Blue Heron Sponsors:

Charles County Chamber of Commerce
Community Bank of Tri-County
County First Bank
Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation, Inc.
Old Line Bank
Quality Printers, LLC

Osprey Sponsor:

  • Facchina Group of Companies, LLC
    Paul Facchina, Sr.

  • PNC Bank
  • Reverend Kimberly and Kenneth Young, New Hope AME Church

Loon Sponsors:

  • Paul and Mary Grant
  • Newburg Service Center, Inc
  • Parker Financial LLC

In-Kind Supporters

  • Besche Oil
  • Cartwright’s
  • Colonial Farm Credit
  • Eastern Housing Inc.
  • Giant
  • Glasva Citgo
  • JDS Associates, Inc.
  • La Plata Farm and Home Supply, Inc.
  • Shoppers Food & Pharmacy

Potomac Wildlife Art and Decoy Show
Saturday, May 14 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission (donations welcome)
Event to take place indoors... Rain or Shine

Join acclaimed artists from the region as they show off their fine art photography, wildfowl carvings, hand carved decoys, oil paintings, beach glass jewelry, reclaimed birdhouses, miscellaneous wood carvings, sculptures, antique and collectible decoys, driftwood sculptures and more. Bring your decoys in from home and get free decoy appraisals and identifications. See antique display of decoys, water fowling artifacts, and more. Items for display and sale.

Quail Call, by Gerald Putt Cruising Wigeons, WINNER of the 2011 PA DUCK STAMP CONTEST, by Gerald Putt

Breakfast with the Carvers
Saturday, May 14 - 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.
$15 per person

If you are interested in decoys, both old and new, you will hear from three of today’s most acclaimed carvers– Ray Whetzel, Bruce Eppard and William Bruce – to discuss how the tools and traditions of Chesapeake Bay decoy carvers of the past 100 years find their way into their modern creations. The session will be moderated by Chad Tragakis, a regular contributor to Decoy Magazine and president of the Potomac Decoy Collector’s Association. Hosted at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646 (Directions).

Tickets, $15 per person. Must Be Purchased In Advance. Reservations and payment may be made online using the form to the right, mailed to CFCC, 2960 Technology Place, Ste 102-B, Waldorf, MD 20601 , or by calling 240-670-GIVE (4483).

Potomac Wildlife Working Decoy Competition
Saturday, May 14 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Entry Fee is $10 for first decoy, $4 each additional
decoy with a maximum of $45 charged

Entries for the competition will be received from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and the judging will begin at 12:00 p.m. Registration must be completed prior to the start of the competition (Download Decoy Registration Form).

The International Wildfowl Carving Association rules apply. Competition organized by the Rappahannock Carvers and Collectors Guild.

Bald Eagle, by Kat Warren osprey, by Kat Warren

Artists and Exhibitors (Check back periodically as the list is still growing)

For this year’s show, we will have exhibitors in three rooms:

The main room (BI 113/113E) will house the fine art photographers, oil painters, jewelers, and decoy carvers and they are:

  1. George Abbe - Hand-carved lapel pins, wildfowl and feathers
  2. Amy Beaven – Handmade wooden art boxes, marquetry designs, and more
  3. Rose Beitzell -- Pyrography originals and prints
  4. Burkey Boggs --Hand-carved decoys
  5. Donna Bowling --Reclaimed wood birdhouses
  6. Kathy Boyle --Carvings and jewelry
  7. William Bruce --Hand-carved decoys
  8. Charlotte Dutton --Driftwood sculpture and wood carvings
  9. Bruce Eppard --Hand carved decoys
  10. Richard Menard --Original oil paintings and limited edition prints
  11. Ernie Muehlmatt --Wildfowl carvings
  12. Julie O’Brien--Hand-made natural beach glass jewelry and accessories
  13. Gerald Putt--2-D wildlife paintings and L.E. Prints
  14. Milton Tierney--Photography and notecards
  15. Kat Warren--Fine art photography
  16. Ray Whetzel – Hand-carved duck decoys, shorebirds

In the adjacent room (BI 103/104), we will house the Southern Maryland Woodcarvers and the Southern Maryland Carousel Group. The items on display for sale include hand carved wooden flowers, ducks birds, caricatures and more. The members participating will be:

  1. Melvin Williams (member of both groups)
  2. Jack Berkut (Woodcarver)
  3. Warren Brown (member of both groups)
  4. Maxine Brown (member of both groups)
  5. Burkey Boggs (member of both groups)
  6. Joe Currano (Woodcarver)
  7. Dick Dement (member of both groups)
  8. Robert Hall (Woodcarver)
  9. Ray Short (Woodcarver)

On Saturday, members of the Rappahannock Carvers and Collectors Guild will be sharing the room with the wood carvers and running the Working Decoy Competition.

In the third room (BI 124), the President of the Potomac Decoy Collectors Association (PDCA), some members of the PDCA and owner of Decoy Magazine, Joe Engers, will display their magazines and collection of antique decoys and water fowling artifacts. In addition, they will be ready to appraise, identify and possibly buy decoys visitors bring in from home.

College of Southern Maryland is a proud sponsor and host of the 5th Annual Potomac Wildlife Decoy and Art Show.

For more information: or call 240-670-GIVE (4483)