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909 South Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

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Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Changing Exhibits


Birds of a Feather: Conservation Decoys

March 28 – June 8, 2014

Reception with guest lecture and book signing by Dr. Teena Gorrow, author of Inside a Bald Eagle's Nest: May 23, 2014, 5-7pm

Most decoys are used to attract birds within gunshot range for the purposes of hunting; however, decoys can have an altogether different purpose for conservationists. As hunters have observed for centuries, many species, like the puffins at right, exhibit social behavior, preferring to nest, rest, or feed in groups. Conservationists seeking to attract birds to certain areas may do by broadcasting calls, using mirrors, or placing decoys. As habitat areas are cleared of predators, restored, or opened up to replace old habitats lost to human development, decoys simulate the presence of birds and make returning birds feel more at home. This exhibit, on display in the Welcome Gallery, highlights these special decoys and the artists who devote their skills to making them. Image by Steve Kress, Project Puffin.

Lessons Not Yet Learned: Endangered and Extinct Species

April 11 – July 6, 2014

Reception with guest lecture and book signing by Dr. Teena Gorrow, author of Inside a Bald Eagle's Nest: May 23, 2014, 5-7pm

What do passenger pigeons, golden toads, and Caribbean monk seals have in common? They’re all extinct as a direct result of human activity. This exhibition showcases art that brings attention to the endangered, threatened, and extinct species, featuring the work of animal carver Dr. Edward "Bud" Kaufman, who created the extinct (but still dapper) dodo at right. Many of the planet's most endangered animals are also its most remarkable, opening the door to a world of fascinating social behavior, specialized senses, and complex ecosystems. Far from encountering only gloom and doom, guests will also learn the many ways people are working to save endangered and threatened creatures through captive breeding programs, legal protection, creating reserves, and conserving natural resources.


Basketry: Traditions Interwoven

June 13 – September 7, 2014

Opening Reception: June 13, 2014, 5-7pm

Basket weaving is arguably the most widespread traditional art form in the history of human civilization. Archaeologists have found pressed imprints of woven baskets decorating clay pots more than 10,000 years old. The technique of weaving has been passed along, re-discovered, and expanded upon by countless cultures, and basket makers are as innovative today as their forebears were. Visit the Welcome Gallery for a look at historic and contemporary regional works ranging from farm baskets to eel pots to decorative art pieces like the one at right by Jean Poythress Koon.

Basket of oyster shell and salt marsh hay by Jean Poythress Koon, Morattico, Virginia

Preserving Eden: The Photography of Clyde Butcher

July 11, 2014 - September 28, 2014

Clyde Butcher's powerful black and white photographs explore his personal bond with the environment. The exquisite beauty and depth of his work draw the viewer into a relationship with nature. For more than fifty years, he has been preserving on film the untouched areas of the landscape. His large format cameras allow him to express the elaborate detail and textures that distinguish the intricacy of the landscape, with photographs ranging in size from 8x10 inches to 5x8 feet. Preserving Eden: The Photography of Clyde Butcher produced by the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium, Inc. Made possible with assistance from Clyde Butcher Galleries. Exhibit toured by the South Florida Museum Traveling Exhibits Service.

Lloyd J. Tyler: Folk Artist, Decoy Maker

October 3, 2014 – January 2015

Lloyd J. Tyler (1898-1971) carved his first decoy at the age of twelve using a spokeshave, pocketknife, and hatchet. Even as an adult with a formal art education and other tools at his disposal, Tyler continued, using just a hatchet, a rasp and a spokeshave to produce good-looking, functional decoys by the hundreds, made in a matter of minutes. Despite his simple approach, the decoys, decorative carvings, and paintings he produced are sometimes realistic, often stylized, and occasionally whimsical, made to fulfill a great demand by local hunters, gunning clubs, and tourists. The LaMay Gallery showcases the delightful variety of working decoys and works of folk art created by the versatile and prolific “Coy Duck King.”