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Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) will hold an opening reception on Saturday, January 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for an exhibition of selected decoys from the collection of Jerry Lincoln of Ogdensburg, NY. Jerry will be in the gallery to answer questions about his collection, and to share stories about his duck hunting experiences over many years. The decoys will remain on display at the TAUNY Center through the end of February. This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of Hilltop Hunting & Fishing Supply.


This year, TAUNY will showcase personal collections from individuals around our region. Each collection has a special connection to the North Country; most of the items were originally produced or utilized here. These collections represent a diversity of interests related to the folk life and ongoing traditions of our region. TAUNY is pleased to share with visitors objects that are dear to the families who collect them. This series is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, Folk Arts Program, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


The exhibit of Jerry Lincoln’s decoys is the first installment of TAUNY’s 2017 Personal Collection Series. Decoys are wooden—and sometimes plastic—birds, usually ducks, used to attract birds when hunting. There are many notable makers represented in Jerry’s collection, primarily from the Ogdensburg and Alexandria Bay regions, including Frankie Louis, Rosh Douglas, Bob and Bill Massey, and Bill Sr., Bill Jr. and Dick Hollis. Jerry’s full collection includes over 130 birds and is tastefully displayed throughout his home. As an avid duck hunter, he began collecting decoys over 30 years ago, finding them at garage sales or lost and forgotten in attics and basements while working in his pest control business. Jerry especially values the family connections behind each of these birds, and he has a personal story about nearly every single decoy in his collection.


The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, downtown Canton. TAUNY is a nonprofit organization that showcases the folk culture and living traditions of New York's North Country, offering opportunities to experience, learn about, and reflect on issues related to life in our rural region. More information is available at tauny.org.


Picture: Display of decoys at Jerry Lincoln's home in Ogdensburg, NY

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