Alluring Art logo featuring a fish decoy

Alluring Art

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Appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of carved wood decoys in this latest exhibition presented by the Durow Trust. For thousands of years, hunting and ice fishing decoys have been created and used in Wisconsin. The techniques and materials may have changed over time, but the function of luring animals has remained the same. But in the Twentieth Century, hand-made decoys have become a collectible folk art. The exhibition will present the art of noted regional decoy carvers, each with distinctive styles and techniques of creating these pieces of functional folk art.

Thanks to a bequest from the estate of Frederick and Marian Hughes Durow, the Museum has the ability to exhibit, preserve and develop its extensive collection of decorative arts. Through the Durow's generosity and foresight, generations of visitors will be able to experience the beauty and artistry of these amazing objects.

Decoy featured in Alluring Art on green background

Historic Sawyer Library 

Decorative Arts Collection Highlights

Included with General Admission 

Alluring Art on display in the Historic Sawyer Home library
Oshkosh Public Museum staff member and visitor viewing a decoy on display
Child inspecting artifacts in People of the Waters

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