Atrium Gallery - Wally Penberthy

POSTED: Monday, September 12, 2022

Wally Penberthy is our solo artist for September. In 1967 Penberthy began dabbling with duck decoys while working on his PhD from Texas A&M. These ornamental decoys in this exhibit are not the kind used for hunting.

Approximately 20 to 25 of Penberthy’s 43 duck decoy collection will be on display in the Atrium Gallery. His initial carvings were made from cedar but cedar proved to be problematic. Tupelo Gum has since become his carving wood of choice. His process begins initially with a large piece of wood and a number of various carving saws, finished off with planning, rasping, sanding, lathing, and burning. Feather detailing is the most labor intensive part of the process while heads are made separately and attached later.

The duck decoys will be on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and other times during BAC events.  Don’t miss this special exhibit of Wally Penberthy’s decoys during the month of September in the Atrium Gallery.

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