Official: http://lidecoycollectors.org/2018-annual-show-contemporary-decoy-exhibition/ The Long Island Decoy Collectors Association 2018 Annual Show will once again display and offer for sale, thousands of antique decoys and other sporting collectibles. The show is open to the general public and anyone interested in waterfowl decoys as the only original American art form, as well as the history and culture of waterfowling on Long Island is encouraged to attend. The show contains as many as 70 different vendors displaying their wares, as well as several noted Auction Houses who offer free appraisals on decoys anyone may bring. In addition, this year's Show will include a feature it debuted at its 2016 Annual Show: a Contemporary Decoy Exhibition/Competition. The Exhibition will provide a venue on Long Island for those carved decoys that will become the collectible antique decoys of the future. Like the former U. S. National Decoy Show – which closed its doors in 1994 - this event will offer a showcase on Long Island for carvers who continue to practice this uniquely American art form. The Exhibition strives for simplicity - for both the carvers and for the viewing public. It will focus on 5 traditional Long Island species - to be displayed on tables. Both novice and professional carvers are encouraged to participate to foster this Long Island tradition. Two classes will exhibit utilitarian and decorative decoys. The former will join the Al McCormick Gunning Class of simpler, more durable decoys – true hunting decoys. Al was "Mr. Decoy" for decades on Long Island and taught scores of gunners to make their own rigs. The Shang Wheeler Heritage Class will show more elaborate and stylized decoys – "smoothies" with more detailed carving and painting from the most skilled and experienced hands. Carvers can bring their birds in person on Saturday morning or send them earlier by mail. Additional carver information and entry forms are available on the Club website.