Pat Gregory will be having a presentation at the Dairy Building from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pat will be doing both decoy carving and painting demonstrations in the tradition of the old time Illinois River Decoy Carvers. Pat’s great grandfather, George “Homerun” Barto was a noted Illinois River Decoy Carver and, Pat is following in his footsteps. Attendees will see traditional decoys carved with hand tools and painted in the ways of the old masters. Pat will have examples of his personal group of hunting decoys as well as examples of his great grandfather’s decoys. Plenty of photos and literature will be on hand of this great family tradition. This event is free and open to public. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street in Bishop Hill, IL.
This demonstration is sponsored by Company of Folk with partial programs support by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is being hosted by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.