Celebrating our 40th Anniversary March 11 - 12, 2017!
Highlights of the Past Shows:
1978 First Show and Sale, March 4 at the Holiday Inn, Sandusky, Ohio The first issue of the Ohio Decoy Collectors Newsletter was published. The show admission pin was a canvasback.
1979 Second Annual Show and Sale at the Holiday Inn, Sandusky, Ohio The second issue of the Ohio Decoy Collectors Newsletter was issued. The third issue (Fall) inclulded an article about Jack Rider, decoy carver. The Lure of the Decoy exhibit was held at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History from July 29 through Oct. 22, 1979. The show pin was the canada goose. A carving seminar at Sawmill Creek, Huron, Ohio, was held on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2. The seminar was conducted by 12 master carvers who demonstrated their technique and taught 144 students. Profits of the seminar were given to nationally known and beloved carver Lem Ward who was ill.
1980 Third Annual Decoy Show, March 22 at the Holiday Inn, Sandusky, Ohio The show pin featured a green-winged teal.
1981 Fourth Annual Decoy Show The constitution was amended to include the word “Carver” thus the new name Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association. The organization’s purpose was adopted “to encourage and promote our Ohio carvers and wildlife artists, and to provide an opportunity for the beginner, as well as the advanced, collector or carver.” There was an exhibit at the Ohio State Fair that year, and the ODCCA logo was on the show pin.
1982 Fifth Annual Decoy Show, at the Sawmill Creek Lodge, Huron Ohio In 1982, the first carving contest was chaired by Paul Buzick, Amherst, Ohio. The winner of the first Hunting Decoy Contest was Joy Yax, from Roscommon, Minnesota with a canvasback drake. The judges were Bob Franta, Buckeye Joe Wooster, and Phyllis Thomas. The winner of the Decorative Head contest was Bob Franta. Judging this contest were Frank Newmier, Ed Frak, and Dr. Bob Meeks. 1983 Sixth Annual Decoy Show, March 19 - 20, at the Westlake Holiday Inn, Westlake, Ohio The newsletter carried an article about Ohio carver, Bill Enright, written by Buck Juhasz. The Second Annual Gunning Decoy Contest Best of Show winner was Terry McNulty of New Jersey. The Second Annual Decorative Head Carving Contest Best of Show winner was won by Keith Mueller.
1984 Seventh Annual Decoy Show, March 17 - 18, at the Westlake Holiday Inn, Westlake, Ohio In an interview, Bill Green said he collected his first decoy 24 years ago, which was a black duck. In an interview in the newsletter, Ralph Meinke mentioned that his carvings were on a national tour of old folk art. A canvasback decoy in the newsletter was purported to be one shot over by President Grover Cleveland while he was in office. In 1984, the Exhibition Catalog of Antique Black Duck Decoys was published. Bill and Ruth Green were honored with a pair of Madison Mitchell Decoys by the organization.
1985 Eighth Annual Decoy Show and Sale, March 6 - 7, at the Westlake Holiday Inn An ODCCA carving seminar was conducted by instructor Jerry Klein, Erie, Pennsylvania. The show pin was the ruddy duck. The 1985 Exhibition Catalog of Canvasback Decoys was issued.
1986 Ninth Annual Decoy Show and Sale A mini-carving seminar was conducted by Hans Bolte. The show pin featuring a wood duck was created by Sonny Bayshore. Dave White displayed the “Classic Decoys” of Davey Nichols. Jack Teagarten demonstrated decoy carving at the show.
1987 Tenth Anniversary Show! The show pin was a bluebill by Jack Rider. Bill Green passed away after a long illness. Bob Lund and Scott Wodrich became the co-chairmen of the show. Wayne and Kathy Baldwin handled the ballroom dealer tables.
1988 11th Annual Show A decoy painting seminar was given by Joy Yax. The newsletter featured articles on Ohio carvers Jack Rider and John Sharon. The show pin was a black duck by Bill Enright. The Bill Green Decoy Exhibit was introduced. An inventory of the Magee Marsh Decoy collection was completed by Wayne Collier, David and Carol Ames, Steve Fall, Gene Kangas, Buck Juhasz, and Jan and Bob Lund. Funding for photo blinds at Magee Marsh was approved by the Board to give the members and the general public opportunities to observe waterfowl in their natural setting.
1989 12th Annual Show Keith Mueller conducted a decoy carving and painting seminar. The show pin featured a ruddy duck carved by Chuck Gross. The first pool-side Hunters Decoy contest was held with 65 entries. The contest was chaired by Cliff Kastl. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources presented a division award in recognition of ODCCA volunteer projects and donations. Paul Busick conducted workshops on how to carve a decoy at the Cleveland Woodworking Show.
1990 13th Annual Show Seminars were given featuring feather rendering by Marc Shultz and hunting decoys by John Nemazi. Howard Nixon won the first Decorative Decoy Contest with an outstanding mandarin duck. The contest was chaired by Dick Motzer. A Vintage Decoy Seminar was conducted by Dick Lancaster on Ben Schmidt decoys. The show pin was of a vintage decoy by Darlene Vitt. Collector tables were moved from the ballroom to rendezvous at poolside. The First Traditional Decoy Junior Contest was introduced by Colleen Busick. The Best of the Great Lakes Contest was won by Dick Motzer. An exhibit featuring The Wooden Bird: An American Folk Art Tradition was held at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and ran from July to September showing the work of John Sharp, Ray Kunz, Dick Motzer, and Ken Vermillon. Dick conducted workshops on decoy-making. Cliff Kastl created a “Touch Me Display” for the vision-impaired at the Magee Marsh Bird Center.
1991 14th Annual Show We honored 14 founding members of the ODCCA. A vintage decoy seminar was held by Bill Dodge on collecting Dodge Factory decoys. The 1991 - 1992 member roster was produced. The First Shooting Stool Competition was held at pool side. The show pin was a ring-necked duck carved by Tom Christie. The First Shorebird Carving and Painting Contest was chaired by David Ames.
1992 15th Annual Show An ODCCA auction was held of Bill Green’s decoy collection. The Kids’ coloring program was begun by Audrey Kastl. Dick Bonner did the Decorative Decoy Carving and Painting Seminar. The show pin was a pintail designed by World Champion Decorative carver Rick Johannsen. A green-winged teal drawing by Sonny Bayshore was featured on the spring cover. Prints were made with the proceeds going to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan to restore Metzger’s Marsh Wildlife Area. The ODCCA was one the first groups contacted to support this very important project to restore 1000 acres of wildlife habitat.
1993 16th Annual Show A decoy painting seminar was held by Pat Godin. The Bill Green memorial exhibit included Mason Factory Decoys along with the introduction of Alan Haid (founding member) and Russ Goldberger’s new book on Mason Factory decoys. The show pin was Davey Nichol’s hooded merganser. The first Shore Bird Contest was chaired by David Ames. A check for $1100 was presented to the Ohio Division of Wildlife for the Metzger Marsh restoration project. Tom Whitlock purchased a pair of wood ducks carved and painted by Bill Green and then donated them to the Magee Marsh Migratory Bird Center. Handicapped-accessible observation blinds were constructed by Cliff Kastl, Ky Kraus, and Lou Fisher for Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area.
1994 17th Annual Show The ODCCA Annual Decoy Show was featured in Competition by Wildfowl Carving and Collecting Magazine. Tom Christie presented a hunting decoy painting seminar. The first $1,000 Hunting Decoy Contest Award was presented to Tom Christie for his black duck decoy. Dick Rhode, Port Clinton, Ohio, won the People’s Choice award (sponsored by Wildfowl Carving and Collecting Magazine) for his decorative black duck decoy. Tom Christie swept the Best of Show in the Hunting Decoy Contest winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The show pin was a vintage (1880s) mallard decoy.
1995 18th Annual Show Original artwork—a pen and ink rendering of a red-breasted merganser head by Adam Grimm was the show pin. Adam designed several outstanding newsletter covers. Archie Johnson presented a vintage decoy seminar on collecting canvas decoys. George Kruth presented a decoy painting seminar.
1996 19th Annual Show The show is once again featured in Wildfowl Carving and Collecting magazine as “The Great American Decoy Show.” The IWCA Hunting Decoy Shootout was held at the show. Bob Guge presented the shorebird painting seminar. The show pin was a pen and ink drawing of a green-winged teal drake by Sonny Bayshore. Ruth Green and Roy Ahlers passed away. A Songbird Contest was introduced by Scott and Carolyn Wodrich, and Bob Lund.
1997 20th Annual Show Lynn Katz drew a canada goose for the newsletter cover. Phil Selzer won the Hunting Decoy Contest with a gadwall. The show pin artwork was of a vintage canada goose by Lynn Katz. The first annual Cocktail Bird Contest and party was presented by Bob Lund and Scott Wodrich. The best of show winner was Carolyn Wodrich. The first web page was established by Mark Costilow. Paul Foytack gave a painting seminar on painting a drake mallard.
1998 21st Annual Show Phil Selzer designed a green-winged teal for the show pin. Jimmie Vizier gave two seminars, one in the morning about pattern-making and wood layout, and an afternoon/evening seminar on carving his graceful drake pintail.
1999 22nd Annual Show The artwork for the show pin was created by Jon Bailey of a snow goose which was the show bird. The first Junior Painting Contest was held. Mark Costilow was selected as the featured artist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History entitled Sitting Pretty: A History of Duck Decoys. George Kruth presented a seminar on air-brushing a hen green-winged teal.
2000 23rd Annual Show Artwork for the show pin was a coot starting its dance across the pond created by Federal Duck Stamp winner Adam Grimm. The Federal Duck Stamp winners came to Ohio for first time. Rick Johannsen swept the IWCA and ODCCA hunting decoy contests. Daniel Loge’, Grand Junction, CO., was the winner of the first Flat Art Contest. The first Betty Odine Backyard Birdhouse with Bird Contest was held. The painting seminar was given by World Champion Del Herbert, who painted his hen goldeneye.
2001 24th Annual Show Artwork for the show pin was of a canada goose created by Daniel Loge’. The first ODCCA Vintage Decoy Auction was sponsored by Ted and Judy Harmon. The highlight of the auction was the Alvirah Wright canvasback, which was found in a North Carolina shed and sold over the estimate at $6,700. Rick Johannsen swept the hunting decoy contest for a second year in row. Bob Bolle worked with the Junior Painters for their first painting seminar. New tanks and a trailer were ordered by Duane Ganser for the carving contests. Tom Christie was the seminar instructor, painting a hen mallard.
2002 25th Annual Show The winning flat art of Jeffrey Klinefelter, showing a pair of wood ducks, was featured on the show pin. A new contest for miniature boats was featured this year. The novice IWCA Floating Decorative Championship was held for the first time. In addition to the vintage seminar, three carving seminars were held featuring Pat Godin, Peter Palumbo, and Rick Johannsen. A junior division for the flat art contest was held for the first time which was created by Gary Luman. There are now 13 contests at the show. The Gunning Shorebird Contest had a purchase award for the open contest.
2003 26th Annual Show Peter Palumbo was the seminar instructor. Brad Falkinberg and Steve Secord took over as floating decorative co-chairmen. The show pin was a painting of a pair of ringnecks by Ramsey Schrader.
2004 27th Annual Show The Junior Duck Stamp Competition became part of the show and was chaired by Gary Luman. The winners were presented at the Toledo Museum of Art. The Ted Harmon Auction had many great vintage decoys. The vintage seminar was presented by Ken Cole and Leonard Cargnai. Keith Mueller presented an excellent painting seminar to the carvers. The show pin painting was a pair of widgeons created by Jeffrey Kinefelter.
2005 28th Annual Show The painting seminar was conducted by Tom Matus featuring a green-winged teal hen. Joe and Donna Tonelli presented an excellent seminar covering the years of collecting and memories. The show pin painting was pair of red heads by Jeffrey Klinefelter.
2006 29th Annual Show A five-man panel discussed vintage decoys and included Allen Haid, George Quay, Paul Brisco, Dick McIntyre, and Joe Tonelli. Tommy Stewart presented an excellent seminar on shorebird drawing and pattern making, and offered a look at his prize-winning painting. The show pin painting was of a pair of shovelers by Jocelyn Beatty. Scott Wodrich and John Purvis who worked hard to promote and preserve the show passed away.
2007 30th Annual Show A Mason Decoy Seminar was held with Russ Goldberger and Allan Haid. A contest called "War of Chips" for carving clubs was held. Jamie Welsh conducted a painting seminar featuring a canvasback hen. The show pin featured a painting by Dick Benson of a vintage decoy red head, blue heron, and wren.
2008 31st Annual Show Michael Hall, Columbus Museum of Art, noted sculptor, artist and critic presented a an excellent seminar on the evolution of decoys and their art form through the years. Pat Godin presented a excellent seminar on painting a mallard hen. The first ever fish decoy contest was held. The War of the Chips was held the entire weekend with carvers making decoys for the Sunday pool event. The show pin depicting a trio of black ducks was designed by Jeffery Klinefelter. The first Swim and Sell was held at pool side.
2009 32nd Annual Show Joe Tonelli gave an excellent talk and slide presentation of collecting memories featuring the long-time collector Joe French who was one of the early collectors of decoys. Del Herbert presented his contemporary carving seminar. George Williams six bird rig was carved and painted for the pool contest which featured a team of carvers led by him. The show pin was a blue heron by Dave Van Lanen
2010 33rd Annual Show The vintage seminar featured authors Bill Dodge and Ron Sharp who talked about their book Detroit Decoy Dynasty: The Factory Decoys of Peterson, Dodge and Mason. Glenn McMurdo presented an excellent seminar on painting a shoveler bust. Bill Kennedy and R.D. Wilson gave an excellent seminar on shaping a decoy from wood using an axe. The show pin was a pair of harlequins by Jeffery Kinefelter
2011 34th Annual Show The vintage seminar was made by Joe Tonelli discussing Michigan collectors from the 1960s and 1970s. Bill Kennedy provided an excellent seminar on carving and painting an antique decoy. The first ever dove contest was held. The show pin was a vintage red head by Jocelyn Beatty.
2012 35th Annual Show Rob Capriola presented a excellent seminar on his oil painting techniques. The vintage seminar featured a collection from the Butler Museum of Art, Akron, OH. Ky Kraus provided a talk on each of the decoys displayed. Jeff Cross displayed and spoke about a collection of 60 decoys used on Lake Erie. Christine Clayton won the Ohio Junior Duck Stamp contest and went on to the win the Federal contest. The show pin was a trio of woodies by Jeffrey Kinefelter
2013 36th Annual Show The show moved to the Holiday Inn, Strongsville, OH with the entire show on one floor. Geoff Vine presented an excellent seminar on his prize winning painting techniques. The show pin was a handsome pintail by Adam Grimm.
2014 37th Annual Show Tom Whitlock conducted a vintage seminar on 20 decoys from Winous Point, De Mars and the Ottawa Shooting clubs. Jody Hillman, contemporary artist, presented a seminar on oil painting and talked about the New Jersey-style decoy. The show pin featured the killdeer by Pat Costilow
2015 38th Annual Show Tom Matus and Dwane Ong presented an excellent seminar on painting techniques to a large crowd. The show was well attended and many new faces competed in the various events. The show pin was the eider by Pat Costilow.
2016 39th Annual Show The Friday Carving and Painting Seminar was conducted by Gary Hanson. Tributes were made in honor of Ky Kraus, Jim Schmeidlien, and Jim Wilson who passed away. The show pin was a beautiful canada goose designed by Matt Clayton. The Junior Federal Duck Stamp winner for Ohio was Sara Clayton, who also placed second in the Federal Contest in a close run off.
2017 40th Annual Show Our 40th Anniversary Show will be held March 11 - 12, 2017 at the Holiday Inn, Strongsville, Ohio. The Friday Carving and Painting seminar will be conducted by Tom Christie. The "Million Dollar Duck" Documentary, winner of the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival, will be shown at the show. It features the Federal Duck Stamp Contest - the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government - which follows six artists as they compete in the most intense competition of their life. Adam Grimm, one of the six featured artists and long-time ODCCA supporter, will be at the ODCCA show with his original art and prints for sale. His design of a stunning bluebill was selected as the winning entry to be featured on the 2017 show pin.
The "Million Dollar Duck will be premiering in selected theaters and shown on the Animal Planet Channel on September 14, 2017 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.