COROLLA, N.C. (June 21, 2011) – Krogie Andresen, noted Carolina decoy collector and author of the book “Gunnin’ Birds,” has provided on permanent loan to the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education an exhibit of swan and goose decoys, hunting equipment, head patterns and tools that belonged to James R. Best (1866-1933) of Kitty Hawk.
James R. Best is thought by many to be the most talented decoy carver from North Carolina and his work is sought after by collectors from all over the country.
“Most decoy enthusiasts now easily recognize the outstanding work of James Best,” said Andresen. “They readily acknowledge that he is probably the most skilled of the North Carolina decoy carvers.”
The decoys are now on display in the gallery in the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. The entire collection of James Best decoys, tools and carving equipment are planned for a special exhibit this fall.
The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education features exhibits and programs that interpret coastal North Carolina's wildlife and habitats, natural history and cultural heritage, with daily showings of an award-winning documentary, and a calendar of events and educational courses. Admission to the center is free, as are the educational programs offered.
Located in Currituck Heritage Park on Highway 12, the center is next to Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Whalehead Club. For more information, call (252) 453-0221.