Smells Like American Spirit

Boy, modern hunters have it tough. Those patsies have camouflaged gear, attractive scents made of animal urine, and custom tree lofts they can sit in to wait out their prey in comfort. Our forefathers had to use carved, wooden decoys just to scrounge up grub for the table! Think about that next time you order pheasant or fire up Ultimate Duck Hunting on the Wii. Starting Sunday, those wooden waterfowl are being displayed, along with embroidered samplers, watercolor paintings, wooden and copper weathervanes, shop signs, and other handmade objects, at the Coral Springs Museum of Art (2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs) as part of the “American Spirit: American Folk Art” collection on loan from Kathryn Birmingham and Gerald Horton. What a novel concept: Art that actually once had a purpose more vital than dust collection. The exhibition shows through August 16, and it only costs $3 to $5 to get a gander (and it’s free on Wednesdays). Call 954-340-5000, or visit www.csmart.org.
June 8-Aug. 15, 2008
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Riki Altman