Oct 10, 2013 1:58 PM by MELISSA CANONE
The Wildlife Carvings of a Louisiana Artist, an exhibition of waterfowl decoys and life-sized sculptures of songbirds, opens with a reception at the Louisiana State Museum-Patterson on Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Cleo Scott was born in Memphis, Tenn., and moved to St. Mary Parish with his family in 1938 at age five. After retirement from a career in law enforcement, Scott's lifelong interest in hunting and fishing led him to decoy and wildlife carving, learning the art under master carver Carl Danos of Larose, La. Scott's work has won numerous awards in wood-carving competitions. "Carving is satisfying," he said. "If someone admires my work, it makes me happy."
Featuring 25 finished works, and three unfinished works demonstrating Scott's wood carving techniques, the exhibition will be on view through August 2014.
118 Cotten Road
at Hwy. 90, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.