Southold Historical Society
P.O. Box 1
Southold, NY 11971
October 29, 2013
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A sampling of Daniel DeMott Decoys
“Decoy Exhibit Featuring DeMott Family Decoys to Open November 16”
SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is pleased announce the opening of a new exhibition featuring bird decoys made by members of the DeMott family of Long Island carvers. The exhibit, entitled “DeMott Decoys - How They Are Made,” will be held at the Reichert Family Center’s Cosden Price Gallery, located at 54127 Main Road in Southold. The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 1pm.
The exhibit will focus on the works of the DeMott family of decoy makers, including Daniel DeMott and his great-grandson, Dick DeMott. “This exhibit not only features works by these makers, but also will introduce the general public to how they were made,” stated Geoffrey K. Fleming, director of the Society. “We have included a number of displays showing the various stages of the decoy making process, which should be of interest to those who have wondered how it is actually accomplished,” continued Fleming.
Daniel (1847-1930) is among the best known makers of decoys from the East Rockaway region of Long Island. His son Perry, and great-grandson Dick, continued in his footsteps, and their works have been featured in a number of major decoy exhibitions around the country. This display will feature a number of interesting examples, including a rare instance depicting Daniel DeMott’s “D-D-M” brand. His great-grandson, Dick, continues to carve in the tradition established by his ancestor, often modeling his own decoys on those created originally by his great-grandfather, Daniel.
This exhibit will be on display at the Southold Historical Society’s Reichert Family Center’s Cosden Price Gallery, located at 54127 Main Road in Southold, Thursday – Saturday, from 1-4pm through December 14, 2013.
For more information on this exhibit or other Society programs, please contact the Southold Historical Society at 631-765-5500.