Art of the Sea, Route 73 at the reversing falls, is proud to present its annual Jim Keefer water bird exhibit, featuring nine new decoys from swans and geese; to harlequins and guillemots, all carved and finished in his world -famous style.

Keefer started carving at age 13, to enhance his rig of decoys that he used while duck hunting on the upper Barnegat Bay of New Jersey. He studied art at Florida Southern College and received his BA in Fine Arts from Monmouth College in New Jersey.

Keefer has been carving for more than 40 years, full-time since 1980. His popularity grew rapidly upon opening his shop in Woodstock, Vt., and now his list of collectors includes people from all over the world. He has shown his work in most decoy shows and many exclusive art galleries and leading decoy auctions, but now spends most of his time just filling orders for Art of the Sea.

Keefer carves “hollow smoothies” and an eider, his favorite waterfowl, is carved as a baby and placed in each of these carvings. He does others as well, carving full or oversized birds in cedar. A preview of the entire exhibit is now posted in the Special Events section of

The 4,500-square-foot contemporary marine gallery offers an extensive collection of nautical art from local, state, national and international artists in all media. Also on display at all times are many half hulls and full rigged ship models, from primitive decorative pieces to museum quality cased models, as well as display tables.

Everyone is invited to stop in Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and other times by appointment. Art of the Sea is housed in the 19th-century former post office waterfront building at the ‘keag. There is always a place to park. For more information, call gallery director Joan Woodhull at 594-9396 or the manager at 594-2944.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or