2016 Master Carver – Gerald Painter
Hometown: Great Falls, MT
A seven-year veteran of the Festival, Gerald Painter of Great Falls, Montana, is the Master Carver for the 46th annual Waterfowl Festival. His love of wildlife and attention to detail is apparent in each of his carvings.
Painter is best known for his miniature wildfowl. Those carvings have earned him top honors at numerous shows across the country. Painter first did the Ward World competition in Ocean City, and then learned of the Waterfowl Festival. At the 2009 Ward World Show, he placed first in all three miniature songbird categories and second and third best of show in the miniature category.
Painter also won Best in World this year at the Ward World Carving Competition in the Decorative Miniature Division with a pair of Cape Sugarbirds titled “Tail Wind” and in 2017 he also had a piece accepted in to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson’s Birds in Art program.
In June 2012 Painter took first place in the advanced division at the 42nd annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition.
Of all the shows he attends, Painter said he especially enjoys coming to the Waterfowl Festival. He says the response from the crowds is terrific as are the sales, and the dog watching is prime.
As much as he can, Painter tries to get out to see the other exhibits at the Festival and to talk with the other carvers and artists. He particularly enjoys getting to see the antique decoys on display at Easton High School. You can visit with Jerry at the Chesapeake Carving Gallery during the festival which is located in the Academy Art Museum.