Canton’s Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon will open a new exhibition called Massachusetts Masterpieces: The Decoy as Art, on Sunday, May 5, and will feature sea birds.
Visitors can meet exhibition curator Gigi Hopkins and enjoy light refreshments and free admission that day from 1 to 5 p.m. for the opening reception.
Hopkins is a renowned conservator who has worked closely with decoys for nearly 50 years, analyzing and reproducing details of form, texture, and color.
For this exhibition, she took on the role of curator, selecting decoys from some of the finest folk art and sporting art collections in the country.
“Every bird here stopped my heart when I first saw it,” she said of the exhibition. “It has been an intense joy to bring these treasures together, and even nicer to bring them back to their home state.”
Works by Frederick Nichols of Lynn, Melvin Lawrence of Revere, and several other Massachusetts artists will be displayed, and some of the works have never before been displayed.
The exhibition will be on display through Sept. 15. For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/maba.