OQUOSSOC — Master carver Gene Bahr and watercolorist Donna Kantor-Gower will be on hand to display and share their work as well as talk with patrons from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum.

Bahr began his career in 1976, as a fish taxidermist. He began fish carving in 1984 and is considered a master fish carver among his peers. Inspired by this relatively new art form, he has watched its popularity quickly grow among everyone from sportsmen to art connoisseurs and collectors. Bahr ended his fish taxidermy practice in 2000 to instead focus more on “catch and release” fish carving and soon became well known for his  works of art. Behr has spent a lifetime studying fish anatomy and color and this enables him to produce beautiful, accurate and long lasting reproductions that continue to increase in both popularity and value.

Kantor-Gower is an accomplished watercolorist with a passion for Maine’s natural world, animals and sporting dogs.

As an added attraction, OSHM has recently opened two new exhibits this summer. The “Rustic Woodcraft of the Great Northwoods” offers unique vintage artifacts used either working or playing in the great outdoors that are made of wood. Wood carvings, paddles, baskets, Native American art and an authentic birch bark canoe are among the items on display.

The new “Eisenhower in Rangeley” exhibit captures the highlights and artifacts surrounding the president’s 1955 visit to Rangeley and his fishing trip to Parmachenee. The exhibit offers rare vintage film and audio recordings featured only at OSHM as well as an oil-on-canvas portrait of Ike’s Rangeley guide, painted by the president while in office. Also on display are eight signed White House letters, a knife that were gifts from the president and a host of other unique memorabilia that capture his cordial friendship with his modest Maine Guide, Don Cameron.

The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum is located at the corner of Routes 4 and 17 in Oquossoc Village in Rangeley. For more information, please call: 864-3091 or log on to: www.rangeleyoutdoormuseum.org


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