Walter Gaskill

Walter “Brother” Gaskill practices painting feathers on paper before painting on a decoy. Mr. Gaskill will teach decoy painting classes at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center’s shop at 806 Arendell St. this month. (Gordon Allen photo)

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center will expand its programming at their downtown Morehead City location with decoy painting classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced level artists.

Walter Gaskill, known locally as Brother, is one of North Carolina’s most recognized carvers, with ribbons from the World’s Competition in Ocean City to the Core Sound Decoy Festival on Harkers Island.  

His decoys can be found in carving and painting competitions from coast to coast.

He is an experienced teacher and mentor to all who are willing to try the traditional art of decoy carving and painting Core Sound style.

“Core Sound is proud to welcome Brother to our porch at 806 every Tuesday and especially happy to open our new classroom upstairs at 806 to him for decoy painting classes this summer,” Pam Morris, Core Sound’s collections manager and coordinator for the decoy painting classes, said in a recent press release.

“Brother Gaskill is a true Core Sounder – Harkers Island to be exact – and his raw talent goes way back to elementary school days when he would draw in the margins of his notebook paper,” echoed Karen Amspacher, museum director. “His humble way and his extraordinary talent makes Brother one of the region’s most respected carvers and painters. Anyone who spends time with him will understand.”

Participants will have the chance to explore several painting techniques, from basic brushes to airbrushing and feathering.

Supplies will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own. Each student will be contacted upon registration.

All classes are half-day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding around noon.  Classes are limited to six students each.

The class dates are:

•    Beginners’ level, Tuesday, June 11. The class is $45 for museum members and $55 for non-members.

•    Intermediate level, Tuesday, June 18. The class is $60 for museum members and $70 for non-members.

•    Advanced level, Tuesday, June 25. The class is $75 for museum members and $85 for non-members.

For more information or to register, email Ms. Morris at or call 252-728-1500. 

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