The 39th Annual California Open Wildlife Art Festival and Decoy Carvers Competition will take place on February 11 & 12, 2012 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at the McMillan Event Center in beautiful San Diego, CA. California Open Wildlife Art Festival will feature more than 150 artists and carvers, many of whom will compete for ribbons. Artists and wood carvers from the United States, Canada and Japan will showcase their work. Featured work will include the traditional hunting decoy, considered an American art form. Carvers are encouraged to freely express themselves and not be limited by rules. In an effort to simplify the rules and encourage competition, yet still attempt to honor the spirit of the classic working decoy. This festival is organized by Pacific Southwest Wildlife Art. The PSWA has taylored the event and rules to be as follows:
- Enter what you have made and use for hunting.
- Decoys must self right and have a means of anchor attachment.
- Judges will emphasize simplicity and field markings.