Our oldest, most primal contact with the natural world was through hunting - we depended on nature to sustain us, and in turn we needed to study and understand it in order to benefit from a fruitful relationship. The Leland Little Sporting Arts Department specializes in the pieces that both facilitate time spent in the outdoors, as well as the art that celebrates the wonder that we find there. Often, such as in the case of a meticulously painted duck decoy or a bamboo fly rod, the tool and the art are one and the same.
Sporting Arts Director
Robbie Smith, native North Carolinian and graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, grew up hunting and fishing with his dad and grandfather. Robbie is on the Board of Directors at The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. He also co-curated a decoy exhibit at the Ducks Unlimited Heritage Museum in Memphis, TN, and produced the documentary film, Core Values, about the decoys, oral history and folk art of Core Sound, in North Carolina's Outer Banks.
LLA Decoy Director Robbie Smith describes his decoy collecting mentor Kroghie Andresen as the Wizard of Oz of decoys. So it's only fitting that when we visited Smith in his hometown, all roads led to Kroghie. And what did we find along the way? Puppies. Lots and lots of puppies.
Kroghie Andresen and his wife made a deal. She could renovate their kitchen if he could build a decoy room. An entire room for decoys. Just decoys.