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Skeena Salmon Arts Fest celebrates 100+ artist submissions, preps for annual art show

The 2023 Skeena Salmon Art Show will explore the relationships between humans and salmon
Marie-Christine Claveau’s “Kleanza” at the 2022 Skeena Salmon Art Show. The Skeena Salmon Art Show is getting ready for the 2023 art show after receiving 100+ artist submissions. (Courtesy of Stephanie Patsula/Skeena Salmon Art Show)

The Skeena Salmon Arts Fest has extended its gratitude to the community as the organization prepares for its 2023 Skeena Salmon Art Show. With more than 100 entries submitted, the upcoming exhibition is shaping up to be a vivid celebration of the intertwined relationships of humans and salmon in northern B.C.

“We are hugely grateful to everyone who applied to be featured in the 2023 Skeena Salmon Art Show,” said the arts and culture organization in a press release. The upcoming exhibition marks the sixth annual installation of the show and is receiving considerable attention from both artists and spectators.

Show coordinator Stephanie Patsula highlighted the creative endeavours of northern artists whose participation has been instrumental in bringing the show to life. “This event would not be possible without the creativity, trust, and stories of northern artists. We are thrilled to share their artworks and jewelry with all who attend,” said Patsula.

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The unique theme that has emerged in the 2023 show reflects the multifaceted relationships that humans and other organisms share with salmon. The artworks, Patsula noted, are not only about salmon as standalone entities but present an array of perspectives on how salmon fit into a larger system.

“It seems to me that folks are shedding light on the ways in which human and non-human community members are consuming the salmon. I see many stories that relate to salmon as fuel physically, mentally, and spiritually within a localized ecosystem and beyond. It’s beautiful and I am honoured to help facilitate this incredible art show in its sixth year,” Patsula said.

The Terrace Art Gallery has announced a series of opening events for the exhibition. There will be an Artist Mingle, exclusively open to exhibiting artists and one guest, on August 3rd, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Soft Opening, specially designated for seniors and youth, will be held on August 4th, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Grand Opening, which is open to all, will be on August 4th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Terrace Art Gallery is located in the basement of the Terrace Public Library, at 4610 Park Ave., and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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