Each week until the end of August the Terrace Standard will be showcasing a contributing artist to the Skeena Salmon Art Festival at the Terrace Art Gallery. Following the widespread salmon fishery closures along the Skeena and Nass Rivers, organizers hope the exhibit will provide a way for people to express their strong admiration for the fish through artistic expression.
In this feature series, the artists will share their thoughts on the subject in their own words.
This week’s artist, Marie-Christine Claveau:
“I’m an acrylic painter originally from La Baie, Québec. I was raised along the Saguenay, a tidal river similar to the Skeena. After a few years exploring the southern parts of B.C., I made Rosswood my home in 2006. The same year I became a wife, a mother, a forest technician and a contractor. To me, the Skeena Salmon Festival is a great unifying initiative. It celebrates what is at the very base of the ecosystem we get to enjoy in this beautiful region; the Salmon.
This year, Rosswood lost one of it’s resident and I lost a fishing buddy. John White was born and raised in this valley and he knew ALL of its secrets. The piece I painted for the Festival depicts the idea or maybe more the feeling of a fishing hole that me, John and a few other friends shared for many years without completely giving away its true location. There, we fished for Coho in silence enjoying the early morning light. The painting is titled ‘Early Bird gets the best spot.’”