The Skeena Salmon Art Show kicked off the festivities as crowds gathered at the Terrace Art Gallery last night to celebrate local artwork.
With over 100 submissions by 69 artists, the event drew almost 500 people its first day on Aug. 2.
“The energy is really great, last year we had a line-up… we actually had an afternoon opening today to try to take some of the impact away,” says Cynthia McCreery, organizer of the Skeena Salmon Art Show.
“We have different artists from different cultural background and different lifestyles that have come from different places all over the world to Terrace because they love it here.”
McCreery says she’s looking forward to the next two weeks as there is a lot going on in town to celebrate salmon and the Northwest region. She wants people to feel they are part of a community and support one another while enjoying the beauty of the area.
“It’s really exciting to be stretching this theme of salmon that we all come around and rally behind,” she says. “It’s a food source, it’s recreational, there are so many aspects of that built the community here and people love coming around that… to celebrate art and creativity at the same time.”
The Award of Excellence was given to local artist Stephanie Anderson for her yellow cedar carving titled Salmon Run.
The Juror’s Choice awards went to artists Lynn Cociani, Leah Pipe, and Marie-Christine Claveau
With three honourable mentions to Angelo Cavagnaro, Jamie Nole and Lauren McLachlan
Visitors to the gallery can vote on their favourite pieces in the show until 4 p.m on Aug. 9.
The People’s Choice Award winner will be announced the following day on Aug. 10.