COOS BAY — "All Things Salmon" exhibit will open at Coos Art Museum Oct. 13 and remain through Dec. 9.
The exhibition of contemporary salmon-themed art works represent sustenance, industry or sport; salmon's profound influence on the peoples and cultures. The impact of this powerful migratory fish can be seen in art works from prehistoric stone carvings through contemporary glass.
Nowhere is salmon art more evident than in the Pacific Northwest, where the salmon has been the source of life, and sometimes controversy, for hundreds of years. In this nationwide competition/exhibition's focus is on the theme of salmon in contemporary art. Juror Dr. Deana Dartt, former Curator of Native American Art at the Portland Art Museum and current Scholar-in-Residence at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, selected 60 stunning works of art to represent the range of salmon themed art today.
The exhibition will open with a free public reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. At 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, Dr. Dartt will announce top artist awards of this juried competition and conduct a guided walk-through of the exhibition. This program also is free to the public. The "All Things Salmon" art competition is made possible by a generous grant from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund. Other exhibitions opening on Oct. 13 include: "Heads up: The Satiric Art of Stan Fullerton," "Watercolors: Photographs by Dolores Lusitana" and works from the museum’s rental/sales gallery.