Saturday, August 18, 2012

Leaping Trout Art Project 2012

Wow!  There are 35 different fish sculpture/paintings hanging all over our area!  I picked up a brochure that features the Leaping Trout trail at Brio's last night.

Directions are given in the map to each business where a certain fish is hanging.  You can bid online at www.theleapingtrout.com website.  This is a fundraiser for the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited.   My rainbow trout can be seen at Tiso's in Mt. Tremper on Rt. 212.  That's just down the road from where my husband, Ed, grew up at the Rainbow Lodge.

Here's the link to my fish: http://www.theleapingtrout.com/jkahil.html.  It's 36" long.  Oil on aluminum. I primed it first with automotive primer, painted it with artist quality oil paints and  I left parts of the aluminum visible on the under belly to give it some sparkle.  It was finished with oil painting varnish.  It should be hung indoors even though it looks like a sign!

Todd Spire did a great job setting up the web site and the photos of the artwork are amazing. So much better than I usually do! Higher a professional!  Here's a link to his business if you need help with web design, etc. http://www.spirecreativeservices.com/

At the end of the fishing season, the artwork will be gathered for a group show at The Arts Upstairs on Main St. in Phoenicia.  They'll be exhibited there all winter and in the spring of 2013 the art will be auctioned off.  As I said, you can bid online if you can't attend the physical auction.
Trout Unlimited's mission is to conserve, protect and restore our cold water resources which benefits our native trout and the drinking water.
My father in law, Dick Kahil, was one of the charter members of Trout Unlimited, but I believe it was a different chapter than the Ashokan-Pepacton.  They held their first meetings at the Rainbow Lodge. Ed was just a kid and when he first heard of Trout Unlimited, he was overjoyed because he thought it meant there was no limit on how many fish you could keep!  No, he's not an outlaw, but he loves nothing better than a trout dinner that he caught himself.

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