Blind Bay is always busy during the summer months, but it will really hopping on this very special 150 Anniversary Canada Day celebration. This year, Canada Day in Blind Bay is jam packed with activities including a parade, events like a pancake breakfast, kids entertainment, vendors, beer gardens, community stage events, and even concerts by Lost N Found, Cod Gone Wild and Serious Dogs all at the Centennial Park. The grand finale is a spectacular fireworks show right over the beautiful Shuswap Lake.
The Blind Bay Painters are including their very popular annual art show and sale as part of the Canada Day activities. Just walking distance from Centennial Park is the Blind Bay Community Hall (2510 Blind Bay Rd) which is home to the Reedman Gallery where great selection of eclectic local artwork is on display for sale. Meet the artists and pop upstairs to grab a snack and a drink in our air conditioned hall and relax while you browse through boutique items such as prints, art cards, jewelry, and other artisan works. Art Show dates this year are Jun 30th and July 1st from 10 – 4 pm. See you there! For more information about the Canada Day events, go to http://www.shuswapcanadaday.ca.
Artists paint for various reasons, but nearly every painting has a story. It may be that travel to a new environment and an new sight inspired the painting. Or maybe there is a special relationship with a person, pet, or even object being portrayed in the art. Or perhaps the art is “accidental” started off as one thing and progressed into something totally different. “Every Painting has a Story” will be a recurring monthly blog that tells you about some of the interesting stories surrounding a featured painting on the website. Today’s painting is ……
Adam’s River Salmon Run by Betty Schriver
My Adam’s River Salmon Run paintings are inspired by the natural wonder of a sockeye salmon run that happens annually right here in the Shuswap area in contributory streams and primarily the Adam’s River. My husband and I first saw the beautiful red sockeye Salmon when we used to cross the Scotch Creek bridge going to our vacation rental in Celista every year. Every four years is a peak Salmon Run year where significantly more salmon come to spawn in the Adams River, next peak season being Oct 2018. Travellers from around the world come to see the rivers run red and capture the beauty of nature in all it’s glory.
Personally I find the moments watching these fish intimate. These fish fight to get to their spawning grounds, often battered from the leaps they need to make to overcome rockbeds and strong currents. After the spawn has occurred, they die. I wonder what goes through the fish’s thoughts during this process. Do they understand they are doing this “for their children”? Do they understand what is happening, or is it all instinctual? Do they know they are going to die at the end? It’s both a glorious and tragic story at the same time.