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Salmon are coming to the Civic Centre

Jun 03, 2011

You don't need to be a pro-angler with a state-of-the-art lure to catch the coolest salmon in Mississauga. Don't worry about casting your line off the banks of the Credit River since these arty salmon will be on display in the Civic Centre for one evening only.

The Salmon Run Project 2011, a collaboration between the City of Mississauga's Culture Division and the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) will be hosting an opening reception for the project's main event, The Exhibition, on Thursday, June 9 at the Civic Centre.

"Attracting and supporting the creative individuals we have right here in Mississauga adds to the level and depth of our cultural tapestry," said Susan Burt, City of Mississauga director, Culture Division. "The Salmon Run Project is one example of how we are making a variety of artistic opportunities available to our residents."

Burt explained, the exhibition will feature 24 salmon sculptures created by local artists as a result of a call for submission issued by the AGM in February, 2011. The salmon art guidelines stated that artists could create a unique piece of art using a cast of an Atlantic salmon. Artists were to decorate these salmon forms in original ways.

In addition to the salmon sculptures and artists, the exhibition will also feature floral displays by The World Flower Council and The Canadian Academy of Floral Art and a demonstration with fish fly tier Sheldon Seale. From June 14 to October 1, the sculptures will be on display in businesses located along the Credit River at various locations in Port Credit and Streetsville.

"When we issued the Call for Submission earlier this year, we weren't sure what to expect," said Robert Freeman, curator, Art Gallery of Mississauga. "When the sculptures started to arrive at the Gallery, we were impressed at the creativity and imagination represented in the pieces. Seeing the sculptures on display around the City will be a unique and exciting experience for all residents and visitors."

Reception Details:

Who: Representatives from the City of Mississauga, Art Gallery of Mississauga, The World Flower Council and The Canadian Academy of Floral Art will be in attendance at the event.

What: An exhibition of 24 salmon sculptures created by local artists.

Where: Mississauga Civic Centre, Great Hall, Ground Floor

When: Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 6 p.m. Official ceremony to begin at 7 p.m.

All of the salmon artworks will be available for purchase through a silent auction. Bids can be placed by calling the Art Gallery of Mississauga at 905-896-5088. Final bids must be received by 5 p.m. on September 30, 2011.

For additional information on the salmon sculptures call the AGM or visit

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Media Contact:
Lindsay Noronha
Public Affairs Consultant
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5053
TTY: 905-896-5151