RENO, NEVADA.- The Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) will present The Whole Salmon, an exhibition which explores the Salmon River- one of the largest wild rivers in the United States. Using the Salmon River as an example of the many significant waterways in the West, the exhibition examines and presents the river’s physical characteristics as well as it’s interaction with and impact on the surrounding communities. The Whole Salmon is organized by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and will presented through March 21, 2004 at the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E.L. Wiegand Gallery.
Organized by The Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Sun Valley, Ida., the exhibition includes watercolors, photographs, text panels and audio commentary detailing the combined creative work of British watercolor artist Tony Foster, photographer Terry Evans, journalist Mark Trahant, and clarinetist/composer Evan Ziporyn. Each artist was charged with exploring a slightly different aspect of the river’s reach—from the geographic/topographic perspective to documentary photographs, from the journalistic approach to the abstract interpretation.
The river, with its source at 9,000ft. in the Sawtooth Mountains, is 406 miles long and descends through mountain canyons, agricultural land and scenic valleys to 750 feet where it joins the Snake River at the Idaho/Oregon border.
“The river and its native fish have been the cause of both debate and celebration, taken for granted by some and scrutinized by others,” said Kristin Poole, Artistic Director for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. “We hoped that the focus on this resource would stimulate debate about how we honor and use the resources we have.”