Port Moody, BC, Canada. September 22, 2011 – J Peachy, local artist has been named Artist in Residence for the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society (BIMES). The society is a non-profit organization that operates the Mossom Creek Hatchery, a salmon enhancement project in Port Moody that began in 1976 and is now celebrating its 35th year.
As the Artist in Residence, J will enable creative dialogue and awareness that are of significance to the Society. September 25, 2011, will see the launch of the Burrard Inlet Paddle Gallery which is a floating art exhibit in Port Moody Arm. Initial pieces are installed on the hatchery’s floating sea pen located offshore near the Ioco townsite.
“I think as artists we have the opportunity to tell the story in unique and captivating ways. Bringing creativity outside of the traditional gallery spaces in an experiential way gives the message much more impact.”states J Peachy.
The long term vision is to create an ongoing marine based art gallery in Burrard Inlet. Plans are to have two art rotations annually. This will coincide with critical out and in migration periods for the local wild salmon. The gallery is only accessible by water and ideally by non-motorized craft. The viewpoints and descriptions of the art work are better seen from close to the waterline.
Ruth Foster, co-founder of the Mossom Creek Hatchery and secretary of BIMES said “J has been using his artistic talent [….] to raise awareness about wild salmon issues on the coast. I believe he is making a significant and bold contribution to this important cause. The Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society is very fortunate to have this dedicated and innovative individual at the Mossom Creek Hatchery. J is a jewel.”
The current exhibition at the Burrard Inlet Paddle Gallery is entitled ‘Making the Point’ and will run from September 25, 2011 to October 31, 2011.
J Peachy is an arts-based advocate for mental health. His current efforts focus on conserving wild salmon. He has recently been featured in BC Local News and kickasscanadians.ca.