Emily Christiansen with her piece Salmon: It's What's For Dinner.

Emily Christiansen with her piece Salmon: It's What's For Dinner.

Reflections exhibit highlights Northwestern life

The museum's latest art show, Reflections - Where I am, runs to Sept. 15.

Kitimatians have just four more days to take in the museum’s latest art gallery exhibit, called Reflections — Where I Am.

The show is a collection of works of various mediums from various regional artists, from Kitimat and beyond.

Among those pieces is a work by local artist Emily Christiansen, who has created what she titled Salmon: It’s What’s For Dinner, an examination of salmon and its place in our lives.

The work depicts a salmon on a table setting, but showing signs of various illnesses that fish can be susceptible to. Her idea was to show what otherwise wouldn’t be visible in a variety of salmon that may be ill from viruses.

“It’s on a cedar plank to demonstrate our culture of salmon in the northwest,” she said.

The table setting with it’s red and white colours also represents our Canadian responsibility to handle our national resources, such as fish. She spent days researching steelhead and chinook in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan in particular, where fish farming and industry have affected the health of stocks in that area.

Her aim was to take the experiences in that watershed and apply that knowledge here, where salmon culture and traditions are ingrained.

“We need to look ahead and see how we’re going to feed our children, our families, and be aware of exactly what we are eating,” she said.

The museum’s Reflections exhibit began on Aug. 17 and runs to Sept. 15. Visitors can also cast ballots for the People’s Choice award.