Storm Drain #8

About this painting:

Some of the local fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, and Yellow Perch are depicted.

Bluegill are freshwater fish sometimes referred to as bream, or Copper Nose. They are members of the Sunfish family (Bluegill, 2016) .

The largemouth bass is also a freshwater fish within the Sunfish family. These fish are native to North America, and are keenly sought after by anglers.

The Red Eared Sunfish are popular sport fish, that are well-known for their diet of mollusks and snails. They generally resemble Bluegills, except for their coloration and somewhat larger size.

The Yellow Perch, are freshwater fish native to much of North America. They have a yellow brass-colored body and distinct pattern consisting of five to nine olive-green vertical bars, triangular in shape on each side.

Artists involved in this painting include: Gabe Shennum (design and digital conversion of sketch); Katherine Morrisroe (tracing, priming, painting, sealing); Lauren Scavo (sealing); Kelsey Kirkendall who (tracing, painting, priming); Katie Morrisroe and Brittany Salazar (painting).

References

Bluegill. Fairfax County Public Schools. 2016. Web. http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/bluegill.htm.

Artist's reflections:

"What goes in the storm drain goes straight to the lakes and streams without any processing; it is the same as dumping stuff straight into the lake. I think that people definitely need to know about this so they will take care of the water we have around us.

When my grandmother was a little girl, Winona Lake was blue and clean… this [water quality] can impact the entire community, not just the water. it can impact other communities as well: the communities downstream and the ones that hear about this.

...Local things matter...The world is made of tiny local places."

-Gabe Shennum

Artist's reflections:

"Many people aren’t aware that the water that goes into the storm drains goes untreated – I personally had no idea until this class. It [the project] is bringing beauty and art into the community as it is addressing a real problem that affects everybody.

This project has been hard. I have fallen in love with the process, the people I’m working with, and the motivation behind the project. I have begun to feel so strongly about the significance and importance of this project that it has become one of the highlights of my year.

This project has really helped solidify for me the concept that art impacts people, that it changes their perspectives. It’s something that people talk about abstractly, but to see it actually happen is pretty amazing. I have rarely seen people respond so positively to the artwork of complete strangers as I have through this project, and even in the past few weeks while we’ve been painting, I’ve heard several people say that they learned about storm drain pollution because of our project and that they will be more careful in the future. This project is really touching people, and I’m so happy to be a small part of it."

-Lauren Scavo