Using a rich assortment of paintings and historic fishing artifacts, Genesee Country Village & Museum’s newest art exhibit Gone Fishin'—which opens Saturday, June 20, at the John L. Wehle Gallery—takes the visitor on a fresh introspective into the sport of fishing.
Tracing a route that begins with Native American practices, Gone Fishin':
*explores the sport through its art;
*suggests how Native American fishing methods, documented with fish hooks, net weights and a spear (c.3500 BCE), influenced settlement patterns of native people and later European settlers;
*examines the work of those like Rochester’s Seth Green, who in 1864 in Caledonia started the first commercial fish hatchery in the western hemisphere and was among others concerned with the impact of pollution, deforestation and overfishing;
* and, finally, presents a fascinating collection of rods, reels, creels (fish baskets), lures and other fishing tackle created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when fishing became big business.
Using works from the gallery's extensive collection of sporting art plus borrowed art and artifacts from area museums, historical societies and collectors, gallery curator Patricia Tice teases out the ways that Americans once viewed this sport, nature and their role within it.
Among the many highlights are 4,000-year-old fish hooks and a work by Winslow Homer.
Except for special events,
GCVM is now CLOSED
for the season and will
re-open May 13, 2017.