Pocatello, ID–August 21st, 2015
The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) to open newest exhibit Gone Fishin’ in its gallery, located on the campus of Idaho State University.
Did you know that Idahoans spend over 2 million days fishing every year? Or that the Salmon River is one of the longest undammed rivers in the lower 48?
Come to the IMNH this August and have a great fishing trip with your family. Our staff designed this exhibit with the goal to submerge you into the habitat of both fish and fisherman. So, while you won’t catch any fish, you will get hooked on learning. So, grab your fishing buddy before it’s too late, the museum’s Gone Fishin’!
“This exhibit presents Idaho’s fish in a way you’ve never seen before” said the IMNH’s interim director, Dr. Leif Tapanila. “Museum guests will experience a beautiful and interactive exhibit, while learning something new about Idaho’s native fish.” The heart of Gone Fishin’ features a one-of-a-kind art exhibition called 38 Minus: The Idaho Fish Project. 38 Minus spotlights all 38 varieties of Idaho’s native fish using life size paper relief sculptures created by artist, Lonnie
Hutson. It took Hutson, an alumnus of the University of Idaho, three years to make all the sculptures. The handmade paper used in each sculpture is full of natural materials like volcanic ash and
Idaho plants, making each piece unique and irreplaceable. To complement such masterful artwork, the museum will have interactive touchscreen stations highlighting more information about each fish, modern and historic fishing camps, wall puzzles, and exhibits spotlighting our local Portneuf River.
A dinner party will be held on August, 21st from 5-8pm to celebrate the opening of Gone Fishin’. Guests will be able to purchase dinner, drinks, hear from exhibit creators, and make Japanese Gyotaku fish prints. The price of dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children, and includes an admission into the exhibit.