The prototype of the smaller perch to be made in the FabLab for the new Lorain County public art project. 200-300 of these fish will be need to be painted. Follow the Fish Art & Adventure Trail to launch May 2013. Drew Scofield | The Collegian

By Starr D’Avril
Online Editor

The Stocker Arts Center and LCCC’s FabLab are joining a partnership to promote tourism in Lorain County through the public art project ‘Follow the Fish.’ The Lorain Port Authority, the Lorain Growth Corporation, the Friends of Harbortown and Visit Lorain County lead the initiative.
To promote tourism, they will put up markers in the form of large painted metal fish to enhance public spaces, community events, and environmental awareness.  Operations Coordinator of Stocker Humanities & Fine Arts Center Joan Perch said,  “We are really excited about the opportunity to highlight arts entrepreneurs and to connect this exciting project to our art and other students.”

The project brings art students and teachers, local artists, businesses, and community members together to promote tourism and highlight Lorain County.  “We are so happy to bring this opportunity to LCCC art teachers and student artists to participate in this huge Lorain County public art project,” said Jim Gundlach, local artist and creator of the fish.   Perch added, “Jim Gundlach, the North Ridgeville artist who designed the fish sculptures being used for the project will be an artist in residence this fall in conjunction with our Working Artists art exhibit.

He will be working with art students, students in the FabLab, Weld Ed, and others to create fish for this project. Some may be available for sale, giving the students an opportunity to create and sell an art product.”

Volunteers are needed to paint the large 3-D walleye and the smaller 2-D perch.
“There are just so many ways our students can benefit from participating in the hands on learning opportunity. Not just art students, but ecology and service learning students, marketing and business students,” said Perch. “Other art students will be gaining real life work experience designing the project’s website.”

Once finished, the fish will undulate in the wind from their perches atop metal poles around Lorain County, marking key places of interest and guiding foot traffic on a designated tour route.

Information will be available at the Stocker Art Gallery and on the Stocker Art Gallery web page.
Contact Joan Perch for more information at 440-935-3655 or joanperch@yahoo.com Or Paul Biber at 440-935-3654 or paulbiber@yahoo.com.