Pacific Salmon Foundation

Pacific Salmon Foundation

February 23, 2011 14:19 ET

Media Advisory: Pacific Salmon Foundation to Honour Conservation Artist Bill Munsie

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2011) - Well-known Vancouver conservation artist Bill Munsie will be honoured at a Salmon Art Show and Charitable Auction at Sandbar Restaurant on Granville Island on March 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Munsie, who painted two of the images available for auction, will attend and speak about his unique journey that includes overcoming a physical disability.

Who: Vancouver wildlife artist Bill Munsie, avid anglers and supporters of salmon conservation. (Munsie's art can be viewed at

What: Salmon Art Show and Charity Auction. Thirteen signed reproductions of Pacific salmon paintings will be available for auction and purchase.

When: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Sandbar Restaurant, 1535 Johnston St., Granville Island (Situated between the Arts Club Theatre and Ocean Cement, on the water, under the Granville Street Bridge.)

Why: Money raised from the art show will support volunteer programs across the province that address salmon restoration and regeneration.

Munsie was inspired to try wildlife art by the colourful depictions of nature he encountered through stamp collecting and fishing in Victoria. His passion for art remained a hobby well into adulthood. In the mid 1980's the debilitating effects of childhood polio made his job as a social worker too difficult. Faced with the necessity for a career change, Munsie turned to his wildlife painting hobby to help support his family.

After studies in Europe, California and at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Munsie decided to test his appeal at the open-air gallery in Stanley Park. He was well received and decided to try his brush at the annual Pacific Salmon Foundation painting contest, a competition he subsequently won five times. The winning painting each year appears on the postage-stamp-sized decal required to be affixed to saltwater fishing licenses. Munsie said it was his success with the Pacific Salmon Foundation that launched his career: "The Pacific Salmon Foundation is a rare entity that allows young Canadian artists to achieve success and profile within the art community. It's a fantastic bonus that it's also for such a worthy cause."

The event is sponsored by Sandbar Restaurant and Rebel Communications.

The Pacific Salmon Foundation was created in 1987 as an independent, non-governmental, charitable organization to protect, conserve and rebuild West Coast wild Pacific salmon populations. Since 1989, the Foundation has granted more than $8.8 million to 1,236 volunteer-driven salmon conservation projects, which was then leveraged locally by more than 30,000 volunteers for a total impact of $64 million for salmon.

Contact Information

  • Pacific Salmon Foundation
    Elayne Sun
    604-664-7664 ext. 123
    Pacific Salmon Foundation
    Reg Tupper