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Making Fish

by Jim Maunder



St. John's Convention Centre, New Gower Street

50 New Gower St., St. John's, NL A1C 1J3

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Historically, Newfoundland’s outport women worked in the fishery, salting and drying fish while tending to other household chores and raising families.

When answering a call to submit a work for “something nautical” for the Cabot 500 celebrations, artist Jim Maunder knew what he would create. He said the artwork was inspired by “a story about someone’s grandmother, years ago, having been on the beach in the morning making fish (drying fish), going home at lunchtime, giving birth, and then returning to the beach to make fish in the afternoon.” (SJCC)

Artist bio

Jim Maunder was born in St. John’s, NL. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, he has been making sculptures, drawings and paintings for over 30 years, including several large public sculptures in St. John’s and Port au Choix, NL. His work has shown in St. John’s, Halifax, Toronto, St. Catharines, Hamilton, New York and Tokyo, and is held in private collections in Canada and the U.S., as well as the collections of the governments of St. John’s, of Newfoundland and Labrador, and of Canada. His themes include an exploration of the complexities of the interaction between humans and the natural environment. Maunder currently lives in St. Catharines, Ontario and spends part of his year in St. John’s. He is represented by the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s and TAG Gallery in St. Catharines. His website is

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