Today, students and staff from Anglophone South School District, Saint John City Market staff and merchants celebrated the unveiling of a community art project that led to the creation of 250 unique hand-painted fish.
“The Market Association, made up of merchants, wanted to engage local students in a community art project that would bring more character and life to the City Market during the height of tourist season,” said Kevin Loughery, manager of the Saint John City Market. “We approached the School District with the idea of having students create artwork that could be put on display and they were enthusiastic to support the project.”
Over 500 students from grades kindergarten to 12 worked on the fish that now hang from eight mobiles hooked on ceiling timbers that run down the centre aisle inside the City Market. The fish range from one foot to eight feet in length.
The mobiles will be on display in the City Market until late 2013, after which time the individual fish will be auctioned off for charity. All proceeds will go to support the annual Harbour Lights Campaign, to help feed those in need through local food banks from Sussex to St. Stephen.
“The synergy surrounding this project is cause for celebration,” said Erica Lane, the community engagement coordinator for the Anglophone South School District. “The initiative of the City Market to connect the business community, to our schools, to student creativity, to a community agency is worthy of special recognition."
To see the fish, visit the City Market, Monday to Saturday, 47 Charlotte Street, Saint John, NB. For more information about the City Market, visit www.sjcitymarket.ca