About the Author: Bob Soppelsa serves as a Curator for ART in EMBASSIES.
An image of a fish can carry a lot of meaning…especially in Ghana. Line fishing, trawling and seine fishing are common along the coast and inland lagoons, rivers and man-made Volta Lake. The fishing industry generates capital income around five percent of the GDP through exported canned fish and supplies around 60 percent of the protein in the diet of Ghanians. The United States and Ghana have a shared economic interest in a thriving fishing industry. Hence, the theme for the new ART in EMBASSIES exhibition in Ghana is all about fish and their habitats. Ambassador Donald Teitelbaum collaborated with our team on the concept. He also happens to be an avid fisherman.
Brook Trout with Lines pays tribute to the life-sustaining power of fish. Artist, writer, activist, and naturalist James Prosek made his authorial debut at nineteen years of age with Trout: An Illustrated History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996), which featured 70 of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. Prosek is a regular contributor to The New York Times and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his documentary about traveling through England in the footsteps of Izaak Walton, the seventeenth-century author of The Compleat Angler. In 2004, he co-founded a conservation initiative called "World Trout" with Yvon Chouinard, the owner of Patagonia clothing company, which raises money for coldwater habitat conservation.
One man's passion is another man's livelihood. That's the beauty of fishing worldwide.