School: The Joseph Rossano Salmon Project

In Oregon by Nick Chambers

We hope you can join us this weekend for two days of films, talks and fish art! Trout Unlimited and Wild Steelheaders United are partnering with local artist Joseph Rossano on a project dedicated to the preservation of wild steelhead and salmon. On Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, Museum of Glass will host a makers event in the Hot Shop with more than a dozen local artists. This project, titled School: The Joseph Rossano Salmon Project, will result in a large-scale installation of glass fish made both in the Museum’s Hot Shop and by multiple artists from across the country; essentially a crowdsourced art installation. The installation will become an exhibition at Bellevue Arts Museum in Spring 2019.

While artists are making the fish there will be video premiers by Shane Anderson of North Fork Studios, Mark Titus and a talk by our own John McMillan. Additionally, there will be a cadre of some of the best fly tiers in the Pacific Northwest demonstrating their craft. We hope you will be able to join us for part of this fun weekend.


Schedule of Events:


Saturday, October 13

10:30 – 11:00 — Joseph Rossano and April Surgent

Joseph and April will introduce School: The Joseph Rossano Salmon Project and talk about the connection between Art and Science as a tool for conservation and awareness.

Based in the Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, April Surgent is a glass artist who changed her focus from blown to wheel engraved glass more than 14 years ago. Surgent’s interest in applied conservation science led her to Antarctica in 2013, with the National Science Foundation’s, Antarctic Artist and Writers Program. Her research there focused on remote conservation fieldwork and the effects of anthropogenic impacts on vulnerable ecosystems. Currently, she is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s, Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program continuing that research.

11:30am – 1:00pm — Salmon Without Rivers — Shane Anderson

1:30-3:00pm —  Run Wild Run Free — Shane Anderson

Shane Anderson is a former professional downhill skier turned documentary filmmaker. His interest in film began in 1998; he worked in the film and television industry in Los Angeles for eight years; and in 2012, he began his own production company, North Fork Studios, which merges his love of the outdoors with his love of visual storytelling and production.

Shane will screen his two most recent films, Salmon Without Rivers and Run Wild Run Free, 50 Years of Wild and Scenic Rivers. Shane will be on-hand to introduce his films and answer questions.

3:30 – 4:30pm — John McMillan

John McMillan, Steelhead Science Director for Trout Unlimited, has snorkeled over 1,500 river miles, spent thousands of hours observing steelhead, and is considered a regional expert on their plight. In addition to publishing scientific manuscripts on this topic and others, his writing and underwater photography and videography have been published and broadcast in scientific journals, books, popular magazines, newspapers, movies, and television. At the event John will talk about why steelhead are unique among salmonids, and the types of behaviors they have evolved that allow the species to pack so much diversity into a single population. Interested in what Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger have in common with steelhead? All that, and more, will be answered as John explains the complex world of steelhead in a way that anyone can easily understand. Learn what makes a steelhead a steelhead, and how to get involved in the growing movement to conserve and rebuild wild steelhead runs.


Sunday, October 14


12-1:30pm — The Anglers Art

Renowned angler and fly tier, Greg Hunt, will collaborate with Northwest steelhead fly tying and angling icons, Jerry French, Steve Gobin, and John Olshewsky. Through demonstration and story-telling, Hunt will show viewers how Victorian sensibilities in fly tying impacted a generation of modern anglers and tiers.

2-4pm — The Breach with Mark Titus

When fishing guide/filmmaker Mark Titus learns why wild salmon populations plummeted in his native Pacific Northwest, he embarks on a journey to discover where the fish have gone and what might bring them back. Along the way, Titus unravels a trail of human hubris, historical amnesia, and potential tragedy looming in Alaska—all conspiring to end the most sustainable wild food left on the planet. The Breach with Mark Titus