The Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Water/Ways” has been well received at the Guntersville Museum, director Julie Patton said. It will run through Oct. 3 so there’s plenty of time to see it if you haven’t already.

But there’s also a small side exhibit that is entirely local. It’s water and fish-related art done by the students at Guntersville Middle School and Guntersville Elementary School to tie in with the Smithsonian exhibit.

Guntersville High advanced art students also did some fish sculptures that are in the exhibit.

GHS art teacher Val Jones, who is a Board member at the Museum, said they had to work quickly at the beginning of school to get the student art ready. But it turned out to be a perfect “ice breaker” for teacher and students at the very beginning of school.

The GMS students did Gyotaku, the Japanese art of making fish prints.

Jones had a trick up her sleeve this time.

This is the art where students put paint on an actual fish, then transfer the paint to paper. As you can imagine, it can be a smelly undertaking.

So this time Jones ordered rubber fish and they used those instead of real ones. The art turned out just as it would have if they’d used real fish and the process was a lot cleaner.

An added bonus is that the rubber fish can be used again in the future.

Jones said Japanese fishermen created the art form and used it originally to show the type of fish they were selling at their booths.

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