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Tim Troll: Waters of Bristol Bay

A fundraiser for the Pedro Bay Rivers Conservation Project of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust

Tim Troll’s “Waters of Bristol Bay” is inspired by and depicts his 21-year vocation in land and water conservation efforts through the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust that he helped found in 2000. Since its inception, the Land Trust has helped secure conservation easements on nearly 37,000 acres of salmon habitat and water level reservations for fish in 5 major river systems. Tim writes, “While not an avid practitioner of either, I have both commercial and sport fished in the waters of Bristol Bay, and, when I lived in Dillingham, enjoyed subsistence fishing on the Nushagak River with my family. The work I do as an artist is largely influenced by my work in conservation and my unexplainable fascination with the history and cultures of Southwest AK.”

“It is easy to become enamored of Bristol Bay with its rich history, vast landscapes, long sunsets, clean waters, abundant wildlife and ancient indigenous cultures. These paintings are but one expression of my good fortune to have been granted the opportunity to experience this country and share it with my then young family. My deepest hope is that the images portrayed in these paintings never become a record of something lost.”

“Waters of Bristol Bay” as well as a pandemic-delayed project to see an historic Bristol Bay double-ended gill netter return to Bristol Bay by sailing from Homer to Naknek, highlight the need to conserve the waters that support the largest wild salmon fishery remaining on earth.

Tim Troll has compiled and edited three books exploring the history of Bristol Bay and curated two exhibits: Opening the Book -an exhibit in Mountain Village of Yup’ik Masks from the Sheldon Jackson Museum, and Sailing for Salmon on the history of sailboat fishing in Bristol Bay which, among many venues, was shown at the Pratt Museum in Homer

Artist proceeds will go to the Pedro Bay Rivers Conservation Project of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust. Call HCOA at (907) 235-4288 with purchase inquiries.