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Fish-printing workshop will benefit Yolo Basin Foundation

By From page A5 | February 21, 2014

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Chris Dewees shows a student how to draw an eye in last year’s fish printing workshop to benefit the Yolo Basin Foundation. Ann Brice/Courtesy photo

A gyotaku workshop will be offered by Chris Dewees from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Gyotaku is traditional fish printing started by Japanese fishermen to record their catch.

Dewees, a Davis resident and fish biologist, has been a devotee of gyotaku since his graduate student days in the 1960s. He is internationally recognized for his talents with shows all over the world, and he enjoys teaching others this ancient art.

The workshop is part of the Yolo Basin Foundation’s fundraising series, a “Gaggle of Gatherings,” which consists of a variety of field trips, classes and workshops offered throughout the year. The fish printing workshop costs $70 per person and includes lunch. No previous experience is necessary, and materials, including the fish, will be provided.

All proceeds will go to the Yolo Basin Foundation’s wetlands education programs.

To reserve a spot, visit www.yolobasin.org and click on “Gaggle of Gatherings” or call the Yolo Basin Foundation at 530-757-3780. Yolo Basin is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships.

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