August Social - Linda Page, Gyotaku Fish Prints!

Linda Has been a fisherman for most of her life and an artist for the last 20 years. After taking a formal class in the art of gyotaku, I use an ancient Japanese technique to apply acrylic paint to an actual fish. Linda is an active member and supporter of CFOA. Linda will be demonstrating the art of gyotaku at this month’s meeting. This is a family event that everyone will enjoy.

Gyotaku (Japanese 魚拓, from gyo "fish" + taku "rubbing") is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing may have been used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own. As a form of art, gyotaku is also practiced around the world.

In the earliest nature prints, inks or pigments were applied directly to the relief surface of leaves and/or other relatively flat natural subjects in order to capture images of their sizes, shapes, surface textures, and delicate vein or scale patterns. Typically both sides of a leaf were coated with ink and the leaf was then placed inside a folded sheet or between two sheets of paper. When rubbed by hand or run through a printing press a mirror image was produced of the topside and underside of the same leaf. Often the prints were done in black ink and the flowers later painted or drawn in by the artist. In other cases a flattened, dried leaf or plant was coated once with black ink and then repeatedly printed in a printing press. The initial dark print was used as a work copy or proof print. The subsequent prints, with fainter traces of ink, were hand colored to more closely resemble the appearance of the real subjects. This methodology is generally applicable to making a print from a fish. They also used wood and carved images into that.

The direct method currently is used throughout the world to record images of a wide diversity of subjects. For example, most western fish printers utilizing the direct method but apply colored inks to more closely duplicate the natural colors of their subjects. Unlike prints from plates or blocks in which identical, duplicate images can be created the direct method produces unique, one-of-a-kind prints, termed monotypes.

When: Monday, August 14th - 6:30pm


Winter Park Community Center

721 W New England Ave

Winter Park, FL 32789

New Location For Our Monthly Socials

Our new location will be the Winter Park Community Center.

721 W New England Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789

About Our Fishing Club

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Monthly Socials

Every month we have a social featuring a guest speaker to talk about saltwater fishing.  There are also raffles, fishing reports, and food.  If you are a beginner this is a great way to learn new techniques.  If you are an experienced angler please come out and share what you have learned.   

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Fishing Tournaments 

We have at least 2 tournaments every year.  Our annual CFOA tournament is held in May out of Port Canaveral.  It has over $10,000 in cash and prizes and is open to the public.  Learn More

We also have a year long club tournament.  This tournament is for club members only.  From Nov. 1st to Oct. 31st you measure your catches and submit your weighslip online.  You receive points for the top 3 of each species.  You also earn angler and boat points.  The ultimately goal is to win top boat honors for the year. Learn More

Annual Auction

Every year, on the 2nd Monday in November, we hold an auction to support the CFOA Foundation.  The Foundation gives back to the community through donations to local foster homes, artificial reef programs, kids fishing clubs, and much more.  

There is a silent auction, live auction and raffle.  There is a cash bar and food as well.  This is a great way to score good deals on fishing gear, art, guide trips, and much more

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