Luke Filmer Opens Art Gallery in downtown Gig Harbor, WA

Blackwater Trading Co. was initially established in 1998 and only featured hand-painted (custom) fish replica sculptures by wildlife artist Luke Filmer.  In the fall of 2014 we added a gallery & gift shop allowing us to showcase and support over 30 Pacific Northwest artists. We also carry a unique variety of top-quality gift items all designed to align with your “Northwest Style”.  

Our name was inspired by the world-famous Blackwater River located in BC, Canada, not only because it is a world-class fly-fishing river, but also because at one time it served as a major trade route between First Nation communities.  

Check out our website at: www.blackwatertrading.com

Blackwater Trading Co. Gig Harbor, WA 7706 Pioneer Way

Interior of Blackwater Trading Co. Northwest Art Gallery & Gift Shop located in downtown Gig Harbor, WA. Features fish replica sculptures from Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas along with over 30 Northwest artists!

Blackwater Trading Co. Northwest Art Gallery & Gift Shop

Front of our awesome trading post! We have four parking stalls…or just walk-up two blocks from the intersection of Harborview and Pioneer Way, just past the Harbor General Store.

Our name was inspired by the world-famous Blackwater River located in BC, Canada, not only because it is a world-class fly-fishing river, but also because at one time it served as a major trade route between First Nation communities.  

Rosi Oldenburg

We feature artist Rosi Oldenburg along with over 30 Northwest artists!

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REDFISH FISH REPLICA BY LUKE FILMER

Today I want to introduce a new fish replica to my collection of artwork and a fish that is quite popular to catch….Redfish!

45 pound Redfish replica by Luke Filmer

45 pound Redfish replica by Luke Filmer

Redfish are found from freshwater estuaries to deep saltwater. They are also called Red Drum because of the drumming sound they create with their air bladders to communicate and attract females.

Redfish replica tail

Unique spot pattern. http://www.lukefilmer.com

I enjoy the challenge to capture their deep coloration from gold to silver – with shades of every color imaginable within.  Another unique attribute I replicate is their spot pattern. Their black patterns appear close to the upper lobe of the tail and vary uniquely from one individual fish to another. The spots have a variety of shapes and can occasionally fuse together creating a signature pattern for each fish. Aside from coloration and size, this spot configuration gives each fish its own personality.

Redfish

44″ x 28″ at 45lbs.

In order to prepare for this project, I spent weeks researching Redfish not only to understand their life cycles and habits (which make them different than other species of fish), but to learn the best techniques to customize and capture the colors perfectly. Because each Redfish is different, I look forward to customizing and painting more of these exceptional fish for my clients.

BIO: A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Luke Filmer specializes in a precise, realistic style of painting. With a dedicated spirit, Luke adds his own style to each unique custom fiberglass fish replica he creates for clients all over the world.  Considered by many to be the master in fish painting, he has earned acclaim from sportsmen and collectors alike.

I love to mix colors and layer pigments to create the depth and glow that I call the inner spirit of each fish sculpture I create.” – Luke Filmer

http://www.lukefilmer.com or http://www.blackwaterfishreplicas.com

FACEBOOK: Blackwater Fish Replicas-Filmer

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Big Brown Trout Fish Replica – 27lbs!

Did you just catch a fish of a lifetime and just having a photo of it is not enough?  Brown TroutSteve caught this 27lb. brown trout from a stream that fed out of Lake Michigan.

Steve's 27lb. Brown Trout

Steve’s 27lb. Brown Trout

He knew he wanted to capture this fish-of-a-lifetime with a fiberglass replica, and he knew just who to call. Steve has has been working with Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas for over 10 years on a variety of fish replica mounts – and he knew Luke was the only guy that could match his photo exactly.   Check out Luke Filmer’s WE MATCH YOUR PHOTO page for more examples of completed fiberglass fish replica projects. www.blackwaterfishreplicas.com  or www.lukefilmer.comBrown Trout Fish Replica Match Photo

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