Marbach launches ‘Columbia – Source To Sea’ campaign

FRIENDSHIP Dance, National Aboriginal Day.

Photo by Peter Marbach
FRIENDSHIP Dance, National Aboriginal Day.

Hood River photographer Peter Marbach has embarked on the most ambitious endeavor of his long career, a project that took root a decade ago inspired by a single thought — where does the Columbia River begin?

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A decade later, Marbach is ready to tell not only that story but a modern day exploration of the entire 1,250-mile Columbia River. “My goal is capture not only the diverse beauty of the Columbia River basin, but to tell the story of the people of the river, and share that there is new hope for the restoration of salmon runs to the headwaters,” said Marbach. “The 50-year treaty between the U.S and Canada over water rights of the Columbia is now being re-negotiated and will explore the possibility of returning the ancient salmon runs beyond the Grand Coulee Dam. What a miracle it would be to see this happen in our lifetime.”

Marbach has three months to complete the body of work in preparation for a solo three-month exhibit beginning January 2017 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. He has launched an online campaign with Hatchfund to bring this project to fruition.

“Hatchfund is a national, non-profit crowdfunding platform exclusively for select qualified artists like Peter Marbach,” said Dillon Nicholson, Program Director at Hatchfund. “Peter’s career documenting the beauty of the Northwest is absolutely phenomenal and we are so grateful to be on this journey with him. This story of the river, it’s people, and the restoration of salmon runs to the source needs to be told. We are confident that with your tax deductible support, Peter will reach his target goal of $8,000 by Sept. 17.”

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