Marbach hosts sale to close photo studio

Silent auction helps Rotary scholarship

Local photographer Peter Marbach will hold a one day only fine art studio close out sale on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3121 Eliot Drive in Hood River.

“I am shifting my life and career to focus more on the environment, conservation, and indigenous injustice issues,” said Marbach.

“This is a full circle moment, getting back to an activist life I had lead before choosing photography as a way of life nearly a quarter century ago.”

Marbach’s art will be reduced from 30 to 50 percent off normal prices. “The Gorge community has been incredibly supportive of my art and service projects over the years. I am happy to clear out my life’s work at affordable prices. There will be something for every budget, from large scale framed work to odds and ends from my early years as a fledgling photographer,” said Marbach.

At the one day event, Marbach will also be holding a silent auction on one special item to benefit Hood River Rotary’s Elise Venusti International Women’s Scholarship. The piece is a series of ten small photos hung in the shape of a Tibetan prayer flag. “There was a time when I thought I would keep this forever, but things change, and I now want it to be used for the greatest possible good. Knowing that proceeds will help a young Nepali woman achieve her dreams is a beautiful reason to let it go,” said Marbach, a frequent photographic contributor and columnist for Hood River News.

Marbach met 19-year-old Sumitra Gurung during a brief trip to Kumari, Nepal, while delivering earthquake aid in July 2015. Her tearful story of wanting to become the first fully educated female leader of her community touched Marbach deeply. He presented her story to the Hood River Rotary and they responded by creating the scholarship named after former Rotary club member Elise Venusti, who passed away last spring.

“In rural Nepal, women are not encouraged to dream of anything beyond a life of servitude. I am hoping for a lively, competitive bidding war to unfold for this auction item to support Sumitra’s dream,” he said. All of the proceeds from this auction item will support the scholarship fund.

Marbach begins the next phase of his Columbia River – Source to Sea project this spring, delving deeper into documenting emerging new fish passage technology and collecting stories and environmental portraits of people of the river.

“The story of the injustices suffered by the salmon and people of the river needs to be told. The Columbia River Treaty re-negotiations provides hope that the wrongs of the past will eventually be corrected. I will stay on this as long as it takes,” said Marbach. Proceeds from this one day sale will support Marbach’s Columbia River vision quest.

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