From left: Victoria Ortiz, Nolan Nitschke, Stephen Ingram, John Dittli, Karen Ferrell Ingram, Rick Kattelmann, Robb Hirsch, and Andy Selters. Photo courtesy of Jen May.

Last week ESLT brought the Sierra Wave, Mono Lake and other Eastern Sierra treasures to our downstream neighbors in LA. Our 2012 Art for Conservation show at the G2 Gallery in Venice, CA opened on June 26th, featuring images of our region from 8 talented local photographers. Many of the photographers and ESLT board and staff members mingled with visitors on Saturday night for a special reception with live music. The beautifully displayed images were well received by a packed house of fashionably attired Angelenos and the collared shirt ‚ÄòBishop formal’ brigade. Over the course of the evening we raised donations to support our land conservation work and sold a few pieces of artwork.

G2 Gallery, Photo courtesy of Jen May

The weekend culminated with a panel discussion Sunday afternoon featuring Karen Ferrell-Ingram of Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Chris Langley of the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, and Geoff McQuilkin of the Mono Lake Committee. The expert panel answered questions regarding the preservation of the Eastern Sierra with the artists’ spectacular images surrounding the room. As one of our artists Andy Selters said recently at a Brown Bag Lunch, “Land isn’t just an amenity, it’s where we are rooted.”

We’d like to express our gratitude to the friendly and helpful staff of the G2 Gallery whose support made these opening events a success. The Art for Conservation Show and Sale will continue to run until August 6.