Eastern Sierra Land Trust - Art for Conservation


1st Annual Art for Conservation Show & Sale


CreekHouse at SnowCreek Resort, Mammoth Lakes, July 18 & 19, 2009

The Eastern Sierra Land Trust partnered with artists from the Eastern Sierra and Oak Group July 18 and 19th, in the first annual ESLT Art for Conservation Show & Sale. ESLT and these artists have many things in common – stewardship of the land, dedication to helping preserve our cherished landscapes, and being inspired by the natural beauty to continue their important work. The artwork depicted in the show reflected these common bonds and included scenes from working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation and the many scenic views that reflect the human and natural history of the Eastern Sierra.

A select group of Eastern Sierra and Oak Group artists depicted the unique characteristics of the region. There are few places in California, or the United States, that offer more dramatic landscape and scenic vistas than the Eastern Sierra. The alliance of artists transformed the CreekHouse at SnowCreek into a first rate gallery for the weekend. Curator Kendra Knight of the Mammoth Ski Museum, ESLT Development and Outreach Director Mary McGurke, and ESLT Art Committee members Rick Kattelmann, Lynn Peterson and Mary K Prentice collaborated to coordinate this first annual event.

Over 30 local artists and 15 Oak Group artists featured works for sale in all mediums -- watercolor, oil, pastel, photography, sculpture and mixed media. "We received many comments from attendees about the incredible quality of talent gathered in one place for this show. We are so grateful to the local artists and Oak Group for participating in our first show," commented Mary McGurke, ESLT Development and Outreach Director.

Thank you to: Chuck & Margarita Lande; SnowCreek Resort; Janice Brown, caterer; Kendra Knight, curator; Sonoma Wine Company; Margarita Lande, Gaye Mueller, and Joel St. Marie, Art Selection Jury; Chamber Music Mayhem and Steve Peterson.

Highlights from the 1st Annual Art for Conservation Show & Sale


Bishop Creek, Winter                                  Rock Creek

watercolor by Pat Crowther                      oil by Lorrette Harnsberger


Mono Lake Morning                                    Aspen

watercolor by Heidi Johnson                     oil by Larry Iwerks


Temple Crag, Big Pine Canyon                     Cottonwood Tree

oil by Gary Lake                                        photo by Randy Keller


Cattle Call                                                  Waterfall at Whitney Portal 

oil by Margo Petterson                             watercolor by Willellyn McFarland