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Nepal, Peter MarbachColumbia Center for the Arts: Join photographer Peter Marbach for an inspiring journey into the heart and soul of Nepal. In Spring 2013, Marbach volunteered with the Mountain Leadership Institute and Freesolo Collective film crew on a humanitarian expedition to the Himalayas and the remote village of Kumari to document the amazing life story of trekking guide Jagat Lama and his heroic efforts to bring health care, education, and a women’s skills center to his village. Marbach will share stories and images from the quiet village life in Kumari, the colorful chaos of Kathmandu, and the unspeakable beauty of the Himalayas and friendships forged en route to Everest.


December 18, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River

6:30 start for Silent Auction featuring Outdoor Adventures and Vacation Stays

7:30 slideshow and program

A Benefit for the Sukman Memorial Clinic and School in Kumari, Nepal.

More info, photos, updates:!/events/678733405492383

Terry Richards wrote a great piece in The Oregonian about the event and Peter's work:


Join me in Tibet! SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 22, 2012

Come join me this fall 2012 on a trip of a lifetime through the high plateau of Tibet. I will be joining Sahale Travel out of Portland providing personal photo tips and timely suggestions. After a few days of sight seeing in China, we depart by train to Lhasa, home of the Potala Palace and other beautiful monasteries providing incredible cultural photo ops including the debating monks at Sera Monastery. Later we embark on a three day trek around the sacred peak, Mt Kailash, in Tibetan nomad country, and journey up close to Mt. Everest at the North Ridge base camp. Travel group will be a minimum of six, no more than ten. Accommodations range from comfy hotels in China to guest houses and rustic tent camping on the high plateaus of Tibet.

Throughout the course of our trip, I will lend advice on techniques and strategies for capturing quality images in a travel environment. I will share my thoughts about the critical elements and considerations of what makes a compelling image including light, composition, creativity, lens choices, discipline, timing, and patience. It is my desire to elevate your casual snapshots to images that express your personal vision during the journey. I'm looking forward to sharing this incredible experience and helping you bring home great photo memories.

Look over the itinetrary and follow up with Joe Whiitington at for details and registration.


6th Annual Gorge Artists Open Studio Tours

April 13, 14, 15, 2012 — 10am to 5pm — Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Get the inside scoop on artists and art-making in the Columbia River Gorge. Peter Marbach is pleased to be one of 23 artists working in photography, painting, glass, furniture, ceramics, fiber, mixed-media, jewelry, watercolors and sculpture who will be opening their studios to the public. For a glimpse of what Peter will be sharing see Studio Tours.

This year the Gorge Open Studio Tour takes place over three days — April 13, 14 & 15. This means more time to see all your favorite artists see how and where they create their work. Tour guides are $10. They are available in Portland and Gorge locations. See website for ticket outlets Studios will be open in Hood River, White Salmon, Mosier and The Dalles.


Slideshow: Columbia River Gorge

November 16, 2011 — Peter Marbach's beautiful photographs are featured in OPB's online slideshow related to the 25th anniversary of the Columbia Gorge Scenic Act. You can see the show in the Arts & Life section of at


Forces of Nature

Columbia Art Gallery First Friday Art Opening & Public Reception, August 5th, from 6—8pm.

This August, the Columbia Art Gallery will showcase four artists and their exploration of the forces of nature that created the Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy Peter Marbach’s evocative landscape photographs, Elaine MacKay’s unique basalt sculptures, Tuck Contreras’s dynamic works in oil, and Judith Cunningham’s sweeping pastel vistas. Together, these artists capture the spirit of the landscape during this 25th anniversary year of the Landmark Act that created the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

“2011 marks the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area,” says show curator Peter Marbach. “While we stand in awe of the forces that created the Gorge, it’s important to reflect on the human, economic, and political forces at work in the Gorge and the need for continued stewardship of our national treasure.”

This exhibit is generously sponsored by Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

For more information, please call Columbia Center for the Arts at 541-387-8877 during Center hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Think Out Loud

OPB's Think Out Loud interviews Peter about photographing Mt. Hood. More on their blog

Book Release

Book release and kick off event for the 25th Anniversary of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. May 24, 6:30PM at The Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR. Peter Marbach and Janet Cook will be signing their new book, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area: 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition, followed by a public program featuring guest speakers from Friends of the Gorge and Trust for Public Lands. Details at

KATU's AM Northwest show interviewed Peter on May 24th — watch here:

Hood River News, feature story on the new Columbia River Gorge book, in the May 21 edition.


Carter's White House Solar Panels

Beyond the Light Switch — National PBS documentary on the future of energy. Peter is interviewed for his role in rescuing the former White House solar panels. Check local PBS listings for air date in 2011.

A Road Not Taken — International film fest winner documenting the energy crisis in the 1970's and President Carter's attempt to wean the nation off oil. Peter tells the story of rescuing the White House solar panels from a government warehouse.
U.S. premiere summer 2011.

Where Did the Carter White House's Solar Panels Go?Scientific American, Aug.6, 2010 Peter reflects on Carter's efforts to steer the nation toward renewable energy.