Mountain Light Gallery Closing Oct 31 - Signed Print Sale


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Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 3, 2017 - 04:46pm PT
Very sad news for East Side community

It is with heavy hearts that the Rowell and Cushman families announce the closing of the Mountain Light Gallery on Main Street in Bishop, California. The families are very grateful to the staff of Mountain Light, the guest artists, the local community and customers that have supported the business for more than 16 years. The doors to the Mountain Light Gallery will close for the final time on October 31, 2017. We are still working on our plans to keep Galen and Barbara's legacy going in other ways once the gallery has closed.

Since Galen and Barbara's passing in August of 2002, we have held their collection of signed prints in our vault, only releasing a few prints now and then. With the closing of our physical gallery we have decided to open the vault and offer the signed prints at special sale pricing to support a fund that was founded in honor of Galen and Barbara. Mountain Light will be donating 10% of the signed print sales to the Rowell Fund for Tibet.


Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Oct 3, 2017 - 05:00pm PT
Sad news. Actually, it's amazing they stayed open as long as they have.

some eastside hovel
Oct 3, 2017 - 05:10pm PT
Very sad news indeed. :-(
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Oct 3, 2017 - 05:34pm PT
Sometimes I just hate change. This is one of those times.


Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 3, 2017 - 05:46pm PT
Mountain Light Gallery, wonderful as it is, was always on an economic tightrope in a small market area like Bishop which has a brief tourist season.
Capitalism can be certainly doesnít give a pass to the arts.

Boulder climber
Oct 3, 2017 - 05:57pm PT
Bummer :(

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Oct 3, 2017 - 06:06pm PT
A big bummer. It was always nice stopping in there. We even made a couple of purchases.

Kennewick wa
Oct 3, 2017 - 08:40pm PT
Too bad. Actually surprised it lasted this long.

I remember going there when it was in Berkeley. I was talking to the woman working there and Galen came out. Had a nice talk with him about photography for about 1/2 hour.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Oct 3, 2017 - 09:15pm PT
A bright spot in Bishop. Who could replace that little bit of civilization in a town the struggles for identity?

Glad to have visited and spent money there.

Times have changed and modern photography has been super amped-up by technology. Galen's work was good but the new stuff abundantly available is better.

Thanks for the heads-up on this!
the Fet

Oct 4, 2017 - 09:08am PT
Galen was smart enough to be and the right place at the right time, and had the talent to compose and imagine they greatest shots.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 4, 2017 - 09:20am PT
A sad day in Bishop. I helped Galen move into that old bank building. After his death it became obvious that it's days were numbered.

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 4, 2017 - 10:14am PT
I remember my older brother making me walk in to the Mountain Light gallery on one of my earliest trips up the 395 to go skiing in Mammoth, so I would understand the real scale and beauty of the range. as a 19 year old I was blown away, and had a new appreciation for the state I had just moved to.

Sad to think I never went in again, But I always felt the history and legacy of Galen as I drove by. In the 10+ years since I started visiting Mammoth, but especially in the last few years, Rowell's photography and writing has become a more core inspiration for me.

These are some wonderful Rowell books that are worth adding to your collection if you don't have them already. I'm excited to visit a few times and support before the true closing.

'Mountain Light'
'High and Wild'
'Mountains of the Middle Kingdom'

Mountain climber
Oct 4, 2017 - 02:02pm PT
Mountain Light Gallery, wonderful as it is, was always on an economic tightrope in a small market area like Bishop which has a brief tourist season.
Capitalism can be certainly doesnít give a pass to the arts.

Very sad. Glad I was able to support them.
Somehow I don't think that the patrons of Rusty's are patrons of the arts.

Oct 4, 2017 - 02:08pm PT
I suppose that MLís biz of selling stock photos in addition to the major prints will end? I understood from Galen, that stock photos (calendars, ads, etc) was a significant part of the biz...

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