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Scarce, signed Galen Rowell prints released for Rowell Legacy Project fundraising sale

Photo (c) Galen RowellTwo scarce, signed fine art prints by the late wilderness photographer Galen Rowell are being released for sale for the first time since his death.

The prints are Rowell's Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff, Canadian Rockies, Canada, 1973 and Stormy Sunset over Evolution Lake, John Muir Trail, High Sierra, California, 1997. Each Crystal Archive Lightjet print is matted and framed, and features Rowell's signature on the lower right side of the mat. Each print is being sold for $12,500.

Valley of the Ten Peaks has an image area of 13" x 19.5" on 16" x 20" paper and a matted size of 22" x 28". This is the first time the image has been available in this size, signed or unsigned, since Rowell's 2002 death.

Stormy sunset over Evolution Lake has an image area of 20" x 30" on 24" x 32" paper and a matted size of 28" x 38". During his lifetime, Rowell signed only 51 prints in this edition of 300, which includes all prints 20" x 30" and larger.

Photo (c) Galen RowellThe release of these prints kicks off a series of events leading to the fall 2006 publication of the definitive volume on Galen Rowell's life and legacy as one of the most important photographers, mountaineers and conservationists of the 20th Century. The collector-quality large format book, published by the Sierra Club Books, will feature more than 200 of Rowell's most important photographs made over three decades, as well as essays by luminaries in the diverse fields that Rowell touched. Simultaneous exhibits at the Oakland Museum, the San Diego Museum of Natural History, Banff's Whyte Museum and the Panopticon Gallery in Boston will accompany the book's release.

All proceeds from the sale of the scarce prints will go to fund the Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure and the annual Rowell Lecture Series at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. Former NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor, Tom Brokaw, will be the featured speaker for the Rowell Lecture Series, which will be held on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 28 in San Francisco. Mr. Brokaw has graciously contributed the foreword to the upcoming Rowell book.

The new owners of these prints, unless they choose to remain anonymous, will be recognized at the event for their contribution to the Rowell Award.

The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure honors adventurers whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the people who inhabit these lands and regions.

The scarce prints are on display now at Mountain Light Gallery.

For information about the release of the scarce prints or purchase inquiries, please call Mountain Light Gallery at (760) 873-7700.

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