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The Artists of the Manzanar Relocation Center

At Manzanar, every 20-by-25-foot room held eight detainees. Few furnishings were provided. Cots with straw mattresses, an oil stove, and a single hanging light bulb were all that decorated the rooms. And yet, in spite of the harshness of their environment, and in spite of the injustice of their circumstances, the prisoners managed to find inspiration, extract beauty, and create art.

Yosemite Valley School Silent Auction at the Ansel Adams Gallery

Last week, our gallery hosted a Silent Auction to benefit the Yosemite Valley School — a school that is close to our hearts as it is part of our local community, and was also the very school that Michael Adams, Ansel’s son, attended when they lived in Yosemite Valley! It was a great event with lots of wonderful people. Thank you to all who attended!

Yosemite Valley School Silent Auction Program, designed with a cover of beautiful wildflowers

One of the auction volunteers, a student from Yosemite Valley School, shared her enthusiasm for the fundraiser with us!

Local artists and businesses joined together to donate an array gifts for the auction, including paintings, historic photographs of the school, hand-made soaps, cider, jewelry, and experiences like an overnight at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, also known as The Ahwahnee.

Paintings, jewelry, photography, and prints were some of the auction items on display.

A photographic collage of Historic Yosemite Valley School

A wonderful time was had by all. Thank you for everyone who participated in lifting up Yosemite Valley School and supporting this educational initiative in the local community. We hope to share more community events like this in the future.

Let the bidding begin!