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Oregon Landscape Photographer, Mike Putnam presents “Summit Sunrise”

April 26th, 2011

In 1998, Mike Putnam and his wife, Debbie, moved to Bend, Oregon because of their passion for the stunning natural beauty of the Central Oregon area.  Shortly after moving to Oregon, Mike’s love for wild places led him to become a professional landscape photographer.  His first professional photographic purchase was a large format 4×5 film camera which he uses to capture all of the images in his fine art photography collection.  This old wooden camera allows Mike unparalleled perspective control and impeccable image detail not found in other camera formats.  In addition to the exceptional image quality possible with this old cherry wood camera, Mike also prefers the more deliberate compositional process that it necessitates.

Mike frequently displays his landscape photography throughout Oregon.  His fine art prints  can be found in countless corporate and private collections across the United States.  An abbreviated list of Mike’s local corporate collectors includes: U.S. Bank, Bank of the Cascades, Orvis, St Charles Medical Center, Brooks Resources, RBC Wealth Management, and Advisory Services and Investments LLC.  To view a current list of Mike’s Photography exhibits, please visit his website at Mike Putnam Photography.

A mild photographic obsession eventually culminated in one of Mike’s favorite fine art photographs, “Summit Sunrise”.  Having climbed Central Oregon’s South Sister many times before, Mike was familiar with the breathtaking view from South Sisters summit.  He was also familiar with the arduous climb involved.  A 5,000ft climb to South Sister’s 10,358 ft summit while carrying 40 pounds of photographic equipment and snow camping gear would not be for the faint of heart.  Mike’s first two overnight climbing and photographic expeditions to the summit were thwarted by extreme weather.  On Mike’s third expedition, the snow was deep, and the night was frigid but the morning brought a glorious and calm sunrise.  As alpenglow bathed the Oregon Cascades, Mike knew he had the image he was after!  With close inspection, one can see Middle Sister, North Sister, Three Fingered Jack, Black Butte, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. St. Helens.  His efforts had definitely been worth while!

This is the first edition of “Summit Sunrise” that has ever been  donated for charity purposes.  It is Mike’s hope that his quest to capture “Summit Sunrise”  will help to serve the needs of children who are the future of our wonderful Central Oregon Communities.

For those who are interested in viewing other fine art landscape photographs on Mike website, please visit the following link, Oregon Landscape Photographer, Mike Putnam.

19th Annual Art & Wine Auction

April 8th, 2011

Summer is quickly approaching (who could tell with the snow on the ground), and you know what that means: Time for the Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art & Wine Auction (May 20 at Riverhouse Convention Center)! The Art & Wine Auction is the largest fund raising event to support Deschutes Children’s Foundation and the 27 non-profit programs who reside rent-free on 4 campuses managed by Deschutes Children’s Foundation. Now in its 19th year, the Auction is looking to be one of the best ever.


For those of you who have visited our website and have been on our Facebook page you no doubt know about the amazing artist, Kim Jones, whose painting “Rejuvenation” is our Signature Piece. Of course you will see other amazing artists work featured in our Live Auction as well as fantastic vacation packages and limited release wine lots from collectors and wineries.


With the 19th Annual Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art & Wine Auction in six short weeks, please join us over the next few weeks as we spotlight some of the artists and community members whose contributions and efforts are contributing to the Auction’s continued success.


This week we are pointing the spotlight on Helen Brown. Helen Brown is a watercolor artist who works from her studio in Sunriver, Oregon. Her paintings are known for their unique composition and dramatic perspective.


Helen created her painting “Moon Jam” from a reference photo she took during a trip to New Orleans. Helen simplified the background and painted these street musicians using her “batik-like” resist method of watercolor painting that has come to represent her style of artwork.


“Moon Jam” was selected for the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s Fall Exhibition where it received the “People’s Choice Award” among 80 paintings and was juried into the Northwest Water Color Society’s National exhibition.

More of Helen’s work can be seen at the Tumalo Art Co. in the Old Mill District in Bend and at Donterra Art Works in Sisters. She is a member of the High Desert Art League, Tumalo Art Company and the Watercolor Society of Oregon. You can see Helen’s work online by visiting


Tickets to the Art & Wine Auction are $99 each or 2 for $175. For tickets or more information about the Art & Wine Auction, and how you can support Deschutes Children’s Foundation, please visit or call 541.388.3101.