Category : Art & Wine Auction

19th Annual Art & Wine Auction an Extraordinary Success!

June 2nd, 2011

The 19th Annual Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art & Wine Auction – held Friday, May 20 at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon – was an extraordinary success. The event netted over $95,000, a total including sponsorships and revenue raised at the auction. On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of Deschutes Children’s Foundation, thank you for your support in making this success possible!

The silent auction featured 90 individual items and packages, and the live auction featured 30 items – all donated by local artists, businesses and individuals. This many items were necessary to provide a wide enough variety for a sold out crowd of 330 guests! All of the guests had the opportunity to sample beverages from Deschutes Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Oregon Spirit Distillers, Henry Estates Winery, Southern Wine Group & Willamette Valley Vineyards, and the chefs at the Riverhouse Convention Center outdid themselves this year by preparing an elegant meal paired with wine from Sokol Blosser Winery. Needless to say, our guests left satisfied not just because of the feast and fun, but because they were spending an evening supporting Deschutes Children’s Foundation.

The Art & Wine Auction is Deschutes Children’s Foundation’s largest annual fund raiser. The dollars raise at the Art & Wine Auction go directly towards operational costs that manage four community campuses in Bend, Redmond & La Pine, and provide rent-free facilities for 27 Deschutes County non-profit programs that include: FAN, KIDS Center, Head Start, Healthy Beginnings, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery & Saving Grace. Deschutes Children’s Foundation saves these programs an estimated $800,000 annually. Close collaboration with a synergistic mix of programs housed together fosters effective, efficient, easy to find and child-friendly facilities.

Next year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Art & Wine Auction. Keep posted as we are currently deciding on a date for this landmark event. This will surely be an event not to be missed!

Thank you to our sponsors, including: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Selco Community Credit Union, Les Schwab Tire Centers, 105.7 KQAK FM, News Radio Central Oregon 1340 KBNW, Cascade Publications, KOHD, Bend Bulletin, BendBroadband & Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center.


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.


Art and Wine Auction-Bruce Jackson

May 7th, 2010

Speaking Fluent Aspen by Bruce Jackson

Born in 1951, Bruce Jackson grew up in farm country near Salem, Oregon.  A passion for skiing brought him to his present home of Bend, Oregon, in 1969.  While assisting legendary ski cinematographer Warren Miller at Mt. Bachelor in the winter of 1976, Bruce became inspired by the creative process of photography and purchased his first professional quality camera that fall.  As he had done with skiing, he immersed himself completely in photography.

In the years that followed, Jackson’s unique artistic style evolved through the creative process of photography, as his awe and reverence for Nature deepened.  Beginning in 1984 and continuing through the early 90’s,  Jackson created and marketed award winning fine art posters, including his famous Summit and Pine Marten prints of Mt. Bachelor, and the Mount Hood poster.  During this time, he continued to expand his artistic vision and in 1992, Bruce was awarded GRAND PRIZE in the SIERRA CLUB International Photography Competition. 

Today, Bruce’s fine art images grace numerous corporate offices, organizations and private homes throughout North America.  A partial list of Organizations and Corporations that have purchased Jackson’s photographs includes:  Ritz-Carlton, Coldwater Creek, Alaska Airlines, Bank of the Cascades, Sunset Magazine, Mt. Bachelor Inc., Morgan Stanley, The Sierra Club, Audubon, Oregon Tourism, Dean Witter and Brooks Resources.

When asked about ‘Speaking Fluent Aspen’, Bruce replied, “The year 2007 provided the most beautiful fall colors I’ve ever experienced in Central Oregon.  Having completed my high elevation fall photography, I focused on the aspens around Black Butte.  Day one consisted of brilliant sunny skies, hours of scouting, and culminated in two photographs after sunset.  I use a large format camera so the results of my efforts remained a mystery, resting as latent images on my 4”x5” film.  I was not satisfied.  The next day I awoke early to overcast skies.  Now that’s more like it!  Upon arriving, my greatest joy was realized.  The aspens were glowing in perfect light, with no wind.  Soon I was zeroing in on my composition, having paid my dues the day before.  I   completed a horizontal composition.  Get closer, get closer, my intuition kept telling me.  I surrendered, and it was then my vision shone as 30 years of experience coalesced into…Speaking Fluent Aspen.”

Bruce chose to contribute edition # 1/45 (traditionally reserved for himself) for the Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art and Wine Auction as “a symbolic reminder of placing children’s basic needs as a top priority in our community”.

Art and Wine Auction-Ken Roth

May 6th, 2010

Artwork by Ken Roth

Ken Roth is an artist whose paintings are filled with rich color and light on the landscape and figure.  Born in San Diego, CA in 1966, Roth developed a love of the outdoors and seeks to capture nature’s harmonies in his paintings.  Ken studied under Spanish master Sebastian Capella, whose painting theories have had a profound influence on Roth’s work.  Galleries, Art Consultants and Interior Designers represent Ken and have showcased his work in commercial establishments, residential spaces, and private collections. In Central Oregon, Ken’s work is featured at Jack Nicklaus’ Premiere course Pronghorn and at the Caldera Springs Resort in Sunriver.  To learn more about Ken Roth and his work, visit

Art and Wine Auction-Kevin and Belinda Fulton

May 6th, 2010

Rainbows in Grass by Kevin and Belinda Fulton

Growing up in New Mexico, Kevin dreamed of someday being a glass blower after seeing the glass blowing factories in Juarez, Mexico.  After an inspirational trip to Europe in 1973, he pursued his dream and studied art at the University of New Mexico, then on to Central Washington University to get his BA in Glassblowing in 1980.  He and Belinda moved to Bend that year and built their hot glass studio where they continue to work as a team.  Kevin’s work is primarily sculptural with an aquatic theme.  The sculpture made for this year’s auction is one of their signature river grass and fish scenes.  Each part is sculpted separately with molten glass from the furnace and then assembled later using cold working techniques.   They have created numerous public and private installations, their work can be found in galleries and collections across the nation.  They can be contacted through their website:

Art and Wine Auction-Vicki Shuck

May 4th, 2010

Morning Practice at the High Desert Classic by Vicki Shuck

Vicki Shuck has worked professionally in fine art and illustration for thirty-five years.  She received her BA in Art from Oregon State University in 1975 and went on to exhibit her paintings and drawings from that time to the present throughout the US.  Her artwork is in numerous private collections in this country, Canada and Western Europe. 

Shuck also illustrates for various book publishers and teaches drawing, printmaking and painting to all ages.  Along with her husband, artist Gary Vincent, and their dog, Tobey, she makes her home in Bend, Oregon.

Art and Wine Auction-Greg Congleton

May 3rd, 2010

Heavy Laden by Greg Congleton

Greg was raised on a cattle ranch in Paulina, OR in a family of artists and engineers.  He always loved to draw and build things.  Greg says “That’s my view of sculpture – creating lines of definition and motion in 3D.  My artwork is a natural progression of some fundamental tenants of my previous career in home building.  The best projects have both creative architecture and sound engineering.  In the sculptural work I do those attributes manifest themselves as creativity coupled with craftsmanship.  One without the other is not as effective.  Raw, undisciplined creativity by itself rarely produces excellence – yet tedious craftsmanship without the spark of ingenuity is boring to me.” 

Greg’s piece, Heavy Laden, was modeled after Dave Hatfield, owner of 3456 Café at the airport in Redmond.

Don’t forget to get a ticket to the 18th Annul Art and Wine Auction, this Friday May 7th.

Art and Wine Auction-Rod Frederick

April 30th, 2010

Coming Home by Rod Frederick

The serene outdoors seem at odds with the wild and crazy character of this artist, who is as famous for his paintings as he is for his sense of humor and gaudy shirts! If seen on his constant excursions into the wilds, many a collector would tell of an eccentric pirate come to life, only this swashbuckling, seemingly fearless explorer was more anxious to gain and share the treasure of knowledge rather than riches.

“I grew up in a house full of pets,” he says. “My mom had a degree in fine arts and although my dad was a lawyer, he was a weekend painter.” So his love of animals and art was sown early (also inspired when he received a gift of Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds) and he attended Willamette University with a major in art and a minor in biology. “So I could know my subjects outside and in,” he says. He put that education to good use as he embarked on a fine art career that would allow him to do what he enjoyed most; explore and learn. Frederick built his house in the middle of the Oregon wilderness and filled it with birds and animals. He’s hiked and camped in mountains and forests throughout the northwest U.S., Central America and East Africa. He knows the lakes and mountains as well as he knows the plains and deserts, not to mention almost all the creatures who live there, from the smallest bird to the largest elephant. And he will paint them on whatever size canvas suits them best. In addition to his peaceful views of animals in their natural habitats, he is also known for his paintings’ many different sizes and shapes—each chosen to best suit his perfectly balanced images of wildlife and wilderness.

Check out Rod’s painting in person, as well as one of his gaudy shirts, at the 18th Annual Art and Wine Auction May 7th.

Art and Wine Auction-Brent Wright

April 29th, 2010

Furniture by Brent Wright

Born in 1977, raised on a ranch in Eastern Oregon outside of Heppner enabled Brent to be close with nature and have respect for the simple life ranchers/farmers have. He has always loved to create with his hands and build pieces out of recycled materials.  Brent has worked in sawmills, been a ranch-hand, welders helper, cabinet-maker, furniture-maker, and finish carpenter.  He has experienced the mountain life-styles in Whitefish, MT; Sun Valley, ID; and now in Bend, Oregon.  Through all of these experiences he has refined his skills and visions for the art he creates.

Brent incorporates many materials in his art; relief lacquer spray paintings, ceramics, metal, concrete and found objects. Brent’s influences include Asian, Shaker, Krenov, and Western.  Most of his pieces are functional art that is one-of-kind you won’t find anywhere else.  Brent resides here in Bend, works at Northland Furniture Co. as a Production Manager and is represented through Tumalo Art Co.

You can bid on Brent’s piece and more at the 18th Annual Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art and Wine Auction.