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Can $15.00 Really Make a Difference?

December 27th, 2011

Did you know that it costs Deschutes Children’s Foundation $15.00 for every child and parent who comes to one of our four nonprofit community centers to receive services?

The simple joys are always the best!

So what does this cost entail?

It provides:

So here’s the challenge – if every one of our followers on Twitter, fans on Facebook, and e-newsletter subscribers were to make a $15.00 donation, we will meet our 2011 fundraising goal of $10,000.00.

Here’s how you can make a difference in a child’s life:

Deschutes Children’s Foundation

1010 NW 14th Street

Bend, OR 97701

(Must be postmarked by December 31, 2011 for 2011 tax deduction)

Thank you from all of us at Deschutes Children’s Foundation for supporting the work of so many!


Save the Date!

July 29th, 2011

It seems like it was just yesterday that DCF(‘s awesome) volunteers and staff were preparing the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center for the 19th Annual Art & Wine Auction. Over 320 fantastic supporters of DCF mission and services contributed to making the auction a real success!

Todd Haaby wows the crowd at the Art & Wine Auction

Well, go ahead and mark your calendars folks because the Art & Wine Auction is turning 20 this year, and you are all invited to help us celebrate on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Riverhouse Convention Center!

Over the next month we will keep you posted on the preliminary details including who the Signature Artist will be and how you can contribute to making the 20th Annual Art & Wine Auction a smashing success!

In the mean time, are there artists, wineries, or packages that you would like to see at the auction this year? Let us know! This is your event after all.

Seated dinner for the guests



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.


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.

Art and Wine Auction-Dorothy Freudenberg

April 27th, 2010

Poppy Meditation by Dorothy Freudenberg

Dorothy originally entered the field of photography with a passion for black and white landscapes.  After relocating to Bend in the 90’s, she discovered a whole new art field –the digital darkroom, a place where her monochromatic world made a transition to brilliantly-colored, multi-layered pieces, built up layer by layer, while still using the camera to capture the individual pieces of her subject matter.  Now the finished pieces may bear little resemblance to the original external subjects and they come augmented with her artistic and metaphorical vision.  She is represented locally by Tumalo Art Co, Art on the Go, and Donterra Artworks in Sisters.

You can bid on Dorothy’s piece and more at the 18th Annual Art and Wine Auction.

Art and Wine Auction-Joe Elliot

April 26th, 2010

Artwork by Joe Elliot

Detail on Artwork by Joe Elliot

Joe has been a blacksmith for over 25 years.  He recently relocated his shop to Bend in the restored butcher shop on Greenwood.  At Dry Canyon Forge he and his helpers forge and join metals using traditional techniques.  The metals are fashioned into a variety of architectural detailing such as fireplace doors, lighting, gates, door hardware, furniture, and sculptures.  Their custom forgings have adorned many fine homes and public buildings throughout the Northwest including Broken Top, Sunriver Lodge, Pronghorn, Caldera, Timberline Lodge, and Crosswater.

You can bid on Joe’s iron coat tree at the 18th Annual Art and Wine Auction May 7th. Visit Deschutes Children’s Foundation for more details.

Art and Wine Auction-Tracy Leagjeld

April 22nd, 2010

Lupine Meadow by Tracy Leagjeld

Tracy Leagjeld was born and raised in Central Oregon.  “My art is a way to communicate and share with others my love and reverence for nature. Forests, meadows and deserts all have a different kind of energy.  I am not so concerned with capturing correct shape and color. I strive to create paintings that allow the viewer to put themselves into the painting and feel the spirit of the place.”

What is A Monotype? A monotype is a painting on paper whereby an original image is inked or painted onto a non-porous surface, such as a piece of plexiglass (called a plate), then transferred onto paper by laying a piece of paper over the painted surface and applying pressure. Typically a printing press is used although she hand “pulls” her prints meaning she doesn’t use a press. She applies pressure by hand until the ink it transferred to the paper (lots of elbow grease).  A monotype is a unique work of art, and like a painting, cannot be replicated. Tracy has a blog, which you can visit here.

You can bid on Tracy’s piece and others at the 18th Annual Art and Wine Auction May 7th. For more information, visit Deschutes Children’s Foundation.