2019 RiverFeast Live Auction Sneak Peek!

This article was published on: 04/11/19 4:16 PM

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019


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The Live Auction at RiverFeast benefits the Deschutes River Conservancy's mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. Bid on exclusive adventures and experiences, custom art and other wonderful packages.

1 – Romantic Getaway to Tuscany for Two

Romantic Getaway to Tuscany for Two

Indulge in a one week stay for two in the heart of Cortona, Italy. Casa Amorino is a beautiful one bedroom, one bath apartment with private courtyard garden and private balcony off the bedroom with a beautiful view of the ancient Tuscan city. During your stay, you’ll be treated to an all-inclusive wine-tasting visit to Cortona Winery, a beautiful 19th-century villa, and traditional Italian garden. Enjoy wine tasting and a light lunch with included transport to and from the winery. Expert assistance planning your stay in Tuscany and concierge service is included.

Details: Stay is Saturday to Saturday and based on availability. Package is valid 2 years from purchase date. Airfare is not included.

Made Affordable by Sojourn Ventures

2 – Experience the Magical Redwoods for Two

Experience the Magical Redwoods for Two

Spend three nights at a Bed & Breakfast with private hot tub overlooking the ocean in Brookings, California. This is the perfect launch point to explore the majestic Redwood National and State Parks. Enjoy giant old growth groves, fern canyons, and Roosevelt elk sightings. Package includes a signed copy of Richard Power’s The Overstory, a New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award-winning novel portraying a sweeping and impassioned work about trees, activism and the natural world. Also included is a tryptic panoramic canvas of the Avenue of Giants, a beautiful scene from the Redwoods.

Donated by Dudley's Bookshop Cafe

3 – “Dreaming of Water” by Susan Luckey Higdon

Artist Susan Luckey Higdon created this image as the signature art for Deschutes River Conservancy’s 2019 RiverFeast Dinner & Auction. Referenced from a photograph by Deb Quinlin taken at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, the painting captures Whychus Creek meandering through a grove of ponderosa pine with the warm glow of the afternoon sunlight filtering through the canopy. This 24” x 48” giclee reproduction of the original artwork is beautifully rendered on 2” gallery wrapped canvas.

Donated by Susan Luckey Higdon

4 – Art and Wine in Charming Carlton, Oregon for 4

Known as Oregon's "Wine Capital", Carlton, Oregon offers views of picturesque vine-covered hills and a charming downtown district. Delight in a two-night stay for 4 people in a historic home. Guests will be welcomed with a cocktail party with wine and hors d'oeuvres on Friday night. Saturday after breakfast, award-winning artist Karen Brock will lead you in an art experience including eco dying of silk and wool fabrics resulting in a piece you can take home. After your art class, enjoy wine and whiskey tasting and then a gourmet dinner paired with wine from Monks Gate Vineyard. Sunday morning, wake up to a champagne brunch in the home you are staying at.

Donated by Karen Brock, Janet Zuelke, Monks Gate Vineyard, Troon Vineyard, Flaneur Wines, and Bull Run Distillery.

5 – Jet Boat Guided Fishing and Camping on the Lower Deschutes for Four

Two nights and three days for four anglers. With the power of a jet boat, your Deschutes River fishing opportunities are unlimited! Your group will meet one of our professional guide staff at the Macks Canyon boat ramp at 2pm on the first day. Our focus with a jet boat is to put your group in the right water at the right times. This means that chasing Deschutes River Summer Steelhead happens early and late when there is shade on the water. We will take a mid-day break back at camp for lunch and relaxation.

Donated by Russell Scott and Direct Adventures

6 – An Evening with Josh Groban and Old Mill Experience for 4

Relax for an evening of live music with singer Josh Groban,  dinner at Hola, and wine flights for four with cheese board at Va Piano Vineyards' Old Mill Tasting Room.

Donated by the Old Mill District, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Hola, and Va Piano Vineyards.

7 – Portland Timbers in Style

Grab your Timbers gear and head up to Portland for an exciting game against LA on June 1st. Your two tickets get you access to Club Level seating. Stay in style at the Nines Luxury Hotel in Downtown Portland and enjoy dining at the Oven and Shaker Bar and Pizzeria in Portland’s lively Pearl District.

Donated by WaterWatch of Oregon

8 – Enjoy Mt. Shasta, McCloud Area; Three Night Stay

Experience the magic of the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers with 3 nights at Nelson and Joanne Mathews family cabin. This charming cabin sleeps up to 10 people in 4 bedrooms. You have 2.5 acres to roam just minutes from the historic mill town of McCloud, California. Lava tubes and ice caves captivate the imagination and inspire adventure in the shadows of the majesty of Mount Shasta. This is the perfect location for a family gathering or a fishing getaway!

Donated by Nelson and Joanne Mathews

9 - Inflatable Tandem Kayak and Paddles

The Aquaglide Chinook Tandem Inflatable Kayak is the ideal family kayak with plenty of room for 2 adults plus a child or gear with room to spare. The Chinook XP Tandem is an all-purpose recreational inflatable kayak the whole family will enjoy!  Package includes two paddles, and pump.

Donated by Aquaglide, Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe, and REI.

10 - ‘Canyon Flight’ –by Holly Rodes Smithey and Rand Smithy

A collaborative piece made by Holly Rodes Smithey and Rand Smithey.  Abstract stories evoking flight and landscape are investigated in this wall sculpture using color, shape, texture, rhythm, and balance. Patina is used to etch the metal, creating textures of leaves, pebbles, and fossils that permeate the surface and evoke natural landscape pattern.

Both Rand and Holly are the featured artists for May at Peterson Roth Gallery in Bend.  Both will be showing new bodies of work starting First Friday, May 3rd.  The artists also welcome visitors to their studio/gallery space, sharing the tools and inspiration with their sculptures and paintings.

Donated by Holly Rodes Smithey and Rand Smithy

11 – DRC Supporter Wine Collection

About 20 bottles of fine wine valued at about $40 per bottle. Wines will be listed in detail at the auction.

12 – Solo Fishing Trip on the McKenzie with Ben Kittell of the Fly Fisher’s Place

Your guide, Ben Kittell, with take you through a long stretch of the McKenzie River with several put-in’s and take-out’s giving you the option of finding the perfect drift to fish for trout. While fishing from the boat or stopping to wade, this trip is the perfect getaway to nature to recharge and renew.

Restrictions: Subject to availability. Season runs from last Saturday in April to October 31st.