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Local artists, businesses get involved 'For the River' auction in Portland

Riverkeepers to host first major Portland event at art museum

Columbia Riverkeeper has worked on Columbia River issues for over 14 years.

On Friday June 6, Columbia Riverkeeper will host its first major Portland event at the Portland Art Museum Grand Ballroom from 5 to 9 p.m.

The early evening event is titled, "For the River: The Art and River Experience Auction".

Showing their support for the work to protect the river, local artists and businesses have come on board strongly, donating art work and river experiences that have made this event possible. Over a dozen local artists and businesses including windsurfing, kite boarding, kayaking outlets, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants are involved.

The event will feature complimentary wine tasting from seven regional wineries, beer tasting, food, and music by the Bobby Torres Band, a Latin flavored jazz. Two silent auctions will be held during the evening with one live auction at 7 p.m.

Over eighty items have been donated by regional artists and river experience companies for the interesting auction. Items include oil paintings, pastels, photographs, jewelry, garden art and an array of fun river experience packages. Much of the art is river related. An autographed photo of John Wayne will be auctioned. Also included are some unique items like a weeks stay at former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse's historic house in the wine country of France.

Some of the participating artists include: Judith Cunningham, Richard Hallman, Ellen Dittebrant, Mary Naylor, Cathleen Rehfeld, Molly Cliff Hilts, Marilyn Bolles, Sally Bailey, Sorcha Meek, Karen Watson, Pat Hood, Steve Datnoff, Ron and Jerry Fetner, Andrew Pate and many others.

Featured wineries include: Syncline Wine, Cascade Cliffs, Wind River Cellars, Winter's Hill Vineyards, Maryhill Vineyards, Helvetia Vineyards, and Cooper Mountain Organic Wines. In addition, Columbia Riverkeeper will be serving guests Full Sail beer and house wine.

"It's been really amazing to see how much the community is supporting this event. That is what is going to make this evening a success as well as a great party," stated Davies.

Tickets for the June 6 event are available and can be purchased by calling (541) 387-3030.


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