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A Vintage Evening Of Wine, Art

A benefit for Gorge Discovery Center

"A Vintage Evening of Fine Wine and Art" takes place Saturday, Oct. 9, from 5 p.m. at the Discovery Center in The Dalles.

Guests are invited to discuss the works of local fine artists, enjoy seasonal cuisine, visit with friends, appreciate eclectic live music, and taste a variety of wines from 10 Columbia Gorge area wineries.

Participants will determine the "Discovery Center People's Choice" Wine Award. Silent and oral actions allow attendees to take home collectable artwork, prizes, or gift certificates including lodging and recreation packages at beautiful spots throughout Oregon and Washington. Skiing, rafting, golfing, Blazers games, resort spas, and river cruises, including first-rate hotel accommodations, are among the many getaways up for bid.

Four gifted artists, each striving to reflect the unique natural beauty of the region, will present their work.

Todd Smith's oil portraits and landscapes capture modern subjects singular to the Gorge, with mastery of classical technique.

Mary Rollins, whose style has been described in professional art magazines as "Contemporary Naturalism," has pushed watercolors into a new realm of scale and quality, with "an appreciation for the changing qualities of light."

Andy Nichols founded Nichols Art Glass in 2001 in The Dalles, and his hot glass works range from the abstract to the native wildlife of ocean, river, flower and field.

Donna Van Tuyl of Goldendale is a pastel painter who enjoys hiking for spectacular views of the Gorge, bringing back stickers in her socks and luminous landscapes on canvas. Art, she says, "is about peace and pace. And it's about getting out in nature."

Musical talents "Gadzukes!" of White Salmon will provide a variety of vintage selections performed on mandolin, violin, and guitar. A hearty harvest buffet and desserts from the Baldwin Saloon will complete the evening.

General admission advance-tickets are $50 each on or before Oct. 1, and may be purchased at the Discovery Center, Klindt's Booksellers in The Dalles, or Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River. Tickets are $60 on or after Oct. 2.

All proceeds benefit the Discovery Center.

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