Live Auction Art & Experience Preview
Wine Lovers Trio
Two bottles from Cayuse Vineyards, plus one from No Girls
Cayuse Vineyards: The Lovers, 2014 Walla Walla Valley wine; 85% Cabernet- Sauvignon, 15% Syrah. “The Cabernet shows beautifully here with its blackcurrants, graphite and dried herbs, with some meaty, smoky notes coming through… ” —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
Cayuse Vineyards: Flying Pig, 2013 Walla Walla Valley wine; 45% Cabernet-Franc, 45% Merlot, 10% Cabernet-Sauvignon. “… the medium ruby colored Flying Pig gives up lots of black cherry, violets, spring flowers and savory spice in its medium to full-bodied, elegant, silky personality. ”—Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
No Girls: 2015 Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley. “…ample cedarwood, meat, blackcurrants, and violets aromatics in a rich, full-bodied, beautifully layered package… it’s impossible to resist. Drink this anytime over the coming 10-15 years.” —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
Generously donated by Randy Squires / value $435
“Cygnus” by Brian Fisher
Monotype Rust Print; 24K Gold on Vintage Linen
From Brian Fisher: ‘Cygnus’ represents transformation. My father’s voice first conjured the mythic stories of Ursa major and minor, the Pleiades, Andromeda and Cygnus into my consciousness while we lay on our backs in the grass of my grandparent’s Kansas farm, gazing up through night binoculars.
Cygnus is one of the most recognizable and brightest constellations in the Northern sky from June to December. Look up. Of course those are wings, a beak and tail! Yes, I see a swan!
In one Greek myth, Cygnus was Phaethon’s lover. When Phaethon died by Zeus’s lightning bolt (he had scorched the earth while driving his father’s Sun chariot), Cygnus was inconsolable and was changed by grief.
Generously donated by Brian Fisher / value $1,400
One Week in Mt. Baker Cabin Getaway
Recreation in any season! Enjoy one week in an adorable Glacier, WA cabin in the Snowline community. Minutes from Mt. Baker ski area, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing, or summer-time outdoor fun. Snowline is a private, gated community available to both members and guests. Some amenities include an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a fishing pond, plenty of walking trails, a community clubhouse, and a playground for kids. Snowline is a wonderful place to stay in both the winter and the summer, as there are activities to do all year-round.
Located at the base of Mt. Baker Ski Resort. Mt. Baker receives the highest average annual snowfall of any ski resort in the world, and is known for numerous challenging routes and runs, as well as for the many back-country opportunities that surround it. Cabin includes 1 bedroom plus loft and is fully furnished and equipped. One queen bed, 1 full, 4 twins – sleeps 8!
Restrictions: No pets. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Blackout dates include 12/15/19 thru 1/1/20, 2/14/2020 thru 2/23/2020, and 5/15/2020 through 6/1/2020.
Generously donated by Cathy & Randy Winjum / value $1,750
“West Slope Farm to Colvos Passage” by Ted Kutscher
Oil on Linen; 38″ x 21″
From Ted Kutscher: My work is about capturing the emotional sense of places and people, more than likeness. The joy of painting for me is the same as its challenge, that is to understand and convey the essence of the scene, how it strikes my senses and emotions. Each piece is an adventure starting with a potential success.
I believe that most of us experience a scene or a place very similarly . . . and the painter is something of a poet who evokes the essences of these experiences, not with words but with pigments. A successful painting for me is essentially a path to emotive and sensual memory of the viewer.
Generously donated by Ted Kutscher / value $4,100
Private Concert & Cocktail Reception with Vyacheslav Gryaznov
Friday, January 31, 2020
We are thrilled to welcome Slava back to Vashon. Join us for a truly intimate, up-close-and-personal experience with one of the most gifted young pianists in the world. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks on stage with Slava, followed by a private concert where 40 special guests will watch as his hands work their magic on the ivories…
Classical pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov is the author of more than 30 concert arrangements and transcriptions heard in concert halls all over the world. His works have been performed the Messiaen-Quartet, the Moscow State Chamber Choir, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and by many other musicians and collectives. Vyacheslav has played with many major orchestras, among them the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra), CIS Youth Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, New Russia Orchestra (directed by Yuri Bashmet), Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (Pavel Kogan, Music Director and Chief Conductor), Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, and NYCA Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with many distinguished conductors, including Yevgeny Bushkov, Patrick Davin, Maria Eklund, Djansug Kakhidze, Fabio Mastrangelo, Vladimir Ponkin, Natalia Ponomarchuk, Yuri Simonov, Alexander Sladkovsky, Pascal Verrot, and Eduard Zilberkant. As a chamber music player, Vyacheslav Gryaznov has appeared on stage with such notable musicians as Alexander Ghindin, Nikita Mndoyants, Nikita Borisoglebsky, Sergei Antonov, Lev Sivkov, the Ebene Quartet, the Zemlinsky Quartet, and the Moscow State Chamber Choir (Vladimir Minin, chief conductor).
value $100 per person
“Zambezi Crossing” by Bill Rives
36″ X 50″ Framed Photograph
From Bill Rives: Why I photograph: I am drawn to the beauty of nature and everyday experience; I strive for images that express the thoughts and feelings I had in the moment and hope they say something worthwhile to others who view them. Landscape, wildlife, birds, street photography, and the urban experience all interest me.
Change is a theme that appears in much of my current work as I encounter the visual implications of a rapidly evolving world. I have also recently begun to experiment with images combining photography and digital imagery in ways that reimagine reality.
Generously donated by Bill Rives / value $1,500
Sailing Away with Jackson Family on the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410
Enjoy a day’s sail for 4 with champagne and hors d’oeuvres aboard the stunning Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410, the first ship of its kind in the Seattle area!
Enjoy a fabulous, luxurious experience on the sparkling waters of Puget Sound amid the beauty of our Pacific Northwest!
A New Vision of Life on Board: Sailing was never so enjoyable aboard a 41-foot sailboat. With her powerful hull, the Sun Odyssey 410 perfects the art of sailing and comfort on board. The interior is at once surprising and consistent with the Sun Odyssey line, where innovation serves to heighten the aesthetic and the level of comfort. Designed by Jean-Marc Piaton and his crew, the interior design reveals stunning potential for a sailboat of this size.
Generously donated by Kimberly & Bill Jack son / value $1,500
“Caged Corvus” by Bill Cleaver/Wm. Henri
Leather, Copper, Brass, Jade; 15″ x 10″
From Bill Cleaver: My work has touched many hearts. Leather is my medium, it tells me a story and I bring it out. The beauty of my life is that I have been able to follow my dreams through my creativity. My passion for history and the cowboys period of the American West taught me the techniques and aesthetics which are the foundation of my leatherwork and design.
My creations and designs have been in major museum, books, magazines, advertising, fashion, television and films. Clients include Ralph Lauren, Marlboro, Chevrolet, Sundance, Eddie Bauer, Filson, and many private collections word wide.
This new body of work represents true artistic expressions for me, no boundaries and 35 years of techniques I can run with.
Generously donated by Bill Cleaver/Wm. Henri / value $1,750
One Week Stay in Rancho Mirage
The winning bidder will enjoy a week at Beth and John de Groen’s personal vacation home.
This spacious three-bedroom house has king-sized beds, a private pool, and a well-equipped kitchen. Hike in nearby Joshua Tree National Park, go vintage shopping in Palm Springs or just relax by the pool with fruity blender drinks.
Restrictions: Date to be mutually agreed upon. House is not available December 2019-March 2020. Expires 9/30/2020. Does not include airfare or transportation cost.
Generously donated by Beth & John de Groen / value $2,500
“Proceed with Love” by Britt Freda
Mixed Media on Panel; 40″ x 40″
From Britt Freda: A good friend, creative mentor and inspiring leader lists the idea of “proceeding with love,” as one of his core values. This strikes me as brave and visionary. Paralleled by articles about men not being able to say to another man “I love you” without the addition of “bro” or “man,” punctuated by a shoulder punch at the end, lest the friend/male recipient of such gesture read an act of kindness, caring and connection as a sexual come on. Come-on!?
Why are punching, cursing at and demeaning seen as socially acceptable ways for boys and men to connect or show affection? Yet a statement of love, a hug or holding a hand a threat? Women and girls say “I love you,” they kiss on the cheeks and lips, and hold hands with ease. “Girl, it’s good to have a few societal perks for being born a woman.”
In the name of humanity, be revolutionary: “Proceed with love. Mine for joy. Find connection.” Love, Britt
Generously donated by Britt Freda / value $5,800
Collectors Art Tour and Private Dinner for Twelve with Matt & Kim Bergman
Experience a guided art tour of iconic masterworks by Northwest luminaries Mark Toby, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Jacob Lawrence, along with antiquities from Egypt, Rome and China – all accompanied by vintage Bordeaux from the Reagan era and followed by a gourmet dinner for 12.
Restrictions: Date to be mutually agreed upon.
Generously donated by Matt & Kim Bergman / value $2,500
“Then and Now” by Pascale Judet
Acrylic and Ink on Paper Collage on Wood Panel; 36″ x 48″
Pascale Judet was born and raised in France, the fifth child in a family of eight. She moved to the United States in 1969 and now lives on Vashon. Pascale has been creating art for 35 years. She has exhibited at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore and San Francisco many times in the past.
Pascale is a member of Valise Artist Collective and shows her work there regularly. Her offering tonight displays her use of fantastical landscapes in this exceptional acrylic and pen on paper on panel painting.
Generously donated by Pascale Judet / value $1,800
Fox’s Seattle Moonstone Necklace by Jennifer Dawes Design
14K yellow gold drape necklace with two elongated hexagon cut moon stones. 23.5″ adjustable chain with five diamonds on the front clasp. Moonstones = 9.75 ct total weight | Diamonds = 0.05 ct
Jennifer Dawes Design has been in the forefront of the green and sustainability movement in jewelry since 2005. Dawes only uses recycled gold and responsibly mined stones wherever possible in her work. The company prides itself on making everything locally (Sonoma, CA) and sourcing using sustainable businesses that use recycled products.
The vision for Jennifer Dawes Design is to be the go-to jeweler for conscientious, thoughtful people who are making a difference in the world. She is committed to producing jewelry in a non-destructive way. Dawes believes that the products she produces are a direct extension of the values she holds dear.
Fox’s Seattle has been Seattle’s jeweler since 1912. Fox’s grew up with Seattle founders – bringing style, sophistication and sparkle to the Emerald City. Now in third generation family ownership, Fox’s showcases stunning jewelry from celebrated designers – each hand-picked for their craftsmanship, exquisite beauty and uncompromising quality. While they offer a mix of classic, contemporary and vintage pieces, they are perhaps best known for unexpected treasures, one-of-a kind gems and the ability to source or customize anything your heart desires.
Generously donated by Fox’s Seattle and Joy & Chai Mann / value $1,500
“Summers Finest” by Kristen Reitz-Green
Oil on Canvas; 12″ X 30″
Kristen Reitz-Green spent the majority of her life working in classical music performance before making a shift into the visual arts. A graduate from the Juilliard School in New York and the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, Kristen performed throughout the US and Europe as a member of several different orchestras and Broadway show tours.
In 2006, she retired from classical music. Kristen began to work in the field of visuals art and fell in love with oil painting. Since then she has been juried into many prestigious shows around the country and Canada and is known for her realistic large format paintings of food. She continues to paint daily in a variety of styles and sizes from 4 inches to ten feet. Her work has been collected around the country and she was recently commissioned by Chef John Schenk to paint a large scale piece for the opening of his new restaurant in Santa Monica, California.
Generously donated by Kristen Reitz-Green / value $1,200
Choose Your Broadway Adventure with Deluxe Stay at the Phillips Club
Enjoy “house seats,” the ones held back by management for VIPs and choose your top show: HAMILTON (still the toughest ticket on Broadway), THE LION KING, MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL (just opened to rave reviews!), WICKED, THE BOOK OF MORMON, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, ALADDIN, BEETLEJUICE, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, CHICAGO, FROZEN, WAITRESS, HADESTOWN (won the Tony!), TOOTSIE, or COME FROM AWAY.
Best of all – you get to choose your dates. Best, best, best of all is you’ll be enjoying three nights’ accommodation at the stunningly located Phillips Club Condo on 66th street right by Lincoln Center and steps from Central Park. This could go down as a true experience of a lifetime.
Restrictions: Winners to provide three possible dates in the month of your choice and submit choices one month in advance. Tickets available at will call. Must coordinate with Condo owner as well.
Generously donated by Kevin Corcoran and Bob & Karin DeSantis / value $3,600
“Tramp Harbor, Vashon Island, Washington” by Michael Elenko
Archival Photographic Print on Metallic Rag Art Paper; 20″ x 30″ or 30″ x 40″ Framed
From Michael Elenko: I’ve been exhibiting fine art photographs since 1983 when I took out my first loan from a bank in Tacoma. From there, my work has broadened its scope but retained its focus. While I happily consult with other photographers about the technical aspects of creating photographs, that’s not really photography nor is it art: it’s tools. My primary goal with photography is to make visible the unseen. If you, the viewer, can engage with our shared reality just that much more, then I feel that deeper communication has occurred, and my photography is closer to being accomplished.
The artwork you are viewing, “Tramp Harbor, Vashon Island, Washington” was selected for this month’s Annual Exhibition by the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Art. “Tramp Harbor” was also shown in the 2019 Midwest Center for Photography Annual Juried Exhibition.
Generously donated by Michael Elenko / value $1,300
“Apple and Vase” by David Kroll
Oil on Paper, 24″ x 28″ Framed
From David Kroll: I paint personal refuges in the form of still lives and imagined landscapes – places to visit for solace, meditation and sanctuary. I work intuitively to create a connection between the viewer and the power of place, the web of life, the idea of nature itself. My approach to still life allows me to work with a number of themes that have long interested me, and draw me in again and again. Thematically I am interested in the interaction between man – and manmade objects – and nature. In a painted still life these ideas collapse on each other-and raise many questions. Which is more beautiful—a rural landscape or a Chinese vase? Which is more alive, which is more still? Is the rendering of an egret or a mountainside on porcelain more or less profound than treatment of the same subject on canvas? Is a nest a bowl? Is a vase a broken egg? And isn’t all of nature anthropomorphized in the sense that, inescapably, man sees nature through man’s eyes?
Generously donated by David Kroll / value $5,600
One Week Stay at La Maison de Famille in Provence, France
Enjoy 7 nights in this gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, private home with amazing views of the French village of Menerbes located in the Provence region in southeastern France. Menerbes is a walled village on a hilltop in the Luberon mountains. Home to charming crooked streets, old churches, and fabulous views, it is also a brilliant jumping off point to bike, hike, or drive the surrounding countryside. The villages of the Golden Triangle are Bonnieux, Gordes, Goult, Lacoste, Menerbes, Oppede and Roussilon – all within 10-20 minutes by car.
La Maison de Famille is a stunning vacation home situated just a kilometer walk or bike ride from the center of the village. This scenic village was the inspiration for the book “A Year in Provence” and Russell Crowe’s film “A Good Year.”
Restrictions: La Maison de Famille sleeps 8 guests. This certificate is good for up to two years. Date to be mutually agreed upon with the owner. Subject to availability. Not available in the months of July and August. Transportation not included. Upon date confirmation, it cannot be modified or rescheduled. Airfare and transportation cost not included.
BONUS! Winning bidder has the option of booking Chez Emmanuel, a luxury apartment in Paris, at a special rate and reduced minimum night requirement. Subject to availability.
Generously donated by Randy Squires / value $7,500
“Floating Heart” by Allison Crain Trundle
Mixed Media on Canvas; 60″ x 42″
Allison Crain Trundle is a Pacific Northwest artist. She studied classical drawing and painting at the University of New Mexico where she received her BFA with a focus on abstract painting. After graduation she studied plein air painting at the DH Lawrence Ranch program in northern New Mexico. Her pictorial studies of canyon lands and open vistas influenced her exploration of color and light, and her emerging nonrepresentational style.
Her focus continues to be on color and light, but without the usual landscape configuration and with an intuitive structural approach. Thematically her interests explore human’s relationships with each other and the natural world, mapping, the dreamworld, and technology. Allison’s work includes awards and gallery exhibitions, as well as published writing on art.
Generously donated by Allison Crain Trundle / value $2,200
Peak of Bloom Party & Gourmet Dinner at Froggsong Gardens!
Sunday, August 16, 2020
If you were there this year for the Peak of Bloom Party and Gourmet Dinner you will know that you want to be there again in August 2020! The gardens are stunning, the setting sublime, your friends enchanting company, and the cooking is top shelf.
Owners, gardeners, chef and hosts Cindy and Steve Stockett will be opening Froggsong Gardens for an exclusive fine dining garden party and five course gourmet dinner. Availability is limited and you don’t want to miss out! Be one of only 80 other VCA supporters on Sunday evening August 16, 2020.
Stroll the gardens while listening to music, enjoying appetizers, and sipping bubbly. The evening culminates in an exquisite meal cooked by Steve himself (and can he ever cook), with an assist from his very talented sous chefs and VCA volunteer waitstaff. 100% of proceeds go directly to VCA programs. Raise your paddle, invite friends, join the fun, and support Vashon Center for the Arts.
Restrictions: This event is date specific – Sunday, August 16, 2020.
Generously donated by Frogg song Gardens / value $150 PER PERSON
Four Tickets to Gloria Steinem at The Paramount Theatre on November 21, 2019
November 21, 2019 | The Paramount Theatre
Winner receives 4 tickets (ROW A, front row on the Main Floor) to see Gloria Steinem at The Paramount on November 21, 2019. Winner also receives a $200 gift certificate for dinner at The Carlile Room, a Tom Douglas Restaurant.
STG Presents and Hedgebrook and Elliott Bay Book Company welcome Gloria Steinem – In Conversation “The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!”
For decades—and especially now, in these times of crisis—people around the world have found guidance, humor, and unity in Gloria Steinem’s gift for creating quotes that offer hope and inspire action. From her early days as a journalist and feminist activist, Steinem’s words have helped generations to empower themselves and work together. Covering topics from relationships to the patriarchy and activism , this is the definitive collection of Steinem’s words on what matters most. Steinem sees quotes as “the poetry of everyday life,” so she also has included a few favorites from friends, including bell hooks, Flo Kennedy, and Michelle Obama, in this book that will make you want to laugh, march, and create some quotes of your own. In fact, at the end of the book, there’s a special space for readers to add their own quotes and others they’ve found inspiring.
Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. In 1972, she cofounded Ms. magazine, and she remained one of its editors for fifteen years. In 1968, she helped found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, Marilyn: Norma Jeane, and As if Women Matter. In 2013, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
Date Specific: November 21, 2019. Doors open at 6PM. Show at 7PM.
Generously donated by Debra Heesch / value $500
“Love Potion” by Erin Schulz
Oil on Canvas; 23″ x 19″ Framed
Vashon artist, Erin Schulz, was first exposed to the classical approach to painting and atelier style education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing China (‘88-‘89). She furthered her studies at the Gage Academy in Seattle, Grand Central Academy in New York and Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Originally a researcher, Erin applies the same empirical approach of observation and summarizing the life experiences as a painter.
Coupled with systematic studies of ‘what people do’ and ‘what things mean,’ painting enables her to highlight and suspend particular moments of life around us.
Generously donated by Erin Schulz / value $1,600
“Beautiful Confusion #44” by John Anderson
Landscape Photography; 30″ X 40″ or 40″ X 50″ Framed #4 of 10; Limited Edition
John Anderson began photographing in his teens under the tutelage of master photographers Arthur Bacon and Bob Kolbrenner, and then later studied with Ansel Adams at his house in the Carmel Highlands. After graduating from Bennington College in 1981, John wrote, produced and directed films which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. Of his work, John says, “The wilderness that remains in the North Cascades and on the Olympic Peninsula is a doorway to another world. Its lush and overwhelming complexity, its harsh beauty, its alien remoteness immerse the visitor in an experience that awakens the chthonic soul. When I photograph in this mythic landscape, I fall into a kind of trance induced by the spirit of the place and the unique quality of light. I look until I am taken by a configuration or gesture of the land that elicits an emotional response.
Generously donated by John Anderson / value $2,400
‘Sunset Spectacular in the Garden for 10 at Palouse Winery
Bring nine of your friends to experience a wine tasting in Palouse Winery’s spectacular garden! Relax, watch the sunset behind the Olympic Mountains, and enjoy a tasting of our small production, award-winning wines. Cheese and charcuterie plate included!
George & Linda Kirkish are the heart of Palouse Winery. In the fall of 2003, they set off into the wilds of the wine industry by buying half a ton of Cabernet Franc grapes from Portteus Vineyard, located high on the hillside above Yakima Valley in Rattlesnake Hills. That first barrel ignited a passion for wine making that couldn’t be stamped out. In early 2005 the winery expanded into its present-day location on Vashon Island. Palouse produces 1,400 cases of handcrafted wine a year, each vintage more stunning than the last.
Restrictions: Date to be mutually agreed upon.
Generously donated by George & Linda Kirkish / value $500
Steffon Moody Masterpiece
Painted Live at the Masquerade!
Steffon Moody is creating an original painting at VCA’s 2019 Gala Art Auction tonight, September 21, 2019. Only those attending will experience the thrill of watching Steffon as he creates a work of art. At the conclusion of the Live Auction, Steffon will unveil his masterpiece and present it to the highest bidder – easily the best auction souvenir ever!
Steffon began his career as a visual artist at the age of 16, working as a theatrical set painter at the Muny Opera in St. Louis. He learned the craft of set painting from his father, Robert Moody, and a crew of 14 painters. Their weekly task was to paint the scenery for an entire musical on one of the largest stages in the United States. Paint, literally, flew.
Generously donated by Steff on Moody / value $2,500