Here are a few of the items that will be featured in the live auction at Bucks for Ducks.
Take a look and plan ahead for bidding!
Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who have donated items.
Sacramento Storm Clouds by Karen Fess
Donated by Karen Fess
Oil on canvas, 24” x 12”
“The Yolo Bypass is one of my favorites spots to photograph and plein air paint. One of my first Bypass paintings – Creation- won an award in the highly competitive Crocker Kingsley show and along with other award winners was on display in the prestigious Crocker Art Gallery. The painting selected for the Bucks for Ducks brochure was inspired by the view of an approaching storm in my rear view mirror as I was driving home from Sacramento. I quickly rerouted to the Bypass so I could view the storm from the wetlands. “Sacramento Storm Clouds” was painted from a photo I took on that day. I was enamored by the light playing off the buildings of the city, and the wetlands, while dark clouds – topped with sunlight – hung overhead. I played up the warm colors of the landscape closest to the city and the buildings to create a focal point of the city. The light hitting the tops of the clouds were grayed slightly to allow the glow on the buildings to be the strongest. I added more and various colors to the clouds to create the ominous t threat represented by those dark clouds. I cooled the blue of the sky to create recess. I lightened the foreground grasses to bring them forward, yet greying the tones so that the brighter middle grasses would have a stronger glow and direct the eye back to the buildings. I hope the painting enables the viewer to see both the beauty and the threat of the storm that I experienced that day.” Karen Fess
Karen is a close friend and volunteer of Yolo Basin Foundation and was kind enough let use this captivating piece as the Bucks for Ducks event image.
Sacramento River Cats Suite for 20 and First Pitch!
Donated by The Sacramento River Cats
It’s an exclusive opportunity for the baseball enthusiast! The Sacramento River Cats are one of the top franchises in all of minor league baseball, with 11 division titles, four Pacific Coast League crowns and two Triple-A national championships under their belts. With a gorgeous view of the Tower Bridge, you can enjoy a River Cats game with 20 of your closest friends and family members! Just make sure to bring your camera…you’ll want to remember throwing out the opening pitch on the pitcher’s mound!
One thing is for certain, you won’t be disappointed watching a game from a luxury suite! Go River Cats!
Original 18ft Grumman Canoe
Donated by Frank and Mary Dobosz
This is definitely a one-of-a-kind item! This canoe is an 18ft. early Grumman 517A-5-18. It was made in Bethpage, New York after WWII when production changed from aircraft to canoes and boats. The date of manufacture is between 1945 and 1952 when the boat production was moved to Marathon Boat Co. in Marathon, New York. The 5 indicates the heavier aluminum, the last number is the length. This canoe works better than most out on the market! They certainly don’t make them like this anymore….don’t miss your chance!
Thank you to our wonderful supporters, Mary and Frank Dobosz for donating this piece of history to our Live Auction.
Mergansers by Lewis Kemper
Donated by Lewis Kemper
The image is 29″ x 18″ matted to 36″ x 24″
Lewis Kemper is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer. Kemper’s monograph, Capturing the Light, won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography Book Now competition. His publication Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide was voted in the top 20 field guides. Lewis is a good friend of Yolo Basin Foundation and we are honored to share his work with our guests!
Field and Sky #31 by Joe Bellacera
Donated by Joe Bellacera
Oil on canvas, 37″ x 48″
Joe Bellacera returns this year with another breathtakingly beautiful painting to contribute to our Live Auction.
He says the following about this beautiful piece:
“The sky over the Yolo Basin presents an uncommon spatial vastness and drama of light and is quite inspirational. I have been painting views from the Yolo Basin for over 14 years now. I paint the landscape because it is the most immediate world I know. I walk in it, I breathe it; I feel the textures and atmosphere and never tire of the light and the horizon. To move through it is to experience a multi-dimensional world full of surprises.”