2021 Fall Gala auction

This year's featured Gala Artwork, Drawing Lines, by Suzy LaRuffa, is a beautiful scene of Hells Canyon above the Hells Canyon Dam.

The artwork is a wood etching that was then painted, a technique called pyrography. The framed piece will be available to the highest bidder at the auction.

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Suzy shares the following about Drawing Lines:

With this piece, I dove hard into line. Concrete lines, transparent lines, lines that define us, and lines we imagine. Nature creates its own lines that support, embrace and create the images we see. Notice my landscape of hard rock, my fragility in the tender plants, my elegance in the swift current and my dirt that spills amongst the crevasses. Man created the dam which gave us the view we see today. I can only imagine the mysteries hidden below, but we can marvel at the cover of scenery currently before us. Contemplate the lines that draw us together, the lines that separate us, the wild river below and the circle of life that keeps us searching for a beauty greater than man can create.

Suzy Lacey LaRuffa moved from Virginia to Oregon in 2000. Growing up in the Appalachian mountains presented a love of rolling hills, colors and textures of the earth. Moving to Oregon inspired a new appreciation of mountains, hues and composition. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon and has been actively showing her work in group shows since 2011. She began working with acrylics shortly after moving to Oregon and since 2010 has blended the love of painting with wood burning. Pyrography or “woodburning” is a form of artwork which appeals to the love of texture and wood. It’s appealing to all of the senses, even hearing, imagine the sound of searing wood when a soft vein presents itself in the process. Her husband Whitney was also a member of the Intrepid Trio that completed the first thru-hike of the Blue Mountains TrailVisit Suzy's website for more information about her work and to see her full portfolio.

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Don't Miss These Featured Auction Packages​ and More...

These are just a few of the amazing items that we are auction off this year. We are honored to work with so many individuals and businesses who support our work in the Greater Hells Canyon Region.

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5 Day Rafting Trip for 2 on the snake or lower salmon river

Take the rafting trip of a lifetime with ROW Adventures — a 5 day trip for 2 people on the Lower Salmon or Snake River. The auction package winning bidder can select the river trip of their preference. Restrictions apply.

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3 Nights at Good Bear Ranch for up to 8 people

This one-of-a-kind log home tucked into the base of the Elkhorn Mountains is located on 250 acres bordered by the Wallowa Whitman National Forest. Grab this 3 night getaway in this gorgeous home with a gourmet kitchen, pool table, and incredible views. This auction package includes an outing with GHCC's Restoration Director Brian Kelly.

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2 Nights this winter at barkinG Mad Farm B&B for 2 people

Come see what makes winter so special in the heart of the Wallowas. Barking Mad Farm B&B combines the quiet serenity of the gorgeous Wallowa Mountains with a fantastic lodging experience in a restored farmhouse that gives you the best of outdoor wonder and indoor comfort. This auction package includes a one day mobile sauna rental. It must be used before May 1, 2022.

Don't miss the many other great auction prizes. We have over 40 items available to bid on or purchase from companies like Six Moon Designs, CNOC Outdoors, KEEN, Wild Carrot Herbals, Trail Butter, Food for the Sole, Side A Brewing, Terminal Gravity, Deschutes Brewing, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, and Pendleton; books by Brock Evans and Marina Richie; and original artwork, textiles and collectibles. Items for purchase directly support GHCC.

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Fall Gala Auction Sponsors

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Every year, we aim to make our annual Fall Gala a fun, memorable evening to celebrate these amazing wild places that inspire us all.


2021 once again requires us to remain nimble in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While we'd originally planned to hold an in-person event for our vaccinated members and supporters, the widespread risk of the delta variant was too great. The volunteer Gala Committee has instead opted to move forward with an online Gala Auction in lieu of the in-person event.

The Auction is now closed. Thank you for bidding and donating!