Monday, July 1, 2013

Charitable Best Offer Auction!

Dear Friends ~ Please join me in making my donation of original art count towards the lives of numerous homeless cats and dogs....

I invite you to join me for this special Best Offer Blog Auction in collaboration with True Colors: A Group Show by Pet Friendly Artists on exhibit at the Yummy Wine Bar & Bistro in Seaside, OR. Bids will be collected privately via EMAIL, and the winner of “Watchful Owlfredo” will enjoy my collectible, original Artscape along with the honor of aiding abandoned pets. Clatsop Animal Assistance is a nonprofit organization in Oregon that shelters and cares for homeless cats and dogs. 

* 100% of the sale of this piece will benefit this non-profit organization. 

* A tax deductible receipt will be provided to the new owner of this special, 1/1 art piece. 

Auction has now ended. Thank you!

Best Offer: $480.00 

"Watchful Owlfredo" was born from a long-standing vision I have had to create dimensional Artscapes from papier mache and repurposed frames. A first of its kind, the focal image is hand-sculpted and intricately detailed with textural touches through a layering process of many steps. A medley of painted hues are applied to create more depth and interest. The detail is a challenge to capture through photography, so a viewing in person is truly preferred. But, as this an online Best Offer Blog Auction, I will attempt to describe it further! Vintage hues of soft green and turquoise create a lovely backdrop, while undertones of plum-brown fill the textural patterns that break up the space. A deep plum color fills the crevices of the twisting branches which are highlighted in pumpkin orange. The owl also carries the rich plum hue in his recessed details. Butter yellow and harvest orange highlight his stylized feathers. The beak, the eyes, chest and talons project dimensionally along with the stylized branches that frame this whimsical character. The modified outer frame is under-painted in terracotta with a deep plum-black top coat. JP applied additional trim to create more depth and stability. He also added the backboard which is terracotta-washed mahogany veneer. Signed and dated by me, Johanna Parker, this is a unique first-of / one of a kind Artscape piece. Please scroll down for details about this auction and images of this unique framed art.

Frame Size: 11.25" wide x 11.25" tall
Sculpted Artscape: 6" wide x 6.25" tall


About this Blog Auction: 

If you would like to be the proud owner of "Watchful Owlfredo,"simply EMAIL ME with your Best Offer. What would you be willing to DONATE to the Clatsop Animal Assistance AND adopt this collectible piece?

So, here's the scoop:

- I am starting the bid at $250
- Bidders will remain private
- My blog will update daily to reflect the highest Best Offer
- Numbers on the wheel will be rounded down in increments of 50
- Keep an eye on the wheel by refreshing this page
- Submit best offers once or as many times as you wish during this auction

On Sunday, July 7th at 9:30 pm EST, I will email all the participating bidders with a Last Call, announcing the current high offer. Afterwards, bidders will have until mid-day on July 8th to submit any additional offers. I hope to announce the Winning Offer amount here on my blog by 1pm EST on the 8th. So, you have about a week's time to submit your best offer/s. Anyone has a chance to participate if he or she chooses, and bidders can keep track of the approximated offers here on my blog. 

How to Bid :
Please study the various photos below to see if you would like to adopt "Watchful Owlfredo."
If he hoots to you, then . . . . . . . 

* EMAIL ME with the amount of your Best Offer (
* Title your email: "Best Offer - $ ____ "
* Look for a reply / confirmation email that your offer has been received

As you submit your offer/s, you are welcome to identify yourself or remain anonymous. Send emails from whatever email address you choose as long as I can reach you in the event you are the winner!  I will be accepting offers until 1pm EST, July 8th. At that time, I will review the offers and post the pending best offer amount. The winner will be notified and will have 24 hours to respond, identify him or herself and start the process of finalizing the sale. The piece will be offered to the bidder of the next best offer, in the event the top bidder does not to respond. Again, 100% of the sale of "Watchful Owlfredo" will benefit Clatsop Animal Assistance, a non-profit organization, and the buyer will receive a tax deductible receipt for his or her donation. Both, payment transaction and receipt will be handled by the event coordinators who own and operate the Gallery @ the Yummy Wine Bar & Bistro. My promise was to create the art and then help sell my contribution here on my blog...

As for emailing me with your offers, please know that WE (myself, JP and all the volunteers that care for homeless cats & dogs at Clatsop) are grateful for your support and any bids of affection. Best of luck & Thank You!...... Now, let's get started :)

Up for Offers is "Watchful Owlfredo"... 


In April, I shipped this piece off to my artist friend Jimmy Pickering, who asked me to donate art to his partner's benefit. Watchful Owlfredo has been hanging in the Gallery at the Yummy Wine Bar & Bistro in Seaside, Oregon for over 2 months, and I wish I could have been there to see the rest of the show! I promised that I would not release this piece until I hosted a special Blog Auction, and the time is now. Before I shipped this first Artscape of mine, we hung it on our living room wall, stepped back and smiled! As difficult as it was to let him go, we knew he will help nurture homeless cats and dogs, and that feels good! 

We hope you will join us in making this donation count!


* Photos truly do not do this piece justice, but all I can say is that I know you will be happy with your donation in the event you share the best offer.


* That's my hand there for size reference :)


* You'll notice that I signed the front, under his perching branch, as well as the back....


* A quick photo taken below, looking up at Owlfredo.....


* And a peek at the backside too....

Spread the word and THANK YOU for your donation of support!

Best Wishes,
~ Johanna


Dixie said...

Hi, Johanna,

I posted on FB today linking to your page there. is it that you are able to provide the donor with a tax deductible receipt? Are they paying the charity directly? As in you donated the item to the charity but are the auctioneer?


Johanna Parker said...

Hi Dixie and thank you!

Basically, the guys that own the Yummy Wine Bar & Bistro, who are coordinating this event will be handling the money and the receipts. They asked me to donate the art, and I offered to help sell it. The rest is in their capable hands. I don't know the exact details of how they will work it out, but
the buyer will be informed. I am acting as the auctioneer, but the tax deductible receipt will go to the buyer. As an artist donating a piece to charity, I can only write off my supplies, but not my time. In the end, it is the buyer who benefits from the monetary tax deduction. My benefits align more with the emotional "feel good for giving" feeling :)

I hope that helps!

For specific questions regarding payment, you can call The Gallery @ Yummy Wine Bar & Bistro at: 503-738-3100 or email at:

Thank you!
~ Johanna

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