The 2018 Watershed Gala was held on Thursday, February 22 in the Charles Suber Banquet Hall of Rollins Campus Center in Young Harris, Ga. Starting at 5:30, a silent auction took place before the banquet, featuring the best art and craft items made right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as unique opportunities to dine and play! Following the meal and Holman Award presentation, several more exquisite items were auctioned live by local auctioneer and entertainer, Tim Ryan.

We are grateful to more than 70 local businesses, artists, crafters and individuals who donated auction and raffle items for the 2018 event.

Live Auction Items donated for the 2018 Watershed Gala

  • Homemade Pizza Party for Ten by Brenda (BK) Hull
  • Set of Three Hand-Turned Wood Serving Bowls, Butternut with Walnut Oil, by JC Berrong
  • Complimentary Guaranteed Weeklong Class Tuition by John C. Campbell Folk School
  • Framed Original Photograph of the Total Solar Eclipse, Diamond Ring, by Pam Higginbotham
  • Handcrafted Necklace & Earrings by Alex Peers
  • Raku Pottery Lamp by Turning Point Clay Studio
  • Half Day Guided Lake Fishing Trip by Big ‘Ole Fish Guiding Service
  • String Art on Barn Wood, River, by Jenny Pate
  • Original Photograph on Metal, “Moonglow on Lake Chatuge,” by Michael Gora
  • Handcarved Wood Bowl, by Matthew Dobson
  • Framed Original Photograph (12×18), “Winter on Thomas Divide,” by Don McGowan of EarthSong Photography
  • Framed Original Watercolor Painting, “The Nantahala,” by Suzanne DesLauriers of Art By Suzy
  • String Art on Barn Wood, Tree, by Jenny Pate
  • Bonsai by Tim Ryan
Set of Three Hand-Turned Wood Serving Bowls by JC BerrongRaku Pottery Lamp by Harry Hearne
Original Photo on Metal Moonglow on Lake Chatuge by Michael GoraHandcarved Wood Bowl by Matthew DobsonHandcrafted Necklace and Earrings by Alex PeersBig Ole Fish collageString Art on Barn Wood, River, by Jenny PateDesLauriers WatercolorString Art on Barn Wood, Tree, by Jenny PateMcGown Photo

Silent Auction Items donated for the 2018 Watershed Gala

  • 3-Night Junior Suite Stay at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Alberta) with Airfare for Two
  • 4-Night Stay at Fairmont Chateau Whistler (British Columbia) with Airfare for Two
  • Signed, Numbered Pencil Sketch Print, “Family Diners,” by the late Bob Owens
  • Pyrography (Wood-Burning) Brook Trout by Justin Mickens donated by Appalachian Outfitters
  • Hand-turned Wooden Vase (Sourwood) with a 1/2-Pint of Local Sourwood Honey by Joseph Pate
  • Framed Original Photograph of the Total Solar Eclipse, by photographer, Pam Higginbotham
  • Framed Original Pastel (5×7), “Floating Beauty” by artist, Zoe Schumaker
  • Gift Certificate for a Free Tasting and Free Bottle of Wine (Your Choice) donated by FernCrest Winery
  • Round of Golf for Two at Brasstown Valley Resort
  • Framed Original Pastel (8×10), “Barn Owl Buddies” by artist, Zoe Schumaker
  • 2010 Cantina Zaccagnini. Red Dry Wine. Product of Italy.
  • 2009 Luigi Bersano Piemonte Dolcetto Bric di Bersan Bottle of Wine. Product of Italy.
  • 2006 Torre ERCILLA Rioja Reserva TEMPRANILLO. Product of Spain.
  • Framed Original Oil Painting donated by Vince Cooper and Roberta Chereck
  • Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas, “Lizard 1,” by Alex Peers
  • Matted Giclee Print, “Willett,” by Alex Peers
  • Lladro’ Vintage Handmade Porcelain Figurine “In the Garden” #5416 RETIRED (Spain) with Original Box
  • Federal Duck Stamp Print, Signed, Numbered with Certificate of Authenticity. Framed with an Actual Stamp. 1979-80, Green-Winged Teal
  • The Life and Work of John C. Campbell, Hardcover Book
  • Hand-turned Wood Bowl, Zebrawood, by crafter, Hugh Evans
  • Hand-turned Wood Bowl, Marblewood, by crafter, Hugh Evans
  • Vintage Post Cards, Set of 2, Cherokee County Courthouse & Airplane View of Murphy, N.C.
  • Set of Six Vintage Blue Ridge Southern Pottery Luncheon Plates, “Ridge Daisy” Pattern
  • Handmade Beeswax Candles, A Dozen 10″ Tapers, by crafter, Dan Goff
  • Koi Fish Platter
  • “Heron Dance” Blank Journal
  • Fly Fishing-Themed Photo Frame 4×6
  • Wine and Dine for Two at The Daily Grind & Wine, Murphy, NC
  • Framed Original Photographic Art (12×16), “Flowering,” by Bonnie Cooper
  • Dinner for Two at Mike’s Seafood Market & Grill
  • Vintage Aluminum Fly Box with 40 Flies
  • Matted Original Photograph (16×20), Clouds Over Lake Chatuge, by photographer, Judy Grove
  • Basket of Goods and Services by BodySense
  • Growlers with 15% off the first fill, 2L and 64oz donated by Bacchus Beer & Growlers
  • NASCAR Contender Series 1:64 Diecast Collectible Car #21 Air Force
  • 1-Hour Massage with Julie Welch, LMBT
  • 2-hour Landscape Design Consultation by Linda Milt Landscape Design
  • Mounted Original Photograph by Micky Clemmons
  • Hand-forged Sterling Silver and River Stone Earrings by Victoria Oliver
  • Handmade Art Book by Ginny Urani
  • Sweet Lorraine’s Homemade Fudge (1lb-Your Choice) (2) donated by Mountain Valley Country Store
  • Growler with one free fill from Hoppy Trout Brewing Company in Andrews, NC
  • Growler with one free fill (Gift Card) from Andrews Brewing Company in Andrews, NC (2)
  • “Advice from a Hawk” T-shirt donated by Joan of Art
Silent Auction Marblewood Bowl EvansSilent Auction Floating Beauty Original Schumaker pastelSilent Auction LLadro figurineSilent Auction oil paintingSilent Auction Grove photoSilent Auction Vintage Fly Box with FliesSilent Auction Peers LizardSilent Auction Vase and Honey Joseph PateSilent Auction Total Solar Eclipse HigginbothamSilent Auction Zebrawood Bowl EvansSilent Auction Owls Painting ZoeSilent Auction Fish PlateSilent Auction Vintage Collectible Dolls with BooksSilent Auction Peers-WillettSilent Auction Heron Blank JournalSilent Auction Owens pencil sketch

Raffle Items donated for the 2018 Watershed Gala

  • Blue Shutter Cottage Lake Getaway Package donated by Philip & Callie Moore
  • $50 Gift Card for Bistro 29, Murphy, NC
  • $25 Gift Certificate for Anejo Grill, Hayesville, NC
  • $25 Gift Card for Parson’s Pub, Murphy, NC
  • $20 Gift Card for Hoppy Trout, Andrews, NC
  • Mountain Roots Southern Outfitters Raffle Bag
  • TVA Raffle Package
  • Photograph notecards by HRWC
  • T-shirt & reusable water bottle by HRWC (2)