NOW Pre-Bids Open For Celebration of Women Silent Auction

NOW Pre-Bids Open For Silent Auction

The Central Oregon Coast chapter of the National Organization for Women is proud to announce one of the premier offerings in its silent auction at the Celebration of Women on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Newport Performing Arts Center. Internationally-known artist and Newport mayor Sandy Roumagoux has donated “Ocean Cliffs – Lost Creek,” one of six paintings in a series, one of which sold for $2,000. The only one still available in the series showing the fragility of the cliffs from sea waves and wind erosion on the Oregon Coast will go to the highest bidder, with an opening bid of $250. A showing of Roumagoux’s painting for the silent auction starts on Friday, October 10, in the lobby of the Newport PAC at 777 W Olive St. Bids can be emailed to with the amount and contact information of the bidder. The highest bidder will be announced at the Celebration of Women, a benefit to highlight the contributions of women in our community. Proceeds from the Celebration go towards Central Oregon Coast NOW’s various programs focused on helping women and girls achieve their full potential. Two projects are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which partners with the school district to broaden the participation of girls and young women in STEM fields, and CourtWatch, which collects data and reports information about the local judicial system’s good practices and problems in domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking cases. The silent auction will feature other art as well as offerings from community businesses, to be announced later. Local authors will also be present with their books. Brava! Women in Theatre will provide entertainment, and wine, chocolate, and other food will be available for purchase. The artist has generously donated her work not only to NOW but also to other organizations such as Cascades AIDS Project and the Oregon College of Arts of Crafts. Some of her work featuring the old water wheel on the Newport waterfront has been donated to the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center. Information about Roumagoux’s three decades of showing artwork is available at Roumagoux is a permanent member of both Blackfish Gallery in Portland and Riversea Gallery in Astoria. Roumagoux, a Newport resident of almost 30 years, moved as a child from Washington to a family farm north of Corvallis. One of her early memories was at a “political teas” where she served Wayne Morse, noted senator from Oregon between 1944 and 1968. About her connection between politics and art, she said, “Both ask something of us, something that challenges us to a responsibility.” During her ten years on the board of the Oregon Coast Community College, Roumagoux was chair from 2004-2006, a pivotal time because of its $42 million capital construction bond measure for a new campus that passed in May 2004. During her past two years as Newport mayor, her projects included bringing a new city manager on board, helping pass the construction bond for a new swimming pool, and building the city’s relationships with the Port of Newport, county commissioners, OMSI, and OSU. OMSI is constructing the Coastal Discovery Center in Newport, and OSU is expanding its campus here which will enroll 500 students. Roumagoux is running for another two-year term as mayor because she’s excited about the projects and wants to move them toward fruition. Celebration of Women shows how Newport is rich in talent and businesses that support women. Some As Roumagoux said, “Newport is unique.” We invite you to come to the Celebration of Women to see these achievements.