March First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty participated Bend’s First Friday event on March 6th at our Downtown Real Estate Gallery where hundreds of people toured the downtown shops and restaurants. Hosted by brokers Corinne Clarke and Chris DeJon, live music was provided by guitarist Justin Lavik and artwork from local artist Julie Winter was on display. A representative from Northwestern Home Loans was available to discuss today’s record low interest rates.

Artist Bio

Julie Winter of Bend, Oregon is a printmaker, educator and graduate student in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art (MFA August 2018). Julie has served in many roles at Atelier 6000/Bend Art Center including volunteer, core instructor, Studio & Gallery Director, Interim Executive Director and artist member. Her recent work is exploring non-toxic electro-etching techniques and combining them with woodcuts and monotypes as she continues to incorporate the Central Oregon landscape into the symbolism of place and self.

Artist Statement

I explore perceptions of place and how these are represented in landscapes, specifically how cultures walk upon and are a physical presence on the surface of the earth and the traces we leave and pick up. I investigate the intersections of the internal and external landscapes and how these become transitional spaces for connection, relationship, translation, and transformation. I set up systems of observation and collection as ways to inventory the traces and then translate the information into orchestrated landscapes. I use the process of printmaking as a translation device for this information. My goal is to invite the viewer into a conversation about their relationship to place and with others.


February First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please join us for First Friday on February 7th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Greg Oldfield.

Artist Bio:

Myself and family have always enjoyed a simple lifestyle, rich in experience of nature’s rewards and family importance, we make it our own. All of us being raised in Eastern Oregon, we understand its beauty, bounty and challenges.

I have worked in various professions from timber, as a farrier to an electrical contractor. But at the end of the day, my heart always called to crafting ideas and making them real. With an anvil and hammer in my shop I work to capture the things I enjoy and care about.

I have spent years in the Creeks and Rivers of Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Searching for the elusive monster trout that I was sure was only a castaway. Occasionally, I was lucky enough to find it, enjoy its beauty, thank it and watch it disappear back to the fast clear water from where it came. After a while, it was not just the fish, but the habitat that enchanted me. Such a fragile and beautiful place these fish live in. My sculptures try to capture a vision of this sensitive environment.

These sculptures are what I see when I’m stalking trout, they give me solace to get me through a difficult day and peace when I lay to sleep at night.

I hope you enjoy them as much as me.


Home Buyers Brunch and Bubbles

With employment up and interest rates staying low, 2020 is looking like a great time to buy!  Join us for a fun, interactive Home Buyer’s Brunch where industry professionals will share their knowledge on the home buying process in today’s market.  Buying a home is exciting but can come with a lot of questions and sometimes even fears, this makes sense, buying a home is one of your largest investments you will make.  

We will have Matt Bassit, Branch Manager at Northwestern Home Loans along with mother-son Realtor team; Melanie and Josh Maitre at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty to walk you through the entire buying process, sharing different loan programs that can meet people’s specific needs and even specific first time home buying programs, how to successfully navigate through a tight housing market and get through the possible hurdles along the way, in this type of market why it is even more important to have a Realtor that represents you and answer any other questions or concerns you may have.

Our hope is for you to walk away with all your questions and fears answered and leave you with nothing but hope for 2020 and the year you become a homeowner! 

No commitment.  Just information…and free Brunch & Bubbles!

RSVP is appreciated!
Melanie Maitre – Melanie@TheMaitreGroup.com | 541.480.4186
Josh Maitre – Josh@TheMaitreGroup.com | 541.678.3341


December First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please join us for First Friday on December 6th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Steve J. Giardini.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and hosted by Carmen Cook and Nicolette Rice.

Artist Bio

Steve J. Giardini is a professional outdoor nature and landscape photographer. He is an artist, educator, speaker and photo tour instructor & guide.

Influenced by both mid-1900 and contemporary landscape photographers, Steve adopted a fine art photography approach that utilizes natural light and a traditional, but unique composition style. The majority of his images are taken an hour before or after sunrise or sunset when the light is soft but dramatic.

Influence

Steve hopes his photographs elicit a visceral response from viewers. He wants his images to motivate people to explore the outdoors. Equally important, he hopes his photos instill a sense of personal obligation to help preserve the natural world.

Published

Steve’s work had been published in the international online Landscape Photography Magazine, the Bend Lifestyle magazine, and is displayed in businesses and homes throughout Central Oregon and around the world. More than 350 of his prints hang in the St. Charles Hospital System.

Learn Nature & Landscape Photography

Creating stunning photographs is one half of Steve’s professional vision. The other half is teaching and mentoring photo enthusiasts. His resume includes 20+ years of teaching experience on a variety of topics. A lifelong learner himself he knows the learning process never ends.

Steve offers photo classes, workshops, and adventure photo tours. Each session is built on the belief that learning should be structured but fun. Participants can “expected to be challenged without being intimidated”. Expect a methodical but flexible learning approach. Expect value-added instruction, endless enthusiasm, and intellectual honesty.


Cascade Living | December 2019

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By Working Together We Are Making A Bigger Difference

At our weekly sales meeting for our Bend brokers, we had an opportunity to learn about the Choose Joy Foundation and how they help kids who have been affected by parents that are dealing with substance abuse. Special thanks to Northwestern Home Loans, who graciously matched our brokers’ donations.

About the Choose Joy Foundation

It is estimated that 1 in 8 children in the U.S. live in a household with at least one parent with a substance abuse disorder. These are moms and dads who are unable to control their use of drugs or alcohol, and who continue using them even in the face of harmful and often dangerous consequences. In many cases, parents find themselves spending increased time getting, using, and recovering from these substances, rendering them unable to parent.

The cost, for a child, can be access to reliable housing, food, and other basic needs. It can be a lack of privacy, safety, and social support, leading in turn to increased difficulties in school and social settings. For many children of substance abusers, a normal childhood remains just out of reach.

The Choose Joy Foundation was founded on the premise that every child deserves a happy, healthy childhood. Our mission is to restore, in whatever way we can, normalcy to the lives of children affected by substance abuse.

“We exist to enrich the lives of children affected by substance abuse”

Restoration comes in many shapes and sizes, and often in the form of things, many of us take for granted. Sometimes it’s a pair of shoes, school supplies, or a warm meal. Sometimes it’s a steady, stable connection with a tutor or mentor. Sometimes it’s the opportunity to experience Christmas morning for the first time. The Choose Joy Foundation works with social workers, court systems, and educators to identify needs, and then organizes initiatives to meet them.

Growing up is hard enough without the added weight of bearing other people’s choices. We believe that we can change the lives of children in our community, and in communities across America, by bringing normalcy, stability, and consistency into their lives. Now a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the organization serves children in need in Deschutes County and beyond.

“A big thank you to Cascade Sotheby’s brokers and Northwestern Home Loans for your generous support. More than $3,000 was raised today that will truly benefit many children in our community.” – Founder, Joy Christiansen

We ask you to join us in donating or volunteering to further help children in Deschutes County that are in desperate need. Please donate online at www.ChooseJoyFoundation.org


Christy Benton Has Joined Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Bend, Oregon – Old Mill Office

Originally from Portland, Christy’s adventurous spirit has taken her to Seattle, Alaska, and then in 2003 she fell in love with Bend and moved here to raise her three children with her husband. She is a business owner of a sportfishing lodge in Alaska, a commercial fisherman, and has worked in the customer service industry for over 30 years.

Christy enjoys all the opportunities that real estate can provide and takes advantage of the continuing education courses provided to better serve her clients. With several designations including the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Seller Representative Specialists (SRS), an Earth Advantage Broker/ADU Specialist., She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Central Oregon Association of Realtors.

Christy believes every client deserves exceptional service and brings honesty, integrity, and a positive approach to the table every time. She loves the whole process of real estate. Meeting new clients, helping with staging, highlighting the home in photos, working through the transaction, and seeing the excitement of her clients having their dreams come true.”


Cascade Living | November 2019

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Bend Office Updates

A Fun Place To Work 

This week’s sales meeting for our Bend brokers kicked off with a hotly contested costume competition. The costumes encompassed a vast variety of genres and styles. We saw everything from a surprisingly accurate depiction of a Mesozoic era dinosaur to a domesticated take on Stephen King’s beloved and feared character, Pennywise. The competition was not at all half-hearted but turned rather fervid as brokers were clamoring for the top spots. The vote came down to the wire, but ultimately, Dinosaur Skeleton ‘she’s shorter in person’ Stephanie Ruiz walked away with the coveted victory. 2nd place went to Michelle Anderson and Jaquie Sebulsky with the Huffman & Loughlin ‘too soon?!’ costume followed closely by Brandi Wanker’s Mime, ‘use your words!’ outfit.

Agents of Change

The Scotch Award

After the costume contest, Northwestern Home Loan’s Matthew Bassitt presented Caleb and Ellie Anderson with the “Keeper of the Scotch Coin Award” for the month of November. The inscription on the award reads as follows: “The Keeper of the Scotch Coin represents a commitment made to saving a solider’s life. For the month it hangs on this wall, a warrior suffering from post-traumatic stress will have the opportunity to participate in the Save a Warrior Program because of this business’s generous donation of $2,500. This pledge takes place each month of the year, and started September of 2016 at The Scotch Golf Tournament”. For information about how to get involved or to learn more about The Scotch Award, please visit https://warriorimpact.org/.

Keeping Our Brokers Well Informed

COAR Guest Speaker

Tyler Neese, the Government Affairs Director at COAR, was the featured guest speaker. Tyler updated the group on new policies being implemented throughout Oregon. He talked about the ‘Road to 3000’, which is a new Bend City Council goal of adding 3,000 new housing units by June 2021. Tyler also educated the group on the new Bend Climate Action Plan and Mandatory Energy Audits, which is just a reflection of the same Portland policies that were adopted 2 years ago. For more information about the new policies, please visit COAR’s Government Affairs page.


November First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please join us for First Friday on November 1st at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Jeanne Debons.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and hosted by The Ladd Group.

Artist Bio

Jeanne Debons received a diploma in Botanical Illustration from the English Gardening School in 2005 and has BS and MS degrees in Forest Biology from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in New York and a PhD from the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University.   

Living in Central Oregon since 2006, she paints and teaches botanical illustration and has developed the Tracing Frame℗ to help students with starting to draw.

Her work has been shown in local, national and international exhibitions, and her paintings have been used for the cover of two books, in magazines and as illustrations in several books.

“Botanical Illustration and Painting is a meditation that if you are fortunate will result in plant portrait that captures the magic of the subject.”

See more of Jeanne Debons’ work here