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Last week to bid on artwork benefitting First Descents

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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – It’s the last week to bid on professional photography on display in the fourth-floor lobby level at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. All proceeds from the Deck the Halls silent auction will benefit First Descents, a Vail-born organization that provides young adults diagnosed with cancer a healing week of outdoor adventure. Through Tuesday, the variety of photographs inspired by “the spirit of the American West” will be available for auction at http://www.biddingforgood.com/firstdescents. Photographs include: “First Light, Mt. Beckwith, Kebler Pass, Colorado 2007 by photographer Evan Anderman; Bids starting at $350 (retails for $900).Evan Anderman is a Denver-based photographer who travels the globe in search of unique landscapes to photograph with the belief that nature is inherently beautiful. Visit http://www.evananderman.com. “Victoria Falls,” by photographer Dan Armstrong; Bids starting at $250 (retails for $500).Acclaimed sports and landscape photographer Dan Armstrong captured First Descents Founder Brad Ludden running the Minus Rapids below Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambai. Visit http://www.danarmstrongphoto.com. “Madagascar,” by photographer Dan Armstrong; Bids starting at $250 (retails at $500).Amidst a 14-day expedition on Madagascar’s Betsiboka River, First Descents Founder Brad Ludden finds himself engulfed in the soupy waters created from immense erosion that creates the unique color. This image was featured in Outside magazine. Visit http://www.danarmstrongphoto.com. “Untitled,” by Liz Banfield; Bids starting at $250 (retails for $500).Captured in traditional black-and-white film, this shot was taken in Northern California and possesses a grace and beauty that is a hallmark of Liz Banfield’s images. A wedding photographer, Banfield is regularly featured in major titles, including Martha Stewart Weddings and Town & Country Weddings. Visit http://www.lizbanfield.com.”Painted and Friends,” by Mike Crabtree; Bids starting at $900 (Retails for $1,500) and “Raging Sadness,” by Mike Crabtree; Bids starting at $500 (retails for $950).Fine art photographer Mike Crabtree operates The Crabtree Gallery in Eagle where over 100 of his fine art photography photos are displayed. He is renowned known for his landscapes, abstract images and horse portraits. Call 970-390-9500 to learn more. “Skyward Colors, Bachelor Gulch,” photographer Steve Chinn; bids starting at $275 (retails for $550).One of the artist’s signature prints, “Skyward Colors” is exemplary of Steve Chinn’s aim to “capture the beauty, action and adventure of Colorado’s exceptional lifestyle.” Chinn’s freelance work has been featured in publications such as People Magazine and The Washington Post. Web site http://www.stevechinnphoto.com. “Traveling through Joshua Tree National Park at Night,” by photographer James Christianson; Bids starting at $250 (retails for $500). In addition to his keen eye for landscapes, Boulder-based photographer James Christianson is known for his wedding photography, which has been featured in publications such as Town & Country Weddings. Visit http://www.jameschristianson.com. “Bull in Cage,” by photographer Brian Mark; Bids starting at $250 (retails for $500).Denver-based photographer Brian Mark describes the image as, “A bull in his pen – a familiar sight, but taken out of context. The image offers a beautiful contrast of textures and graphic shapes.” Visit http://www.brianmarkphotography.com. “Illumination,Uncompahgre National Forest, Colo.” by photographer Tony Newlin; Bids starting at $600 (retails for $1,100). “Telluride’s Brilliance, Wilson Peak, Colo.” by photographer Tony Newlin; Bids starting at $450 (Retails for $950) Tony Newlin’s passion is nature and wildlife. A native of northern New Mexico, he grew up exploring the spectacular wilderness in southwestern Colorado and made frequent visits to the Rocky Mountains. Newlin’s work represents nature on its own terms without the use of filters, controlled situations or digital manipulation.Visit http://www.tonynewlin.com.For more information call 800-241-3333 or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/bachelorgulch.


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