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Powder Hounds Online Art Auction

Thank you for helping us raise $11,030 this year!

Join us for our *virtual only* Powder Hounds Online Art Auction Event! This event features snowboard art created by 17 talented  artists in a two-week long online silent auction. Not a fan of playing the auction game? No problem, we feature  “buy it now” pricing on each snowboard. Not local? No a problem, you can bid, or “buy it now” and we’ll ship the board directly to your door.

Bidding begins Monday, March 1st! Visit to view all 17 boards up for auction and place your bids online before 12:00 p.m. (MT) Sunday, March 14, 2021. Click here to view all 17 boards.

What’s New?

Durango Powder Hounds Photo Contest!

The Powder Hound Photo Contest was created in partnership with our Powder Hounds Art Auction. The art auction features snowboard art created by local artists and placed up for auction two-week long online silent auction. We understand that not everyone is interested in bidding on snowboards or playing the auction game, so we created a fun, interactive, dog friendly photo contest for all to join!

100% of the proceeds from both the photo contest and the art auction will benefit the homeless animals in our care. Funds raised will help us to continue to provide important medical and behavioral care, emergency surgeries, spay & neuter services, vaccinations, free courtesy hold for individuals in need, supplies and low cost medical services to the community.

Enter your powder hound or vote for your favorite! The photo contest runs from Monday, March 1st – Sunday, March 14th ending at 12:00 p.m. (MST)


First Place (valued at $2,000) – The dog  voted Durango’s Powder Hound will  receive:

*Artist rendering of winning snowboard.

A custom commission snowboard art piece featuring the winning dog, created by internationally collected artist Ray Phillips.

Bio and Gallery Information:
Artist Ray Phillips has always held a passion for creating art. Like many artists, Ray’s artistic journey began as a young child. At age 10 he enrolled at the prestigious Houston Museum of Fine Art School now the Glassell School of Art. As an adult, Ray focused his artistic attention on graphic design and music; playing in a band at night and crafting ad campaigns, posters, t-shirts, logos and branding by day. Ray soon rose to become a partner/creative director at a design and marketing firm in Houston, Texas; yet the longing to create fine art was still present. Ray began his painting career in his free time, integrating skills and techniques he learned as a designer. His work has evolved into an amalgam of typography, abstract composition, collage/mixed media and hidden messages. Each piece is initiated in Ray’s mind and translated to canvas – as much an intellectual pursuit as creative endeavor. Ray is an internationally collected artist with representation in fine art galleries in Vail, Aspen, Telluride, Houston, Austin and Dallas, as well as Canada and Mexico. Read more at

Gallery Representation:

Second Place – The dog with the second highest amount of votes will receive:
Third Place – The dog with the third highest amount of votes will receive:

Don’t forget to check out all the snowboard art up for auction. Click here to view all boards up for auction and place your bids online or “buy it now” before 12:00 p.m. (MT) Sunday, March 14, 2021. 100% of the proceeds benefit the homeless pets in La Plata County!

The Powder Hounds Story

In the fall of 2018, Ray Phillips and his wife Wendy stopped by the Humane Society to drop off donations to our Thrift Store. Of course being animal lovers, they couldn’t leave without saying “hi” and playing with the dogs in our yard. Both were blown away by how much fun the dogs were having, and the dedication of the volunteers working with the dogs. They looked at each and asked, “what can we do to help?”. Driving back home, Ray and Wendy began to scheme ideas, Ray a prolific artist; represented in galleries across the US, Canada and Mexico, along with Wendy a freelance photographer and an avid skier with a resume of volunteer fundraising experiences knew there was something they could do. That’s when the idea for “Powder Hounds Art Auction” was born!

Goal: Enlist artists to hand paint, screen print, carve or decorate used snowboards. Exhibit boards in and around the city of Durango, CO for a month long on-going silent auction, where the public can view and bid on boards. 100% proceeds from the Powder Hounds Art Auction will be donated to La Plata County Humane Society (LPCHS)

Auction: Powder Hounds Art Auction is a two-week long on-going silent auction of snowboard art by artists  Place your bid on online at Boards begin at a minimum bid of $100 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit LPCHS. Not a fan of the auction game? “Buy it Now” pricing is available for each board! Winning bids will go to the highest bidder on each board and will be announced at the closing of the silent auction at 12:00 p.m. MT on Sunday, March 14th!

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