The Asheville Art Museum is excited to feature the following auction items at our Annual Benefit Gala Glitz & Glam on June 9, 2018!

All funds raised will benefit the Museum’s ongoing exhibitions and programs.
For all the details about our 2018 Gala, please click here.

Unable to join us the night of the Gala? We accept absentee bids!
Call 828.253.3772 or email


Donated by Ron Rumford/Dolan Maxwell

Judy Pfaff, Queen Anne’s Lace, 2005, color soft ground etching and relief print on paper, from an edition of 20, published by Tandem Press, 63.5 x 37.5 inches.

Estimated value: To be added

Judy Pfaff was born in London, England in 1946 and later settled in America at the age of thirteen. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis, and an MFA from Yale University. She joined the faculty at Bard College in New York in 1994, where she is currently the co-director of the Studio Arts program. Her work can be found in such prestigious collections as the Detroit Institute of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

From the beginning of her career in the 1970s, Pfaff has worked with a wide and unusual range of materials and moves back and forth easily between two- and three-dimensional work, creating art that is complex, profuse, and unique.  Her dynamic, exuberant, large-scale works incorporate many different media. Like her installations, Pfaff’s prints have a three-dimensional presence and flowing quality with layered circles, lines and organic shapes echoing throughout the images. To bring the overall compositions together, her prints are often completed with hand-applied paints, fabric dyes, and collage layering.




Donated by the Asheville Art Museum

Lorna Blaine Halper, Untitled (Tree and flowers in a landscape), watercolor on paper, sheet: 23 x 29 inches; image: 19 x 13.5 inches; unsigned.

Lorna Blaine Halper, Untitled (Pansies in a landscape), watercolor on paper, sheet: 23 x 23 inches; image: 19 x 13.5 inches; unsigned.

Estimated value: To be added


Adept in a wide variety of media including drawing, painting and sculpture, Lorna Blaine Halper (1924­–2012) exercised a masterful command of line in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms. Her early work shows the influence of her studies at Black Mountain College, while later works exhibit the increasing influence of Op Art and Latin American abstraction. Halper returned throughout her career to themes of nature and abstract expression.

Born in New York City, Halper began her education at Barnard College and Columbia University. In 1945, she enrolled at Black Mountain College where she remained through the spring of 1948. While there she studied with Josef Albers, Fannie Hillsmith, Robert Motherwell and Ilya Bolotowsky and formed deep and lasting friendships with students Ruth Asawa, Ray Johnson, Oli Sihvonen and Elaine Schmitt Urbain. She married a former student and member of the faculty, Tasker Howard, in 1947. After Tasker’s early death she married novelist and critic Albert Halper and moved to Pawling, NY, where she remained until her death.




Donated by Michael Brodnax & Tony Schlarb

Estimated value: To be added


Michael Brodnax and Tony Schlarb graciously present a 2 week stay for 4 people at Apartment Girasole in Villa 1 Tufi Coldipozzo, in the charming Umbria town of Tufi, located in Central Italy with easy train trips to Rome and Florence. Day trips by car to Assisi, Perugia, Sienna, Chianti, Cortona, Deruta, Todi, Orvieto, Gubio, Lake Trasimeno, and other nearby towns are very easy, most in under an hour. Overnight trips to Venice, Luca, and Pisa take about 3 ½ hours by car.

Details: This package is valid through September 3, 2019 unless a special request is made and it includes: Up to 14 consecutive days use of a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment with washer and dryer, Use of GPS for Europe, Use of pool between May 15 and October 15, Arrival and departure meetings with property manager, Standard utilities and cleaning services, Wi-Fi (20 megs down) and Satellite TV (20 English-language channels, 100 other languages), Up to 4 people, but no pets, Lunch or dinner consultation(s) with the owners to assist in travel planning, sightseeing, and understanding local customs




Donated by Anonymous

Peter Eugene Ball, Lady of the Wildwood, n.d., mixed media, 30 x 15 x 12 inches on 2.5 inch base.

Estimated value: To be added

English artist Peter Eugene Ball was born in Coventry in 1943. He attended Coventry College of Art and in 1961 joined the Marjorie Parr Gallery on the King’s Road in London where he had his first one-man show. In 1986, Birmingham Cathedral commissioned him to create a crucifix and altar pieces. Subsequently, church commissions became an integral part of his professional life. Ball’s sculpture has appeared in over 40 exhibitions and he now produces a major one-man exhibition every two years, usually in a cathedral setting. These bring together his transcendent religious figures along with quirky, often witty secular pieces assembled from found objects and driftwood.




Gan Shan Station and Metro Wines LLC
will feed your senses at a dinner prepared in your home.

Estimated value: To be added

Chef Patrick O’Cain will prepare a 4-course Asian-inspired meal.

Metro Wines will select and pour the perfect wine for each course




Donated by Anonymous

Susan Colwell, Blue Estuary, n.d., oil on canvas, 60.25 x 47.375 inches

Estimated value: To be added

Charleston artist Susan Colwell earned her B.F.A. in painting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is represented by galleries in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia and her work hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the country.  Colwell has said of her work: “I try to recapture my feelings about a place by using color and form, producing a presence of space, mood, and light.”




Donated by the Artist

Heather Hietala, Inward Unfurling, n.d., cotton, dye, dextrin resort, and stitching, 33 x 25 inches framed

Estimated value: To be added

Heather Hietala received her BFA degree from the University of New Hampshire and her MFA degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Heather has completed a major textile replication project for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. These large embroidered pelmets, similar to a valance, are displayed in the second floor living hall. Heather currently works from her studio in Asheville. The staircases, hallways, doorways and loading docks depicted in her work serve as metaphors for expressing various journeys, transitions, and thresh-holds within life’s journey

Hiertala’s rugs and art quilts have been exhibited internationally and published in Surface Design Journal, American Craft Magazine, Fiberart’s Design Book 5, 6 & 7, and International Textile Design, among others. Her work can be seen at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville and Oeno Gallery, Ontario, Canada.




Donated by the Artist

José Bayro Corrochano, The Tinkerer´s Assistant, 2008, ceramic mounted on a wooden base, diameter 19 inches.

Estimated value: To be added

José Bayro Corrochano, or Bayro C., was born in Bolivia in 1960 to Peruvian parents. He has lived in Mexico since 1980, became a citizen several years ago, and he currently resides in Puebla. He has enjoyed residing in New York and Paris for extended periods of time. The artist has exhibited his work in Bolivia, Canada, France, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States. His pieces are included in collections in the formerly mentioned countries as well as Argentina, Chile, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Art critic Mark Jenkins has referred to Bayro C. as both an artist and a “tinkerer,” a term the artist embraces. “The Tinkerer from Bolivia” is especially moved by immigrants, laborers, and craftspeople from all over the world that inhabit the outlying areas of cities, towns, and neighborhoods. The freedom, vulnerability, and humor with which they construct their own communities are a source of inspiration for him. This is the theme for The Tinkerer´s Assistant.

Bayro C. has visited the Asheville Art Museum many times in the past and has always come away enlightened and inspired by the 20th and 21st century American art collection. He is delighted for the opportunity to donate his work to benefit the Museum.




Donated by Julia Calkins Peterson

Terry Logan, Necklace & Stones Drop, Sterling silver hollowforms and stones on long dangle of cable.

Estimated value: To be added

A resident of Richmond, IN, Terri Logan came to jewelry design later in life, following an 18-year career as an art therapist. Each piece of her jewelry is unique, and she selects, mounts and arranges each river stone by hand. “I use metal and stone because they are inherently strong materials. The combination of metal and stone allows me to integrate the industrial and organic elements of our world. These materials are rich in their historic value, and intrinsic to our growth as a civilization; their abundant character, separate or in relation to each other, offers me infinite possibilities as a language.”




Donated by the Artist

Shane Fero, Winter into Spring, 2015, Hot and flameworked glass, sandblasted and acid-etched, 24 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches (Bottle gaffed by Pablo Soto).

Estimated value: To be added

Born in Chicago in 1953, Shane Fero has been a flameworker for 50 years. He studied with many renown glass artists including Frederick Birkhall for lampworking, Stephen Dee Edwards for hot glass techniques, Paul Marioni for sculpting and casting, and Kurt Wallstab for German lampworking. He maintains a studio next to Penland School of Craft, one of the many institutions where he has taught.

Inspired by the spiritual, the psychological, and the metaphysical, Fero taps into ancient forms that are familiar yet mysterious. He achieves the swirling patterns and movement of color in his work by painting the object’s surface with colored glasses in rods, canes and powders. His blown pieces are produced by the controlled forcing of air into clear glass tubes while molten, with the colors added in an overlay technique.

His work can be found in over 20 museum collections worldwide including the Museum of Art & Design, NY; Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark; the Huntsville Museum of Art, AL; the Museum fur Glaskunst, Lauscha, Germany; and the Niijima Contemporary Glass Museum in Japan. He is the Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society. The Asheville Art Museum collection includes two works by Fero, and he is included in the exhibition Red Hot in the Blue Ridge (opening May 19, 2018). He is represented by Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville.




Donated by Anonymous

John L. Cleaveland, Jr., Winding Stair Gap, Appalachian Trail, n.d., oil on canvas, 16 x 19 inches.

Estimated value: To be added

John L. Cleaveland’s paintings reflect his incredible attention to detail and his knowledge and respect of the history of the South. “I paint because I want you to see how I see, to convey to you how the world looks and feels to me. I share what I have learned about a place by painting it. I want you to walk away from my work with a new template for seeing the world around you, and to leave you full of questions.”

Born in 1963, Cleaveland received his BFA from the University of Georgia. He has exhibited his work at the Albany Museum of Art (GA), University of Georgia, Madison Cultural Center (GA), and the Lyndon House Art Center (GA). His paintings are part of the collections of the Morris Museum of Art (GA), 3-M Company (MN), and the Bessemer Trust (GA). He is represented by Bluespiral1 Gallery in Asheville, NC and in Athens, GA by Mercury Art Gallery.




Donated by Troy and Charlie Ball

Estimated value: To be added

Get your passport ready and gather up your closest friends for a five-night stay at “Seabright,” a 10-bedroom estate that sleeps 18. Watch the tides change from 18 of 20 rooms in the 11,000 square foot estate. Enjoy the covered porches, terraces, in-home spa, and media room at your leisure, or watch the estate deer and fox in the meadow overlooking the sea. Every nook is designed for comfort and peace in this immaculate light-filled property. St. Andrews is a charming seaside village with a host of activities for any age. You’ll find stellar local restaurants, arts, and music, along with farmers markets and an active whale watching culture.

The estate is walking distance to the entire village of St. Andrews, located on the Algonquin Golf Course and totally private. Stay at the estate and find a place to retreat, share time with family or friends, read, write, paint or simply be.

Details: Valid for one year from June 10, 2018; 90 days advance reservation; No pets; 11,000 Sq. ft. 7 full bath, 2 half bath





Donated by Anonymous

Humphrey Spender, Suffolk Farmer (Sudbury): Auction Day, 1935 (printed 1983), gelatin silver print, sheet: 15.75 x 11.375 inches; image: 14.25 x 9.625 inches.


Humphrey Spender, Stepney Woman with Large Family, in Leaking House, 1934 (printed 1983), gelatin silver print (inscription on the back indicates it was printed for an unidentified exhibition at MoMA), 15.875 x 11.625 inches; image: 14.25 x 9.75 inches.

Estimated value: To be added

One of the leading photojournalists of the 1930s, Humphrey Spender (1910-2005) was born in London, England. Spender began documenting the everyday life of the working-class communities in Bolton and Blackpool, England in the 1930s. The body of work Spender created for the research organization Mass Observation and the weekly publication Picture Post is regarded as an internationally significant development in documentary photography. Spender’s photographs, such as Suffolk Farmer on Auction Day, 1935, show the artist’s ability to make beautiful the commonalities of ordinary life, highlighting their ability hold interest longer than purely aesthetic images.




Donated by Anonymous

Dean Buchanan, Anawhata Kereru, 1999, oil on canvas, 59 x 46 inches.

Estimated value: To be added

Dean Buchanan (b. 1952) is one of New Zealand’s best-known artists. From an early age he showed talent, painting large oils that demonstrated both technical brilliance and a close affinity with the natural world. During the past thirty years he has become one of New Zealand’s most prolific painters, as well as one of the most instantly recognizable.

Dean Buchanan’s art reflects his energy, passion and intimate connection to the New Zealand landscape and environment. Mountains, bush, coasts are rendered into semi-abstract forms outlined in thick strokes of color, often straight from the tube. They are colorful, dramatic and complex depictions of specific places. They have a raw vitality that reflects New Zealand’s rugged scenery in cohesive, vivid, and strikingly energetic images.




Donated by Luis Gutierrez
Acquired through Contemporaneo Asheville

Luis Gutierrez, Hand Throwing Paper Airplane, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches.
Estimated value: To be added
Luis A. Gutierrez was born in Cali, Colombia in 1990. When he was 13 his family relocated to South Florida, and he currently resides in New York. He was mentored by mixed-media artist Alfred Razza, and attended art classes at Broward College. Gutierrez has been part of group exhibitions at private galleries, Christie’s New York, and the Coral Springs Museum of Art. His most recent solo show was “Paper Boats and Planes: A Second Look at Childhood Memories” at Contemporaneo Asheville.




Golden Fleece, Metro Wines LLC, and Great Harvest Bread Co.
will create an evening of delight in your home. 

Estimated value: To be added

Chef George Delidimos will create a 5-course Mediterranean-inspired dinner.

Metro Wines will select and pour the perfect wine for each course

Great Harvest Bread Co. will present rolls and bread from freshly-milled 100% whole grain flour




Donated by Anonymous

Elijah Michael, Man with Owl Chicks, n.d. (but prior to 1994), soapstone, 19 x 11 x 7 inches.

Estimated value: To be added

Inuit artist Elijah Michael (1929-2008) lived in Kimmirut, Nunavut Territory, Canada. He was known for his sculptures of arctic wildlife, as well his depictions of family, Inuit games, and “Owl Women” (serpentine owls with thick women’s braids).

His work can be found in the collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.




Beautiful Beaded Necklace by David Chatt

Donated by R. K. Benites

David Chatt, Black Dog Necklace, 2013, Glass beads, thread, found object on ball chain, Dog measures 4 x 3 x 1 inches.

Estimated value: To be added

David Chatt (b. 1960 in Des Moines, IA) is a sculptural glass bead artist. He turns everyday objects into iconic objects by hand sewing glass beads using a right-angle weave stitch that he adapted.

He received his BA from Western Washington University, Bellingham and studied at Pilchuck Glass School and Penland School of Crafts. His work can be found in the collection of the Bead Museum in Glendale, AZ, Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Fine Art, Boston.

One Hour Pet Photography Session 

Donated by April Johnson

Gift Certificate to Pawsitivity Pet Spa

Donated by Pawsitivity




Donated by Beatriz Savino & Beatrice Carnevalli
Acquired through Contemporaneo Asheville

Beatriz Savino and Beatrice Carnevali, Acqua Verde in Arco, Series Acqua, 2011, C print mounted on Plexiglas, Edition of 10, 40 x 40 inches.

Estimated value: To be added

The artists, mother and daughter, were born in South America. They travel widely, studying and living in many different countries, but their strongest ties are to Europe and the US. The artists’ separate practices, one a painter and the other a photographer, led each in different directions, but family ties would bring them together in the studio.

Savino’s career developed across artistic disciplines and she has held important international positions as diplomat, gallery director, and curator. She views herself as Italian-American and mentions an influence in these works of the Italian Classical painters. Savino, who lived many years in New York, also draws her inspiration from the world of high fashion and its glossy journals of models with made up faces. In her head and shoulder compositions the faces of these beings stare out at us as vague and timeless.

Carnevali spent most of her life living and working in New York, but was fortunate to also hone her photographic skills while traveling abroad and living in Venezuela and Namibia. She currently lives in Seattle where she runs a successful photo studio.







Estimated value: To be added

Gary Arthur, Hand Seat, n.d, New Zealand native wood, 31.75 x 24 x 11 inches.

Gary Arthur is a New Zealand sculptor in wood and stone, who focuses on the human figure. He also creates art furniture, often with a human hand as a support surface or holding device. He has completed commissions for the Peat Marwick building in Wellington, a functional sculpture for the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, and stone sculptures for the City Council of Christchurch.


John Diamond-Night, Paris (Light Sculpture), 2017, Ash wood, Yupo synthetic paper, UL approved electrical components, 72 x 24 inches


Size – 4 x 6’2
Description – Dhoku kilims are one-of-a-kind pieces that complement the contemporary urban lifestyle. These kilims are handmade in Turkey using a new weaving technique similar to that of the traditional kilim. Our goal was to create new, uncommon textures and patterns. Dhoku draws its inspiration and guidance from nature.

Reclaimed oak, with liming wax finish / crackle mirror glass




Donated by the Asheville Art Museum

Dorothy Gillespie, Untitled, aluminum with enamel paint, 48 x 25 x 16 inches.

Estimated value: To be added

Dorothy Gillespie (1920-2012) is known for her site-specific works, often composed of aluminum strips coated in brightly colored enamel. She once told a hometown interviewer that these works were initially inspired by seeing a Christmas tree as a child. Gillespie’s massive constructions have been installed at Lincoln Center in New York City, Epcot Center in Orlando, FL, and in museums in Israel and across the United States, including the Asheville Art Museum.

Originally from Roanoke, VA, Gillespie studied in Baltimore at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and in New York at Atelier 17 and the Art Students League. An ardent feminist, she wrote articles and curated exhibitions of women’s art, and helped to organize the Women’s Interart Center in New York City (1970-1981). She established the Dorothy Gillespie Foundation to support her work and the women’s art movement after her death.




Donated by BMW Performance Center

Estimated value: To be added

Drive as fast as you can and enjoy the exhilaration of speed.
Enjoy a 2-day driving school at BMW/Spartanburg.

Also featuring 2 MR Motorcycle T-Shirts! Donated by MR Motorcycle

Winners Choice: 4-wheel or 2-wheel driving school




Donated by Ann & Jon Kemske

Sade, Excitement, painting on canvas, 36 x 28 inches.

Estimated value: To be added

Sade is an Afro-Cuban artist and was born in Havana where he continues to live and work. He was trained as an engineer and has no formal art training. Sade’s lively and colorful paintings are strongly influenced by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, but he also incorporates imagery from Santeria, a Cuban religion borne of Spanish colonial Catholicism and West African religions.




Donated by the Artist

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Estimated value: To be added

Asheville artist Frances Domingues is a three dimensional found object visual artist and interior stylist. She is drawn to patina, rust and things that over the years have acquired an energy of their own by living an authentic life. She has been up-cycling and building furniture out of vintage industrial equipment for nearly 16 years.




Donated by Multiple Donors

Estimated value: To be added

We’ve put together lots of ways to enjoy the wonderful food and entertainment Asheville has to offer.

$100 Gift Certificates for 10 Restaurants: The Blackbird Restaurant, Carmel’s, Chestnut, Cucina 24, Curate, Glass Onion, Limones, Posana, Red Stag, Table, Twisted Laurel, and The Wine and Oyster

$25 Gift Certificate for the Blackbird Restaurant, $50 Gift Certificate for Chestnut

Gift Basket for: Great Harvest Bread Co.

Tickets for 2 at: The Asheville Symphony, Asheville Community Theatre, NC Stage, Grail Moviehouse, and Magnetic Theatre

Free parking for one car for one year downtown
on Biltmore Ave, across from Bartaco.



Experience Asheville

Donated by Multiple Donors

Estimated value: To be added

We’ve put together lots of ways to enjoy the wonderful outdoors of Asheville

2 vouchers for Lower Green Kayaking Trip with Green River Adventures

2 passes for a trip with Navitat Canopy Adventures

1 Trip for 2 tubing down the French Broad River with Zen Tubing

2 passes for a guided raft trip with Nantahalla Outdoor Center

$100 Gift Certificate to Black Dome Mountain Sports

$25 to Diamond Brand Outdoors and a Nemo Stadium Hat

5 classes for 2 people at Asheville Yoga Center

Asheville Tourist Baseball Game: One game for 8 people or 2 games for 4 people

A class for 2 people at Asheville Kitchen

2 Daytime Tickets to Biltmore Estates

2 tickets for a LaZoom Comedy Tour




Donated by R. K. Benites

Estimated values: To be added

Adorn yourself or a friend in one or both of these beautiful necklaces by contemporary designer, Steven Brixner. The perfect piece to accent your outfit at an upcoming cocktail party or soiree.

The art of making jewelry is something Steven Brixner learned after he graduated from school with a Master of Arts degree in metalsmithing. His work took different forms over the years; however, a clean, elegant, extremely wearable style remained his hallmark. It was in college that he identified his interest in art. At San Diego State University in the early 1970s, Brixner was encouraged by his professor, Arline Fisch, to apply the fabric weaving techniques he was learning to jewelry. Brixner also taught jewelry construction and design at the Penland School of Crafts. Brixner was born in Washington State in 1947, and traveled frequently as a child, including to Japan, as his father was in the US Navy. His career spanned between California and North Carolina.

*These will be presented as two (2) separate lots.

For More Artist Information, please visit his website.