The Asheville Art Museum
2018 GALA: GLITZ & GLAM
Saturday, June 9, 6:00 p.m.
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
An Evening of Generosity + Creativity
Funds raised from the Gala’s ticket sales, auction lots, raffle, and other event-specific donations equaled more than $190,000! Thank you to all who supported this event, which helps the Museum continue to offer the innovative public programs and exciting exhibitions that the WNC community has grown to love.
Congratulations to the many live auction winners! We had a lively Fund-the-Need Lot to conclude the live auction during which many generous bidders donated funds that allow us to remain an active center of inspiration and education, even during construction. Thank you to all of the artists who spoke with us about the importance of art in our community.
Our amazing volunteers put in over 1,000 hours leading up to the event. That is some true dedication to supporting the arts!
- Larry Turner, who won the Raffle for a black diamond necklace and earrings.Robert Zimmerman and Leslie Klingner, who won the Most Creative Attire Award with their rock-inspired interpretation of “glam.”
- Miller Williams, who was the highest bidder of our Silent Auction for an artwork by Yanka Kostova, who has been represented by the Museum as a Scholastic Gold Key winner during the WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibitions.
- Butch Patrick, who was the highest Fund-the-Need bidder, and won a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Museum building with Executive Director Pamela Myers.
- Robert Zimmerman and Leslie Klingner. Photo courtesy of David Huff.
ABOUT THE GALA
2018 Benefit Gala – Glitz & Glam was a dazzling evening featuring delightful company, delicious food + beverages and a live auction of fine art and exciting vacation packages — all in support of the Museum’s ongoing exhibitions and programs! The evening included:
“Make It Yours” lavish cocktail dinner with wine, beer + signature cocktail
Gourmet food stations to please every palate
Live auction — fine art, travel packages
Silent Auction to Support Young Local Artist
Raffle for Black Diamond Necklace & Earrings
Centerpiece art sales
Adorn Yourself Jewelry Stand
Cash liquor bar
VIP Cocktail Hour at 5pm
LIVE AUCTION LOTS
We had an exciting variety of auction items up for bid at our Gala this year.
SILENT AUCTION LOT
This year we were excited to support a young artist, local to the Western North Carolina Region. Yanka Kostova has been a part of the Asheville Art Museum’s Scholastics Program for many years. We were thrilled to present one of her latest pieces as the sole silent auction lot for the evening.
Yanka Kostova is a visual artist working primarily in painting and drawing, based in Brooklyn, New York and Asheville, North Carolina. She is an alum of Carolina Day School and Interlochen Arts Academy, and has studied under Professor Lara Nguyen at Warren Wilson College. She currently studies painting in the BFA program at Pratt Institute and is the recipient of multiple Scholastic awards and a Presidential Merit-Based Scholarship, as well as a nominee for the Pratt Foundation Merit Scholarship Award.
The Museum was thrilled to have Kostova’s work on view in its 2016 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition. Kostova was the recipient of a Scholastic Gold Key award and an American Vision Award nomination.
Proceeds from the Silent Auction bidding supported Yanka in her budding artist career. She generously decided to gift 25% of those proceeds back to the Museum to continue supporting budding new artists. Learn more about the artist here.
FUND-THE-NEED AUCTION LOT
During our Live Auction guests had the opportunity to participate in our Fund-the-Need Lot, presented as the final auction item of the evening. For this lot guests were encouraged to raise their paddles at the level/s of your choice and give a gift that will help support keeping art vibrant, now and in future generations!
Learn more about our 2018 Gala Fund-The-Need Lot here…
All contributions to the Fund-The-Need lot are fully tax deductible.
Black Diamond Necklace & Earrings
Donated by Alexander & Lehnert Fine Jewelry
Adorn yourself with a beautiful black diamond necklace and earrings specially designed and created by Alexander & Lehnert Fine Jewelry. This unique, one-of-a-kind necklace could be yours!
Valued at $3,600
Raffle limited to only 100 raffle tickets
$100 PER TICKET
These works by artists in our community were for sale the evening of the Gala!
Click here to see images of the centerpieces.
SPONSORSHIPS + DONORS
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Carolyn Coward & Orville Coward
Nancy & Ron Edgerton
Darren & Marissa Green
Jill & Joe Lawrence
Karen & Robert Milnes and Friends
Mountain Marble & Granite / Marita & Hank Strauss
Julia Calkins Peterson & James Peterson
The Van Winkle Law Firm
Fred & Marianne Weaver
Constance & Miller Williams / Olivia & Gary Zahler
Yvonne & Charles Goldsmith
Ladene & Russell Newton
Mena Kates & Richard LaBrie
Gail & Brian McCarthy
Exclusive Beer Sponsor
Parking Lot + Service Sponsors
First Baptist Church of Asheville
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Preferred Parking Service
Graphic Design Sponsor
Kent Mettle / Boom Boxes etc.
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Live Auction Donors
AB Tech Community College
Asheville Art Museum
Asheville Community Theatre
The Asheville Kitchen
Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Asheville Yoga Center
Troy & Charlie Ball
BlackBird Frame & Art
The Blackbird Restaurant
Black Dome Mountain Sports
BMW of Asheville
BMW Performance Center
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
Diamond Brand Outdoors / Frugal Backpacker
Dolan/Maxwell / Ron Rumford
Gan Shan Station
Golden Fleece Slow Earth Kitchen
Great Harvest Bread Company
Green River Adventures
Mary G. Hagood
Rebecca King Hawkinson
David & Thorunn Ivey
April Johnson / Asheville Pet Photography
Jewelry Appraisals by Su McKenzie
Ann & Jon Kemske
Metro Wines LLC
Mutts BBQ Restaurant
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Navitat Canopy Adventures
NC Stage Company
New Belgium Brewing
The Old Wood Co.
Julia Calkins Peterson & Jim Peterson
Pawsitivity Pet Spa
Beatriz Savino & Beatrice Carnevalli
Tony Schlarb & Michael Brodnax
Screen Artists Co-op
Troy & Sons / Asheville Distilling Company
Unique Image Photography, LLC / Maria Martins
The Wine & Oyster
Glitz & Glam Donors
Alexander & Lehnert Fine Jewelry
Nat & Anne Burkhardt
Nancy & Ron Edgerton
Mary G. Hagood
Marita & Hank Strauss
Janet Whitworth & Mark Whitney
Bernstein Glass / William & Catherine Bernstein
Chaotic Joy Glassworks
CB Glass / Bender Gallery
GALA HOST COMMITTEE
Cliff Hamilton co-chair
Karen Milnes co-chair