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Gala 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for our annual gala and celebration of the new Museum’s one-year anniversary! We have reimagined this event to provide a variety of options, so you can celebrate with us in the way that is most comfortable for you. No matter how you choose to participate, you will be supporting the Museum’s vital work of providing lifelong opportunities for education and enrichment through the visual arts.

Dinner and Music – FULL

This event is sold out. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Saturday, November 7, 6:30–9:30pm
Curator-led tours 6:30–7:45pm
Seated three-course dinner with live music 8–9:30pm


Auction Preview | $125

For those who are not yet comfortable with indoor dining but are looking for a more social experience, we invite you to attend an Auction Preview on Friday, November 13. Guests will join us at the Museum after hours to view items that will be up for the live auction and have questions answered by Museum staff. Galleries will be open late for guests to explore, and light hors d’oeuvres will be available for pick-up to enjoy in the safety of your home. Live instrumental music will play for your enjoyment during the Auction Preview.

Tickets for this event are available for the following times:

Friday, November 13, 6pm
Friday, November 13, 7pm

Timed tickets are available for purchase to allow for maximum social distancing. No more than 60 tickets will be sold per hour and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Face coverings and social distancing are required.


Virtual Live Auction | FREE

Saturday, November 14, 7–8:30pm

Marking the official one-year anniversary of the Museum’s reopening, this virtual event features a Virtual Live Auction, Silent Auction, Fund-the-Need, Buy It Now items, performance art, entertainment, and special guests. Brunk Auctions will lead live bidding on a number of exciting items. Even if you are not able to bid, you will want to tune in to play our Virtual Live Auction trivia and be entered to win a special prize! We encourage you to spend the evening with your best quarantine buddies for the main event in our series of celebrations and support the Museum from the comfort of your home!

Attending the Virtual Live Auction is free, but please consider making a donation to the Museum in lieu of a ticket purchase. The Virtual Live Auction and Fund-the-Need will only take place on Saturday, November 14, whereas the Silent Auction and Buy It Now items will be available November 14–20.


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The Museum is following all guidelines issued by state and local governments. In the event of a resurgence of COVID-19, we will make every effort to reschedule dinner dates and set up an alternate Auction Preview. If we are unable to reschedule, your sponsorship or ticket purchase will be considered a 100% tax deductible donation to the Museum. Sponsorships and tickets are nonrefundable.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsor
Mary G. Hagood

Bronze Sponsor
Susan L. Holden
Butch & Kathy Patrick

Zinc Sponsors
Julia & James Peterson
Elizabeth Tindall, Elizabeth Edits
Janet Whitworth, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Thank you to Our Live Auction Donors

Gina Adams
Accola Griefen Fine Art, New York
Danielle Bernstein
Chris and Steven Campbell, Black Rock Editions
Center for Art in Wood
Hannah Cole
Estate of Lorna Blaine Halper
Shane Fero
Food Experience
Grant Laughter Jewelry
Michael Hofman
Delphia Lamberson
Momentum Gallery, Asheville
Old Wood Company
Jim & Julia Peterson
Ron Rumford
James Sawrey
Shay Brown Events
Babbie & Waid Shelton
Mike Smith
Tracey Morgan Gallery, Asheville
Benjamin Walls Gallery
Lindsay Webster
Emma Wright

Thank you to our Silent Auction Donors

Asheville Art Museum
Asheville Bicycle Company
Bob Benites
Estela Bernal and Lucrecia Schneider
Danielle Berstein
Center for Art in Wood
Jon & Ann Kemske
Rebecca King Hawkinson
Ann & Peter Krobath
Delphia Lamberson
Bill Lenoci
Lillian & Trevor Payne
Julia & James Peterson
Peter Roux
Ron Rumford
Ski Country Sports
Benjamin Walls Gallery

Thank You to Our Buy It Now Donors

Beaverdam Studio Tour
Kenilworth Studio Tour
Susana Abell
Michele Alexander
Alicia Armstrong
Lin Barber
Amy Campbell
Ben Greene-Colonnese
Bonnie Cooper
Patti Fertel
Ralston Fox Smith
Diana Gillispie
George Handy
Kevin Hogan
Hoh Couture
Helen Kehoe
Jill Lawrence
Bill Lehnert Designs
Judy Levine Ott
Lexington Glassworks
Shannon Lucas
Betsy Meyer
Robert Milnes
Lisa Murphy
Joseph Nicholson
Laura Peery
Pat Phillips
Rhona Polonsky
Ultra Lit by SaraBeth Post
Susan Query
John D. Richards
Tom Reardon and Kathleen Doyle
Rachelle Rogers Jewelry Design
Susan Meyer Sinyai
Brad Smith
Ann Squire
Robert Stephan
Marita Strauss
Catherine Twomey Art
Ellen Vontillius

A Special Thank You to Our Event Committee

Patti & Rich Fertel
Lei Han
Kevin Hogan
Jill Lawrence
Karen Milnes
Roger Munch
Brent Skidmore
Jenna Vanas

Benefit Events

As a nonprofit organization, the Museum relies on the generous support of our community members. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do—offer exciting exhibitions and engaging programs throughout the year.

The Museum hosts a number of popular benefit events each year including an annual gala and more.

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