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 Kristen Boddy at


Donated by Ron Rumford/Dolan Maxwell
Framing donated by BlackBird Frame & Art 

Judy Pfaff, Queen Anne’s Lace, 2005, color soft ground etching and relief print with perforations on Japanese paper mounted to orange card stock, from an edition of 20, published by Tandem Press, sheet: 63.5 x 37.5 inches.

Estimate: $10,900 – $11,500

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 foundfr 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.

View Pfaff’s work in the Asheville Art Museum’s Collection and here

For more Artist Information, please visit her website




Donated by the Asheville Art Museum & Mary G. Hagood
Framing donated by BlackBird Frame & Art

 Estimate of Lot: $1,600 – $2,100


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.

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.

View Halper’s work in the Asheville Art Museum’s Collection

For more Artist information, please click here


Gabriel Goldhagen, Hand Blown Glass Bowl.

Gabriel Goldhagen is a current freshman at Duke University from Charlotte, NC, majoring in Biomedical Engineering and pursuing a Science and Society Certificate. He has been blowing glass for ten years. Inspiration from his father, David Goldhagen, glass-blowing artist, who studied at Penland and is represented in the Asheville Art Museum Permanent Collection. As a junior in high school, Gabriel was 1 of 16 out of 276 Gold Keys chosen to have his artwork on a billboard as a gold key winner in the Mid-Carolina Region Scholastics Art and Writing Awards Program. His was exhibited at Spirit Square in Charlotte and was included in the Mid Carolina Drive-By Gallery Crawl. Goldhagen works with metallic ions to produce new colors in his glass-blowing. He combined his love for aesthetics, art and the chemical attributes of glass blowing in his current studies in engineering.

For more Artist information, please click here or Here




Donated by Michael Brodnax & Tony Schlarb

Estimate: $2,600 – $3,500

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

For additional information, please visit the website




Donated by Anonymous

Peter Eugene Ball, Lady of the Wildwood, not dated, mixed media, 30 x 15 x 12 inches on 2.5 inch base.

Estimate: $4,500 – $5,500

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.

For additional Artist information, please visit his website




Donated by Gan Shan Station and Metro Wines LLC

Estimate: $2,000 – $2,500

Gan Shan Station and Metro Wines will feed your senses at a 4-course dinner for 8 prepared in your home.

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

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

For additional information on Metro Wines, please visit their website

For additional information on Gan Shan Station, please visit their website




Donated by Anonymous

Susan Colwell, Blue Estuary, not dated, oil on canvas, 60.25 x 47.375 inches.

Estimate: $6,000 – $7,000

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.”

For additional Artist information, please visit her website




Donated by Vito Lenoci, David and Thorunn Ivey, Hayden Wilson, Troy & Sons / Asheville Distilling Company

Storage and Wine Review provided, in-part, through support of Asheville Wine Market

The bottles featured above are just a sampling of the wines included.

Estimate of Lot: $2,000 – $2,700

Add to your collection of whiskey with five bottles of whiskey donated by Troy & Sons and start your first wine cellar or add to an existing collection. These premier bottles of wine are a wonderful selection from the wine cellars of two local collectors. These bottles are sure to please any collector’s mind and taste buds. Enjoy your new wines and whiskey in specially made, hand-blown wine glasses and whiskey tumblers by artist Hayden Wilson.

Hayden Wilson grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. As a second-generation glass maker, he has been around glass his entire life, but working professionally as a glass blower and caster the past six years. He has been an assistant instructor in the glass studio at Penland School of Craft and Pilchuck Glass School. Hayden has also worked at Jackson County Green Energy Park, and for five years served as Asheville Glass Center shop manager, building equipment and teaching glass classes. He currently creates his work, while also serving as Studio Manager, at the North Carolina Glass Center a non-profit, public access educational glass facility.

Wines included:

  • 1988 Chateau de Marbuzet Saint-Estephe (2 bottles)
  • 1990 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffelière Saint- Émilion Grand Cru (2 bottles)
  • 1995 Chãteau Bel Air Lagrave Cru Bourgeois (11 bottles)
  • 2000 Chãteau D’Escurac Cru Bourgeois (2 bottles)
  • 2014 Paul Croses Saint-Véran (6 bottles)

For additional Artist information, please visit his website

For additional information about Troy & Sons / Asheville Distilling Company, please visit their website

For additional information about Asheville Wine Market, please visit their website




Donated by the Artist

Heather Hietala, Inward Unfurling, not dated, cotton, dye, dextrin resort, and stitching, 33 x 25 inches framed.

Estimate: $2,000 – $2,500

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.

Hietala’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. Hietala is also represented in the Asheville Art Museum Permanent Collection.

For additional Artist information, please visit her website




Donated by the Artist

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

Estimate: $2,000 – $2,500

Auction winner will have the opportunity to meet José and receive an autographed copy of his book!

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.

For additional Artist information, please visit his website




Donated by Julia Calkins Peterson

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

Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500

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.”  – Terri Logan

For additional Artist information, please visit her website




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).

Estimate: $4,800 – $5,500

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.

View Fero’s work in the Asheville Art Museum’s Collection

For additional Artist information, please visit his website




Donated by Anonymous

John L. Cleaveland, Jr., Winding Stair Gap, Appalachian Trail, not dated, oil on canvas, 16 x 19 inches.

Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500

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.” – John Cleaveland

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.

For additional Artist information, please visit his website




Donated by Troy and Charlie Ball

Estimate: $11,500 – $13,500

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

For additional information, please visit the website




Donated by Anonymous

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

Estimate: $4,000 – $5,000

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.

For additional Artist information, please visit his website




Donated by Luis Gutierrez
Acquired through the support of Contemporaneo Asheville


Luis Gutierrez, Hand Throwing Paper Airplane, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches.
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000
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.

For additional Artist information, please visit his website




Donated by Golden Fleece, Metro Wines LLC, and Great Harvest Bread Co.

Estimate of Lot: $2,000 – $2,500

Golden Fleece, Metro Wines, and Great Harvest Bread Co. will create an evening of delight for 8 in your home. 

Chef George Delidimos will create a 5-course Mediterranean-inspired dinner for 8 in the home of the auction item winner. The evening includes Mediterranean inspired amuse bouche, three savory dishes and dessert.

Metro Wines will select and pour the perfect wine for each of the 5 courses. All  wines poured and discussed by The Asheville School of Wine.

Great Harvest Bread Co. will present rolls and breads partnered to the menu  and made from freshly-milled 100% whole grain flour.

For additional information on Metro Wines, please visit their website

For additional information on the Golden Fleece, please visit their website

For additional information on the Great Harvest Bread Co., please visit their website




Donated by Anonymous

Elijah Michael, Man with Owl Chicks, not dated (but prior to 1994), soapstone, 19 x 11 x 7 inches.

Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500

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.

For additional Artist information, please visit his website




Donated by Beatriz Savino & Beatrice Carnevalli
Acquired through the support of 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.

Estimate: $6,500 – $7,500

The artists, Beatriz Savino & Beatrice Carnevalli, 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.

Recently they had a show at Contemporaneo Asheville, “Immortality, a look into the XXI Century. Ten years of work by Beatriz & Beatrice / Beatriz Savino.”

Excerpt from Artists’ Statement:

“Our oeuvre, nonetheless, is one. This tension between the individual and the dual drives our work in a pendulum motion between figuration and abstraction, between its painterly and its photographic qualities. Every painted image has a unique physical and oneiric energy which the camera lens reveals. The texture of the pigments on the canvas, like an alchemist’s substance, will seize the light and with it, the passing of time. Each reflection will alter the original image releasing its ‘hidden life’, its masks and its illusions. In close interaction, we select the most openly intriguing of these. It is then for the viewer to add her or his own layers of meaning.”

For additional Artist information, please visit their website




Donated by Anonymous, John Diamond-Nigh, Togar Rugs, Old Wood Co., Rick & Maggi Swanson

Estimate of Lot: $4,600 – $5,600

Looking for that perfect piece of furniture to really stand out in your space? Some of the region’s artists and donors have come together to design a beautiful and stunning, creative furniture combination. This set is perfect for reading come enjoying a glass of wine come or just relax. The hands are waiting!

Gary Arthur, Hand Seat, not dated, 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-Nigh, Paris (Light Sculpture), 2017, Ash wood, Yupo synthetic paper, UL approved electrical components, 72 x 24 inches

Acquired through the support of Contemporaneo Asheville

The work of multidisciplinary artist, writer, and Asheville resident, John Diamond-Nigh, was influenced through his experience teaching in Paris. He states, “I started to see how furniture in particular could be as beautiful, imaginative and provocative as art or architecture and could serve something larger than itself–bewitching modern space.”

“As painter and furniture maker, I still make single things. But I am also interested in how a chair, for instance, can serve a larger ambiance. So I love to work in that zone between single object and plural architecture.” – John Diamond- Nigh

Diamond-Nigh’s work has appeared in numerous museums, galleries and public spaces including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Minnesota Institute of Art and Yale University. His designs have been featured in the New York Times and on the cover of Fine Woodworking and his writing has been published in numerous books and journals. Currently his work is featured in Form & Function, presented by Contemporaneo Asheville. The show will be open through June 30th.



Turkish Rug, Dhoku kilim, 4 x 6 feet 2 inches.

This unique rug from Togar Rugs is a Dhoku kilim. 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. Their goal was to create new, uncommon textures and patterns. Dhoku draws its inspiration and guidance from nature.






Old Wood Co., Nomi Drink Table, Reclaimed oak, with liming wax finish / crackle mirror glass.

Founded in 2007 by Darren Green, The Old Wood Co., located in the River Arts District, is committed to being sustainable, locally sourced and handmade, capturing the spirit of the mountains. The Old Wood Co. specializes in using the finest old, reclaimed wood available, along with environmentally friendly and health-conscious finishing methods, company-wide recycling and upcycling efforts, and ethical business practices.

Jan Lee, Vessel, Naked Raku. 

Unglazed surfaces marked with patterns and colors, created by the fire and smoke during the firing process, characterize the distinctive pottery of Jan Lee. Using a technique termed naked raku, her elegant ceramic forms have a buttery-soft texture with subtle, diffused designs.

“It’s all about experimentation. I thrive on the anticipation of the unknown and the adventure of getting there. When I fire, I just give it up to chance. After working with the process for several years, there are still moments that I can’t fully explain. All I know is when it works for me, it is truly magical.“ – Jan Lee

Lee received a BS degree from Western Carolina University (NC). Her work has been exhibited at the Spartanburg Art Museum (SC), San Angelo Museum of Fine Art (TX), and the Pickens County Art Museum (SC). Jan is represented by Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville and currently works from her studio in North Carolina.

For additional Donor and Artist information, please visit their websites:




Donated by BMW Performance Center, MR Motorcycle, EuroSport Asheville, BMW of  Asheville, Karen & Robert Milnes

Estimate: $1,900 – $2,600

VROOOM, VROOOM, HONK HONK! Drive as fast as you can and enjoy the exhilaration of speed. Make sure to wear your swag from EuroSport Asheville, MR Motorcycle, and BMW of Asheville while enjoying a 2-day driving school at the BMW Performance Driving School in Spartanburg.

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


Details: Register online with gift certificate code to schedule.

For additional information on the BMW Performance Center, please visit their website

For additional information on MR Motorcycle, please visit their website

For additional information on EuroSport Asheville, please visit their website

For additional information on BMW of  Asheville, please visit their website




Donated by Ann & Jon Kemske
Framing donated by BlackBird Frame & Art

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

Estimate: $1,500 – $2,200

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.

For more Artist information, please visit his website




Donated by the Artist

Frances Domingues, The Power of Your True Essence, vintage industrial reclaimed metal and patina, 42 x 36 inches.

Estimate: $4,300 – $5,300

Asheville artist Frances Domingues is an abstract, found object artist working with vintage industrial metal as canvas, layering acrylic, mixed media and oxidation creating chemical reactions and patina. She is drawn to patina, rust and things that over the years have acquired an energy of their own by living an authentic life. Frances’ work embodies connection to source energy through representation of constellation and astral maps of the Universe. She uses meditation as part of her artistic process for the energy of the piece to flow through her, as much of an artist as conduit of energy. She has been up-cycling and building furniture out of vintage industrial equipment for nearly 16 years.

For additional Artist information, please visit her website




Donated by Anonymous (2), Larry Turner, Great Harvest Bread Co., The Wine and Oyster, Grail Moviehouse, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, NC Stage Company, Asheville Community Theatre, Magnetic Theatre, The Blackird Restaurant, Chestnut, Bohemian Hotel Asheville and Kessler Collection, Joy Appleton, Majik Studios

Estimate of Lot: $3,000 – $4,000

We’ve put together lots of ways to enjoy the wonderful food and entertainment Asheville has to offer. Begin your year off listening to the melodic sounds of the CD provided by the Asheville symphony, while enjoying your sweet smelling bread basket provided by great harvest bread Company and wine provided by the wine and oyster. Then, begin planning for your year of delicious food and culture for 2!


  • Dinner for Two for the Annual Jean Claude Roy Art & Wine Dinner and Private Reception on November 2 provided by the Bohemian Hotel Asheville and Kessler Collection
  • Gift Certificates for $100 and up to each of these fantastic Asheville Restaurants: Blackbird Restaurant, Carmel’s, Chestnut, Cucina 24, Curate, Glass Onion, Limones, Posana, Red Stag, Table and Twisted Laurel
  • Additional Gift Certificate for the Great Harvest Bread Company and The Wine and Oyster

Tickets for 2 at: 

  • The Asheville Symphony (includes tickets for 2 for 2 occasions)
  • Asheville Community Theatre (2 tickets to any MainStage show of their 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons, must redeem prior to show)
  • NC Stage (2 Anytime tickets, call box office to redeem)
  • Grail Moviehouse (2 tickets, each good for one person, redeem at box office)
  • Magnetic Theatre (2 tickets to one performance, excluding Christmas show)


  • Free parking for one car for one year downtown on Biltmore Ave, across from Bartaco. (Valid for 1 car for 1 Year – June 10, 2018 to June 10, 2019, car tag will be provided)




Donated by Rebecca King Hawkinson

Estimate: $2,500 – $3,000

Have you ever wanted to have your portrait painted, but did not know who to go to? Now is your chance! Artist Rebecca King Hawkinson, Asheville native, has a talent for catching those subtle details and is providing the opportunity for you to experience a portrait sitting.

Here are just a few examples of her work:

Rebecca King Hawkinson, often called a Painter’s Painter, has an indomitable spirit that echoes through a prolific collection of art created and placed in private collections in the US and abroad since the inception of Hawkinson’s career in 1999.

Seeing original work in person still gives her a thrill like no other. “The variety and unexpected turn of the brushstroke in any work of art has always made me excited. But especially how the artist uses those strokes to create form, distance, dimension, and emotional connection with the viewer,” she explains.

The raw materials have always inspired her, too, and whenever possible, she makes her own paints by grinding raw pigments and mixing them with linseed oil. King Hawkinson appreciates the subtle vibrancy, brilliancy, and “freshness” of handmade paints — and their remarkable longevity. “The painted results of the methods of the Old Masters have lasted for 500 years,” she points out, whereas many commercial products like premixed paint and gesso have only been around for a century or less. – Excerpt from Carolina Home + Garden article “Unstill Life” by Tom Kerr

Her work is on display at the Grand Bohemian Gallery in Asheville, the Crossnore Fine Art Gallery in Crossnore, NC, and via her website,

Details: The gift certificate has an applied value for an heirloom portrait in charcoal or it can be applied as a a credit towards the purchase of a full color heirloom cameo (11×14) or larger life size oil portrait painting.

For additional Artist information, please visit her website




Donated by Green River Adventures, Navitat Canopy Adventures, Zen Tubing, Nantahalla Outdoor Center, Black Dome Mountain Sports, Diamond Brand Outfitters/ Frugal Backpacker, Asheville Yoga Center, Asheville Tourists, Asheville Kitchen, Biltmore Estates, LaZoom, New Belgium Brewing, Screen Artists Co-Op

Estimate of Lot: $1,800 – $2,300

If you think of your self as an outdoor enthusiast, experience fanatic, or just love to try new things, then we have something special for you! We’ve put together lots of ways to enjoy the variety of experiences that Asheville has to offer.


  • 2 vouchers for Lower Green Kayaking Trip with Green River Adventures (valid through 12/31/18, reservation required; 5 and up)
  • 2 passes for a trip with Navitat Canopy Adventures (Two passes, each good for one person, to redeem, buy tickets online and use promo code provided on certificate; valid through 6/9/19) 
  • 1 Tubing Trip for 2 down the French Broad River with Zen Tubing
  • 2 passes for a guided raft trip with Nantahala Outdoor Center (expires 9/30/18, 2 guided raft trips for one person each)


  • $100 Gift Certificate to Black Dome Mountain Sports
  • $25 to Diamond Brand Outfitters/ Frugal Backpacker and a Nemo Stadium Hat


  • 5 classes for 2 people at Asheville Yoga Center (expires 8/21/18)
  • Asheville Tourists Baseball Game: Tickets for 4 people (2 vouchers — good for 4 general admission tickets each, must redeem at ticket office for actual tickets; valid for any sun-wed game except for 3 dates; expires 9/4/18) 
  • A cooking class for 2 people at Asheville Kitchen
  • 2 Daytime Tickets to Biltmore Estates (expires 2/2/20 — not valid on Saturdays in April, October, November, December, or on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years. Call 800-411-3812 to schedule.)
  • 2 tickets for a LaZoom Comedy Tour
  • Private Tour for up to 25 at New Belgium Brewing in their newly built brewhouse including beer tasting. (Duration: 90 minutes, Reservations required at least 2 weeks in advance to request a tour, Beer sampling will occur during your tour, Tours are open to people of all ages. Kids are welcome on tours, but of course only those 21+ can sample beer.)
  • Photographic Portrait or Headshot at Screen Artists Co-Op with owner Jon Menick.




Donated by R. K. Benites and Julia Calkins Peterson

Steven Brixner, 2 Stone Pendant Necklace on a Silver Snake Chain, 2002, Imperial Topaz Cab, Tourmalinate Quartz, Citrine, Sterling Silver, 18K + 20K Gold

Sydney Lynch, Ring, citrine, gold + silver

Estimate of Lot: $2,000 – $2,600

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.

For more Artist information, please visit his website

While working on the Navajo Reservation during college, Sydney Lynch was captured by the wide open western landscapes and their feeling of expansive freedom. It was there that she met Navajo silversmiths who inspired her to learn to make her own jewelry. She headed to Colorado, where she earned my BFA at the University of Colorado. After making jewelry in Boulder for a number of years she eventually relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, where she now lives.

“I love the magic that happens when people connect with a piece of my jewelry. It’s a response coming from an eye for the unique and the confidence to express yourself creatively through wearable art.”

For more Artist information, please visit her website



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