The Asheville Art Museum
2018 GALA: 

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!

Congratulations to…

  • 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.



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

Fund-the-Need Lot

Raffle for Black Diamond Necklace & Earrings

Centerpiece art sales

Adorn Yourself Jewelry Stand

Photo Booth

Cash liquor bar

VIP Cocktail Hour at 5pm 




We had an exciting variety of auction items up for bid at our Gala this year.

Please click here to view a selection of the items that were up for bid!


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.

Yanka Kostova, Bird on a Wire, 2016, graphite on paper, 17 in x 14 inches.

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.


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



These works by artists in our community were for sale the evening of the Gala!
Click here to see images of the centerpieces.



Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Venue Sponsor

Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Table Sponsors

Crystal Sponsor

Beverly-Grant Inc.
Lomax Tile and Marble

Zealandia Holding Company

Glitter Sponsor

Carolyn Coward & Orville Coward
Duke Energy
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
Susan Turner
The Van Winkle Law Firm
Fred & Marianne Weaver
Constance & Miller Williams / Olivia & Gary Zahler

Special Sponsors

Glitz Sponsor

Yvonne & Charles Goldsmith

Ladene & Russell Newton

Glam Sponsor

ARCA Design
Mena Kates & Richard LaBrie

Gail & Brian McCarthy


James Crowley
Auctioneer, Brunk Auctions

Exclusive Beer Sponsor

Hi-Wire Brewing

Wine Sponsor

Biltmore Estate Winery
Grapevine of NC

Media Sponsor

Asheville Citizen-Times

Parking Lot + Service Sponsors

First Baptist Church of Asheville
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Preferred Parking Service

Graphic Design Sponsor

Contemporaneo Asheville
Karen Sandrea

Print Sponsor

Allegra Asheville

Photography Sponsor

David Huff

Framing Sponsor

BlackBird Frame & Art

Special Acknowledgements

Kent Mettle / Boom Boxes etc.
Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Live Auction Donors

AB Tech Community College
Anonymous (3)

Joy Appleton
Asheville Art Museum
Asheville Community Theatre
The Asheville Kitchen
Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Asheville Tourists
Asheville Yoga Center
Troy & Charlie Ball
José Bayro
R.K. Benites
Biltmore Estates
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
John Diamond-Nigh
Dolan/Maxwell / Ron Rumford
Eurosport Asheville
Shane Fero
Frances Domingues
Gan Shan Station
Golden Fleece Slow Earth Kitchen

Grail Moviehouse
Great Harvest Bread Company
Green River Adventures
Luis Gutierrez
Mary G. Hagood
Rebecca King Hawkinson
Heather Hietala
David & Thorunn Ivey

April Johnson / Asheville Pet Photography
Jewelry Appraisals by Su McKenzie
Ann & Jon Kemske
Yanka Kostova
Vito Lenoci
Majik Studios
Magnetic Theatre
Metro Wines LLC
Karen Milnes
MR Motorcycle
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

Rick Swanson
Togar Rugs
Troy & Sons / Asheville Distilling Company

Larry Turner
Unique Image Photography, LLC / Maria Martins
Hayden Wilson

The Wine & Oyster
Zen Tubing

Glitz & Glam Donors

Alexander & Lehnert Fine Jewelry
Lin Andrews
Nat & Anne Burkhardt
Fleur Bresler
Nancy & Ron Edgerton

Mary G. Hagood
Michael Hofman
Nancy Holmes
Yanka Kostova

Vito Lenoci
Marita & Hank Strauss
Barbara Walker
Janet Whitworth & Mark Whitney



Kathryn Adams
Bernstein Glass / William & Catherine Bernstein
Chaotic Joy Glassworks
CB Glass / Bender Gallery
Courtney Dodd
Robert Gardner
John Geci
Ben Greene-Colonnese
Alex Greenwood
Michael Krupiarz

Rob Levin
Lexington Glassworks
Dylan Martinez / Bender Gallery
Stephanie McCune
Joe Nicholson
John D. Richards
Selena Glass & Metal
Brad Smith
Matt Tyner
Nicole Urban
Hayden Wilson



Ann Baird
Gary Culbertson
Mary Hagood
Cliff Hamilton co-chair
Michael Hofman
Kevin Hogan
Ann Kemske
Jill Lawrence
Louise Layton

Michael Mclaughlin
Karen Milnes co-chair
Roger Munch
Cason Rankin
Marita Strauss
Gina Trippi
Francisco Troconis
Rebecca Tuggle
Larry Turner
Barbara Walker