NEXT: Auction Items

It was an exciting live auction at NEXT, our 2016 Annual Benefit Gala. Below is a list of the auction items that were up for bid at the Gala.


Three Photographs by Three Artists

  • Donated by the Artists
  • Photo Printing donated by Steve Mann
  • Framing donated by BlackBird Frame & Art

Celebrate what is NEXT in fine art photography with these stunning works by three young photographers already making their mark on the art scene.

Mercedes Jelinek

Mercedes Jelinek, Hive, 18 x 12 print on archival paper.

Mercedes Jelinek is a photographer who is currently a Resident Artist at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.  She received a BFA in photography from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Mercedes has built a freelance career working in several genres of photography – architecture, fashion, event, and journalism. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has been included in exhibits at the Ogden Museum (Louisiana), Gaston County Museum (North Carolina) and numerous private collections. Mercedes has taught classes at multiple universities and photo centers, as well as run professional and communal photo studios.


Mike Belleme, untitled, 18 x 12 print on archival paper.

Mike Belleme is a photographer who enjoys the challenge of creating thought provoking and visually impactful images whether they are part of long-term documentary projects, portraits made in or out of the studio, or collaboration with clients to modify his vision to best suit their purposes. Belleme has had experience in almost every facet of photography, but has placed specific emphasis on documentary/journalism and portrait work. He has a studio in Asheville, NC and works both locally and abroad. Clients include The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, The Wall Street Journal,, CNN, MSNBC,, Associated Press, The Guardian, Bust Magazine, Huck Magazine (UK) and Intro Magazine (Germany).


George Etheredge, untitled, 18 x 12 print on archival paper.

George Etheredge is a freelance photographer currently living in Asheville, NC. He was recently awarded the 2016 photography internship at The New York Times, is a participant in the national traveling exhibition, Looking At Appalachia, and is also an alumni of The Eddie Adams Workshop XXVIII. He graduated as an Art Major from UNC Asheville in December 2015. Clients and Publications include: The New York Times, CNN, Modern Farmer, The Weather Channel, Collective Quarterly, Asheville Citizen-Times, UNC Asheville Magazine, among others. This photograph of a snow-covered Biltmore Avenue graced the front cover of the Saturday, January 23, 2016 issue of The New York Times.

A Beautiful Reclaimed Oak Table

Donated by Old Wood Co.

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. As one of the company’s artist collaborations, The Old Wood Co. teamed up with accomplished blacksmith Matthew Waldrop of Northern Crescent Iron in Zirconia, NC to create furnishings in the Life series.  To create the base, Waldrop may spend five days shaping the pipe steel into a trunk-like form, a design and process he’s been honing since 2005, when he too was operating out of a studio in Asheville’s River Arts District. It’s how the two met and developed a symbiotic partnership, wherein Waldrop provides a high-quality hardware component and Green holds the vision for taking it to the next level. This beautiful table would make a striking addition to your foyer, accented with a work or art, or one of the beautiful centerpieces available this evening.

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Life Growth, reclaimed oak top, weathered grey finish with solid bronze stitches. Forged iron base. 26 x 42 inches.

Three Framed Photographs From Photographer Rob Amberg

  • Donated by the Artist
  • Framing donated by BlackBird Frame & Art

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Tobacco Bed and Cemetery, Sodom, Madison County, NC, 1981. From “Sodom Laurel Album.” 

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Carnival on the Island, Marshall, Madison County, NC, 1983. From “Little Worlds.”

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Stripped Hillside Looking South, Little Creek, Madison County, NC, 1998. From “The New Road.”


Each photograph is from Amberg’s ongoing “Madison County Project” and measures 13.5 x 20 inches.

Rob Amberg was born in Washington, DC, in 1947. Educated in Catholic schools, he graduated from the University of Dayton in 1969. While there, he produced a slide-tape presentation that introduced him to the potential of photography as a tool for social change. He moved to Madison County, NC in 1973 and began what has become his lifelong project – writing and photographing about the evolving culture and environment of his adopted county. Throughout his career Amberg has been on staff or done assignment work for non-profit organizations and philanthropic foundations. His work has largely focused on rural communities, family farms, and the environment. His work is regularly published and exhibited nationally. Since moving to the mountains, Amberg has sought to participate in mountain life as much as he’s documented it. He lives with his wife, Leslie Stilwell, on a small farm where they raise gardens and shitake mushrooms, tend an assortment of animals, burn firewood, and drink water from a mountain spring.

Amberg has had several solo exhibitions, including at the Asheville Art Museum in 2002, at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and at Blue Spiral in Asheville.

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A Weeklong Vacation in St. Lucia at Windjammer Landing Resort

Donated by Butch and Kathy Patrick




Enjoy a relaxing vacation to the Caribbean Islands with 7 nights at a 3 bedroom villa for 6 at the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. Balancing culture, entertainment and adventure, Windjammer Landing provides guests with everything they need to create a memorable experience that is uniquely Saint Lucia. From the friendly and approachable staff, to the white sand along the Caribbean Sea, to the hillside Villas offering stunning views of the ocean. Windjammer Landing is ideal for a romantic escape or a relaxing family vacation. An independent, one-of-a-kind resort, once you experience the personal touch at Windjammer Landing, you’ll never want to leave.

Windjammer Landing provides an amazing variety of activities to delight guests of all ages and interests. Start with 1,500 feet of white sand beach, five swimming pools (including two for kids), a full watersports program, fitness center (including a spa) and lighted tennis courts. Beyond the resort, enjoy St. Lucia’s natural beauty with a scenic island cruise, rainforest excursion or thrilling adventure tour. Browse village boutiques or sharpen your golf game in paradise. The list is as impressive as the day is long.

Details: Choose between Island Villa or luxury Estate Villa – based on availability; Lodging only – no meal plan included; Major Holidays and other high demand weeks are excluded from this offer; Certificate is for a 3-Bedroom Estate Villa, but all accommodations are based on availability; Certificate is valid for travel dates in 2017; If bearer chooses to extend certificate and travel in 2018, bearer must notify the contact


Two Artworks by Two Well Known Asheville Artists

  • Donated by Susan Turner 
  • Framing donated by BlackBird Frame & Art


Scott Upton, Untitled, Mixed Media on paper, 22 x 30 inches.

Scott Upton’s abstract paintings are filled with color and texture. His distinctive compositions reflect strong geometric shapes with a subtle suggestion of a landscape. The canvases glow with multiple layers of acrylic paint and concealed reflective textures using silver and gold leaf, all sealed under a varnish of his own devising.

Upton received his BFA degree from the University of North Carolina and attended the Art Institute of Atlanta (GA). He has exhibited at the Asheville Art Museum (NC) and the Art Institute of Atlanta (GA). His work is in the collections of the Knoxville Art Museum (TN), Four Seasons Hotel (GA), Bank of America (GA), Chase Manhattan Collection (NY) and Chase Collection (IL). Scott currently works from his studio in Georgia and is locally represented by Blue Spiral 1.

“My work has always been about color and light; its effect on our emotions, how it inspires passion, offers peace, feeds the soul and calms the mind. When I begin a painting I have an idea of what I am going for and I work fast and strong. As it evolves, I pull back and let the direction of the painting determine the outcome. At times my work gets complicated; color on color in compositions using metal leaf, with texture flowing to tranquil passages of quiet washes. These are pushed back with opaque layers of paint that closes away everything else on the canvas. Scatter spots of color come through to remind you that more is going on than just on the surface, creating a calm moment to reflect on what has been hidden from view.” — Scott Upton


Tony Bradley, Untitled, Drawing on paper, 22 x 30 inches.

Tony Bradley was graduate assistant to Charles Morgan and printmaking instructor at the University of Georgia. He also taught printmaking at UNC Asheville. He works with mixed media to create his paintings and the paper he uses is all handmade.  He operated his own printmaking studio at Highwater Center from 1976 to 1993. He received his formal art education from UNC-Asheville and the University of Georgia.  His graphic art was displayed in Greenville, South Carolina’s County Museum of Art in 1978 at the Annual Piedmont Graphics Juried Competition.  In 1980 he also participated in the Asheville Art Museum’s October Show. His work is in the collection of the Asheville Art Museum, R.J. Reynolds, Inc., Memorial Mission Hospital and McDonald’s Systems. He served as an adjunct art professor at Western Carolina University. He currently maintains a private studio.

Five-Night Stay at Seaside Estate in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick Canada

Donated by Troy and Charlie Ball


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 18, 2016; 90 days advance reservation; No pets; 11,000 Sq. ft. 7 full bath, 2 half bath


Glass Sculpture by Wes Hunting

Donated by the Artist

Wes Hunting

Wes Hunting, Crystal Optical, 2016, Glass, 8 x 12 x 4 inches

Wes Hunting: “I never had an early interest in glass in particular but always had an interest in creativity.  Sometimes, I’m not too sure where it’s going; but for me, it’s all about being able to make  what I want, when I want, and keep it moving until I can no longer do so.

As of now, I work with my son, Wesley, as a team in rural Wisconsin.  We are always striving to take the work to a new level of intensity. It has developed into a way for me to express myself by painting with molten glass. There is no other material like glass. The colors are totally unique as they can be transparent or opalescent. The way light passes through colored glasses adds a third dimension that cannot be duplicated by any other material.”

Hunting attended Kent State University, and studied glass art at KSU with Fritz Dreisbach, Dick Marquis, Steve Weinberg, Bert van Loo, Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly (with William Morris as gaffer), Joel Myers and Bud Hurlstone and at Penland School of Crafts with Rick Bernstein, Richard Ritter, Mark Peiser, Billy Bernstein, Gary Beecham, Steve Edwards, Rob Levin and Harvey Littleton, as well as visiting and studying in Venice and Murano. Hunting’s works are in included in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art (OH), The White House (DC), the Museum of American Glass (NJ), The Milwaukee Museum of Art (WI), Tucson Museum of Art (AZ), Museum of Glass (WA), the Cafesjian Museum of Art (Armenia) and more.

California Dreaming: Weeklong Stay for Two at Beautiful Malibu Guesthouse + Three Nights in Walnut Creek, Northern California

Donated by Cathy and Alan Adelman, Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, LACMA, Maury and Margery Katz, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Matteo LLC, East Bay Walnut Creek Marriott, SFMOMA, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Ancien Vineyards



Get ready for a fantastic trip to the West Coast! Begin with  7 nights at a cozy Malibu guesthouse with great views. The studio guesthouse sleeps two and includes stunning ocean view, fantastic patio for relaxing, king size bed, full bath and fully equipped kitchen. While in Southern California, take a stroll through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with two VIP passes that let you bypass lines and enter all museum galleries and any specially ticketed exhibitions , enjoy a private guided tour with the director of the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum and 10% off in their shop, receive delicious cocktails on your tour of an extraordinary private collection of American mid-century art, a guided tour of a luxury linens factory (complete with gift bed linens), and a private tour and lunch at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Then head north for a three-night stay for two, at the East Bay Walnut Creek Marriott, located with easy access to San Francisco and Napa Valley. Take the BART into San Francisco and explore the newly re-opened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (with a dual year membership) and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Then spend a day enjoying fine wines with tours and tastings. First stop at the Joseph Phelps Vineyards for a tour and then head to a Private Terroir Tasting of Pinot Noir at an Ancien winery in the beautiful Haynes Vineyard. This includes an in-depth and educational tasting of Ancien Pinot Noir from different vineyards, with supporting notes and maps as well as soil samples from each vineyard. Additional you will get to take home a 5 pack of Ancien Pinot Noir to enjoy later!

Details for Malibu guesthouse: Valid for one year from June 18, 2016; 90 days advance reservation; No pets

Details for Walnut Creek Marriott: Three nights stay for two (Room and tax only – Reservations required and Based on availability) with Complimentary parking, breakfast for two each day (Alcohol and Gratuity not included).  Valid until May 2017.

Framed Painting by Ruth Ava Lyons

Donated by the Artist

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Ruth Ava Lyons, Verdure IV, framed oil, Gold leaf, metal flake on canvas, 15 x 15 inches.

Ruth Ava Lyons was born in Cleveland, Ohio and holds degrees from Kent State University and Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is a Fulbright fellowship recipient and has taught at several colleges and universities in 4 states. She resides in Charlotte, NC with her partner sculptor Paul Sires. Both artists are responsible for pioneering Charlotte’s arts district “Noda”, and they opened Center Of The Earth Gallery, an award winning commercial art gallery for 22 years. “It is not my intention to recreate nature, but only to imagine and interpret its permutations as it grows and dies and offers sighs of its magnitude. The kindness of the sun and the grace of the earth humble me, and I try to find alignment.  A deep struggle is taking place that challenges our invisible connection to the world. I respond by the act of ‘making’ to help me wrestle the hunger to make the unknown visible. The genesis of the work comes from a recipe of fears, secrets, and magic. Poetry is in a patch of moss or dense foliage. Blooms, buds, seeds, stems, water droplets, and their microbial universe whisper their determination…but are not indifferent to the hovering forces threatening their survival. My attention wanders to these ecosystems, where I feel connected yet distanced. I view nature as a transformative power in its state of deconstruction and regeneration. Here lies the parallel as my own mortality transitions. Growth, decay, and renewal, are timeless facets we experience in the nature and within ourselves.”

Steel Sculpture by Robert Gardner

Donated by Robert and Joan Zimmerman


Robert Gardner, Union, outdoor steel sculpture, 30 x 84 x 10 inches.

Over the course of the last 13 years, Robert Gardner has exhibited in galleries throughout the country, shown at international events such as SOFA Chicago & New York, Art Miami and the Miami Bridge Art Fair. The main focus of Robert’s work is sculptural where he combines his knowledge of glass and metal to marry materials in a play of form and light. Over the years Robert has also done public and private commissions in collaboration with architects and designers, these include many prestigious restaurant lighting jobs in Atlanta, a sculptural centerpiece in a lobby in Charlotte, and locally in Asheville, Robert was commissioned to build historically accurate lighting fixtures for the Grove Arcade and most recently pieces to adorn the Way Finding sign system now installed throughout the downtown and surrounding areas.

Born and raised in Miami Beach, FL, Robert Gardner has pursued a career path in the arts from a young age. Initially apprenticing to a jeweler as a teen, then studying filmmaking at the Art Institute of San Francisco (BFA Film 85′), he then worked for several years as a film production assistant. A change in focus brought Robert to the mountains of NC, in the area that surrounds the Penland School of Crafts, where he again began another apprenticeship, this time with several glass artists. The material of glass with all of its transformative qualities propelled Robert on to pursue a master’s degree from the University of Illinois (MFA Sculpture/MA Art Education 94′), and this led full circle to a working position at the Penland School, where he taught and then managed the glass studio facility. Following that position, Robert moved to Asheville where he has maintained a glassblowing studio in the River Arts District since 1997.

Three Art-Filled Days for Two in New York City

Donated by Park Hyatt New York, Peter Trippi/Fine Art Connoisseur, Fred and Susan Sanders, Ward Mintz and Floyd Lattin, museum of arts and design, Asheville Art Museum


Enjoy three nights at the Park Hyatt Luxury Hotel, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan directly across the street from Carnegie Hall and one block from Central Park. Stunning and state-of-the-art rooms are among the largest in New York City and feature breathtaking views of the New York skyline and partial views of Central Park. With this trip you will receive a Sustaining Membership to the Asheville Art Museum which includes you in the North American Reciprocal Membership program. Receive access to more than 650 museums nationwide, and in Canada. While in New York your new NARM  membership will allow you entrance to the American Folk Art Museum, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Frick Collection, the Museum of American Illustration and much more! You also receive 4 guest passes and 10% of the shop at the museum of arts and design! Then, for a more personalized visit, Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief at Fine Art Connoisseur, will lead you on an Upper East Side gallery tour. Collectors Fred and Susan Sanders welcome you for cocktails in their fabulous Brooklyn Apartment with a dynamite collection of studio craft, sculpture, glass, jewelry and more. Optional additional tour of local Brooklyn galleries or Urban Glass, followed by dinner at a Brooklyn hot spot. Ward Mintz and Floyd Lattin invite you for cocktails in the historic Butterfield House, a modern landmark in historic Greenwich Village. Completed in 1962 and considered one of the most architecturally significant Modern apartments in New York, the visit will include a private tour of their collection of contemporary and decorative art. Complete your NYC Art Escape with a private tour of the remarkable American art collection and signature drinks at the private club, The Century Association, in their McKim, Mead and White building on West 43rd street. The Century Association was established in 1847 as a club to promote interest in the fine arts and literature. The Century possesses a notable art collection, including important works by Asher Durand, Thomas Cole, Thomas Doughty, and other Hudson River School painters. It is also an important venue for the exhibition of contemporary art created by its members. Additional appointments at Chelsea Galleries can be arranged. All events based on availability.

Details for Park Hyatt New York: Three-night complimentary stay in a Park Deluxe Room. This certificate is valid May 1, 2016 through May 1, 2017. Reservations based on availability. Gift Certificate not valid with any other promotions or offers. Taxes, gratuities and service charges not included.

Framed Print by Donald Sultan

Donated by Larry Turner

Donald Sultan

Donald Sultan, Black Tulips and Lemons, 1986, etching, 14.5 x 20.5 inches, printer’s proof

Donald Sultan was born in Asheville, NC and lives and works in New York City. He is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker, particularly well-known for large-scale still life paintings and the use of industrial materials such as tar, enamel, spackle and vinyl tiles. Sultan takes familiar objects such as flowers, fruits, playing cards, and factory sites, and reduces them to simple but expressive patterns. He became well-known for his mid-1980s charcoal renderings of black lemons and black tulips. Sultan attended New England Prep School, and later enrolled in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study theater, art, and philosophy (earning a B.F.A. in 1973). In 1975 he earned an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1977 he had his first solo exhibition at P.S. 1 in New York City. In 1978 he was awarded the Creative Artists Public Service Grant, and in 1980 he earned an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sultan’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Kitakyushu Museum in Japan, the Museum of Modern Art and the Asheville Art Museum.

Glass Sculpture by Hayden Wilson

Donated by the Artist


Hayden Wilson, Monkey Wrench, Sand Cast Glass. 2016

Hayden Wilson grew up in the Mountains of Western North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture from UNC Asheville. As a second generation glass maker, he has been around glass his entire life, but working professionally as a glass blower and caster for the past six years. He has been an assistant instructor in the glass studio at Penland School of Crafts and also at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state. Hayden has also worked at Jackson County Green Energy Park building equipment, teaching glass and metal foundry classes. He currently works with glass artist Alex Bernstein and manages the Asheville Glass Center’s hot shop, a public access studio that focuses on art glass making as well as offering an array of classes. Hayden creates his work at the Asheville Glass Center. Hayden’s work conveys his aesthetic of clean lines and is inspired by modern, utilitarian design. Hayden creates utilitarian vessels, as well as steel and cast glass sculptures. In addition to his own work, Hayden has also created various lighting commissions for local restaurants and businesses in the region.

Large Ceramic Vessel by Josh Copus

Donated by the Artist
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Josh Copus, Wood Fired Ceramic, 2016

Josh Copus was raised in a close-knit community of farmers and artisans in Floyd County, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. The local traditions of craft and agriculture blended with the new ideas and outlook of the alternative community to form the basis of Josh’s life philosophy and instill an appreciation for art and nature that strongly influences his current work in ceramics.

Since moving to NC in 1998, Josh has continued to study ceramics at a variety of schools and through countless hours of working with potters in the Asheville area and throughout the nation. During this time, Josh has developed a personally significant approach to making pottery that values the importance of local materials through his studies of folk potteries throughout the world, focusing specifically on the ceramics traditions of the Korea, Japan, England and NC. By combining his experiences in the academic classroom with more traditional pottery teaching models, Josh’s work references historical forms and processes while remaining relevant to the contemporary art world of our age.

Since graduating from UNC Asheville in the spring of 2007, Josh has continued his involvement in the Clay Space Co-op, a cooperative studio that he founded in the River Arts District of Asheville during 2003. In addition to his work at the Clay Space, Josh has begun establishing his own pottery on his land in Marshall, NC. Using funds provided by the Windgate Fellowship, he designed and built a 27ft long wood-fired climbing chamber kiln in the summer of 2007. Since then, Josh has added two more large wood-burning kilns and is currently working on the construction of a studio adjacent to the kiln site.

Mixed-media work by Mark Flowers

Donated by the Artist
Mark Flowers

Mark Flowers, Blowing in the Wind, mixed media, 33 x 55 inches

“I have driven past this industrial figure-like air filter down in the River Arts District in Asheville many times. It haunts me like an evil puppet. The animated quality of it seems sinister and foreboding. (Although, it is part of a paper recycling business that is doing a great service to our environment). So, the sense of what I feel and what it does is in direct conflict. The title comes directly from a Bob Dylan song.” –Mark Flowers

Mark E. Flowers earned his BFA in Studio Arts from The University of South Carolina in 1977 and his MFA in Painting from Western Michigan University in 1979. Following his academic career, he has exhibited his work throughout the United States and in Europe, and in the summer of 2010, exhibited his seventh one-person show with Hodges/Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, NC. Mark’s work can be found in 26 public and over 300 private collections. Throughout his career he has won numerous awards for his art in both regional and national competitions. Most recently he was named one of the 100 Art Alumni for the Centennial Celebration at Western Michigan University.

His art teaching career parallels his art making. He has taught art at the secondary and postsecondary levels for more than 34 years. While he has been a teacher of art, he has also chaired two fine arts departments and one painting department. His most recent teaching award is the Allen Zearn Distinguished Teaching Award at Mercersburg Academy. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor and Gallery Coordinator at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, SC

Flowers lives and works along with his artist/wife, Kristy Higby in Alexander, NC at their Mountain Tea Studios.

Indulge Yourself Package

Donated by Christie Calaycay of Calaycay Design, Tops for Shoes, Bittersweet Cottage and Suite, French Broad Chocolates, Terri Wolff—Nail Technician, Matteo LLC, One Click Fix, Avaloo, embellish Asheville, Désirant – Live Life Beautifully, Asheville Art Museum, Global Vision Healing Arts, Trader Joe’s, Golden Fleece

Calaycay Jewlery

Indulge yourself from head to toe with this fabulous package: handcrafted earring and necklace set by River Arts District artist Christie Calaycay with Calaycay Design, gift certificate for Tops for Shoes, a manicure and pedicure by Terri Wolff, an integrated hot stone massage by Global Vision Healing Arts, a fabulous high-end bed set from renowned Los Angeles-based textile company Matteo, a tour for two at the French Broad Chocolates factory and a box of 6 truffles to take home,  a computer assistance consult with One Click Fix, gift certificate for handcrafted clothing from Avaloo, cross-body bag by Highway from embellish Asheville and a scented bath set from Désirant – Live Life Beautifully. Relax with a two-night stay at the luxurious and romantic Bittersweet Cottage and Suite tucked away on Elk Mountain and enjoy a delicious Italian dinner in with a food basket from Trader Joe’s and on your second evening dine at the Golden Fleece in Asheville with a gift certificate for $50. Then make sure to visit the Asheville Art Museum and bring some friends with your 6 complimentary guest passes!

Details for Bittersweet Cottage and Suite: Sunday through Thursday only. Any Month Except October. Maximum Occupancy 2 persons. No pets. Expires on June 19, 2017.

Painting by Charles Goolsby

Anonymous Donor


Charles Goolsby, Lucca Tracks, oil/vanvas, 50 x 74 inches

Charles W. Goolsby, department chair and professor of art at Emory and Henry College, has been a practicing professional artist for more than twenty years. He earned his B.F.A. in Art from Radford University in 1980 and the M.F.A. in Art from James Madison University in 1994. Goolsby’s work has been featured in more than 35 solo exhibitions throughout the southeastern United States at various college, university, fine arts center, and commercial galleries. His work has also been selected for regional and national juried exhibitions throughout the United States. His work is included in a number of public and corporate collections throughout the region.

A Collection of Magnums and a Tasting for 12 at Metro Wines

Donated by Metro Wines and Schug Winery


Have a summer of dinner parties sorted with this wonderful selection of 7 magnums of various wine. Then, bring a group of friends to Metro Wines, located on Charlotte Street, for a private wine tasting for 12. Featuring Vin Perdu by Heidi Barrett of “Bottle Shock” along with 5 additional, highly-regarded white and red wines and 12 Riedel wine glasses to keep. A fun, laughter-filled event complete with entertaining presentation in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the “Judgment of Paris” courtesy of Metro Wines knowledgeable team. Metro Wines offers a wide selection of wines focusing on pairing just the right wine with any dish or event. Here you will find grape specific shelves as well as categories ranging “from $10 and under” to the “bucket list” to “a bad hair day.” Owners John Kerr and Gina Trippi share the philosophy that wine is about friends, family and community. Both are always available to answer questions, offer suggestions, share stories and work with your caterer or event planner.

Fund-the-Needs Lot: Creating Community Through Art

As the Asheville Art Museum is Making It New with construction underway on a new facility and new programming across WNC, it is a time of many exciting changes. The support of our community is as important today as it’s ever been. Below we’ve highlighted just a few ways your support is necessary and how it brings meaningful opportunities for education, appreciation, dialogue and inspiration to our community. As we work together to transform lives through art, please raise your paddle to give a gift at one of the levels below.

For example $10,000 would…

  • Support the hardest working staff in town with professional development and capacity building
  • Help us as we inventory the entire Permanent Collection and prepare for safe, secure collections storage
  • Support traveling exhibitions to share the Museum’s collections beyond our community
  • Upgrade Museum technology for visitors, staff and interns
  • And more!

For example $5,000 would…

  • Enhance our online presence with website updates, including expanding the online Permanent Collection galleries
  • Bring our acclaimed Literacy Through Art outreach program to classrooms throughout one entire WNC county
  • Purchase audio technology to improve visitor experience for programs and events
  • And more!

For example $3,000 would…

  • Support artist participation in educational programs, lectures and workshops
  • Supply the Tot Time program with a year’s supply of art-making materials for toddlers and young children and their caregivers
  • Host a More Than Math outreach program including an essential teacher training workshop for WNC educators and provide classroom materials for each of their students
  • And more!

For example $2,500 would…

  • Commission an artist-designed interactive learning and art-making experience
  • Sponsor a Free Family Day with fun art-making activities for all ages
  • Help us get the word out about Museum programming through increased marketing efforts
  • And more!

For example $1,500 would…

  • Conserve a work of art in the Permanent Collection
  • Provide scholarships for WNC students to attend Summer Art Camp
  • Support enriching, engaging and meaningful internship programs for high school through graduate students
  • And more!

For example $1,000 would…

  • Provide transportation and housing for visiting artists, performers and expert speakers
  • Upgrade social media outreach through improved photography equipment
  • Throw a party to honor, celebrate and recognize our 300+ hard working volunteers
  • And more!

For example $500 would…

  • Host a Home School Program with exciting hands-on guided art activities for young children and their caregivers
  • Supply us with fine art framing and conservation supplies
  • Stock our special event supply closet
  • And more!

For example $250 would…

  • Send a child to Summer Art Camp for one week
  • Increase access to online art research resources for curatorial staff and interns
  • Buy art supplies for one class of thirty WNC students
  • And more!

For example $100 would…

  • Support art journal and magazine subscriptions for the Library
  • Provide healthy snacks for afterschool and camp students
  • And more!

All contributions to this lot are fully tax deductible.