Tartan to Taffeta to Tie Dye

Saturday, June 17, 6:00 p.m.
Renaissance Asheville Hotel


We have an exciting variety of auction items up for bid at our Gala this year, including fine art and travel packages.

7 Days & 6 Nights for 4 at Artist Anrika Rupp’s Bonaire Island Villa with Exclusive Meet & Greet with Anrika at Contemporaneo Asheville

  • Donated by Anrika Rupp & Contemporaneo Asheville

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Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000

Featured artist at Contemporaneo Asheville, Anrika Rupp, would love to have you enjoy the beautiful community at El Pueblo, but before you go you are invited to  an exclusive Meet & Greet with Anrika, hosted by Contemporaneo Asheville. Discuss your upcoming exotic vacation to Bonaire and enjoy the company and beautiful artwork of Anrika Rupp, along with the owners of Contemporaneo Asheville: Francisco Troconis and Gary Culbertson. Meet & Greet to  be scheduled between 6/30/2017 and 7/2/2017 while Anrika Rupp is in Asheville.


In El Pueblo, the recently built modern homes take advantage of some of Bonaire’s best views and the Caribbean trade winds to catch a beautiful sunset and cool breeze from your infinity pool or roof terrace. Enjoy local nature in the gardens and take a stroll down the private walkway to the beach to comb for treasures or watch for dolphins passing! Located 10 minutes from Kralendijk and 5 minutes from north dive sites, but tucked away in secluded privacy El Pueblo offers the best of both worlds of Bonaire! Take advantage of the security offered in a gated community bordered by a traditional Bonairean cactus fence with an automatic nightly closing security gate while also enjoying privacy within the property due to its private walled garden and terrace.

Villa 3 is tucked away in it’s own private oasis garden. It’s the perfect spot for those wanting to get away from the busy areas and relax in nature. As the garden gate closes behind you and you wander through the lush and tropical garden you will feel instant relaxation! The neat villa is deceptively large inside, with an open kitchen and living area stretching from the front door through to the back pool patio. The master bedroom is fully equipped with cable tv, a double en suite, balcony space and a safe box. Another double bedroom and the one twin room share the second bathroom. Unique art pieces decorate the villa, including some creations of the owner! The outside spaces are second to none, with a roof terrace for spectacular star gazing, a pool so close to the ocean you will think you can touch it and a well furnished pool deck to enjoy sun and shade whatever you feel like doing.

Exclusions & Limitations: 

Meet & Greet can be scheduled between 6/30/2017 and 7/2/2017. To schedule, contact Gary and Francisco at contemporaneoasheville@gmail.com

Villa #3 Valid for up to 4 guests for a length of no longer than 7 days. Valid from June 17th 2017 through October 31st, 2018. To secure dates for the Bonaire Island Villa, go to www.islandtimebonaire.com , click accommodations and choose Villa 3 as you scroll down. Property includes pool and discount car rentals and diving packages. Choose dates for your trip based on the website’s availability calendar and email your requested dates to info@islandtimebonaire.com including the reference to the Asheville Art Museum Gala Donation Package so that they can help you proceed with the final booking. As this is a very popular villa it is recommended that you book soon for your trip by the artist.

For More Artist Information, please visit her website.

For more details about Contemporaneo Asheville, please visit their website.

For More Information about Bonaire, please visit the website.

Beautiful Acrylic and Silk Screen on Canvas by Artist Kevin Hogan

  • Donated by Jo Wiedemer Hogan

Hogan, KevinKevin Hogan, Asheville Garden Series, 2017, acrylic on silk screen on canvas, 28 x 28 inches
Estimate: $3,000 – $4,500

Kevin Thomas Hogan was born in Liverpool, England in 1954 into a working class family of the industrial north. At eleven, Kevin arrived in Cleveland, Ohio after emigrating to the U.S. with his sister and parents. From England, Kevin brought an interest in drawing and painting to his education at the Lakewood public schools and on to Cooper School of Art and Kent State University. During his time in the Cleveland area Kevin was the gallery director for the New Organization of the Visual Arts and was instrumental in the founding of A Space P Space, later SPACES, an artist’s run alternative space.

 Kevin and his wife Jo moved to Asheville NC in 1979. They lived on an old tobacco farm for six years before settling in the Montford district of Asheville. Kevin and Jo have two children; Lillian of Portland Oregon and Trevor of Silver Spring Maryland. During his time in North Carolina Kevin has shown in every major institution in the state. He has shown in Germany, France and Italy. He is represented in the collections of the Federal Reserve, The Michner Collection, The Asheville Art Museum, The Tuscon Museum of Art, the Hearst Corporation, Neiman Marcus among many others.

In The mid 80’s Kevin began working with Porge Buck at The Intaglio Relief Society in Asheville making intaglio and relief prints. He continued his exploration of prints with Tom Little at Brand X Editions in NY, Shiela Marbain at Maurel studios also in NY and Tony Bradley at Sotto Editions in Asheville. He continues to include printmaking as a significant part of his practice. Kevin co-founded Square Zero, the first arts apace in Asheville’s downtown arts district and Asheville Working Press, the second arts space in Asheville’s River Arts District. He is also co-founder of OBSERVATORY AVL, a networking group for the arts in Asheville. He has been awarded a fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. And residencies at La Napoule, France and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.

Kevin has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Western Carolina University and lectured at Kent State University, The Cleveland Institute of Art among many others. He has been an artist for the Innovation Institute at The McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte since it’s inception in 2005. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Asheville Art Museum and the North Carolina Glass Center.

View Hogan’s work in the Asheville Art Museum’s Permanent Collection.

For More Artist Information, please visit his website. 

Framed Print by Photographer John Dickson

  • Donated by the Artist

Dickson, John =- Pounding MIll FogJohn Dickson, Pounding Mill Fog from The Southern Highland Portfolio, framed print, 12 x 30 inches (19 5/8 x 37 inches framed)
Estimate: $1,200 – $1,800

Artist statement of John Dickson: 

“There are many men and women I admire, many I don’t.  The ones I do have certain distinct and definable qualities.  They are the same characteristics I find in these Southern Highlands where I grew up and where I live.  This land has strength, purpose, permanence, simplicity, intimacy, infinity, elegance, and grace.

These qualities are not static, as their intensities may expand and contract.  Nor are they mutually exclusive, as their boundaries may and do cross.  They are the same values I find in friendship.  They make a lasting marriage.  I embrace them in the last mile to the top.  I hear them in good music.  I feel them in good writing.  I see them in fine art. ” Excerpted text from dicksonphoto.com

For More Artist Information, please visit his website. 

 Bulgarian Wool Rug from Togar Rugs

  • Donated by Kim McGuire & Jim Samsel

Togar Rugstogar rug imageBulgarian Rug, wool, 6 x 7 feet 9 inches
Estimate: $1,900 – $2,500

Adorn your home with this warm Bulgarian Wool rug from Togar Rugs. Color and style different from your home decor? You can work with Togar Rugs to choose another rug of equal or lesser value!

Togar Rugs are direct importers of handmade rugs since 1977.  The perfect place to start your search for the perfect rug. As direct importer of fine rugs for more than 35 years, they have fostered relationships with the artisans who make them. Each rug is hand-selected by Mr. Togar and is often between 30 to 70 years old, so you’ll never see another rug exactly like it again.

Exclusions and Limitations: Exchange must be of equal or lesser value based on winning bid amount.

For More Importer Information, please visit their website. 

5 Nights and 6 Days Stay for 2 in Matagalpa, Nicaragua at the Stunning Montebrisa Boutique B&B and Meet & Greet Gallery Reception at Contemporaneo Asheville

  • Donated by the Montebrisa Boutique B&B & Contemporaneo Asheville
  • Acquired through the support of Contemporaneo Asheville

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Kick off your Nicaraguan adventure with a Meet & Greet Gallery Reception at Contemporaneo Asheville, the lovely new art gallery off of Biltmore avenue just around the corner from the Asheville Art Museum’s 2 So. Pack location. This Meet & Greet for 2 will include delicious Nicaraguan cuisine and drinks and a tour of the Gallery by owners Gary Culbertson and Francisco Troconis. Special Guest, Pamela L. Myers, Executive Director of the Asheville Art Museum, will be joining as well. This comes with the option to have the reception after the trip to Nicaragua instead of before as requested.


Estimate: $1,200 – $1,500

Spend 5 days relaxing at the Montebrisa Boutique B&B in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. This beautiful property has been lovingly restored preserving its Art Déco Streamline Moderne architectural roots. All of the comforts of the 21st century have been added to create a boutique bed and breakfast that is truly unique in Nicaragua.


Your trip will begin with transportation provided in the private Montebrisa Van from the Managua airport direct to the hotel in Matagalpa. Once you arrive discover total bliss surrounded by lush tropical gardens and an abundant array of butterflies, birds and parrots. Enjoy each morning with a delicious a la carte breakfast included with your stay and take advantage of the variety of local excursions and delicious local foods:

Montebrisa is located in an urban oasis with over 45 different ornamental species, 18 types of fruit trees, 5 types of precious woods, and over 300 coffee trees, with the Apante Natural Reserve and El Calvario Park as a backdrop. They are conveniently located only 3 blocks from Matagalpa’s Cathedral and Central Park (Parque Morazán), and to the many surrounding cafés, restaurants and shops.


The comfortable and elegant accommodations will allow you to savor Matagalpa’s spring-like weather, and serve as the perfect base to explore Nicaragua’s Northern highlands. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the hotel owners and staff in a place that will transport you to a different era, where the pace is slower and you can experience a typical Nicaraguan mountain town.

Montebrisa Boutique B&B Exclusions or Limitations: Lodging for two (2) for six (6) days, includes transportation to and from the Managua airport, no pets, no smoking, lunch and dinner not included, valid for one year from June 17th 2017, no date limitations.

For more details about the Montebrisa Boutique B&B, please visit their website.

For more details about Contemporaneo Asheville, please visit their website.

 Stacked Acrylic Panel by Michelle Jader

  • Donated by Carl and Susan Eisdorfer

Jader, Michelle - Anonymity MarketMichelle Jader, Anonymity Market Street, 2016, oil on 3 acrylic panels, 28 x 22 inches.
Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000

This new body of work features figures on several layers of stacked acrylic panel to push and pull images in and out of focus. Working on layers of semi-transparent acrylic panels, Michelle Jader diffuses background layers, enhances depth, and creates a sense of mystery and movement. Expressive marks and shadowing of the figures also reinforce a sense of impermanence. This lot includes a letter of authenticity for the piece from Robert Lange Studios.

“The work is very personal to me. When I moved to San Francisco 10 years ago, my new world seemed out of focus. Simple everyday actions like walking down a street or passing new co-workers in the halls went by like a blur. It was very lonely at times, and I wanted nothing more than to feel at home in my new city with a circle of great friends. Little by little and step by step, my foggy world came into focus. With time, the streets I traveled started to become familiar and friendships grew around me.

The beginning of change, much like the beginning of this directional shift in my work, was most definitely, a struggle. But there were also moments when I embraced the changes that were happening around me and within me. This new body of work explores the desire for clarity and connection in an unfocused, new world.”

Michelle Jader attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she earned her MFA studying traditional oil painting. Her desire to paint expressively and marry traditional with contemporary styles pushed her to investigate new painting surfaces. For over 5 years she’s been exploring painting motion on several layers of semi-transparent acrylic panels.

For More Artist Information, please visit her website.

Silver Necklace by Steven Brixner

  • Donated by R.K. Benites

Steven BixnerSteven Brixner, necklace, silver
Estimate: $500 – $700

Adorn yourself or a friend in this beautiful necklace by contemporary designer, Steven Brixner. The perfect piece to accent your outfit at an upcoming cocktail party or soiree.

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.

 Framed Etching with Drypoint by Jim Dine

  • Donated by Ron Rumford & Dolan/Maxwell

jim dineJim Dine, Paintbrush, 1971, etching, drypoint, 21 x 20 inches, frame 37 x 29.5 inches, 1 of 15 artist’s proofs, edition of 75.
Estimate: $5,500 – $7,500

One of the leading figures in American Pop Art, artist and poet Jim Dine (b. 1935) grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he began his art education at the local art academy. He later studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Ohio University in Athens, and the University of Cincinnati. After moving to New York in 1959, Dine became closely associated with both Pop Art and the Happenings movement. Dine works in several mediums, including painting, drawing, printmaking, book illustration, stage design, and sculpture. He is known for incorporating his quotidian possessions into his paintings, such as clothing, ropes, and tools, to create assemblages. His work also explores emotion, introspection, and personal experience through iconic, two-dimensional representations of common, everyday objects.

Dine’s work has been shown in nearly 300 solo exhibitions. The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, the Walker Art Center, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the National Gallery of Art have curated retrospectives of Dine’s work. He now works in New York, Paris, and Walla Walla, Washington. Dine’s work is in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Walker Art Center, SFMoMA, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Asheville Art Museum, among many others.

View Dine’s work in the Asheville Art Museum’s Permanent Collection.

For More Artist Information, please visit the website. 

Tropical Glass Bowl by Ed Branson

  • Donation by Julia & Jim Peterson

Branson, Bowl - Yellow EmberEd Branson, Yellow-Ember from the Tropical Bowls Series, pre-2009, glass, 25 inches long.
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000

Glass is a beautiful, fluid material. I love to search for new ways of capturing this transparent liquid in motion. My aim is to freeze the movement of glass in a natural, beautiful form. – Ed Branson

This bowl, Yellow-Ember, by Ed Branson is from the Tropical Bowls series. Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Branson has worked in glass since 1982. His extensive scholastic background includes time spent at the Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack School of Crafts, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Several institutions have shown his work, including The Smithsonian, The Sandwich Glass Museum, and The National Museum of Wildlife Art. His work is included in several collections, the Holyrood Palace in Scotland, Northwest Airlines, and Jordanian Airlines. In his practice, he continually employs the method of “searching for beautiful forms and colors inherent in glass’ personality.” You can watch Ed Branson create these beautiful forms in a video detailing his process. Excerpted text from EdBranson.com

For More Artist Information, please visit his website.

Acrylic Painting on Wood by Betty Clark

  • Donated by the Artist

Clark, BettyBetty Clark, Stalling The Inevitable, 2007, Acrylic on Wood, 42 x 40 inches
Estimate: $8,500 – $10,500

Artist Statement of Betty Clark: The act of painting is a way to express the often complicated and multi layered experiences of living, while observing a present and immediate, or  distant event. The process of painting is cathartic, and brings me back to myself. It’s the way I have found to compact into a singular form, what I have observed, thought, and felt about a personal experience or an event in the larger world.

The primary and underlying theme of my work since 1983 has been about loss and mourning. Loss of a loved one, either through death or separation, loss of places, loss of safety, loss of species, loss of hope, are the things I think about. Personal happy or difficult interactions with people can be a theme. Psychological, political, and environmental concerns can enter into a painting. A particular location can be inspirational. On occasion, a painting is made for the uncomplicated pleasure of using the materials.

To conclude a painting, an order must be found within a defined space. At the same time, I stay open to new and unexpected visual, mental and emotional insights.  When new visual discoveries present themselves, they may change an already existing composition or direction.

There is a visceral sense of rightness at the end of a painting. It may not be, what it looked like it would be, somewhere along the way.  Sometimes a struggle occurs between me and a painting, which can take a very long time to resolve. I paint because it is always a new painting, a new learning experience.

My hope is that there is an energetic and intimate connection that happens between a painting, a viewer, and me. Painting continues to be a personal act of spiritual gratitude and wonder. Excerpted text from bettyclarkpainter.com.

For More Artist Information, please visit her website.

A Case of Premier Wines

  • Donated from the Cellar of David and Thorunn Ivey
Start your first wine cellar or add to an existing collection. These premier bottles of red wine are a wonderful selection from the wine cellar of a local collector. Ranging from Ports to Cabernet Sauvignon, these bottles are sure to please any collector’s mind and taste buds. Includes a vertical of Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Estimate: To Be Announced

1992 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23

1988 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon

1990 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon

1991 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon

1994 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon

1997 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon

1997 Fonseca Vintage Port

1994 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port

1997 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port

1990 Chateau Lynch Bages Pauilliac

2003 Le Serre Nuove Bolgheri

1995 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

Monotype by Wolf Kahn 

  • Donated by Jerald Melberg Gallery & Wolf Kahn

wolf kahn green barnWolf Kahn, Green Barn (Warrenton, VA) I, 2012, Monotype, 11 x 16 inches (paper 19 1/2 x 25 inches).
Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1927, Wolf Kahn immigrated to the United States by way of England in 1940. In 1945, he graduated from the High School of Music & Art in New York, after which he spent time in the Navy. Under the GI Bill, he studied with renowned teacher and Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann, later becoming Hofmann’s studio assistant. In 1950, he enrolled in the University of Chicago. He graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Kahn has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award in Art from the Academy of Arts and Letters.

Traveling extensively, he has painted landscapes in Egypt, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Kenya, Maine, Mexico, and New Mexico. He spends his summers and autumns in Vermont on a hillside farm, which he and his wife, the painter Emily Mason, have owned since 1968. For the majority of the year, he lives and works in New York, NY. The unique blend of Realism and formal discipline of Color Field painting produce a rich and expressive body of work. Kahn is an artist who embodies a synthesis of artistic traits – the modern abstract training of Hans Hofmann, the palette of Matisse, Rothko’s sweeping bands of color, the atmospheric qualities of American Impressionism.

His work may be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; The National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, among other institutions. Excerpted text from amy-nyc.com/artists/wolf-kahn

For More Artist Information, please visit his website.

Cut Glass Sculpture by Alex Bernstein

  • Donated by the Artist

Alex Bernstein, Purple Rush, 2009, Cast and Cut Glass, Fused Steel, 12 x 24 x 2 inches
Estimate: $7,500 – $9,500

Alex Gabriel Bernstein grew up in a creative environment with access to many of the artists of the American studio glass movement. As the child of two established glass artists, William and Katherine Bernstein, the beautiful surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina where they lived played almost as much of a part in his inspired upbringing as did the breadth of teachers around him.

Alex studied psychology at the University of North Carolina in Asheville and worked at a children’s psychiatric hospital before making the decision to pursue his artistic endeavors full time. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts and went on to teach at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Penland School of Crafts, and The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Most recently Alex was the Department Head of Glass at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts but he made the decision to return to his hometown, Asheville, NC, in 2007 to set up a studio and focus on creating his own work full-time.

Bernstein has recently mounted solo shows at Chappell Gallery in NYC; Hooks Epstein Gallery in Houston; Habatat Gallery in Royal Oak, MI; and the William Traver Gallery, Seattle. His work is included in numerous collections, including those of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glasmuseum Frauenau in Germany, the Mellon Financial Corporation, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Palm Springs Art Museum. Excerpted text from alexbernsteinglass.com.

For More Artist Information, please visit his website.

Asheville Relaxation and Discovery Package

  • Donated by the Albemarle Inn, the Biltmore Company and Larry Turner

130biltmore 2South Slope Loft

The Biltmore Estate

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The Albemarle Inn
Estimate: $1,200 – $1,500

Looking for something around the corner to do for the weekend or need a “home away from home” for visiting friends and family (or for yourself!)? This package for two includes a 2 night stay at a lovely art-filled South Slope Loft located right in the center of the South Slope. You are moments away from Wicked Weed and many other great breweries as well as delicious food. Need a fun activity for yourself or out-of-town guests? Head over to the Biltmore Company for complimentary admission for 2 that will include a behind-the-scenes tour and special lunch package. Sometimes we are right around the corner from new experiences! Looking for additional nights for a stay in town? Look no further than the Albemarle Inn, where gracious hospitality and romantic timeless appeal await. Located in the tranquil residential Grove Park District of Asheville. Enjoy two days of the Inn’s timeless appeal, as you unwind and relax on our veranda, enjoying our gardens in solitude, or the company of each other. Perhaps socialize with other guests of the mansion, while enjoying the morning’s first sip of coffee along with your daily complimentary breakfast. In the evening, watch the sun set over the nearby mountains while savoring refreshments and genteel conversations, letting go of all your worries as time stands still…

Exclusions and Limitations:

  • Albemarle Inn – Weekend or Midweek nights; 2-night stay in a Deluxe Guestroom or Suite, includes daily breakfast; Restricted dates are Holidays and all October weekends; Valid through June 17, 2018.
  • South Slope Loft – Valid through June 17, 2018; Weekend or Week Night; Schedule one (1) month in Advance; Some blackout dates apply.

For more details about the Albemarle Inn, please visit their website.

For more details about the Biltmore Company, please visit their website.

 Colographic Print by Choco Salazar

  • Donated by Hathia and Andrew Hayes

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Eduardo Roca Salazar (Choco), Child of Atocha, colographic print signed by the artist, 27 x 35 inches (framed 31 x 39 x 1 3/4 inches).
Estimate: $2,500 – $4,500

Choco (short for Chocolate, and the name he uses) was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1949, and is a graduate of the Escuela Nacional de Arte (National Art School) in Havana. He is considered one of Cuba’s greatest printmakers and a national treasure. He resides in Havana and his studio in Old Havana is a mecca for printmakers from around the world. Along with Nelson Dominguez, Choco was one of the first artists after the Cuban Revolution invited to the United States by the Center for Cuban Studies to participate in its first Cuban art exhibit, “First Look,” in 1981. The visit of the two artists inspired a film by Kavery Dutta, also called “First Look.” He says there have been two crucial moments in his career: first, when he was recognized as one of the leading figures of the rural movement in painting which was significant in shaping the 70s generation of Cuban artists, and second was his discovery of collagraphy in the 80s and early 90s. His work in collagraphy led to his being awarded the distinction, Master of Collagraphy and receiving international recognition.

His work reflects the magical world of Afro-Cuban religions, as well as the ethnic mix of people, and the racial and economic challenges of daily Cuban life. His collagraphs are boldly colorful and his technique gives the images a
3-dimensional and stunning textured feel, as if they were in motion. His figures deliberately reflect the racial and cultural mix of Cubans, with an African mouth, oriental eyes, and various shades of skin color, portraying a universal individual with whom many can identify.

Choco has had numerous solo and group shows in Cuba, Angola, Sweden, the United States, Mexico, Spain, Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Japan, receiving many accolades and awards. An important honor for him was the Great Prize in the Triennial of Kochi, Japan. His works can be found in many private and public collections, including: Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana; African Museum of Art, Chicago; Miro Foundation, Spain; Ludwig Foundation, Germany; Kochi Muse-um, Japan; El Museo de la Estampa, Mexico; and Casa Lamm, Mexico, among many others.

This colographic print is signed by the artist and, written in pencil on the back in Spanish, is the artist’s name, title of the print, medium, size in cm (69 x 89), the name of the printer, and a price. It is framed with all acid-free materials and UV filter glass.

For More Artist Information, please visit his website.

A Week-long Vacation for 6 in St. Lucia at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

  • Donated by Butch and Kathy Patrick 

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Windjammer Landing Estimate: $7,000 – $8,000

Enjoy a relaxing vacation to the Caribbean Islands with an 8 day and 7 night stay 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 water sports program, fitness center (including a spa) and lighted tennis courts. Beyond the resort, enjoy St. Lucia’s natural beauty with a scenic island cruise, rain forest 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.

Exclusions or Limitations: 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 2018 only; Guests are responsible for all travel, taxes and incidental costs.

For more details about Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, please visit their website.

Framed, Napoleon-Themed Collages by José Bernal

  • Donated by The Estate of José Bernal

7. JBernal,Untitled, 1984, collage, 12 1-4 x 12 1-16 in.
José Bernal, Untitled, 1984, collage, 12 1/4 x 12 1/16 inches. (Signed in front, lower left.)

5.Bernal, Untitled, 1970, collage, 11 3-4 x 15 1-2 in.
José Bernal, Untitled, 1970, collage, 11 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches. (Signed on verso.)

José Bernal, Ruler, 1970, collage, 11 3/4 x 6 1/8 inches. (Signed on verso.)
Estimate: $800 – $1,300 per collage

Bid on one (1) or bid on multiple works

Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, José Bernal (1925-2010) had a great passion for art and music from an early age. He received his master’s degree in art from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas Leopoldo Romañach and was influenced by the great masters and Impressionists, such as Velasquez, Manet, and Renoir. He began his teaching career in a succession of public and private schools in the Las Villas province. During this time, Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba and Bernal grew suspicious of the new leader. Bernal was held by the government during the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, along with other well-known dissidents.

Once released, Bernal moved in 1962 to Miami, with his wife and three children. Soon after their arrival, they relocated to Chicago, where Bernal found a job as a window display artist for Marshall Field’s. An executive at the company reviewed Bernal’s art portfolio in 1964 and subsequently offered him a job as Senior Designer. There is a stark contrast between the works Bernal completed while in Cuba compared to those in the United States. In Cuba, Bernal often painted in greys, blacks, and whites, with small bits of color. Once in Chicago, his works became more brightly colored with a greater sense of vivacity. His work caught the eye of Betty Parsons, an artist, art dealer, and collector, and she soon began to exhibit his pieces. In Chicago, he was also able to study under celebrated painter Seymour Rosofsky. At that time, he continued painting and began his collage and assemblage work for which he is best known.

His pieces are part of multiple museum collections, including the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Art Institute Chicago, and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Spain.

For More Artist Information, please visit here. 

Ten Hand-Blown Cane Goblets by Kenny Pieper

  • Donated by Ames Alexander and Amanda Alexander

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Kenny Pieper, goblets, 1990s, hand-blown glass, cane technique.
Estimate: $2,500-$4,500

Kenny Pieper was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1959 and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. He began his craft career in high school when he studied at the Penland School of Crafts. Initially, he studied pottery with Norm Schulman and Cynthia Bringle. Later, he found his passion for glass under the tutelage of Richard Ritter. After high school, Kenny moved to Detroit in 1978 under scholarship at the Center for Creative Studies; he subsequently received his B.F.A. from California College of Art and Design, Oakland, CA. He then spent 16 years working as a glassblower in the San Francisco East Bay area.

Kenny’s career came full circle when he left California and moved back to North Carolina. While constructing a studio there, he worked at Penland School and managed the glassblowing and lampworking studios. It was during this fruitful time that he developed his expertise in the tradition of Italian glass. Kenny now resides in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Reflecting the harmony and beauty of his surroundings, Kenny produces an exquisite line of glass vessels and sculpture. He has work in the collections of Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of Fine Art Boston, New Bedford Museum of Glass, Asheville Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Hickory Museum of Art, as well as many private collections. Excerpted text from pieperglass.com

View Pieper’s work in the Asheville Art Museum’s Permanent Collection.

For More Artist Information, please visit his website. 

Enjoy Local Treats-To-Table for a Year

  • Donated by French Broad Chocolates, Hickory Nut Gap Farm and SRO™ Coffee and Dried Fruits
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La Amistad Coffee and Fruit Farm in Coto Brus, Costa Rica
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000
Enjoy all the sweet things this community has to offer and for the next year treat yourself to a variety of local events and flavors. Begin your adventure with monthly visits to Hickory Nut Gap Farm where you will get to experience something unique every time. Whether it is the Barn Dance in July, a holiday catering tray in November, or a romantic Valentine’s dinner for two in February, Hickory Nut Gap Farm is sure to provide you with something special month every month. (A complete listing of monthly perks will be available during the Gala.) Next, gather up your coffee mugs and settle in a nice warm chair to savor a year’s worth of coffee from SRO™ Coffee and Dried Fruits. On the night of the Gala you will leave with your first of Six (6) 14oz bags of whole bean organic coffee and can schedule your next two installments of six packages at your leisure over the rest of the year, keeping you continually energized and delighted with the delicious taste and rich flavor. Finally, embrace your sweet tooth with a year of free ice cream from French Broad Chocolates. Enjoy a 12-month subscription of their delicious handcrafted ice cream. Each month you will receive one free pint of French Broad Chocolate’s ice cream to share and enjoy. Remember these items are wonderful gifts to share! All certificates to Hickory Nut Gap Farm are transferable to friends or family. Exclusions or Limitations may apply.
Exclusions and Limitations:
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm – Each coupon only redeemable in the month it is offered; Coupons cannot be combined with other offers; Please call 7 days in advance for catering orders such as charcuterie tray, barbecue, etc…; Please RSVP to dinner via email; Valid dates begin July 2017 through June 2018.
For more information on Hickory Nut Gap Farm, please visit their website.
For more information on SRO™ Coffee and Dried Fruits, please visit their website.
For more information on French Broad Chocolates, please visit their website.

Two Beautiful Suzani Style Egg Chairs and Monkey Pod Wood Stump Side Table

  • Donated by Sunnyside Trading Company

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Egg Chairs, Suzani fabric, Central Asian, 30 x 30 x 36 inches (actual fabric color and design)

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Side Table, Monkey Pod Wood. (Displayed in the home of artist Kevin Hogan)

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Estimate: $1,500 – $2,500

Relax in these two vibrant and unique Suzani style Egg chairs alongside the lovely monkey pod wood stump side table by Sunnyside Trading Company. They work with a small weaving factory in Bagra, Jaipur, Rashistan operated by a close friend at Marudhara Arts. The vintage Suzani textiles are sourced from Turkey, sent to Badra, and then designed with some contemporary takes from the Suzanis at Marudhara Arts. The hand embroidery is woven in the workshop and the mid-century steel bases are made and produced along with the full chair in Jaipur.

The stump side table is a portion of a tree branch made from a monkey pod wood tree, which is the most common and largest shade tree in SE Asia. They procure these pieces from the Chaing Mai Thailand region. When these very large trees fall during monsoon season, they are collected and harvested and the wood is used for beautiful live edge dining, coffee, and console tables, benches, stools, and fabulous wood sculptures.

“There is something special about sitting on your couch wrapped up in a vintage blanket from India, or glancing over and seeing real indigo block print on your favorite chair.  In this globalized world full of instant connection and gratification, being able to physically connect with a product that is rich in culture and history is grounding. Each stitch tells a story. Each dye is inspired from colors of nature. Each print is pressed with ancient techniques, passed down through the generations. Traditionally, textiles were precious possessions with infinite value. We wish to bring back the sacred story, hopefully weaving a new cultural quilt where we are all connected.

We are sustainable, global, and Asheville local. Our mission is to connect people, places and stories by sharing textiles and intriguing objects from around the world.

The story behind vintage textiles, antiques, and random relics are what make them fascinating. When we travel to hunt for textiles and design product we strive to connect with other people and cultures in order to share their stories with you! At this point in time the majority of our textiles and furniture are sourced from around the world. We strive to support local artisans when we travel, help sustain local economies, and support our community of artists in Asheville!” Excerpted text from sunnysidetradingco.com/our-story

For More Artist Information, please visit their website.

Framed Print by Photographer Steve Mann

  • Donated by the Artist

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Estimate: $900 – $1,600

Steve Mann received his BFA in photography and art history from the University of Arizona in 1992 and returned to his hometown of Asheville to start his professional photography career.

He has been photographing artwork for reproduction for over 20 years and has helped countless artists and craftspeople get into juried exhibits, professional organizations and graduate school with images of their art.

Steve has also done extensive editorial photography for magazines such as Explore!, WNC, Thread, Carolina Home & Garden and Verve. Excerpted text from blackboxphoto.info.

For More Artist Information, please visit his website.

A Week-long Stay on the Cayman Islands

  • Donated by Marianne Elrick Manley

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Cayman Islands ViewEstimate: $3,000 – $4,500

Enjoy a beautiful island vacation on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman at Harbour Heights. Stay in a lovely 2-bedroom condo within 50 steps of the gorgeous beach as well as Harbour Heights’ large heated pool. The 3-story condo buildings, uniquely positioned into a U-shape, provide each guest with a view of the ocean while also insuring privacy. Relax along the 400-foot private white sand beach or travel around the island to experience everything the Cayman Islands have to offer. Enjoy the Caribbean charm like no other on Seven mile beach.

Exclusions and Limitations: Excludes Christmas Holiday and Spreak Break.

For more details on Harbour Heights, please visit their website.

Pottery by Matt Jones

  • Anonymous Donation

matt jones2 Matt Jones, pot, 2017, fired blue pipe clay, 30 inches tall
Estimate: $1,200 – $1,800

Established more than a decade ago in the Big Sandy Mush section of Leicester, Jones Pottery is the family business of potter Matt Jones and his wife Christine. Jones uses local clays, traditional forms and glazes, and a wood-fired kiln. Many of his forms reference the crocks, jars and jugs of 19th-century American traditions. Using local materials and decorative traditions, Matt’s work pays homage to a time when pottery played an important role in survival. Jones’ work is distinguished by skilled and imaginative slip-trailed and brush decorations, including precisely drawn plants, animals, abstract patterns, and most recently, verbal statements. Jones studied at Earlham College in Richmond, IN, and apprenticed with Todd Piker (CT) and Mark Hewitt (NC). 

 It is important that my work is grounded in the Carolina traditions that go back 150 years, but I feel quite free to incorporate a modern sensibility and ideas from other cultures. I love that I know where my clay came from; that ashes from my woodstove are my primary fluxing agent…that a water-powered pulverizer turns my beer bottles into a glaze ingredient. –Jones

For More Artist Information, please visit his website.

 Set of 5 – Upholstered Chairs from the Omaggi Collection

  • Anonymous Donation

0595_5 edited 0595_4  0595_2 0595_6The Omaggi Chair, mid-century modern, suede, upholstered backrest, linear base in chromed steel, designed by Salvati & Tresoldi, manufactured by Saporiti Italia, geometric backs in bright colors, chromed frames with square legs, 33 3/4 inches by 44 1/6 inches.
Estimate: $900 – $1,200

An “homage” to the works of some the masters of contemporary art: Warhol, Fontana, Malevich, Kandinsky, Balla, Lisitsky. The models of this collection share the extremely simple and linear base in chromed steel, while the upholstered backrest, inspired by the artists’ work, differs for each model.

Since 1950, Saporiti Italia produces some of the most sophisticated and advanced pieces of furniture of the history of Italian design. There is a leit motiv in all the company’s creations: each new piece is history in itself. Catching time off balance and anticipating the future are both the challenge and the vocation of Saporiti Italia. Each item created and constructed by the company is slightly ahead of its time and it is destined to last, both in form and function, until the next era. The company, founded in 1950 by Mr. Sergio Saporiti and still under control of the Saporiti family, has contributed to the creation of milestones in the history of Italian design.

Saporiti Italia creates original furniture collections, designed in collaboration with famous architects or with emerging and innovative designers from all over the world, including Pierluigi  Cerri, Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas, Marti Guixé, Toshiyuki Kita, Daniel Libeskind, Mauro Lipparini, Eric Maria, Claudio Nardi, Giovanni Offredi, Park Associati, John Portman, Alberto Rosselli, Storage Milano, Shin Takamatsu, Antonio Ventimiglia, James Wines/SITE, Carlos Zapata and many others.

For more information, please visit their website.

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The Asheville Art Museum: Cultivating the Future

The arts have the power to lead us forward, to heal us, to bring us together and help us bridge real divides. The arts are the key to building and rebuilding bridges in our society- between cities and rural counties; between the poor and the prosperous; between the past, the present and the possible….. We must invest in our ambition, in our aspiration, in that American spirit of ingenuity and sense of imagination that has always propelled this great nation forward.

(Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation)

Today’s young people, from toddlers to graduate students, are tomorrow’s future artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, business leaders, educators, scholars, collectors, museum lovers, philanthropists and more.

Education is at the center of the Museum’s mission, and through our diverse and vibrant exhibitions and programs, we are supporting the success of future generations who will be rooted in creativity and creation, inspiration and discovery, and will embrace art as a vital part of their lives.

We invite you to join us by Making It Yours, as we continue to Make It New with every new set of eyes opened through the incredible power of art.

Below we’ve highlighted just a few ways your support allows us to provide meaningful opportunities for education, appreciation, dialogue and inspiration to our community and future generations. As we work together to transform lives through art, please raise your paddle at the level/s of your choice and give a gift that will help support keeping art vibrant, now and in future generations!

Cultivate the Creative Spark Through:

  • Supplying the Tot Time program with art-making materials for toddlers, young children and their caregivers.
  • Continuing to bring our acclaimed Literacy Through Art outreach program to classrooms throughout WNC.
  • Funding More Than Math outreach programs for WNC educators that provide essential teacher training workshops and give classroom materials for all of their students.
  • Free Family Days for the community with fun art-making activities for all ages.
  • Continuing to expand our educational outreach to new audiences through partnerships and going to new neighborhoods.
  • Providing scholarships to foster young artists for WNC students to attend Summer Art Camp that may not be able to participate otherwise.
  • Making Museum visits accessible for all ages by keeping Museum technology updated.
  • Funding for art teachers and artists that will participate in educational programs, lectures and workshops for all ages.
  • Professional development and capacity building needed to continue to teach and share art with the learners of all ages.
  • Increased marketing to spread the word further in our community about our Museum programming and opportunities for learning and engagement.
  • Hosting undergraduate and graduate students for in-depth, up close experiences with original works of art from the Collection to further their studies
  • Supporting enriching, engaging and meaningful internship programs for students, from high school to graduate school
  • Providing healthy snacks for afterschool and art camp students
  • Increasing access for our interns to online art research resources while working with curatorial staff
  • Providing art supplies for WNC students and educators
  • Supporting engaging exhibitions that encourage discourse and dialogue, creation and conversation
  • Providing alternate avenues of exploration to address different learning styles through the visual arts
  • Fostering art appreciation and connoisseurship for tomorrow’s collectors and museum members
  • Partnering with local high schools and universities to offer special, enriching Museum-centered project opportunities to deepen their learning experiences
  • Planning and designing extraordinary new educational engagement opportunities for all ages during our transition and in preparation for the re-opening of the new Museum


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