We invite you to join us in support of our upcoming 4th Annual Art Gala – “A Pastoral Palette.”  For TICKETS/ RESERVATIONS for the ticketed event on Friday, May 31, 2024 from 5:30pm to 8pm, you have two options to pay. You can send a check to ABA, PO Box 1441, Mars Hill, NC 28754 or you can use a credit card by clicking on the PayPal button below. Please fill in the “Write a Note–Optional” box with the names of the ticket holders & Art Gala Tickets. Note that sponsors will be allowed early entry from 5 to 5:30. (For information about sponsorship, call Sandy at 828 380-9146.) When your payment is received, an email acknowledgment will be sent both from PayPal within minutes and from the ABA within a few days. Your name and information will be on a list at the door. See the paragraph below about the cost of tickets. Tickets can be purchased online until 4pm the day of the event or at the door.

The Appalachian Barn Alliance will again partner with The Saints of Paints to host an arts celebration by 15 of Asheville area’s finest artists. These two groups, the Appalachian Barn Alliance and the Saints of Paints, come together with a single purpose – to honor the barns of western North Carolina’s heritage.

Ivy Building on A-B Tech campus

This year the Friday Evening Gala will be at the historic Ivy Building at 10 Genevieve Circle (just off of Victoria Road) on the A-B Tech campus. It is a ticketed event offering samplings of food as well as complimentary wine and beer choices where you can mingle with the artists who will have several of their paintings for sale. Background music is provided by David Hughes. The event continues (minus the food, drink, and music)– the following day is free and open to the public– on Saturday, June 1 with an opportunity to purchase the artists’ works from 11am to 3pm.

Money raised for this event will benefit the work of the Appalachian Barn Alliance in their latest project to reconstruct two donated historic barns on the Smith Heritage Farmstead just outside of Mars Hill. Paintings range in price and size and will be not only of barns but also of beautiful rural landscapes.

Winter at Mitchell’s Barn by Donny Luke
Sunset of Emotion by Mark Henry

Saints of Paint logo

Organized in 2014, the Saints of Paints (https://saintsofpaintasheville.org/) supports important regional non-profits by creating works of art to sell to hundreds of guests at novel galas. These organizations include RiverLink, Appalachian Wild, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Ticket sales for the Friday evening gala and 50% of sales of artwork on each of the days benefit the Appalachian Barn Alliance. The artists use their talent to help raise funds for non-profits with like-minded commitment to causes in the area. This is a great way to browse art, enjoy food and support a great cause.

Please join us in preserving and celebrating the heritage and art of western North Carolina barns through this unique event. Tickets for the Gala are $50 each. If you are a ABA member, you can get a $5 discount. An Individual Sponsorship (“Barn Raisers”) is available for $100 which allows early entry. Since the funds this year will go to reconstructing the historic barns on the Smith Farm, you can call yourself a TRUE barn raiser! Contact Sandy at 828 380-9146 to confirm your membership or if you have any questions.