We invite you to join us in support of our upcoming Gala – “A Pastoral Palette– The Barn Whispers its Memories.” Here is a unique way to celebrate the Summer Solstice because, on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm, the Appalachian Barn Alliance will partner with The Saints of Paints to host an arts celebration by 18 of Asheville area’s finest artists. Guest artist Madison County’s Polly Gott will also join them for this event. 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. The event continues on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 with an opportunity to purchase the artists’ works from 9am to 5pm on each of those days. The location is the second floor conference room and mezzanine of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Building (rented space to Lenior-Rhyne University) which provides ample parking and beautiful views.
The Friday Evening Gala is a ticketed event offering samplings of food donated from local restaurants (Fig Bistro, Green Sage Cafe, HomeGrown, Chupacabra Latin Cafe, Stackhouse Restaurant in Mars Hill, Sweet Monkey Bakery & Cafe in Marshall, and others, plus charcuterie and fruit donated by Whole Foods and soft cheese from Three Graces Dairy). Enjoy these savory offerings plus sweets from Good Cheer Chocolates, Zuma Coffee, Papa Nicks and Venus Baking as well as complimentary wine and beer choices while mingling with the artists who will have their paintings for sale. Artists will be there for the Gala on Friday evening and a few will return on Saturday from Noon to 3pm. This is your opportunity to get first choice of the art for sale. Money raised for this event will benefit the work of the Appalachian Barn Alliance in preserving the agricultural heritage of the Southern Appalachians as exemplified by the historic barns that dot the landscape.
Organized in 2014, the Saints of Paints (http://www.thesaintsofpaint.com/) 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, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and Pisgah Legal Services.
At the upcoming gala, ticket sales and 50% of sales of artwork benefit 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 Gala. Reservations for the Friday evening Gala from 5pm to 8pm are available. Tickets for the Gala are $45 each and to order, click here. If you are a ABA member, you can get a $5 discount so please call Sandy Stevenson at 828 380-9146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a code to use. Remember that for the Gala on Friday evening and to return on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm, there is ample parking at the Asheville Visitors Center. Just take the elevator up to the 2nd floor mezzanine and enjoy the art displayed and for sale.