Gala

OpenDoors of Asheville is thrilled to share that its largest annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, February 29, at The Venue in downtown Asheville. “Look 2020: Sight Unseen” offers art lovers a unique opportunity to extend their collections while celebrating the shared vision of a community that sees the ultimate potential of ALL children. Proceeds directly support underserved students and their families to break the cycle of multigenerational poverty, through education, opportunity, advocacy, and equity.

“‘Look 2020’ is a call to action,” said OpenDoors of Asheville Executive Director Jen Ramming of this year’s theme. “We are honing our community’s focus on many barriers that threaten the lives of local children. This year, OpenDoors calls Asheville together to really LOOK with 20/20 vision, and examine and address critical issues that are often ‘sight unseen.’”

Featured artist Kenn Kotara leads a growing list of acclaimed artists from Asheville and beyond, donating works to the live and mobile auctions.”

Other participating artists include: Alicia Armstrong, Carrie Ferraro Ayers, Mark Bettis, Karen Brown, Julie Calhoun-Roepnack, Molly Courcelle, Phillip DeAngelo, Nat Dickinson, Frances Domingues, Jacque Fehl, Tanya Franklin, Linda Gritta, Moni Hill, Spencer Herr, Jeff Kinzel, Andrew Mastriani, Sasha Osada, Kevin Palme, Henry Richardson, Bill Shea, Dustin Spagnola, Zander Stefani, Joyce Thornburg, Cheyenne Trunnel, Cindy Walton, and Jessica Weiss.

More than 400 people attended last year’s gala, raising approximately $210,000.

In addition to a featured artist, Art Affair proudly announces a partnering gallery, Momentum Gallery, who graciously hosted a kickoff event in October. OpenDoors is working with Momentum to create an arts education program focusing on career exploration in Asheville’s arts scene. Additionally, Momentum will be helping jury and curate the art selections.

LOOK FOR: Eye-popping, mission-driven decor, signature cocktails, local chefs, and live auction called by Brunk Auctions.

Tickets go on sale January 2020. Visit opendoorsasheville.org for updates on auction items, artists, makers, mixologists, live entertainment, performing artists, and more.

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