The Seventh Annual Feast for the Arts Wine and Dessert Gala fundraiser, a key event each year for the Ashe County Arts Council, will be providing food and auctions this weekend.
The event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Ashe Arts Council will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson. Tickets for the event are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, per person.
“The dessert gala and silent auction on Saturday are a culmination of a major fundraising event sponsored by the Arts Council” said Jane Lonon, director of the Ashe Arts Council. “A series of dinners have been held already in the county and there will be more throughout the rest of May. We gather all of those participants plus community folks.”
Lonon said the desserts have been donated by over a dozen restaurants, bakeries and caterers through the High Country region.
“We have those available for sampling,” she said. “We also have wine, coffee and a high-energy, fun party atmosphere.”
A focal point of the event will be the silent auction, where people will be bidding on different items and chances to host special events in the community.
“It’s a wide variety of things, most of which have an arts focus at their center,” Lonon said. “It’s a fun time to bid on the items that you want. The artists have all donated their work and musicians are donating their time as a donation back to the Arts Council”
Some of the larger prizes include a house concert by Emile Pandolfi, a performance by Wayne Henderson and Helen White, a week-long stay in a house in Sunset Beach, located in Brunswick County and a catered dinner for six in your home by local chef Michael Yelton.
“Folks will have the opportunity to bid on goods and arts connections, most of which have an art flair to them,” Lonon said. “The whole evening is a major fundraiser.”
In addition, there will be a “weekend fun package,” which will provide a family tickets and coupons to Tweetsie Railroad, Pepper’s Restaurant and Zaloo’s Canoes, a wine tasting at Carolina Country Wine, 11 different art boxes and three commissioned paintings by Stephen Shoemaker, Joan Stiles Bell and Jeri Allison.
Lonon said Shoemaker will do an architectural piece, Allison will do a pet portrait and Bell will do an overall painting. There will be more items to bid on as well.
“Some of our favorite local artists are donating a commissioned painting for an original work of art,” she said.
Bidding for the items started at noon, on May 15. Proceeds from the event are provided to the Arts Council and the many events it supports in the local schools and overall community.
Lonon said each year, the event has shown a sustained growth.
“Each year Feast for the Arts has grown a little bit,” she said. “Last year, it sort of blew us out of the water. We raised over $24,000, which was wonderful and more than we had hoped for.”
For more information about Saturday’s event, contact the Ashe County Arts Council at (336) 846-ARTS (2787) or stop by the Arts Center.
Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.