Conscious Party Web Extra: OpenDoors Benefit Art Auction

What: OpenDoors of Asheville’s Benefit Art Auction

Where: Haywood Park Hotel Ballroom, located at 1 Battery Park Ave. in downtown Asheville

When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 7 to 11 p.m. Purchase tickets by Feb. 7 ($75 single ticket/$100 per couple. Info:

Why: The second annual live and silent auction for OpenDoors, a not-for-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth, will feature original art, food, wine, beer and live “explosive hot jazz” performed by Firecracker Jazz Band.

Over 40 artists contributed to the auction, which includes a painting and two ink-on-recycled paper pieces by outsider/folk artists Gabriel Shaffer; a colored-pencil sketch by Taiyo LaPaix; a cast-resin sculpture by Stacy Deslatte; a hand-dyed silk and cotton shawl by Barbara Zaretsky; a semi-precious stones and silver necklace by Joanna Gollberg; a bright painting by Moni Hill; and oh, so much more.

An array of sweet and savory delights, beer and wine will be provided by Chorizo, Mela, Limones, Old Europe, Laughing Seed Café, Santé Wine Bar, Table, Early Girl Eatery and the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, among other area restaurants.

All proceeds from the benefit auction supports OpenDoors, an organization dedicated to breaking “the cycle of poverty by connecting local children with an active individualized support network and providing them with opportunities for higher level education,” as stated on its website. “OpenDoors helps at-risk kids, living below poverty level, with a support network of local families who provide mentoring as well as transportation to sports and extracurricular activities, tutoring, and school events. This network advocates for OpenDoors kids in the their schools and helps them gain access to school resources so they can graduate high school and flourish. These kids not only become part of our families, we become part of theirs and our community gets stronger.”

Peruse art, enjoy food, wine and beer and support OpenDoors’ tremendous mission to “invest in kids so they invest in themselves.”


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
Aiyanna grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She was educated at The Cambridge School of Weston, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oxford University. Aiyanna lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she proudly works for Mountain Xpress, the city’s independent local newspaper.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

2 thoughts on “Conscious Party Web Extra: OpenDoors Benefit Art Auction

  1. Meg Reilley Photography

    Can’t wait! Please support this great organization, as it is helping the boy that my partner and I mentor.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.