WNCAP shares a preview of its Sept. 23 ‘Raise Your Hand’ benefit auction

HAPPY BIDDING: Pictured clockwise from top left, painting “Red is Feeling Brave,” by Linda Gritta; handmade bowls; painting “Drum Circle” by Colleen Webster; “Space Rock Ovoid #711010A” by Steven Forbes de Soule.
HAPPY BIDDING: Pictured clockwise from top left, painting “Red is Feeling Brave,” by Linda Gritta; handmade bowls; painting “Drum Circle” by Colleen Webster; “Space Rock Ovoid #711010A” by Steven Forbes de Soule.

Tickets are currently on sale for the Western North Carolina Aids Project’s annual Raise Your Hand gala and benefit auction. The fundraiser, now in its 29th year, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Asheville Event Centre.

At a recent preview event, a number of the auction items were revealed, including jewelry, ceramics and visual art. This year’s signature painting, “Red is Feeling Brave,” by Linda Gritta, was chosen earlier this summer in a juried competition.

A catalog of 2017 auction items is continually being updated. It includes books, lithographs, prints, sculpture, place settings, furnishings, glassware and more.

“This is a room that’s full of passion and love, and love for WNCAP,” said Pam Siekman, auction chairperson, during the preview. The annual event raises money for WNCAP’s operation and programming, including HIV/AIDS education, outreach and advocacy.

Raise Your Hand starts at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and cocktail reception, followed, at 8 p.m., by a live auction and dinner — inspired by local foods, indigenous flavors and autumn colors — from Strada Italiano. Tickets are $150 per person. For those unable to attend, absentee bidding is available. Find details here.

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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