Doors of dreams

Mountain Housing Opportunities will hold its 2007 Doors of Asheville fundraiser at the Orange Peel on Thursday, Nov. 29. This annual event will feature an auction of more than 30 works of art with doors and housing as the central theme.

Four doors: The MHO auction includes Ian Brownlee’s “Special Delivery,” Jessica Redford’s “Moving down a path of sharp stones and moss, relishing in the alternating sensations of remembering and forgetting,” Jeanne Loewer’s “St. Fiacre” and a door-turned-tabe by Pattiy Torno. Images Courtesy Mho

The public will get its first opportunity to view the work at the free public preview held at the Grove Arcade on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  During the month of November, the artwork will be displayed in various downtown businesses and public locations.

In years past, the funder was produced by Neighborhood Housing Services of Asheville. As part of a major restructuring this year, NHS transferred its first-time-homebuyer loan program to MHO. In addition, the Doors event is moving to MHO, where it will help support the transfer of the loan program. 

HomeTrust Bank has partnered with MHO as the Platinum Sponsor for this year’s Doors of Asheville, marking the third year that HomeTrust has provided sponsorship.  The funds raised will support MHO’s signature programs: Affordable Home Ownership, Self-Help Home Ownership, Community Rental Investments and Emergency Home Repair and Rehabilitation. MHO assists more than 450 households each year. 

“Affordable housing is one of the most crucial issues facing Asheville’s workforce,” said Scott Dedman, MHO executive director, “and this partnership with HomeTrust Bank for the Doors event is an extension of the good work that the bank is already doing in our community. Even more, it demonstrates HomeTrust Bank’s genuine interest in investing in affordable home ownership and in helping our friends and neighbors achieve their goal of finding a safe, attractive, affordable home in a good neighborhood.” 

Artists from around the region have creating themed work for the event.  They include Jacque Allen, Ashley Barber, Michael B, Vadim Bora, Ian Brownlee, Les Caison, John Dickson, Robin Dreyer, Sarah Faulkner, Celia Gray, Hoss Haley, Lynne Harty, Anna Krauss, Jean Loewer, Linda Lube, Virginia McKinley, Catherine Murphy, Tom Pazderka, Jessica Redford, Joseph Redford, Laura Reese, Sylvie Rosenthal, Meagan Scroggs, Mark Strom, Heather Allen Swarttouw, Jen Swearington, Kathleen Doyle and Tom Reardon, Pattiy Torno, Kathy Triplett and Meg Winnecour. Unique to the event will be a collaborative door produced by the artists of the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas (formerly the Fine Arts League of Asheville). The League has recently relocated to MHO’s Glen Rock development in the River District. 

In addition to HomeTrust Bank, sponsors include Biltmore Estate, Carolina First, Neighborhood Housing Services, Appalachian Realty, Asheville Savings Bank, Roberts & Stevens, CarePartners Health Services, Mission Healthcare Foundation and Webb Insurance. In-kind support is being provided by Biltmore Wines and 28806 Catering.

For additional information on MHO’s programs or the Doors of Asheville, visit or call 254-4030, ext. 10.


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About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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