The “Purpose” of Participating

Contributing artist, Mark Bettis I believe every man, woman and child should have the opportunity and resources to succeed in life. I donate my artwork to the Open Doors’ Art Affair because they have proven that they are making a difference. Giving children even the smallest of chances to succeed is crucial to our future. […]

This year’s honoree is…

OpenDoors  is proud to present the 2015 Laureate of the Year Award to Mrs. Elinor Earle, founder of Asheville’s Youthful HAND Center, which is located in the Lee Walker Heights neighborhood. This award specifically recognizes and celebrates members of the community for outstanding service to help eliminate child poverty. Ms. Earle has dedicated her life […]

…simply let it shine

Art by Andy Farkas “I am lucky. As a child I was allowed opportunities of experience that allowed for a freedom of being that only comes with childhood. Even today I like to imagine myself as a Peter Pan figure. My longing to never grow up has transformed into a longing to retain a portion […]

We Are One. So I Am The One.

By Lauren Jones, M.A. Special Education, Behavior and Emotional Disabilities If you had told me a year ago that I would be able to drive into any low-income housing neighborhood and see people I know, go up and sit on the porch and catch up on things, and then be invited for Thanksgiving dinner – […]

Why do I create my artwork? Because I have to.

– by Grant Penny I suspect many, if not most, artists would agree. There is an inner necessity to produce work. If I were to deny my drive to create I would be denying myself. I enjoy the process of taking a thought/an idea, mulling it over, nudging it, tweaking it, committing to it. Paper and glue are unforgiving. […]

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”

  Kenn’s recent newsletter featured this quote from Kofi Annan, which demonstrates Kenn and OpenDoors’ shared commitment to promote education and literacy for all. As a sixth year donating artist, Kenn explains why he gives to OpenDoors Art Affair. “In my work I am often posing what if questions about the manipulation of space, both […]

give. thanks.

  Contributed Art(icle) by Nancy Joyce: I feel intrinsically drawn to help those less fortunate than myself, specifically those that are misunderstood or misrepresented. OpenDoors allows kids that would otherwise be overlooked, ignored, or that might slip through the cracks to shine and show their true potentials on a level playing field. Life is not fair. We […]

Happy Holidays from Our Random Family to Yours!

Journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc began her firsthand reporting about the sprawling reach of poverty in the Bronx back in the 1990s, and continued that work for more than a decade. Then she published the book “Random Family,” which is a focused analysis and observation of poverty on a micro level of day-to-day struggles. She illuminates […]

Help a Child Shine Bright

Your generous gift to OpenDoors of Asheville this holiday season will positively and permanently change the life of a child. Your gift also gains value for years to come because creating equal access to education and enrichment makes a critical difference in a child’s ability to become an inspired learner and a contributing member of […]

Parker + Priddy = Perfect

By Jen Ramming: OpenDoors of Asheville is made possible by those who are willing to collaborate. WNC is, both historically and today, full of fanatically independent spirits. But on a daily basis we are astonished by the number of people who come forth with their time, money, talent, and hearts to collaborate and make a […]

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The Art Affair 2012

February 25, 2012 The Affair Begins!   Buy Tickets   Learn more »

Jim Ostlund

“Lost” Dimensions: n/a Media: sepia wash Fair Market Value: $1800 Min. Online Bid: $900 Absentee Bidding

Richard Oversmith

Dimensions: n/a Media: n/a Fair Market Value: $1800 Min. Online Bid: $900 Absentee Bidding

Anonymous Donor

Dimensions: n/a Media: Fair Market Value: $250 Min. Online Bid: $125 Absentee Bidding

Laleah Adams

“Tall House” Dimensions: n/a Media: n/a Fair Market Value: $225 Min. Online Bid: $120 Absentee Bidding

Mike Smith

“The Green Barn” Dimensions: 26 3/8″ x 30 1/8″ Media: Photograph (matted) Fair Market Value: $3500 Min. Online Bid: $1250 Absentee Bidding