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In 1895, George Vanderbilt opened his Biltmore Estate; this year marked the crowning moment on years of construction. The Estate fostered a community adorned with lovers of art, beauty, and culture. The 2014 Color Ball was dedicated to the same elegance and energy of a golden age.

The time of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Aubrey Beardsley, Erik Satie, Oscar Wilde, and Joseph Conrad, the Gilded Ball, like the era, indulged in extravagance and elegance. The Gilded Age was an important time for Asheville and its reverberations can still be seen today. We celebrated this era and the Asheville Area Arts Council’s mission to advance Buncombe County by providing access to resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community with Asheville’s finest cocktails by the mixologists of Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, costumes, performances, decor, art, and live entertainment by the Resonant Rogues! The Gilded Ball was surely 2014’s richest social occasion.

About the Gilded Ball, Executive Director Kitty Love said: “The Color Ball is our chance to celebrate the unusually successful year that the AAAC has enjoyed, but it is also crucial to raise funds for even better service next year. We have a new strategic plan, a new location that will enable us to better serve BuncombeCounty, and a renewed commitment to support our creative entrepreneurs.

More than ever, this year I feel the AAAC has reached a level of service that I can truly feel proud of. Our grants programs are growing, we have had inspiring exhibitions, and we are launching a powerful new business planning curriculum for craft artists. Additionally, our arts advocacy has begun to create new perspectives in earnest, which is a change that will manifest in ways we can only imagine. I believe we are on the verge of great things as a city, and that our creative sector will be a part of that success.”


Live Art Auction:

The Gilded Ball auction featured the following artists and local business contributors. Thanks again to our community sponsors and our generous art auction artists for believing in the Asheville Area Arts Council’s mission!

Featured Artists:

Other Auction Donors:


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

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