Next Occurring: October 31, 2015

Onyx Ball

2015 Onyx Ball
A Magical Masquerade

Everybody loves a party, especially one filled to overflowing with creativity and entertainment, great food, enchanting libations, cool costumes, and amazing art & music! The AAAC’s raucous Onyx Color Ball is coming this Fall on October 31, 2015!

Each year a different color is chosen, and Asheville Area Arts Council takes that color to the extreme! This year’s color theme is Onyx! From decor to cocktails and even the guests, the entire evening is saturated with the theme color. The Color Ball features live painting and performances like you’ve never seen before in Asheville! From musical and dance performances to acrobatics and face-painting, the excitement of this arts-filled event is palpable.

WHEN: October 31, 2015
VIP Reception: 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Main Event: 6:30pm – 12:30am

WHERE: The Masonic Temple
80 Broadway St.




The Onyx Ball will feature a special performance by local band Zansa! The music of Zansa, a Nouchi slang word from Ivory Coast meaning “combination” or “blend,” is a synthesis of traditional and modern styles of West Africa. The Asheville, NC-based ensemble melds modern afropop with African folk music, African drumming, and the fiery dance-oriented Ivorian street music called Zouglou.



The Onyx Ball will also feature a performance by Lycaonfire. Lycaonfire is an Alchemist of mystical movement. He weaves dream dances with crystal spheres, levitating wands, and illusory manipulation hoops. His stories stem from old-world mythologies, taking form in the contemporary world through extensions of the creative body. From the Dark ~ sprung forth all of the Mysteries.

Live Art Auction:

The live art auction will feature the work of local fine artists Jonas Gerard, Hayden WilsonAnna JensenCourt McCracken and more.

Seeds of Life II

Seeds of Life II, Jonas Gerard

Jonas Gerard is a self-taught painter. He was born on the African continent in Casablanca, Morocco in 1941, to Jewish parents of French and Brazilian ancestry. Throughout his travels, he has maintained a strong connection to the essence of his birthplace.

He began his artistic career on the streets of New York City and spent many decades in the Miami area. He currently operates two 5,000-sq/ft studio/galleries in the Asheville, NC River Arts District.


Migrations: Residual Movement #4,
Court McCracken

Court McCracken is a graduate of Mars Hill University, where she received her BA in Studio Art. Court is a recipient of the Barnes Scholarship for the Arts and the Morgan Family Award for the Arts. She has also studied painting at the Parsons School of Design, NYC and abroad in Perugia, Italy with UNC-Asheville. She was featured in the show “East Meets West” in Bangkok, Thailand where she also collaborated on a mural for a local community center. In 2009 she returned to Asheville to pursue teaching with the Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville Art Museum, Roots & Wings and collaboration with other artists as a part of the River Arts District community.

Pipe Wrench

Pipe Wrench, Hayden Wilson

Hayden Wilson grew up in the Mountains of Western North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

He has been an assistant instructor in the glass studio at Penland School of Craft, in Penland, North Carolina and also at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state. Hayden has also worked Jackson County Green Energy Park building equipment, teaching glass and metal foundry classes.

Silent Auction:

The following Asheville area artists and businesses have contributed to our silent auction.

Call for Volunteers:

Seeking quality volunteers to dress in your finest onyx gowns or robes and indulge in one of the biggest nights of the year for the Asheville Area Arts Council! We are requesting your presence for our annual fundraiser, the Color Ball and encourage you to find out about all the wonderful volunteer opportunities today. Fill out our volunteer application or email to find out more!

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Lewis L. Manes Foundation, Brown Family Foundation, EBJ Builders and Brown Properties, Street Fair


Proceeds from the Color Ball directly support the AAAC’s year-round programming, newly revitalized to enhance the capacity and impact of the local creative sector. The Asheville Area Arts Council is the collective voice for the arts, advancing Buncombe County by providing access to resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community. The Asheville Area Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution. Thank you for your support!

2014 Gilded Ball

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 wass dedicated to the same elegance and energy of a golden age.

September 27, 2014 - September 28, 2015

2013 Emerald Ball

The Emerald Ball was held at Pink Dog Creative, former home of the Asheville Area Arts Council as well as a variety of great art studios and restaurants were transformed into the Emerald City, the capital of OZ from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of OZ.

October 5, 2013 - October 6, 2013

2012 Tangerine Ball

2012‘s color ball was a tribute to that unique era of Asheville’s history early in the 20th century when much of the allure and charm of our fair city was born. In honor of our great literary traditions, in honor of our ghosts, in honor of an opulent and abundant time, when the Asheville style was influenced by the creative, expressive, and just a bit…special.

September 15, 2012 - September 16, 2012