Signature Piece

The Signature Piece of art is the cornerstone of the Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala.   Each year we hold a juried competition seeking the winning piece of art that will be featured on our event poster, website, social media, and in all advertisements.  The Signature Piece of art is the most exciting component of our live auction, and in past years has raised over $6,000.00.

Dates for the 2017 Signature Piece Competition will be announced in the Spring.

Congratulations to Constance Williams our 2016 Signature Piece Winner.

“Distillation Series- Green Blue.”

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Her winning entry was a 48″ x 48″ alcohol ink painting on aluminum board. This is a new medium for Constance and she’s getting rave review due to the fluidity of vibrant color on  a minimalist board; it truly makes a statement! William’s process is a sequence of rhythmic arrangements ,while focusing on tonal composition. The resulting are striking, manifesting layers of surface allure and and inward complexity.


Constance is a longtime supporter of WNCAP, donating in year past and always a patron of the Gala. You can seee more of Constance’s new works as well are her well-know encaustic art at Surface Gallery in Biltmore Village.

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Signature Piece Runner’s Up



Love Written in the Air 48" x 48"



First runner up in the competition was Linda McCane Gritta, for her 48 x 48 acrylic on canvas entitled “Love Written
in the Air”
(for Paul)









Third place went to Gayle Paul for her 24 x 36 oil on canvas entitled “Do I Know You From Somewhere II”.







Thank you to all of the fantastic Artists who entered in this year’s competition!

Kathryn Abernathy, Ana Blanton, Rachel Clegg, Yossi Daboosh, Jacqui Fehl, Barbara Fisher, Linda McCane Gritta, Michael Hatch, Mark Henry, Reda Kay, Dale McEntire, Gayle Paul, Barbara Perez, Chris Sheppard, David Skinner, Constance Williams.

To view the other entries, please visit our Gallery.

2016 Competition Jurors

Cindy Walton

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Walton is known for her expertise in cold wax medium and teaches workshops here in Asheville as well as the prestigious Ghost Ranch, N.M., where she has been an artist-in-residence since 2012. Cindy Walton, a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, is a twenty-seven year resident of Asheville, North Carolina. A committed artist from childhood, Walton earned a baccalaureate degree in art from Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, an.d a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Cindy has had a number of one-person exhibits across the southeast; solo venues include the Asheville Area Arts Council and the Johnson City (Tennessee) Area Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited at the Asheville Art Museum, South Cobb (Georgia) Arts Alliance, Florida’s National Vernissage des Femmes Artistes exhibit, various colleges and universities, and elsewhere.




Kitty Love

Kitty Love served as the Executive Director of the AAAC from December 2011 until April 2016. Kitty is a professionally trained artist, and has engaged in a lifetime of creative entrepreneurial projects, including mural art, retail craft, interior design, tattoo, and five years as a downtown gallery owner. In 2001, Kitty became engaged in community-building arts activism, including the creation of one of Asheville’s most popular street festivals. Her service through grassroots nonprofit organization, Arts 2 People produced several outdoor murals, arts education programs, programs in parks, and professional development for artists. She is known locally as a dedicated team player, bringing strong ideas and leadership to bear on community and economic development through the arts. Her service includes the City of Asheville Downtown Commission, the HUB Alliance, The Downtown Social Issues Task Force, The Asheville Mural Project, The Downtown Asheville Master Plan, and City Seeds

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Laura Crockett joined Brunk Auctions as the fine art specialist in 1998. Her responsibilities include researching paintings, prints and sculptures spanning from Roman antiquities to contemporary works of art. A graduate of East Carolina University, she moved to the Asheville area in 1986 and worked for Robert Brunk,  assisting with exhibitions and auctions. As a generalist for 18 years, she has seen new records for artists including, Thomas Moran, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Robert S. Duncanson, Claude Howell and most recently, North Carolina artist, Maud Gatewood. She has also appeared as an appraiser on the PBS series, Antiques Roadshow.