Show showcases art work

ASHEVILLE, N.C.. — The Asheville Fine Art Show will be held from May 20-21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St.

This juried fine art and fine craft show features works from across the U.S. Focus is placed on visual arts, diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth within Asheville and its surrounding areas. All art is original and personally handmade. As of press time, 89 artists will be exhibiting.

One LGBTQ artist who will be in attendance is Dan Neil Barnes from Georgetown, Ky. His medium is stained glass. His designs combine light, color and texture and he uses his talent in fashioning sculpture, lighting, fountains, vessels, custom windows and doors. He also has had an outstanding reputation in upholstery and furniture design.

The Budding Artist Competition for youth art award winners for K-8 or ages 5-13 will be announced at the event on Sunday afternoon and each winner will receive $250.

Admission is $8/14 years old and older and $10/two-day pass. Children 13 and under are admitted free.


Walk to benefit org

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Walk a Mile: March to End Gender Violence, will be held on May 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. beginning at Roger McGuire Green/Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, N.C.

The eighth annual event which benefits the Our Voice Inc. agency brings attention to those who are affected by rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Participants walk in shoes of others as a symbolic gesture of responsibility and solidarity. The fundraising goal is $50,000.

Registration is $25. High school or college students can participate for $15. T-shirts are $20 each and are available for sale online and can be picked up at the event. Sponsors can register free, with a required discount code. Visit to sign up to make contributions. More information is available by calling 828-252-0562 or emailing

In other news, Our Voice was awarded a $25,000 Parsec Prize from Parsec Financial which will be used for their ongoing programming. Our Voice provides tailored programs for the LGBTQ, homeless, African-American, Latino, male and elderly populations. Through primary prevention education, their curricula prevent the first-time perpetration of and victimization by sexual assault and rape on people of all ages in their community.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.