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Avery Art's Mountain Palette gala July 21

Article Published: Jul. 14, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Avery Art's Mountain Palette gala July 21

'Shades of Autumn' at the Avery Arts Council

When the guests start arriving at the Mountain Palette gala on July 21, it won't be just the art on the silent auction tables that will astonish them.

It's become a tradition to extend that astonishment right out to the dining tables, where floral centerpieces compete with the gourmet dining to the delight of all.

Once again, Valerie Stephens is making it happen.

Valerie's talent for making beautiful things is a great boon for the arts council. She and her husband, Sam Stephens, have underwritten the table décor at the gala for years.

Valerie and floral designer Teresa Brewer of Mountaineer Landscaping have been in planning mode for some time, working to out-do their previous gala masterpieces.

Their latest arrangements will join the host of items to be sold to the highest bidder during the evening.

Pam Brewer donated one of her sculptures and Bill Brown has given the arts council a lamp.

There are gift certificates to be bid on for everything, from dinner to yoga; and then there will be a raffle of a Tahitian pearl cocktail ring from Pamela's Jewelry.

Gala guests will be bidding on the best Avery has to offer and helping to support the Avery Arts Council at the same time.

Tickets, which cost $125, are still available for the Mountain Palette gala, which takes place at the sky-high Linville Ridge Country Club on Thursday, July 21. To reserve your place at the table, call the Avery Arts Council at (828) 733-0054 or email (

The council board acknowledges the generosity of sponsors Paulette and Ron Sherrill, Dianne Davant and Associates, Valerie and Sam Stephens, Jim Dulin, and Chuck Hood for underwriting the costs of the evening.

The Avery County Arts Council is a nonprofit organization working to enrich the people of Avery County through meaningful arts and cultural experiences. For more than 30 years the council has helped to support school arts programs and served as a resource for artists and the community.

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