ROCK the RAA February 9, 2017

We are excitedly counting the days until our biggest night of the year, the ROCK the RAA Art Auction on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Wahill Farms. Remember, if you need tickets, you can click here

One of the highlights of the night is always the live auction. Here’s a overview of what we’ll have available that night!

Cabin in Waynesville, North Carolina

You and nine of your friends can get away and recharge your batteries in this spectacular 5 bedroom custom log built home in Waynesville, North Carolina, just a 30 minute drive from trendy Asheville. Perched at 4,000 feet on the side of a mountain overlooking the majestic Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can take in the scenery from one of the two decks or the hot tub. Fully appointed chef’s kitchen will make it easy to just stay and relax all week but you won’t want to miss venturing to Asheville to check out the vibrant music, arts, and foodie scene. Date to be mutually agreed upon by both parties. Value: $2,500

Listening to Color by Donovan Freeland

Listening to Color was inspired by rock and roll music, an abstract original that Donovan Freeland saw in Paris and Neil Harbison. Freeland met Harbison, a British-born avant-garde artist, at an International Color Marketing conference several years ago. Born color blind, Harbison pioneered the transposition of light waves into sound frequencies, creating an implant that allows him to hear the symphony of color. In tribute, Freeland crafted Listening to Color as a rock and roll concert for the senses. (Wall hanging approx. 31 ½ X 23”)

Local Batesville hobby-artist Donovan Freeland (sometimes known as Gheppeto) took up “hooking” as a creative outlet during his career in color merchandising that spanned four decades. Patterned and solid colors of specialty-dyed wool sourced from his textile colorist and mentor are cut into varying pasta-like shapes and hooked into one-of-a-kind artwork. Though sometimes designed for use as an accent rug or table runner, most of Freeland’s pieces are back-framed or full framed for wall art.

Freeland collaborated with David Walsman to create the custom frame for Listening to Color, which includes locally harvested barn-wood inlay. His inspired creations are displayed in places as far away as Sweden and Hawaii. Freeland won’t admit just how many hours he put into this significant piece but as he has yet to do art for commission, this is a rare opportunity to obtain one of his prized and storied pieces.