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WNCAP Struggles to House Clients

Much has been written recently about the housing crisis in Asheville and the surrounding area. The situation appears to be worsening despite vigilant efforts by city officials and area government and nonprofit organizations: In 2015, Buncombe County experienced its first increase in the population of chronically homeless individuals since 2007. As recently as January of…

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Citizen-Times recognizes WNCAP Signature Piece Winners

The Western North Carolina AIDS Project has selected Cindy Walton, a River Arts District painter, as its 2015 Raise Your Hand Signature Piece artist. “In Flight,” the winning composition, is a 36-inch by 36-inch oil and cold wax abstract painting in vivid oranges and blues. WNCAP will auction the painting, along with other award winners…

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WNCAP Announces 2015 Signature Piece Winner

The Western North Carolina AIDS Project Announces  2015 Raise Your Hand Signature Piece Winner  Cindy Walton, River Arts District Artist    The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) is gearing up for their annual Raise Your Hand  fundraising auction & gala on Saturday, September 26th.  The prestigious Signature Piece competition  for this year’s annual event was held on Friday, June 12th.  Pam Siekman, Raise Your Hand Chairperson  announced that the winner of the juried competition was River Arts District Artist, Cindy Walton, of  Cindy Walton Fine Art located in the Wedge Studios.  Walton’s winning entry is a 36 x 36 oil and cold  wax on panel, entitled “In Flight”.  Her abstract interpretation is filled with energy – projecting nature’s  movement through vivid coloration and light.  Walton is known for her expertise in cold wax medium  and teaches workshops here in Asheville as well as at the prestigious Ghost Ranch, N.M., where she has  been an artist-in–residence since 2012.   The jurors for this year’s competition were Sherry Masters,  owner of Art Connections Tours, Michael Manes, Assistant Gallery Director of Blue Spiral 1, and Mark  Bettis, our 2014 Signature Piece winner.  First Runner up was Mark Henry for his framed oil on panel  “Cregg Farms, SC”, and second runner up was Linda McCane Gritta for her acrylic and mixed media on  canvas titled “State of Wonder III”.     WNCAP’s widely celebrated auction moves to a new venue this year, the Asheville Event Centre on  Sweeten Creek Road.  The Event Centre will afford the agency growth in attendance, as the highly  anticipated event has sold out quickly each year.  “More than ever, we are hoping to exceed all financial  goals this year” states Siekman.  The Southern U.S. continues to have the highest rate of new HIV  infections, making the need to increase WNCAP’s services even more critical.   WNCAP’s team provides  HIV / AIDS education & prevention services across WNC, as well as case-management services to those  living with the disease.   “Our services have expanded over the years due to the additional needs of our  clients for housing assistance, medications, food deliveries, and day to day support to help them live  healthier and more productive lives”, says Siekman.  Those attending the auction will be enticed to bid  on elaborate dinner packages presented by Asheville’s finest Chefs, antique collections, fine wines, get  away vacations, and an impressive collection of local art.  Andrew Brunk of Brunk Auctions will take to  the stage for the Live Auction portion of the evening, encouraging the crowds to bid high and bid often  for a most important cause.  The dinner for the event will be catered by Strada Italiano of Asheville.    Tickets for the 2015 Raise Your Hand dinner and auction are $125.00 and go on sale July 1st  at or by calling 828-252-7489. 


WNCAP Advocates meet with Federal & State Policymakers

Advocates from Western North Carolina AIDS Project have been busy this spring meeting with federal and state legislators asking them to support HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs. Although the HIV epidemic continues to grow with approximately 50,000 new infections every year, it no longer gets the public’s attention. These visits with the people who allocate…

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