Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP)
Contact: Pam Siekman, Pamsiekman@earthlink.net, 828-335-6680

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Asheville, NC  –   Asheville artist Dawn Rentz has been selected winner of the Western North Carolina AIDS Project's prestigious Signature Piece competition for its Raise Your Hand auction, scheduled this year for September 25th at the Doubletree Hotel, Biltmore.  Dawn’s winning entry “Gone Too Long” -- mixed media on panel -- will be used on all promotional materials for the event.  The Signature Piece has become a cornerstone of  WNCAP’s annual Raise Your Hand fundraiser.
Dawn was born in Wisconsin and  now resides in Asheville, North Carolina.  She is represented by the Blue Spiral 1 Gallery on Biltmore Avenue.  Her passion for nature inspires much of her creativity, as seen throughout her portfolio. Dawn’s style is neither literal nor abstract, but her works are representations of experiences condensed into imagery.

Judging for the Signature Piece competition took place on July 21st at the WNCAP office in Asheville.  Jurors were Karen Weihs, 2009 Signature Piece winner, Philip DeAngelo of Blackbird Art & Frame, and Brie Castell of Castell Photography.  There were 15 entries in the competition won by Rentz.  A second place tie occurred for works by Sue Fazio of Hendersonville and Nancy Livingston of Black Mountain.  Fazio’s piece was an oil on canvas entitled “Love – Courage – Wisdom,” and Livingston’s piece was a clay sculpture with marble base entitled “Starstruck.”
Dawn Rentz’s award winning painting will soon appear on posters throughout WNC advertising the Raise Your Hand auction and dinner.  Her painting will also be featured in magazine and newspaper ads and will grace the cover of the event program.  "Gone Too Long” and all other entries for the Signature Piece competition will be available for bid during the auction on September 25th. 
Raise Your Hand, now in its 22nd year, is WNCAP’s second largest fundraiser and is always a lively, well-attended event.  In addition to great local art, the auction will feature wines, trips and other treasures.  Culinary treats will be provided by chefs from Bouchon, Fiores, Corner Kitchen, and Dining Innovations at the Doubletree.  All money raised through the event will support WNCAP’s mission of providing prevention education for men, women and youth  living in WNC, and supportive services for those affected by HIV and AIDS. 
Tickets for this premier community event will go on sale soon.  For more information contact the WNCAP office at 828-252-7489 or visit www.wncap.org/ryh
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