The Asheville Quilt Guild will hold an auction at a quilt show which will be held from Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Show hours will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Beautiful handmade wall art squares will be auctioned to start a recently established scholarship at Haywood Community College. The Asheville Quilt Guild is celebrating their silver anniversary and each wall art piece will incorporate silver in its design in recognition of this event.

The scholarship is named the Asheville Quilt Guild Scholarship. This annual $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is enrolled full-time in the Professional Crafts-Fiber Associate program.

The recipient must maintain a 2.0 GPA for general academic classes and a 3.0 in Professional Crafts-Fiber classes, and be a North Carolina resident with preference given to students residing in the 17 Western North Carolina counties. The recipient must also be recommended by Catharine Ellis or the current Professional Crafts-Fiber Coordinator and agree to provide a small amount of service time to support the Guild. The selected recipient will be given membership in the Guild and exposed to internationally known fiber artists and quilters.

According to Ellen Levine, president of the Guild, the mission of the organization is to promote the art of quilting. "We looked for a university in Western North Carolina that embraced the arts to provide with a scholarship. Our goal is to grow the arts here by encouraging new artists and quilters. HCC was the perfect choice for us because of its acclaimed fiber arts program."

Rita Williams, First Vice President was quick to add, "Quilters are generous with their work, their information and their gifts." Each year the guild actively supports other community groups. Last year the guild donated almost 300 quilts to women's shelters in the area and to the Neonatal ICU at Mission Hospital. "Each premature baby born in the unit receives a quilt from the guild," she said. The group has also made quilts for children's home and regularly provides quilted pillows to hospice programs.

The guild has over 375 members and was started in 1988. The guild is a member of the North Carolina Quilters and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and was formed to preserve the mountain heritage of quilting, be a source of information and inspiration for quilters, encourage excellence in quilting and related arts, be of service to the community, and provide fellowship to people with a common interest.

Admission to the show is $4. Parking at the Arboretum is $5 per car. For more information on the Asheville Quilt Guild auction, please call the North Carolina Arboretum at 828-665-2492 or Quilt Guild member Jamie Berdahl at 258-3794. For more information on the Asheville Quilt Guild Scholarship at HCC, please call 627-4500.