Archive | August, 2010

Mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms

Mushroom photo by Betsy Dewitt

CLICK HERE to see a very short slideshow of current Penland fungi.
Photos by Betsy Dewitt with ranting commentary by Robin Dreyer.

No Flash? Too bad. Here’s a link to the slightly inferior YouTube version.

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Big Auction Slide Show

penland auction tent

Here is a 3-minute slideshow from our Annual Benefit Auction, which took place on August 13-14. You can also navigate through the slides one at a time by using the arrows in the lower right-hand corner. If you are using a Flash-challenged device, you can also watch it on YouTube (but it doesn’t look as good).

Penland’s 25th Annual Benefit Auction was a brilliant success. Thanks to all of the artists, attendees, staff, and the 200+ volunteers who made it a great weekend and an amazingly smooth event.

Revenue from art sales: $333,716
Fund-A-Need revenue: $34,750
Total revenue for the weekend: $514,069
Total attendance: 527

We sold 223 pieces of work in the four auctions for an average of 104 percent of retail value.

Total revenue was $33,884 higher than 2009.

We are collectively thrilled!

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The Rivet Cheer

Marlene True and her students express their deep and abiding love for rivets with the rivet cheer, led by Marissa Saneholtz in this video from Arley-Rose Torsone.

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“Crafting Exhibitions,” Sunday, August 22

Ingrid Schaffner

Ingrid Schaffner

Curator and arts writer Ingrid Schaffner will give a talk at the Northlight building at Penland School of Crafts at 8:00 PM on Sunday, August 22. Titled, Crafting Exhibitions, her talk will be a survey of her work as a curator, covering her interests in feminism, photography, and historic surrealism. Andrew Glasgow, the former director of the American Crafts Council, will lead a discussion with Schaffner and the audience after her talk. Schaffner is the senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and her talk takes place during her participation in Penland’s new Andrew Glasgow Writers Residency.

Ingrid Schaffner has been working in contemporary art since the mid-1980s and has developed an exceptional body of work around three themes: surrealism, collecting, and photography. Among her many projects, Deep Storage was a major international survey of 50 contemporary artists which represented issues and images of collecting, storage, and archiving. Other exhibitions include Pictures, Patents, Monkeys, More … on collecting, Richard Tuttle, In Parts, 1998-2001, and The Photogenic: Photography Through its Metaphor. She has numerous publications on 20th century art, art reviews in Artforum, and catalog essays.

Directions to Penland are here.

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Arthur Gonzalez comes through town

chalkboard by Arthur Gonzalez

The editor of this blog was out of town for a few days and now we are all going nuts putting on the annual benefit auction so there hasn’t been much time to post. But we didn’t want anyone to miss this great drawing that instructor Arthur Gonzalez made on the chalkboard in the Pines last session. Click on this one to see it bigger.

t-shirt by Arthur Gonzalez

And while we’re on the subject of Arthur, here’s a Penland iron T-shirt that he modified for sale in the end-of-session scholarship auction. Thanks, everyone, for a great session.

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