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A few questions for Sarah Abramson

jeweler Sarah Abramson
Sarah Abramson

The online magazine Whiskey Dregs has a nice interview, written by Alexis Guerra, with jeweler Sarah Abramson who has been a student and a studio assistant at Penland many times.  Here’s the introduction:

Sarah Abramson has a Masters of Fine Arts in Metal from the State University of New York and New Paltz and has had her work and designs displayed at various jewelry exhibitions all over the world. Her jewelry has been displayed in Florence, Italy, the Netherlands, Montreal, Canada, and currently Sarah is an artist in residence at the Museum of Art and Design here in New York City. Sarah has taken her love of two-dimensional drawings and used a variety of inventive techniques to generate her vivid and inventive three-dimensional creations.

If her charismatic personality is any indication of how invested she is in her work and her designs then I’m sure that we can expect a lot more from Sarah in the future. Her looks are fun, vibrant and eye-catching.

Her latest project has been creating pieces for Salon:Inventive Art Jewelry in an Inventable Space. This talented and driven group comprised of mostly Brooklyn-based art and jewelry designers has been a long awaited labor of love for exhibit creator, Mia Hebib. By bringing all of these talented and eclectic artisans together, the Salon exhibit has not only proven to been a truly successful event, showcasing the work of 7 incredibly brilliant creators, but it has also shown that with a little bit of ingenuity, collaboration and hard work, anything is possible.

Read more here.

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A visit from Governor Perdue

Governor Purdue in the Penland iron studio

North Carolina’s governor, Beverly Purdue, stopped by on Monday with a few friends. They spent a little time in the Penland Gallery and then program director Dana Moore took them on a tour of a few of our studios. In the picture above, the group is getting a little information about blacksmithing from studio assistant Gerald Boggs.

Governor Purdue in the Penland glass studio

And here’s Governor Perdue getting a glassblowing lesson from our studio coordinator, Dean Allison. She called later to say they “couldn’t possibly have had a better time.”

Photos by Dana Moore

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The Core Show!!

The annual exhibition of work by Penland’s fabulous core fellows just opened at the Penland Gallery. The reception is on Friday, October 8 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. If you are in the area, don’t miss it.

The core program provides nine artists with an opportunity to live, study, and work at Penland for two years. We get amazing, gifted, fascinating, hard-working people in the program–being around them is one of the undocumented perks of working at Penland. This show has work in books, clay, drawing, glass, metals, photography, printmaking, textiles, wood and a many pieces that cross these boundaries. Just to give a few examples, the show includes a glass diving helmet, a ceramic owl with steel wings, a small wooden crane that suspends a small steel house, and a tiny brass boat sailing on a sea of metal letters. We’ll put up a slide show of work from the exhibition in a couple of weeks.