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Photo(s) of the Week: Community Open House 2015

Mobiles in the school store
Metals (enameling)
Photo (in the darkroom)
Hot glass
Pastepaper painting


Penland’s 2015 community open house was a lovely, lively event. More than 350 visitors and 150 volunteers braved the ice and the cold on February 28 and worked together in Penland’s studios to make enameled buttons, clay pots, glass vessels and beads, rebus mobiles, black and white photographs, wooden train whistles, steel garden stakes, letterpress printed books, woven samples, and more. Here are a few pictures of the fun. Join us for next year’s open house on March 5.


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An Unconventional Gift

Jim Adams and Laurie McIntosh, courtesy of The State.

Jim Adams and Laurie McIntosh

Blacksmith and sculptor Jim Adams and mixed media artist Laurie McIntosh took collaboration to another level after meeting at Penland last winter. This fall, they put on Penland Connections, a show of their works at Gallery 80808 in Columbia, South Carolina. (The show closes tomorrow, for those in the area.) In recognition of their memorable Penland experience, Adams and McIntosh decided to do something out of the ordinary: donate a portion of their earnings from gallery sales to Penland’s work-study scholarship program.

“[Penland] is not like any art place I’ve ever been,” said McIntosh in a radio interview with the South Carolina Business Review. “You eat, sleep, everything is art. Every time I’ve ever been [to Penland] has been a complete milestone in my career.”

Almost half of Penland’s students receive financial assistance. Penland’s work-study scholarships serve as a major vehicle in bringing students from diverse economic backgrounds and locations to our studios–a fact not lost on Adams and McIntosh. Students and instructors donate some works they have made during their session at seasonal work-study scholarship auctions. Monies raised go back to the work-study program. The next Penland work-study scholarship auction is Thursday, November 13, beginning at 8:00 pm in the Northlight building.

Thank you to Jim and Laurie for their unconventional gift. To find out more about Penland’s work-study program and how to create a scholarship, go here.

Interested in a scholarship to Penland? Our scholarship deadline for spring 2015 concentration workshops is November 28.

Photograph courtesy of The State newspaper.


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Penland at SOFA

Photograph of SOFA 2013 by Cheri Eisenberg

Photograph of SOFA 2013 by Cheri Eisenberg

Penland will participate in the always thrilling SOFA Chicago, which runs at Navy Pier, November 7-9. If you’re attending, please stop by our information table and say hello: we will have a preview list of our Summer 2015 workshops available.

You will also find us at SOFA 2014 involved in a project with four other craft schools promoting the craft school experience. This group will have a booth with information and a small collection of work by artists connected with the different schools. The group of craft schools will also present a panel discussion about craft workshop education.

And, if that’s not enough, Penland’s director Jean W. McLaughlin will moderate a panel discussion titled The Artist’s Perspective on Growth and Change with Penland instructors Raissa Bump, Cristina Cordova, Arthur Gonzalez, and Tom Huang.


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Congratulations, MCAR

Artists and dogs

These are just a few of the local artists who support Mitchell County Animal Rescue.

Congratulations to Mitchell County Animal Rescue, who have been named the 2014 Nonprofit of the Year by the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce. MCAR operates an animal shelter and offers low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services. Many Penland staff members and Penland-affiliated artists have been involved with MCAR as volunteers and board members and have also donated their work to numerous MCAR art sales. Thank you, MCAR, for your valuable service to our community.


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Photo(s) of the Week: Core Show Slideshow

Penland School of Crafts Core Fellows

Penland’s 2014 Core Fellows at the opening of their wonderful exhibition at Northlight on October 10. Click here for a slideshow with pictures from the opening and a few pieces by each person.

The core fellows (left to right) are Joshua Kovarik, Jamie Karolich, Emily Rogstad, Sarah Rachel Brown, Will Lentz, Tyler Stoll, Meghan Martin, Angela Eastman, Audrey Bell.


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Penland to Oaxaca: February 2015


Scene from Penland in Oaxaca 2014: an experience with local, natural dyes.

Penland will host an art-centered excursion to Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, February 19-25, 2015–a chance to explore contemporary and folk art in Oaxaca and Chiapas, where indigenous creativity has flourished for centuries.

During seven nights and eight days of cultural immersion and discovery, travelers will meet artists in their studios and discover a vibrant art scene; visit a Zapotec village where pre-Lenten Carnivale is celebrated with extravagant costumes; explore Zapotec archaeological sites; sample cuisine and take a cooking class with one of Oaxaca’s well-known culinary instructors. The trip is limited to twelve travelers and space is first-come, first-serve.

Penland School of Crafts in Oaxaca
Organized by Oaxaca Cultural Navigator
February 19-25, 2015
Registration deadline: November 15, 2014

For complete information about the trip, including an itinerary and how to register, click here

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Photo of the Week: This Is a Wonderful Thing

core reunion at Penland

We’re having a great week at Penland. It’s our first-ever core retreat (and reunion) — an open-studio week for current and former core fellows. You can look for a few blog posts from the week and we’ve turned our Instagram feed over to former core fellow Rachel Garceau. Check the Instagram hashtag #penlandcoreretreat.

Interested in becoming a Penland core fellow? Learn more about this two-year program in craft here. We have four fellowships available beginning in 2015, and applications are due next month: October 15, 2014.


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