Penland School of Crafts Annual Benefit Auction


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2016 Auction


Join us for the 31st Annual Penland Benefit Auction on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13, 2016.

The Penland Benefit Auction is a gala weekend in the North Carolina mountains featuring the sale of over 240 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood. The Penland auction is one of the most important craft collecting events in the Southeast and a perfect opportunity to support Penland's educational programs, which have helped thousands of people live creative lives.


This year's featured artist is Wendy Maruyama. Paulus Berensohn will be honored as Penland's 2016 Outstanding Artist Educator. Margaret Couch Cogswell will craft whimsical centerpieces to decorate each auction table, and Lori Buff will create this year's handmade auction mugs.



Schedule & Registration


Auction Weekend Tickets $385 ($155 tax deductible)
Includes all Friday and Saturday activities


Friday, August 12  |  Friday-only tickets $225 ($115 tax deductible)
Cocktail party, exhibition preview, silent auction, dinner, live auction, dessert party, music, and dancing


Saturday, August 13  |  Saturday-only tickets $275 ($140 tax deductible)
Coffee at the studios with Penland's resident artists, silent auction, lunch, live auction, and gallery receptions


All reservations made online by April 30 will be entered to win two complimentary tickets to the historic Biltmore Estate in nearby Asheville, NC.



Auction invitations will be mailed in June. Absentee bids are accepted with a $25 bidder fee. Illustrated auction catalog and online preview will be available in July. For more information, call 828-765-2359 or email:






Every year, dedicated volunteers who love Penland are at the very heart of the auction's success. Please follow the volunteer registration link below for more information or to sign up as a volunteer at this year's benefit auction.




2016 Auction Sponsors

Thank you to the generous sponsors contributing to the 31st Annual Penland Benefit Auction! Their support makes the auction weekend possible.


Auction Benefactor ($7,500)
Appalachian Terroir

Auction Supporter ($5,000)
American Craft
David H. Ramsey Commercial Photography
Hallmark Capital Management
Metalsmith magazine
WNC magazine

Auction Patron ($2,500)
Center for Carolina Living and
Frank Kiker, Tryon Distributing
The Laurel of Asheville

Artist Table Sponsor ($1,500)
Classic Event Rental
Massive Photo Booth
Norman Sound & Productions, Inc.
Sysco Foods of Knoxville
US Foods
Sharon Mills

Beverage Sponsors
Blind Squirrel Brewery
Highland Brewing
Mother Earth Brewing
Piedmont Wine Imports
Troy and Sons Distillery

Auction Contributors
Blue Ridge Printing
Blue Ridge Soap Shed
Mountain City Coffee Roasters
Ingles Markets, Inc.



2015 Auction

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Thank you to all who made the 30th Annual Penland Benefit Auction such a success! From fine art to t-shirt art, a brass band to a glass band, the weekend was full of fun and festive details. We've captured some of them in our 2015 auction album.



2015 Auction Summary

Penlandís 30th Annual Benefit Auction (August 8-9, 2015) was a rousing success: it smashed the previous record for attendance, ticket sales, Fund-A-Need income, gross income, and net income. Long-time friend Bobby Kadis was honored at the Lucy Morgan Luncheon, and Outstanding Artist Educator Stoney Lamar was honored on Friday afternoon with tributes from several fellow artists and again under the tent on Friday night. The featured work, a glass dress by Susan Taylor Glasgow, was the centerpiece of the Northlight art exhibition. The donated work was outstanding across the board.


The Fund-A-Need, which solicited direct donations to equip Penlandís future photo studio, was memorably led by instructors Jeff Goodman and Alida Fish. Penlandís resident artists hosted an excellent open house in their studios, and the core fellows contributed with a display of their current work set up in the letterpress studio. As always, the event itself was powered by our hard-working staff and volunteers (lots of volunteers).


Here are some numbers:

Pieces sold: 236

Total attendance: 665

Volunteers: 217

Gross income: $735,134

Net income: $555,377

Art sales: $390,212

Ticket sales: $150,845

Fund-A-Need: $129,575


Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who donated work, bought a ticket, made a bid, made a purchase, or volunteered and helped make this important annual event a success. Please join us again next year for the 31st Penland Benefit Auction, which will take place on August 12-13, 2016.



2015 Auction Catalog

Take a look at the astonishing array of work included in this year's auction, as well as information about our 2015 featured artist, Penland's 2015 Outstanding Artist Educator, the auction's special photography portfolio, and more.





For additional information, call 828-765-2359 or email