This August 9 and 10 we celebrated Penland’s 34th Annual Benefit Auction with great art, great views, great fun—and so many of you! Auction weekend is an important time for the Penland community to come together and support our creative programming. And whether that support is through bidding, contributing to our Fund-A-Need cause, donating art, or volunteering time, it all adds up to make a big difference. Thank you, all of you, for turning this weekend into such a success.
Here are a few numbers to paint a picture of the 2019 Penland Benefit Auction:
- 434 auction guests on Friday and 458 guests on Saturday
- More than 175 volunteers who helped with everything from washing dishes to arranging flowers to serving drinks
- 216 pieces of original artwork in glass, clay, metals, and more donated by Penland artists
- 3 featured artists: glassblower Nick Fruin, metalsmith Lola Brooks, and ceramic sculptor Kensuke Yamada
- 1 Outstanding Artist Educator: the inimitable Bob Ebendorf!
- 7 metalsmiths, all students of Bob Ebendorf’s, who created original cynosures to adorn every table under the tent
- Over 500 mugs handmade by Nicki Strouss for Saturday morning’s Coffee at the Barns
- 26 generous event sponsors
- 16 Penland residents artists and core fellows who opened their studios to share their work
- $472,980 raised for Penland!
And, because a picture is worth a thousand words, here is a short summary of the weekend’s events in photos. A more complete album of auction images can be found on our Facebook page.
The first sign of auction weekend: a big white tent springs up over the volleyball court.
Another sign: this incredible crew of volunteers on all corners of campus! There’s a lot to be done, and we couldn’t do it without these folks.
Kicking the weekend off: a Penland Gallery reception and artist talk with Hoss Haley, whose exhibition of large-scale steel sculpture is on view through September 15.
Honoring a legend: a gathering to recognize metalsmith, mentor, and friend Bob Ebendorf as Penland’s 2019 Outstanding Artist Educator.
Getting into the swing of it: silent auction and snacks and cocktails and photo booth fun up at Penland’s new Northlight building!
Under the tent: dinner and live bidding begin!
To end the evening: coffee, dessert, a preview of Saturday’s artwork, and a live jazz band!
Back for day two: Coffee in handmade mugs and a chance to visit the studios of Penland’s seven resident artists.
Moving on to more art: an open house hosted by Penland’s core fellows featuring work from their Penland workshops.
And now for the big event: 40 original pieces up for bidding under the tent!
That’s a wrap: big thanks to everyone who joined us this year and made our 34th auction such a special one! See you next year under the tent on August 7 and 8.