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Opening at Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville, Thursday, January 6th

Vowels and Bowels by Jason Bige Burnett

Be sure to check out Southeastern Emerging Clay Artists, featuring Penland core student Jason Bige Burnett, in the Showcase Gallery at Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville, from January 6 to March 26. And don’t miss recent Penland resident artist Margaret Couch Cogswell’s solo show in the Small Format Gallery right across the hall.

The opening reception for both shows, as well as New x 3, a Main Gallery exhibit of artists new to Blue Spiral, will be this Thursday, January 6, from 5-8 pm.

Click here for more information from Blue Spiral 1’s website.

Have a look at Jason and Margaret’s websites, while you’re at it.

See you there.

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Penland artists and USA Projects

USA Projects Penland Page

A project billed as the first micro-philanthropy website dedicated to U.S. filmmakers, writers, musicians and visual artists was launched last week, aimed at attracting small public donations to bring artistic projects to life. Sponsored by the grant-making and advocacy organization United States Artists, USA Projects hopes to connect people with artists and raise tax-deductible contributions for original works.

Many of the participating artists have been winners of the organization’s USA Fellowships, but the sponsors have also created a group of “project partners” to help them identify and recruit artists. Along with Penland, these partners include organizations such as Creative Capital, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation. Through this aspect of the program, a group of current and former Penland resident artists have been invited to participate.

USA Projects invites artists to propose specific projects along with a budget for their completion. These are posted on the site and supporters are invited to pledge money toward projects that interest them. Each project has a time frame of 4-8 weeks in which to generate pledges, and the money is collected only if the entire amount is pledged. The artists also offer specific benefits to people who contribute.

The Penland artists who already have projects up for funding through the site are David Chatt, Jennifer Bueno, IlaSahai Prouty, Margaret Couch Cogswell, and Vivian Beer. Three other artists–Cristina Cordova, Gertrude Graham Smith, and Robert Levin–have created profiles on the site, but have not yet listed projects.

If you would like to read about these projects (and consider helping fund them) or you want more information about USA Projects, visit the Penland organizational page on the USA Projects website.

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“Identity” exhibition slide show

Anne Lemanski - 21st Century Super Species: Jack-dor
Anne Lemanski's spectacular "21st Century Super Species" seen through the windows of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC

Click here to see a 24-image slide show.

A new exhibition at the Womble Carlyle Gallery of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC is a collaboration between Penland School and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Titled Identity, the exhibition showcases large-scale work by four artists who have close ties to Penland School. The show opened with a reception and artist talks on November 16. It runs through January 4, 2011.

Represented in the exhibition are silhouette artist Béatrice Coron, glass sculptor Janis Miltenberger, mixed-media sculptor Anne Lemanski, and ceramic sculptor Sunkoo Yuh. While these artists work in divergent media and each has their own sensibility and aesthetics, they share an exploration of human identity and the complex world around them. Viewed together, their work creates a joint narrative filled with stories, memory, and myth.

The show was curated by Penland Gallery manager Kathryn Gremley and installed by Kathryn and deputy director Jerry Jackson and their assistants Tammy Hitchcock and Matthew Thomason.

Click here to see a 24-image slide show.

Identity exhibition
Penland Director Jean McLaughlin and Winston-Salem Arts Council Director Milton Rhodes at the opening of the show.

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Art for Penland Auction NOW

bottle and stopper by Shane Fero
Glass bottle and stopper by Shane Fero

Art for Penland is a web-based art sales program designed to support Penland’s classes, programs, studios, and scholarships through the sale of art contributed by artists and other donors.

This month Art for Penland is having an auction in the nonprofit section of eBay. Thirty-six works contributed by instructors and students will be auctioned beginning now and running through November 16. The auction includes work in clay, glass, iron, jewelry, painting, photography, and textiles.

Contributing artists are as follows: Katie Bernstein, Devin Burgess, Gordon Chandler, Julie Anne Denton, Arless Day, Robert Ebendorf and Mickey Johston, Mary Farmer, Shane Fero, David Goldhagen, Marguerite Jay Gignoux, David Hering, Nicholas Joerling, Claire Kelly and Anthony Schafermeyer, Michael Kline, John Littleton and Kate Vogel, Richard Margolis, Joseph Miller, Bea Nettles, Ben Owen III, Jason Pollen, Fawn Potash, Paul Shore, Jerry Spagnoli, James Tanner, and Tim Tate.

Click here to see the auction.

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Hallowe’en news

halloween at Penland

Photography instructor Dan Estabrook (third from right, if you must know) sent us this picture taken in the photo studio just before another rip-roarin’ Penland Hallowe’en party. In the back you can see former Core student Beth Schaible dressed as a newsboy. The amazing Beth wrote, typeset, and letterpress-printed a single-sheet Penland newspaper for the event. It’s filled with fake news and inside jokes.

Click here
to see a fullsize PDF of the Penland Post.

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Halloween yard

panoramic photo by Dana Moore

Our program director, Dana Moore, just made this panoramic photo of a neighbor’s yard (she learned this technique in a Penland photo class this summer). Don’t bother looking at it in this small size. Click on the picture to see it bigger.