2020 PENLAND GALLERY & VISITORS CENTER UPDATE
PENLAND GALLERY & VISITORS CENTER 2020 Update
May 2020: The Penland campus is currently open for staff, core fellows, resident artists, and deliveries ONLY. The gallery, coffee house, supply store, and resident artist studios are closed. We look forward to welcoming visitors again when we feel it is safe to do so.
With a good bit of sadness, we decided to cancel all of our summer 2020 workshops. As we learned more each day about the COVID-19 pandemic, it was clear that holding workshops this summer was not in the best interests of our community.
Our workshops are based on small groups of people coming together and working in close proximity. We work with our hands, and we share information with our hands. We pass things around so everyone can examine them. We use common tools, materials, and work spaces and eat together in a common dining room. Community and sharing are the heart of Penland’s workshop education. We don’t believe that the current public health crisis will change how we teach, but taking a break right now seems like the only responsible course of action.
Penland staff are working hard behind the scenes, keeping things going even while campus is quiet. The gallery staff have added hundreds of pieces to the online SHOP and we encourage you to take a look at our online exhibitions that will continue throughout the spring and summer.
We will continue to update our websites , so please check back for more information. We look forward to welcoming you back when it is safer for us all to see each other.
PENLAND GALLERY ONLINE EXHIBITIONS FOR 2020
FOCUS GALLERY Online
May 29 – July 5, 2020
This exhibition brings together six artists who work with the ceramic material of porcelain. Collectively these artists balance both the fragile elegance and strength of porcelain with their fresh ideas and modes of working. Individually they have stepped outside the traditional porcelain practices, and have incorporated inventive techniques to harness the best of the material’s qualities.
Porcelain Reconsidered celebrates the artists’ attention to the materiality and history of porcelain while forging ahead with contemporary processes and viewpoints.
Work from this exhibition will be available for viewing and for sale via our online SHOP on Friday May 29th at 10AM – HERE
FOCUS GALLERY Online
WEAR | contemporary jewelry 2020
August 1 – September 6, 2020
Contemporary jewelry is made to be worn; to live out in the world on a person, where it is seen and considered, existing alongside other adornments that shape and reflect personal style. To put on a piece of jewelry is to make it whole, to participate in its completion, and to become a wearer of art.
Artists inspire us to be the vehicles for their work as we express ourselves through our clothing and jewelry choices. This exhibition endeavors to make connections between artist and wearer – to know their names, the inspiration behind the pieces, and the techniques used.
PENLAND GALLERY EXHIBITIONS FOR 2021
Three exhibitions originally scheduled for 2020 have been rescheduled for 2021.
JOHN & ROBYN HORN GALLERY
I is another.
Conversation: Corn Wagon Thunder + Shae Bishop
March 23 – May 9, 2021
I is another. continues the gallery’s series of exhibitions, pairing two artists in a synergistic association or conceptual conversation. Shae Bishop’s sculptural ceramic garments disrupt assumptions about function and draw attention to the role of dress in visual communication and personal identity. With her photographs, Corn Wagon Thunder alters her own self-identity, recreating a personal narrative through invented portraiture.
JOHN & ROBYN HORN GALLERY
OF RED EARTH | Naomi Dalglish + Michael Hunt
May 25 – July 11, 2021
Presenting material explorations by work and life partners Naomi Dalglish and Michael Hunt, this exhibition frames their functional ceramic forms as a process of investigation. Viewed as a group, the individual pieces are seen as a study of line, form, and surface. Their holistic practice draws on the material qualities of locally dug red earth and wood fired pottery, creating visually potent work.
For more information | HERE
Two Headed Diver | Lynne Hobaica + Rickie Barnett
March 26 – May 2, 2021
This exhibition brings together the work of Lynne Hobaica and Rickie Barnett; ceramic artists who work both independently and collaboratively in their creative practice – while sharing one small studio.
Two Headed Diver will feature ceramic sculpture and functional work from each artist, as well as a collection of their wildly imaginative collaborative pieces. Both Lynne and Rickie construct characters that are rooted in mythologies and fairytales, relationships, and their own personal narratives.
Lynne’s work centers on storytelling, her characters portraying life’s complexities with humor and relatable gestures. The surfaces utilize the ceramic drawing technique of sgrafitto, along with layered slips, glaze, and china paint. Rickie’s elaborate figurative sculptures are a marriage of light-hearted and dark accounts of life lessons. Reinvented folklores form his cast of characters – playing accordions, carrying shovels, and riding odd four-legged pull toys. Their collaborations are cohesive and thoughtful, gracefully balancing humor and human struggles with vulnerability that encourages the viewer to look closer.
PENLAND GALLERY SHOP
OUR ONLINE SHOP IS OPEN 24/7 and we hope you will find something irresistible. We currently have over 800 amazing pieces in our SHOP and are adding new work on a regular basis, so please check back often. Staff is working hard behind the scenes and shipping orders out several times a week.
For a link to the SHOP click HERE
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Thank you for your support of our artists and Penland School.