2020 PENLAND GALLERY & VISITORS CENTER UPDATE
PENLAND GALLERY & VISITORS CENTER 2020 Update
September 2020: Beginning October 16th, the Penland Gallery will be open on Fridays and Saturdays – by appointment only. Learn more at the link HERE. Walk in visits are not available at this time.
The Penland School main campus including the coffee house, supply store, and resident artist studios remain closed to the public.
With a good bit of sadness, we decided to cancel all of our 2020 workshops. As we learn more each day about the COVID-19 pandemic, it was clear that holding workshops this summer and fall was not in the best interests of our students and 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 nearly 2000 pieces to the online SHOP and we encourage you to take a look at our online exhibitions that will continue throughout the fall and winter.
We will continue to update our websites , so please check back for more information.
PENLAND GALLERY ONLINE EXHIBITIONS | UPCOMING 2020
Penland Gallery will be participating in the
TOE RIVER ARTS STUDIO TOUR 2020
December 2020 Virtual Studio Tour
November 23 – December 27
Visit the TRA website for more information HERE
PENLAND GALLERY EXHIBITIONS FOR 2021
Three exhibitions originally scheduled for 2020 have been rescheduled for 2021 and 2022
JOHN & ROBYN HORN GALLERY
I is another.
Conversation: Corn Wagon Thunder + Shae Bishop
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
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
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.