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Penland Gallery Exhibition Features 32 Artists

Penland Gallery Exhibition Features 32 Artists


The Penland Gallery will open its 2017 exhibition season with an exhibition of pieces by thirty-two artists working in many different styles and materials. What these artists have in common is that they are alumni of the Penland Core Fellowship or the Penland Resident Artist Program, and they are all featured in Inspired, a recently published book that documents the programs. The exhibition runs from March 28 through May 14 with an opening reception on Saturday, April 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

The exhibition will cover a broad spectrum of craft materials, including books, clay, glass,  letterpress printing, jewelry, metals, papermaking, photography, textiles, wood, and mixed-media, plus a video about a community art project in Indianapolis led by sculptor Meredith Brickell. Although the artists come from different parts of the country and from Australia and Japan, the show includes works by a number of local artists including potter Stanley Mace Anderson, ceramic sculptor Cristina Córdova, book sculptor Daniel Essig, blacksmith Seth Gould, steel sculptor Hoss Haley, steel and book sculptor Andrew Hayes, mixed-media sculptors Anne Lemanski and Christina Shmigel, glass sculptor Mark Peiser, and Mitchell County native Ronan Peterson—a potter who now lives in Chapel Hill.

Included in the show is a dramatic steel and concrete chair made by Vivian Beer, who won last year’s grand prize on Ellen Degeneres’s HGTV show, Ellen’s Design Challenge. Jack Mauch will display a complex marquetry wall piece made from many dozen thin strips of wood veneer. Mark Peiser is presenting a remarkable piece cast from phase-separated glass, which shifts color tonality depending on how the light strikes. Daniel Essig created a fantastic wooden dragon that is adorned with tiny books.

The Penland Core Fellowship gives energetic, motivated artists an opportunity to live, study, and work at Penland for two years. Core fellows work part-time for the school, performing tasks essential to its functioning, and they participate in workshops, which they can choose from Penland’s 135 annual offerings. The Resident Artist Program provides self-supporting, full-time artists with low-cost housing and studio space and an opportunity to work in close proximity with other artists for three years. The artists included in the exhibition represent the whole history of these programs. Mark Peiser and weaver Adela Akers were resident artists in the 1960s, photographer Alida Fish was the first core fellow in 1970, and Seth Gould and Andrew Hayes are current resident artists. All of the artists are still active and most of the work was made recently.

The book Inspired: Life in Penland’s Resident Artist and Core Fellowship Programs includes the story of each program and conversations with the thirty-two artists accompanied by examples of their work. It is a beautiful presentation of contemporary craft and an exploration of the many life and career paths taken by these creative individuals. Copies of the book are available at the Penland Gallery.

The Inspired exhibition takes place in the John and Robyn Horn Gallery. On display in the Focus Gallery is a smaller show titled Well-Designed Objects, which presents exquisitely crafted functional items including screenprinted hand towels and zippered bags, metal key chains, leather-bound journals, pewter cups, steel bottle openers, and much more. The Visitors Center Gallery has an ongoing display of objects that illuminate the history of Penland School. And the Lucy Morgan Gallery presents a selection of work by dozens of artists affiliated with the school.

The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center is located at Penland School of Crafts on Conley Ridge Road, just off Penland Road in Mitchell County (near the town of Spruce Pine). It is the first building on your right as you enter the Penland campus. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, Noon-5:00 PM; it is closed on Mondays. For more information call 828-765-6211 or visit penland.org/gallery.


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    reception Friday, April 28, 5 to 7pm

    Spruce Pine Gallery
    269 Oak Avenue

    APRIL 8-MAY 6

    Burnsville Gallery
    102 West Main Street

    Galleries open Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 to 5pm

    8AM to 5PM
    In and around Burnsville
    Rain or Shine | All ages welcome
    For more information email or call 828.682.7215
    For the past few years, Penland has hosted a Master Blacksmith Curated Show. 2017 Master Blacksmith Lee Sauder and his invitees—Peter Joseph Braspennix, Fred Crist, David Ponsler, and Haley Woodward will share the TRAC Arts Resource Center for the 1st time in “Speaking Volumes” that runs from April 27 through Festival day, the 29th. 

    JULY 8, 2017

    Auction begins at 7:30PM

    $40 PER PERSON

    reception 4-6PM

     Burnsville Town Center

    And in conjunction with the Benefit Auction : 
    2nd ANNUAL 8" X 8" EXHIBIT
    Call for donations

    JUNE 17-JULY 7
    Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery
    269 Oak Avenue

    We provide the frames, you provide the creativity. 
    Email or 828.682.7215  |  828.765.0520


    Look at the world through a different lens.
    Mon, April 10
    children 6+
    $10 per child

    Work together to create Friendship Mandalas.
    Mon, May 8
    children 10+
    $10 per child

    Burnsville TRAC Gallery [upstairs]
    Space is limited, call 828.712.1510
    APRIL 7 & 8

    Parkway Playhouse Theatre
    202 Green Mountain Dr
    Email or call 828.682.4285

    Mica is open!  Thurs to Sat, 10-5/Sun, 12-5—a must see destination for those who appreciate the handmade.  Stop by, meet an artist, and celebrate spring! 37 N. Mitchell Ave, Bakersville. For more info, visit the website or call 828.688.6422.

    In collaboration with TRAC, Mayland Community College’s Small Business Center offers classes for artists. All are at the Arts Resource Center [ARC] in Spruce Pine [above the TRAC Gallery; entrance in back]. Classes are FREE, but you must register. Please go to MCC Small Business Center, search for your class by location/date, and click the “Register” link. Also call 828.766.1295 or e-mail Allen Cook.

    Wed, Apr 12 : Help Customers Find Your Studio [5:30-7:30pm] NEW!

    Wed, Apr 26 : How to Sell Your Arts and Crafts at Shows [5:30-7:30pm] 

    Wed, May 10: Business Tips from Wildkitty [5:30-7:30pm]

    The Choir of Trinity Episcopal Church, Spruce Pine  has an opening for a tenor section leader.  The Choir sings Sundays between August and June and the occasional evening service.  Christmas Eve and Easter are required.  Compensation is based on experience.  Interested applicants, please contact Robbie Bell or 828-434-0353.


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      Roots run deep at Yancey County's first craft brewery, Homeplace Beer Co.

      Roots run deep at Yancey County’s first craft brewery, Homeplace Beer Co.

      in Asheville beer / feature — by — January 18, 2017

      Listen to John Silver talk about his new venture and he’ll tell you all about the basics of starting a new business.

      His new brewery, Homeplace Beer Co., is Yancey County’s first craft brewery. (The town approved beer and wine sales six years ago; the county remains dry.) The 5-barrel brewhouse and 10-barrel fermenter will allow him to produce about 600 barrels of beer a year in 2,000 square feet of the Burnsville Town Center, right in the heart of downtown Burnsville. He’ll be tapping into local growers seeking ingredients for the American- and English-style ales he plans to make. He hopes to open in spring.

      But listen a little longer, and you’ll hear the respect and appreciation he holds for Yancey County. Silver grew up in Burnsville and Spruce Pine. He’s a local guy who wants to “just wants to do something sustainable for myself and my family,” he says. (He and his wife just had their second child.)

      Silver recently bought his grandparents’ house in Yancey County “to get away from the Asheville thing for a little bit.” He views Burnsville as a Norman Rockwell-esque small town with “a great quality of life and great place to grow.” It’s his home place, after all.

      The road back to Burnsville

      Silver’s well-known in the Asheville craft beer circles. He started washing kegs at Pisgah Brewing in 2005, the year it opened. He moved on to Catawba Brewing, where he landed his first brewing gig and helped them build their Morganton facility. He moved again to French Broad Brewery in Asheville for a couple of years before arriving at Oscar Blues in Brevard in 2012. He finished his tour at Hi-Wire Brewing back in Asheville.


      “All the experiences have been good, and I can say that I’m still on great terms with all the places I’ve worked,” Silver says. Regarding his decision to open his own brewery, he says “It was just a great time for me to jump off the cliff.”

      Silver says he’s excited about tapping into Yancey County’s agricultural scene as he gets Homeplace Beer going. He’s planning to use a local honey to flavor an oatmeal brown. He’s partnering with a North Carolina grit-maker to brew a corn lager, a “sort of an Appalachian corn beer.” He figures he’ll partner with Snap Dragon restaurant and tap room for food.

      All those connections, Silver says, will root his business in the community, a town that’s growing. Burnsville provides incredible access to hikers and anglers. Yancey County is home to a thriving arts scene. A craft fair in Burnsville draws 30,000 visitors for a weekend, and nearby Celo is home to another arts scene. More and more tourists are finding the mountain gem.

      For Silver, it all adds up. Love your home, connect and reflect its beauty and “if you have a supportive local base, it seems hard to go wrong.”


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