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Penland Events 2011

Community Open House

March 5, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Each spring on the Saturday before our classes begin, the Penland studios are open to the public for hands-on workshops and demonstrations in clay, glass, iron, metals, textiles, and more. Itís an afternoon of experimentation, creativity, and fun. No charge; all ages are welcome.

Scholarship Auctions

Each Penland session ends with an auction of work donated by students, instructors, and friends. These auctions are culminating celebrations of the work done in the classes, and they are an opportunity for neighbors, travelers, and craft enthusiasts to enjoy the energy of a Penland session. All proceeds support the Penland scholarship program.


Auctions take place at 8:00 PM in the Northlight Building.
Thursday, May 5
Thursday, June 9
Thursday, June 23
Thursday, July 7
Thursday, July 21
Monday, August 8
Thursday, August 25
Thursday, November 17

Penland's 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2011

Parade and fireworks, starting at 7 PM

Kids Camp, June 13 - July 29

Creative and engaging one week workshops for children ages 3 to 18, taught by local artists, and held in Ridgeway Building across from the Penland Gallery. Half-day ($95) and full-day ($190) camps include materials and snacks. Some scholarships are available.

Annual Benefit Auction, August 12 - 13

Penlandís annual benefit auction is a gala weekend in the North Carolina mountains featuring the sale of more than 200 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, painting, printmaking, photography, textiles, wood, and other media. The Penland auction is one of the premier craft collecting events in the Southeast and the perfect opportunity to support Penlandís educational programs. Admission is charged for the auction; absentee bidding is available.

The Artist and Social Responsibility, October 26

A reading and discussion with Barry Lopez as part of the 2011 Andrew Glasgow Writers Residency

Wednesday, October 26, 8:15 PM
Northlight Building at Penland School of Crafts

Barry Lopez is an acclaimed author of essays, journalism, and fiction. His books include Arctic Dreams (which won a National Book Award), Winter Count, Field Notes, About this Life, and Resistance. Mr. Lopez is a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Hay Medal, Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundation fellowships, Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, and other honors. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of The Explorers Club.

Scene Writing for Nonfiction Writers Workshop, October 29

With Debra Gwartney

Saturday, October 29th from 9am to 4pm (break for lunch from noon to 1pm) at Penland School of Crafts Ridgeway Building (across from the Penland Gallery). Sponsored by the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival and Penland School of Crafts.

Click below to download a full description of the workshop, along with the registration form. The registration fee of $50 should be submitted with the form. Registration is limited to 10 people. Space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served registration basis.

Penland Gallery Exhibitions

Many Paths: A Legacy of Kary Karnes
Work by ceramic artist Karen Karnes and fourteen artists whose lives and work have been touched by her
March 22 - May 8
Reception: Friday, April 8, 7:00 - 8:30 pm


Letter Forms: Functional and Nonfunctional Typography
Work that uses typography for both content and design
May 24 - July 10
Reception: Friday, June 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm


Foreign Worlds, Private Places
Five artists exploring unfamiliar territories
July 26 - September 11
Reception: Friday, July 29, 7:00 - 8:30 pm


The Barns: 2011
Work by Penland's current resident artists
September 27 - November 27
Reception: Friday, September 30, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Penland Events around the Country (and the World)

Through the Years: Penland Ceramic Artists

Opening Saturday, June 4th at 18 Hands Gallery in Houston, Texas, Through the Years: Penland Ceramic Artists showcases the work of more than 45 contemporary clay artists with ties to Penland School of Crafts. The exhibition will raise funds to help ceramic students studying at Penland. 10% of all sales will be donated to Penland School of Crafts, and participating artists will make additional donations from their take of sales.

June 4–July 3, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4th, 6-9 PM

For more information and a slide show of work in the exhibition:


3rd Annual SOFA WEST: SANTA FE 2011 & The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art
August 4- 7, 2011 with an Opening Night Preview August 3 at the Santa Fe Convention Center

Come and visit Penland's booth at the nation’s premier fair for outstanding contemporary arts and design.


Artists for Penland

An exhibition at Patina Gallery in Santa Fe of contemporary jewelry, metalwork, and ceramics by 34 artists affiliated with Penland School of Crafts. Work in this exhibition has been donated, and proceeds will support a new scholarship fund for clay and metals students at Penland School of Crafts.

August 3–7, 2011, coinciding with SOFA WEST
Opening Exhibition: Wednesday, August 3, 3-5 PM
Breakfast Reception: Friday, August 5, 9-10 AM


For more information and a slide show of work in the exhibition:


SOFA CHICAGO 2011 & The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art
November 4-6, 2011 at the Festival Hall, Navy Pier

Come and visit Penland's booth at the nation’s premier fair for outstanding contemporary arts and design.

North Carolina Living Treasures Medallion Award Ceremony

Presented to glass artists Mark Peiser and Richard Ritter, with special recognition for Penland School of Crafts

November 29, 5- 6pm at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina


Penland School of Crafts Exhibition at the Cameron Art Museum

November 29, 2011 - January 15, 2012


An Exploration of Japanese Culture through the Arts
A Travel Opportunity for the Penland Community, May 9- 20, 2012