The Penland Benefit Auction is a gala weekend in the North Carolina mountains featuring the sale of over 240 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood. The Penland auction is one of the most important craft collecting events in the Southeast and a perfect opportunity to support Penland's educational programs, which have helped thousands of people live creative lives.
The 2018 Penland Benefit Auction will be Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11, 2018.
This year's 32nd Annual Penland Benefit Auction was another rousing success and a beautiful illustration of just how vital Penlandís community is to our many programs. Hundreds of artists gave exquisite works of art, hundreds of volunteers came to lend a hand, and hundreds of guests joined us to enjoy it all and show their support. Both Penlandís resident artists and core fellows hosted open houses to share their studios and recent work with attendees. There were engaging conversations, beautiful views, photo booth shenanigans, and lots of vigorous bidding.
By the end of the weekend, the incredible generosity of this community helped us to raise $638,390 for Penland! This money goes to support so many aspects of our campus, from maintenance and renovations on beloved buildings like the Craft House to purchasing supplies for our studios and paying the salaries of our dedicated staff. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who donated work, bought a ticket, made a bid, made a purchase, or volunteered and helped make this important annual event a success.
We hope the slideshow above is a fitting tribute to all the fun, the hard work, the beauty, and the camaraderie that went into this yearís auction. Weíre already looking forward to doing it again with you on August 10-11, 2018!
2017 Featured Artists
We were proud to welcome furniture designer and metalworker Vivian Beer as the 2017 featured artist. Vivian was a Penland resident artist from 2005 to 2008 and came back to campus this summer to teach a session 5 iron workshop.
Thank you to the generous sponsors contributing to the 32nd Annual Penland Benefit Auction! Their support makes auction weekend possible.
Auction Benefactor ($7,500)
SOFA CHICAGO 2017
Auction Supporter ($5,000) American Craft magazine
Laura B. Grace in honor of Cynthia Bringle and Edwina Bringle
Hallmark Capital Management
Frank Kiker, Tryon Distributing
David H. Ramsey Commercial Photography
Society of North American Goldsmiths and Metalsmith magazine WNC magazine
Auction Patron ($2,500)
Center for Carolina Living and CarolinaLiving.com
James D. Clubb The Laurel of Asheville magazine
Artist Table Sponsor ($1,500)
Cathy and Alan Adelman
Classic Event Rental
Norman Sound & Productions, Inc.
Blind Squirrel Brewery
Blue Ridge Printing
Blue Ridge Soap Shed
Grassy Creek Hardware
Ingles Market, Inc.
Mountain City Coffee Roasters
Sysco Foods of Knoxville
Clif Bar & Company
Laura B. Grace
For additional information, call 828-765-2359 or email