Art Adventurers in Penland

Friday, October 17, 2008

Art Adventurers check out a Drystone Masonry class working on campus.

The Museum’s Art Adventurers traveled up to Mitchell County last week for an amazing day of inspiration and discovery. Hopes for a gorgeous fall day with bright autumn colors and blue sky were dampened a little with gray and cloudy skies, but the group’s enthusiasm was not diminished—everyone just had to stay a bit more energetic to stay warm! We started the day touring the campus of Penland School of Crafts, an amazing center of creativity in the WNC mountains. Our delightful tour guides were master weaver Edwina Bringle and Gloria Schulman, photographer and wife of long-time Penland ceramist Norm Schulman. The day trippers enjoyed walking through the various studios on campus, ceramics, printmaking, metal, glass, drawing & painting, book arts, wood—some were quiet and allowed investigation of materials and equipment, while others were hopping with activity. The group really enjoyed the glass studio, although I am not sure if that was because of the glass work going on or simply because it was WARM!

After a great lunch at The Pines, the group spent the afternoon touring several studios of artists who have chosen to make a home near Penland. First, we went to the Bringle Gallery to see Edwina’s weavings and her twin sister, Cynthia’s ceramics. Always fun to see a potter’s personal “coffee cup collection.” Next, we went on to the studios of Pablo Soto, glass artist and Cristina Córdova, ceramist. And finally the group ended the day at the studio of ceramist Nick Joerling.

The group had a wonderful day, meeting artists, making new friends, being inspired and SHOPPING! The next trip will be on Sunday, January 11, and will be the ever-popular annual “Collections & Obsessions” tour of private collections in the area. Contact Rebecca Lynch-Maass at or 828.253.3227, ext. 114 for more information on these exciting day trips.

Gloria Schulman shows of the letterpress studio to Richard Pigossi, Lauretta Warlick and Pat Ramsey.