Unique fine craft items, friendly camaraderie, and delicious appetizers will be featured at the John C. Campbell Folk School's Annual Gala and Benefit Auction.
On Saturday, June 8, Folk School supporters will gather in the school's Keith House Community Room from 5 to 8 p.m. During a Silent and Live Auction, attendees can bid on fine crafts and art from Folk School instructors, resident artists, students, and Folk School friends. Live music and refreshments will create a festive ambience, and local auctioneers Tim Ryan and Bob Grove will lead the spirited bidding. Tickets are $20 in advance, and can be purchased at the Craft Shop or online: www.folkschool.org/auction. Purchase tickets at the door for $25. Each ticket includes admission, food, and two drink tokens.
The Annual Gala festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with a wide selection of heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Live music will set the tone for bidders' browsing of Silent Auction treasures that showcase the talents of Folk School community members. At 6:45 p.m., the Live Auction begins. Tim Ryan and Bob Grove will spur auction fans to bid on their favorite pieces, donated by artists who are committed to the Folk School's success. Auction proceeds will help maintain and improve Folk School studios.
The diversity of auction pieces reflects the talents of the artists who created them. Resident clay artist Mike Lalone crafted the earth-toned ash-glazed clay vessel that graces the auction poster. Broom maker Marlow Gates donated a simple, elegant broom made by a recent Folk School class, using wood the class found near the Festival Barn. Fiber artist Donna Kassab created a silkpainted scarf featuring softly colored flowers glistening in a mountain rain. Woodturner Rudy Lopez donated two collaborative pieces: a richly colored cherry bowl infused with marbled accents, and a hollow vessel resting within an intricate formed iron stand. View a complete artist listing and auction item photos at www.folkschool.org/auction.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the auction website at www.folkschool.org/auction; or call 1-800-365-5724.