Penland Auction Makes New Record


View of Penland Auction tent. Photo by Sean Hennessey.

Penland School of Crafts
held its 26th Annual Benefit Auction this past week. The gala weekend in the North Carolina mountains featuring the sale of more than 230 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood. The auction is one of the most important craft collecting events in the Southeast and helps support Penland’s educational programs, which have helped thousands of people to live creative lives.

Artists, Museum Directors and Curators, Collectors, and Art Aficionados were in attendance during the weekend.

Under the tent, the auctions are preceded with cocktails and dinner.

Evan Morgan and jeweler/artist Lola Brooks.

Noted wood art collector Fleur Bresler and her son Ed Bresler.

Glass artist Susan Taylor Glasgow.

Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Executive Director of the Fuller Craft Museum and glass/concrete artist Sean Hennessey.

Collectors had a chance to look thru the Penland catalog at amazing works.

This summer’s Penland Auction made a record amount of over $600,000 raised with over 550 people attending, not to mention a hundred local volunteers!

One of the highest bid pieces was Tim Tate’s “Four Seasons”….a cast glass and video series sculpture, tying the record amount for a non-commissioned with, set by Penland’s favorite potter, Cynthia Bringle.

Tim Tate’s “Four Seasons”

Showcasing the artwork during the auction.

Tim’s work on the auction screen.

Want to see a vid of the actual record-tying auction? Click on image below to watch the auction
of Tim’s artwork.