Penland Auction Weekend

Penland’s annual benefit auction, a fundraising event scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9, draws collectors of contemporary craft from across the nation. Over the two days, more than 200 pieces donated by school-affiliated artists are auctioned off. The proceeds go toward school operations.

The event is one of the highest-grossing craft auctions in the nation with weekend revenues exceeding half a million dollars in 2013. Tickets are $225 for Friday events only (includes a cocktail party, dinner and dancing), $275 for Saturday events only (coffee at artists’ studios, lunch and reception), and $385 for the full weekend. Artwork is also available by absentee bid, for a $25 fee, for those who don’t wish to attend.  All pieces are viewable in the online catalog at

This year’s centerpieces were commissioned from Penland community member Pablo Soto, who crafted luscious clear glass globes that, when filled with water, refract light to create an alluring glow. Soto is also showing work in Blue Spiral 1’s current exhibition, Ahead of the Curve.

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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