Documentary Storytelling: New Class by Local Photographer

Eleanor Koch, from Nashville, TN, came to the Folk School as a work study student during her gap year after studying permaculture and sustainable agriculture in Israel. After her time at the Folk School, she began her freshman year at Warren Wilson College. Photo by Darcy Holdorf.
Tammy Elwell from Oak Park, Minnesota has been a work study student and a host at the Folk School. During her recent time as a host she studied glass beads, book arts and broom making. She also participated in our Thursday night woodcarving class. She asked to be photographed with Chester the Squirrel carved by Richard Carter. Tammy’s passion and joy on the dance floor are infectious! Photo by Darcy Holdorf.

These images were made during my time working as a Sales Associate in the Folk School Craft Shop. The series began as a way to recognize the work study students and hosts who come and go from the Folk School so quickly, yet are a vital part of what we do. I was curious about their lives, before and after the Folk School. I invited work study students to visit the Craft Shop and pick out work that spoke to them for a portrait shoot. This allowed me to share a bit of their personal story while also highlighting work by the talented artists we carry in the shop. When I didn’t have work study students to photograph, I started inviting Folk School staff to participate and the scope of the project grew.

An unintended result of the fashion shoots is that they helped build friendships between the Craft Shop team and other members of the Folk School staff. Everyone who works in the Craft Shop joined in to help style the models and, in the process, we all got to know each other better.

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Your Fall Festival Guide: October 7 & 8

Come on down to the Folk School Fall Festival this weekend. Enjoy music and
dance performances on two stages, shop for unique craft and art made by local and regional artisans, and view live craft demonstrations. Enjoy delicious food, and participate in many kids’ activities. The Fall Festival offers fun for the entire family.

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Lady of the Auction

Traditional craft and fine art items are essential elements of the Benefit Auction. In the painting category, this year’s selected poster art is an original watercolor by local Murphy artist, June Rollins.

The star of our auction poster this year is none other than Lady Amethyst, a stunning watercolor by June Rollins. June’s love of irises started in her grandmother’s garden when the majestic flowers were taller than her. June has her own iris garden now where she gets plenty of inspiration for her watercolors. Love the lady? Bid on Lady Amethyst this Saturday at our Annual Gala & Benefit Auction.

See June’s watercolor painting process of Lady Amethyst on her blog where she has an art demo series chronicling the steps. 

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Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC, May 6 & 7

The Folk School is a Title Sponsor of the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC on May 6 & 7, 2017. Visit our Folk School exhibit area, featuring demonstrations in Blacksmithing, Broom Making, Cooking, Leather Craft, Spinning & Natural Dyeing and Woodturning on a Spring Pole Lathe.

Mother Earth News Fair Info

Date

May 6-7, 2017

Hours

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, N.C. 28732

If you are using GPS and enter the WNC Ag Center address, it will take you to the incorrect parking lot. Please stay on 280 and park at Gate 6. You can use “WNC Ag Center Park-n-Ride” for more accurate GPS directions.

 

With more than 150 Workshops, there is no shortage informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend. Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food and more! Get great deals from dozens of regional and national vendors that feature sustainable lifestyle products and services, including: books, tools, seeds, tractors, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more.

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Join Us for Our Annual Gala & Benefit Auction: May 27

Please join us on May 27 for an evening of friendly camaraderie, delicious food and drink, live music and, new this year, a raffle for door prizes. This year, we are celebrating and honoring those artists who week after week share their handmade skills with our students. We invite you to join us in this celebration by bidding on the pieces that speak to you in a live and silent auction. Jack Smoot, JCCFS Board member and woodworking instructor, will be your emcee, and Bob Grove and Tim Ryan will lead the bidding. Donated items are on display in the Keith Community Room or visit our online auction item preview. All proceeds benefit the craft programs at the Folk School.

Event Details

Saturday, May 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Keith House, Community Room
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

Visit the Auction website for more information and to see a preview of donated items.


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