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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. 

Bid on fine crafts during our silent and live auctions, savor delicious food and drink, enjoy live music and, new this year, a raffle for door prizes. [click to continue…]


The new Book & Paper Arts Studio is almost completed, and we’ll begin offering classes there in June. We’re very excited about this much-anticipated expansion of our Book Arts, Paper Arts, Calligraphy, Marbling, and Printmaking Program. We sincerely thank everyone for the energy, enthusiasm, and resources you have generously given to our new studio campaign. Come join us for a class in our beautiful Book & Paper Arts Studio!

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Appalachian Traditions

by Cory Marie Podielski on May 13, 2017

in Class Picks, Featured Classes

Since its founding in 1925, the Folk School has maintained a commitment to preserving treasured Appalachian Mountains crafts and traditions. More than 90 years later, we offer over 850 classes yearly, covering over 50 subject areas. View the following craft, music, storytelling, and gardening classes that honor our Appalachian roots.

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20 Years & 31 Quilts Later

by Cory Marie Podielski on May 9, 2017

in Fiber Arts, Folk School Folks

Nancy Hinds and Kate Mitchell, May 2017

Kate and friend in the Festival Barn during the June 1997 Little/Middle Show and Tell

A magical reunion happened in a recent Quilting class: “Playful Piercing” taught by Nancy Hinds. Nancy has been teaching at the Folk School for over 20 years, so it’s not unusual for her to have students return year after year to study with her, but what happened on April 30th was pretty remarkable.

When Nancy arrived at the Folk School on Sunday, she noticed that two students had signed up last minute. When the class met on the screen porch after dinner, Nancy turned to one of the new students on the roster and recognized her immediately. The young woman standing there was a former student of Nancy’s from Little/Middle Folk School 20 years ago! Kate had taken Nancy’s Quilting class when she was 14 and had now returned as an adult to take another Quilting class with Nancy.

Nancy says:

I actually recognized her after all these years! She took my Little/Middle class at least twice back then. At the time, Quilting was her least desirable class choice back then, but she came anyway. In the 20 years since, she has made 31 quilts. What an amazing and delightful surprise that she was in my class this week!

How cool is that? A big thanks to Nancy for sending us the story and the photos. You never know how you influence someone’s life as an instructor at the Folk School. It’s neat in rare instances like this when you can see how your students have grown and how the seed you may have planted has taken root and become a big part of a student’s life. We love stories like this!

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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


May 6-7, 2017


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


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.