The 2018 Gala & Benefit Auction brought close to 200 Folk School friends together for a lively evening of bidding, mingling, and entertainment. The event, an annual highlight in our community, featured offerings by artists and donors as near as Brasstown and as far away as Belgium.
Musicians Annie Fain Barralon and Jonah Graves welcomed guests to the first part of the evening with traditional mountain music on the porch of Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall. Through the screened porch door, folks were treated to their first glimpse of a stunning display of over 100 silent auction pieces in a variety of mediums, from jewelry and paintings to baskets and pottery. Attendees also dined on featured dishes from the forthcoming Folk School Cookbook, including “Mushroom Turnovers” and “Cheese Pennies and Stars with Green Tomato Marmalade.”
During the second portion of the evening, guests were invited to the historic Keith House to view and bid on nearly 50 unique pieces from artists and other Folk School supporters. Throughout the live auction, solo auctioneer and longtime Folk School friend Tim Ryan kept the crowd engaged and entertained with his signature wit and charm.
By the end of the evening, the Folk School raised over $24,000 to benefit year-round adult classes, community music and dance programs, and arts education programs for children. From equipping and maintaining studios to providing scholarships for those who might not otherwise be able to attend a Folk School class, the reach of this year’s Gala & Benefit Auction is immeasurable.
Our success would not have been possible without the generosity of over 100 artists and donors, and the dedication of volunteers, work study students, hosts, and staff who worked from set-up to clean-up. We are especially grateful to those who continue to support our fundraising initiatives and our mission to provide creative experiences for the beginner and old hand alike. By joining us for the 2018 Gala and Benefit Auction, you directly helped our school and our mission flourish.
Stay tuned in the coming months as we prepare for the 2018 Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction, scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2018.
Kitty Taylor is the Programs Development Manager at the John C. Campbell Folk School.