Author: Reed Caldwell

Spiderman Swings Into the Folk School!

So let me preface this blog entry with the fact that I grew up reading comic books (or as I would have argued adamantly at one point—graphic novels), and much to my wife’s chagrin I still have several subscriptions to this day.  My father grew up reading comics and he passed them on to me.  I read his Uncle Scrooge, Batman, Dick Tracy, Lone Ranger, MAD, Superman and other Atomic Age comics until they literally fell apart.  For good or bad that set me on a path of buying and collecting thousands of comics.

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Folk School goes to Newport Folk Festival

Look out Rhode Island— here we come!  We are preparing for our second trip to George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival this coming weekend (July 27-29).  The School will have an information booth near the Fort Stage.  We have partnered with Gold Tone Instruments and we will be giving away a CC-50RP Banjo along with a Free Folk School Class and other Folk School schwag.   So if you are attending this historic festival, please stop by, visit us and register to win!

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Coca-Cola Features the Folk School

Well, as many of you know, there is always something new in the works here at the School.  This past week, I visited the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta to help install a Folk School exhibit featuring work from our resident artists, instructors and students.  This is a great honor for the School and a wonderful opportunity to promote our unique philosophies in noncompetitive learning and the work of our talented artists. The installation will run the entire month of January and will culminate with our first off-site auction, the Atlanta Fine Craft and Art Auction.  This auction is free to the public and will be held at the Woodruff Arts Center on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Hill House Plant Motifs/Windgate Match Grant

It is an absolutely gorgeous day here at the Folk School, 65 and sunny. I decided it was a prime day to get out and do some photography for a grant I am writing for the Hill House, the historic home of Brasstown Carver mentor, Murray Martin. One of the things I wanted to get a shot of was the plant motifs on all of the window casings and doors. These carvings were done by the Belgian engineer, Leon Deschamps, who designed many of the Folk School’s original buildings. After scrambling out one of the living room windows onto the front porch, I was able to get a couple of good shots of these unique images.

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Metalwork Instructors Buy Beams

Last week, metalwork instructor Bob Trout stopped by my office to talk about the upcoming Gala and Benefit Auction (June 12) and to let me know that he and his fellow instructor, John Rausch would both be purchasing beams in the New Forge Building. Bob, being the enthusiastic supporter that he is, asked if he could speak at “show-and-tell” to hopefully encourage fellow students to match their generous gifts. It is always wonderful to see students and instructors who are so passionate about the School!

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