Last Blooms of the Tina James Magic Primrose

The morning after the bloom, a bee visits the Tina James Magic Primrose.
The fresh Evening Primrose blooms at dusk

Our Tina James Magic Primrose plants have been putting on quite a show for the past few weeks at dusk in the Vegetable Garden and behind the Painting Studio. The tightly wound yellow blooms dramatically open as night falls (around 9 p.m.). Before the show starts, visitors walk around the plant to see if they can guess which bloom will lead be the leading note of the overture. Excitement and anticipation is high and it is easy to feel giddy, like a little kid again.

The sepals (the green outside of the flower) peel down the flower and the tightly wound yellow trumpet begins to relax and open. Within seconds, before your very eyes, the blossom opens fully and settles into a large bright yellow flower with a delicate, sweet smell. It’s is like watching time-elapsed photography in real time; it’s just incredible. Each bloom only lasts through the night until mid-morning of the next day, attracting pollinators like bumble bees and butterflies during the morning and large humming bird-sized lunar moths at night. Continue reading Last Blooms of the Tina James Magic Primrose

A New Chapter for Book & Paper Arts


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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Fun Times at the Easter Egg Hunt!

Children of all ages gathered on Saturday, April 15 at the Folk School for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. A big thanks to David Brose and his volunteers for making the event happen. We love seeing all the smiling faces and families frolicking out in the sunshine. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.

Enjoy our photo albums on Facebook and on Flickr or check out our slideshow below.
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Double Rainbow Over the Folk School!

Isn’t this recent photo above of a double rainbow captured by Brasstown resident Charlotte Bristow from the Keith House porch just spectacular?

The rainbow occurred during the Brasstown Morris Dance practice on Wednesday April 12. Dancers interrupted Garland Dance practice catch a peek of this intense double rainbow from the deck at Keith House. We are so glad Charlotte caught the moment with her camera. Apparently, the Brasstown Morris Band broke into “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for the occasion.

We love moments like this at the Folk School. Come experience our magical springtime beauty, and you might find your own pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!

Construction of New Book & Paper Arts Studio Underway

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Excitement is building in our Book & Paper Arts classes as the new studio construction is underway!

Next time you drive down Brasstown Rd., take a gander at the field by the Painting Studio and you will see construction in progress for our new Book & Paper Arts Studio.

The Folk School is approaching the end of the campaign for the new Book & Paper Arts Studio. We have been able to raise $483,490 out of our $508,000 goal and we hope to finalize the funding needed for this project in the coming months. The School has already broken ground on the structure and we plan to have the studio completed in 2017.

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An artist’s rendition of the new Book and Paper Arts Studio by Harris Architects.

“The new studio literally opens the doors to expanded class offerings, with increased light and physical space to spread out on new workbenches, with square footage for new equipment we have dreamed of for years. In fact, the FS was awarded a grant to buy much-needed new equipment, including a letterpress for printmaking, a pulp vat and Hollander beater for papermaking, and an industrial rack for drying all kinds of papers and prints, to name just a few! There is much more awaiting you in this new building, and we hope to be opening the doors next year. I would like to thank all of the campaign donors for your generosity and commitment to expanding our corner of this unique school.”

Dea Sasso, Resident Artist of Book & Paper Arts, Printmaking, Marbling, & Calligraphy

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