June Gala & Benefit Auction

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The John C. Campbell Folk School is looking forward to our upcoming auction— the June Gala & Benefit Auction.  This event will be held in the Keith House on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  This auction will feature amazing art from our instructors, resident artists and students.  We hope you will join us and auctioneers, Tim Ryan and Bob Grove, for a wonderful evening of togetherness, art and camaraderie.  This auction helps guarantee that the Folk School will continue to be a haven where artists can learn, work and be inspired.

Featured Artist: Harry Hearne

Harry_Heanre_#35DCE23_WebHarry Hearne has been a full-time raku artist for 20 years, working out of his own Turning Point Clay Studio. In addition to teaching classes there, Harry taught for five years at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and has conducted workshops at various colleges, universities, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and at the Folk School since 1995. You can visit his website by clicking here.

Featured Item: Nantucket Creel Basket Purse By Joni-Dee Ross

J24_WebIn 1989, a friend signed Joni-Dee up for a basket class at the community college in Rocky Mt. NC. She was addicted immediately and to this day can still remember the thrill and excitement of weaving her first basket. In 1992, she began to teach basketry and started Handmade NC Baskets. David Ross (her husband) was transferred to Delaware in the Spring of 1993. In the fall of 1993, Joni-Dee began teaching basketry in Dover, DE. She continued to take classes and study the art of basketry. While in Delaware , she started the Delaware Basket Association with the help of several friends.  David’s career brought the family to Greensboro NC in 2002. Today, Joni-Dee teaches in her studio in Summerfield, NC.


Music at the Event: The Puddle Jumpers

421888_418339091588978_719839458_nThe Puddle Jumpers are Emolyn Liden, a Brasstown native, Marcus Chatfield of Woodfin, and Topher Stephens from Cullowhee.  They think they’re rough and rowdy but it’s not always their nature – they like the sweet and sorrowful melodies too.  They like to dance so much that they often throw down their instrument mid-song to cut the rug. Playing various combinations of fiddle, rhythm and flat-picking guitar, banjo, harmonica, and feet percussion the trio revives songs from the archives of appalachian field recordings, sings Carter Family and gospel songs, in addition to their old-time originals.  One can expect to be reminded of their childhood in the mountains hopping a creek (even if you aren’t from the mountains) or convinced to tap your feet and maybe dance a little to upbeat fiddle tunes that prove to be contagious. 


Pawleys Island is a small,

non-commercial resort island, four miles long and a quarter of a mile wide, situated on the coast of South Carolina, twelve miles north of historic

Georgetown and 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Pawleys

Island is an historic resort

catering to a relaxed family


Activities are practically unlimited: golfing, fishing, boating, sailing, nature trips, historic tours, shell

gathering and river cruises. For “bright lights, etc., Myrtle Beach is approximately 20 miles to the north. There is an abundance of good restaurants in the

immediate area, and the local stores offer a complete

variety of food, drugstore, hardware, sporting goods and clothing.

“Bottoms Up” is a 50-year old ocean front cottage in the middle of the Island.Updated 5 years ago, it has central heat and ac, 7 bedrooms ( 3 w/ Q bed, 2 w/ D & S bed in each and2 w/ 2 D beds each ) 4 full baths and 1 half bath, washer/dryer, fully equipped kitchen. Living area has 2 sitting areas overlooking ocean, large flat screen TV (cable),WiFi access , wet barand game table.Large dining table plus table in kitchen.Covered deck area w/ grill, patio furniture, picnic

tables and Pawleys Island hammock, of course!Large enclosed outdoor shower, porches ocean and

creekside.Creekside walkway w/ covered dock.