I have returned home after a magical two week workshop at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. I took a workshop under the instruction of perceptive, inspiring Evie Richner and her forthcoming resourceful teaching assistant Erin Curry.
I was awarded a work scholarship to study in this incredibly serene mountain historical School, allowing me to push areas of drawing that being at home wouldn't allow. It was a very challenging stay for me, especially considering I hadn't been away from Pittsburgh for over one week for the past 15 years! (Could that be? ... )
Let alone to fully engulf in my artwork in that daily time period.
The staff was out of this world wonderful in talent and in example. Everyone worked to full potential. The fellow students were generous and focused. The submergence in art reset my core. I am completely grateful to Penland and the Windgate Scholarship Foundation for supporting me to make this possible in my life.
At home, I thank my friends the Pyles that loaned us their car and Katherine that house/pet sat for the trip, and my David that kept the house upright while I was gone. So many points came together that this Penland experience could not have worked if they didn't. I won't ever forget them.
More thanks to everyone that has shown interest in this venture along with me.
To Laura Jean Mclaughlin for telling me about Penland!
And anyone I may I have missed to mention, but you know who you are.
Stay tuned for more images from the trip.