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Penland School of Crafts 28th Annual Benefit Auction 
August 9 - 10, 2013

Here's the next in our ongoing series of Penland Benefit Auction newsletters, featuring artists whose work will be a part of this year's auction. We have invited trustees, staff members, collectors, and friends to write about pieces that will be included in the summer 2013 benefit event, the artists who created them, and the experience of living with the work they have purchased in past auctions. 

And now, a few words from M.D. Michaelis, chairman of Emprise Bank, Wichita, Kansas, about auction artist Elliott Pujol...

Pujol work
Elliott Pujol, Bryce (from the Canyon Wall series), copper,
14 x 11 inches

"I have had the privilege of knowing Elliott Pujol for more than a decade. In addition to being a valuable reference and resource, Elliott and his wife, Barbara, have become good friends. Emprise Bank is the home of The Art of Emprise, a Kansas based regional art collection featuring more than 2,250 works by over 700 acclaimed artists. Our collection endeavors to find Kansas artists who have a national reputation for quality and innovation. Elliott Pujol certainly qualifies on both counts. Although best known for his work in copper, he also works in silver and gold.


"Though not born in Kansas, Elliott has become a Kansan by virtue of his forty-plus years of teaching and mentoring young artists at Kansas State University. He is well known for his generosity with both his time and his talent. Renowned ceramicist Marko Fields, among others, cites Pujol as an important influence in his career as an artist and teacher.



Elliott Pujol  



"Not only is Elliott's work a key part of The Art of Emprise, he has also been instrumental in expanding our breadth of artists, especially in metals and ceramics. Many of the nationally known metalsmiths represented in our collection, such as Harold Helwig, Brent Kington and Richard Mawdsley were recommended to me by Elliott as Kansas artists who should be in our collection. Elliott knows and is known by many of the nation's most recognized 3-D artists.


"His recognition as the 2010 Kansas Governor's Artist of the Year, the 2005 Master Metalsmith Award by the National Ornamental Museum in Tennessee, and the 2004 Outstanding Craftsman recognition by the National Endowment for the Arts speaks volumes about his value and level of respect in the arts community.


"I know many wonderful artists, but I know very few 'craftsmen.' Elliott Pujol is a great Kansas artist and craftsman."






Join us!


Auction Weekend Tickets $375 
Includes all Friday and Saturday activities 


Friday, August 9  
Friday-only tickets $200
Cocktail party, exhibition preview and silent auction, dinner, live auction, dessert party, live music, and dancing 


Saturday, August 10 
Saturday-only tickets $250 
Coffee at the studios with Penland's resident artists, silent auction, lunch, live auction, and a reception at the Penland Gallery

Absentee bids are accepted with a $25 bidder fee. 
You can click here for complete information about absentee bidding. 


You can click here to reserve tickets online.

Invitations will be mailed in June. For more information, email 
[email protected] or call 828.765.2359,ext. 30.

The Penland School of Crafts Annual Benefit Auction is a gala weekend in the North Carolina mountains featuring the sale of more than 240 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood. The Penland auction is one of the most important craft collecting events in the Southeast and a perfect opportunity to support Penland's educational programs, which have helped thousands of people live creative lives. 

All proceeds benefit Penland School of Crafts. Penland School is located 52 miles northeast of Asheville, NC.



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Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, Penland offers workshops, artist residencies, a gallery, and community collaboration programs. Penland School is a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution that receives support for its programs from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.