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F undraising has a new look, at Pen-
land this winter. Traditionally gifts
to Friends of Penland have been
solicited through a year-end letter and
as a part of the registration process. But
now the Fundraising Committee of the
Board is launching an Annual Fund Drive,
which will bring Penland's fundraising
more in line with similar institutions.
Solid annual giving through a fund drive
will strengtherr Penland's hand in appli
cations for corporate and foundation
grants. Contributors to the Annual Fund
Drive will still be members of Friends of
Penland and receive all the benefits.
Gifts to the Friends of Penland stretched
a long way this past year.
♦ Book Arts and Papermaking classes found a sparkling
new studio in the Northlight Building awaiting their
arrival for the summer sessions.
♦ Students staying in F-Iorner Flail welcomed the morn
ing light when renovations added skylights and ventila
tion in the middle stretch of heretofore windowless
♦ Bathers in Radcliffe and Horner were pleasantly sur
prised when drains emptied rapidly, and fixtures be
haved more reliably once many plumbing problems
were corrected.
♦ Visitors no longer wandered randomly in search of
the Penland Gallery and Information Genter once it
was moved to its convenient and spacious new location
in Horner Hall.
Friends of Penland helped make all of these improve
ments possible with their generous support. Penland
continues to operate during the winter through the
income that tuition, housing and fees generate; how
ever, the long-term winter projects to repair and rebuild
the facility depend on outside support.
In 1993, this could mean more funds available to pur
chase new equipment for each of the studios, to con
tinue improvements to student and instructor housing, to
keep the costs of tuition and housing at an affordable level,
to develop the year-round program, and to build the Pen-
land Library into a more comprehensive resource.
Penland School stands at an important crossroads in this
The Year of American Graft as we anticipate the appoint
ment of a new director. The visionary leadership of the four
previous directors has positioned the school to remain in
the forefront of quality crafts education, and the 1992-93
Annual Fund recognizes the considerable contribution that
Penland's rich past continues to bring to bear on its future.
Three long-time Penland friends and members of the
schools Board of Trustees extend the invitation to partici
pate in this year's Annual Fund. They are Fiber Artist Susan
Morgan Leveille, Geramist Norman Schulman, and Glass
Artist/Printmaker Harvey Littleton.
A great-niece of Penland's founder Lucy Morgan, Susan
Leveille reminds us that the school was not just born:
"Penland was built stone upon stone, log upon log, over
decades of determination. This gives Penland its character,
its stability. It brings a delicacy, a fineness to Penland."
Former Resident Artist and Penland In
structor, Norm Schulman recalls his ar
rival with his wife, Gloria, for a six-
month sabbatical in 1971: "We immedi
ately sensed a tradition encompassing
hospitality, mutual support and working
at one's craft. ... Bill and Jane Brown
oversaw all of that with grace and good
humor." The Schulmans have been per
manent residents of the community since
returning to settle here in 1978.
Harvey Littleton retired from university
teaching to build a home and studio out
side Spruce Pine with his wife, Bess, in
1976. A deciding factor in the move was
the opportunity to "settle in a community
which engendered work." He says that
Penland "provides an important function that universi
ties are finding increasingly hard to support. While
universities have had to cut back, Penland continues to
be able to maintain the complexity of the workshops
necessary to further crafts instruction. That brings us
into a position to work more in conjunction with credit
granting institutions."
Since Penland School of Crafts is a tax-exempt educa
tional institution, all contributions to the Annual Fund
are tax deductible. All Friends of Penland receive the
Penland Line and course catalogs. Donors at the $250
Patron Level receive a Penland T-shirt; Benefactors
($500 -I-) receive two Sunday Brunch Gift Certificates.
Penland Advocates at the $ 1000 and above level receive
two tickets to the Annual Benefit Auction Luncheon,
while Sustainers ($2500 and above) receive two Patron-
level tickets to the Annual Benefit Auction Weekend.
Turn to page 10 to learn how to contribute to this year's
Annual Fund. Your continuing interest and your gener
osity are greatly appreciated. We're always mindful, as
Miss Lucy said so many years ago, that "Penland's
greatest wealth has been our multitude of friends." Si]

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