Full Moon Pasta Dinner

Full Moon Pasta Dinner on Sunday April 9th, 2017 in the Hickory Hall Dining Room.

$50 per person.

Pasta maker Gabriel Key explains that his fresh, handmade pasta is made from only three simple ingredients – best quality flour, water and fresh eggs from local free-range hens.

Encaustic Workshop with Jane Wells Harrison at Patterson

P1843, from Mapworks ©Jane Wells Harrison

Jane Wells Harrison will offer a compact three-day workshop , suitable for all levels, on using encaustic paint to create lustrous and layered works of art. The workshop will be held on April 20, 21 and 22, 2017 and will cover studio requirements, safe practices, paint and medium characteristics and behavior, tools and various methods. Working on wood, students will explore the use of applied texture, collage and incising techniques as well as compatible media which can be used with encaustic. Tuition is $225 / student for the three-day workshop, and affordable housing is available on campus at the historic Wiese Hall Dorm for those who are interested in overnight lodging; email lizaplaster@bellsouth.net for details.

A supply fee of $50 to $75 will be charged in addition to the tuition, to cover instructor-supplied consumables, and a student supply list will be provided to those who register. The class will make with a minimum of five students, and there is space for eight students in the Wiese Dorm Art Studio.

Jane Harrison earned her MFA in painting and drawing from East Carolina University (ECU) and has had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at Penland School of Craft’s Winter Residency. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Pocosin Arts Center, Turchin Center for the Arts, ECU and Caldwell Community College. Her studio is in Happy Valley, north of Lenoir in Caldwell County, NC

Jane Wells Harrison, portrait by Mercedes Jelinek

www.janewellsharrison.com. Her encaustic paintings are currently on display at Caldwell Arts Council Gallery in Lenoir through March 31, 2017.

Registration deadline is April 12, 2017 and students can register by calling the Caldwell Arts Council at 828 / 754-2486 or office@caldwellarts.com, or by calling Jane at 828 / 729-2980 or fofumstudio@gmail.com.

Stay at the Patterson School for Merlefest !

Wiese Dorm Room

UPDATE: There are still a few rooms left. Reserve yours today !

Dorm rooms on the historic Patterson School Campus, 25 miles west of Wilkesboro, are available for rent during Merlefest. Each rustic room has two twin beds, with bathroom facilities down the hall, for $100 / night per room, with a minimum 3-night stay preferred. Bring your own bed and bath linens, and enjoy our hot showers!

Wiese Dorm

One apartment with private bath, kitchenette and two twin beds is available for $150 / night. A simple breakfast will be available for $5 / person on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Join us in beautiful Happy Valley, just a 30 minute drive to Merlefest on Scenic Byway / NC Highway 268.

Reservations and payments may be made on our website, www.pattersonschoolfoundation.org, or contact Susan at susanrowe123@gmail.com.
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New Farm Manager: Ian Driscoll

Ian Driscoll, Patterson School Farm Manager

The Patterson School Foundation has chosen a new fulltime Farm Manager to manage the 1400 acre property and to assist with a new Incubator Farmer Program which will begin this spring.

Ian Driscoll is a 2014 graduate of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC with a major in History and Political Science. He lives and farms in Happy Valley, just three miles from the historic Patterson School campus, and is experienced in many of the necessary aspects of farming – compost production, planting / tending / harvesting crops, greenhouse building, fencing, animal husbandry, swine and poultry production, grazing systems, mowing and operation of farm implements, haymaking, water drainage systems, lumber grading and general farm maintenance.

Explaining why he came to North Carolina from his home in Chicago, Ian said “I moved to North Carolina because I had received a flier from Warren Wilson College and was interested in the area. Although I grew up in Chicago, I did not like the city and was eager to leave. It didn’t take much for me to want to move here after visiting.”

“I had ties to farming growing up through friends and family members; my parents owned an 80 acre farm at one time that we lived on part time. I like to work and provide for myself; farming is hard work and you see your reward with what you grow and eat.”

“Reviving the farm at Patterson School will be good for the community. Working there will be a good opportunity for new and old generations to get involved with the community and learn about farming. I hope that within the first year at Patterson we can develop a successful Incubator Farm Program, and other than that, I would like to hold workshops at Patterson that get the community, especially school children, involved in farming.”

The Incubator Farm Program will invite new and experienced organic farmers to lease up to half an acre to farm at Patterson, with the availability of farm equipment and mentorship, and with access to farm-related workshops through the farming season. Ian can be contacted for more information about the Incubator Farm Program and about raised bed gardening opportunities for children on campus during the growing season at idriscoll41@yahoo.com .