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Jesse Beecher’s short film exploring the focus, exhilaration, beauty, and joy of creating in the studio. It speaks to the special character of workshop education at places like Penland.

Shot on the Penland campus during the summer of 2018.

Our friend and talented filmmaker Jesse Beecher just finished a stunning video shot here on campus, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with all of you. It’s four minutes packed with the energy and learning and focus and community that define the Penland experience.
Our dearest hope is that this video travels far and wide and inspires people to try something creative, whether that’s here in our studios or at their own kitchen tables.
Please give it a watch and share it with your friends and family – we think you’ll agree that it’s something special.
Thank you, Jesse, and thank you to each of you who are part of this vibrant, caring community we call Penland! We feel so honored to have you here.

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