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Wildacres Welcomes New Caretaker Allen Brooks and Wife Sarah McClary

We are happy to announce the hiring of Allen Brooks as the new Caretaker of the Wildacres facility. Allen and his wife, Sarah McClary, will be joining us a few weeks before the start of our 2017 season. Allen and Sarah are originally from Nashville, TN. They both attended the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN where Allen earned his BFA in Furniture Design and Sarah received her BFA in Metalsmithing. They have lived in western NC for the past six years. Sarah is a gardener, jeweler and shoemaker. Allen enjoys building furniture, assisting in the garden, and hiking. They have a dog named Clover and a cat named Miles.

Allen is coming to Wildacres from Penland School of Crafts where he was part of the Facility and Grounds crew. A recent post from his former employer's Instagram account: "Someone else we are going to miss: hardworking, good-natured, always helpful Allen Brooks, who is leaving the Penland facilities staff to take a job as caretaker at Wildacres Retreat up on the Blue Ridge Parkway (not too far away). Best wishes to Allen and his partner, Sarah McClary, as they start the next chapter."

Welcome aboard Allen and Sarah! We are excited to have you in the Wildacres family. 


Cynthia Lee’s Pottery Class Donate Totem Pole

Workshop leader Cynthia Lee and student Yolanda Hardin with the class totem pole.Cynthia Lee has been teaching pottery at Wildacres for a number of years, and in 2014, her class made a totem pole. Each student made pieces that were fitted together and installed in front of the pottery studio. Cynthia returned to the mountain along with student Yolanda Hardin during the fall gathering, and with the help of Dave Lovett, and lots of interested onlookers, the totem was assembled and donated to Wildacres.
Totem pole installation
Thanks to Cynthia and the class for this whimsical addition.
(Photos by Janice Wald Friedman)