In 2020, Arrowmont celebrates 75 years as a school of arts and crafts. ARROWMONT: 75 YEARS OF CRAFT EDUCATION presents archival images and articles to recognize this milestone. Add your memories to the collection – click here to send us your pictures and stories!
Arrowmont introduced a new logo designed by designer and 1978 instructor Patrick Bourke, then chairman of communications and humanities at St. Clair Community College in Michigan.
“A simple and elegant symbol is the new Arrowmont School logo…utilizing the first letter of the school’s name, the logo represents the nature of the Arrowmont Experience … [and] the mountains about the school, the high place that learning and education hold in the philosophy. The circle in the arm of the A represents the center of learning, the circle of the conference table, the gathering together of all peoples, regardless of race and creed.”
In 1978, monthly workshops and seminars were added to the one- and two-week Summer Craft Workshops. Over 1,100 students ranging from 7 to 75 years attended one of the 82 classes over the year.
In the spring, a former storage shed was enlarged and converted into a multi-purpose studio. With the purchase of new woodworking and power tools, expanded wood and blacksmithing workshops were taught in this new studio.
Five winners of 1977’s Camp Fire Girls’ national art competition spent the week of July 16 at Arrowmont for a special ‘clay experience.’ In-coming director Sandy Blain was their instructor as they created marionettes, beads, and participated in a raku firing.
Sandra Blain named Arrowmont Director
Sandra J. Blain was appointed interim Director of Arrowmont December 1, 1978.
“Sandy is an outstanding potter in her own right and has been well known to students and faculty of Arrowmont since 1968. She served under both Marion Heard and Ray Pierotti as Assistant Director.”