Well, after many weeks of thinking and strategizing and being hopeful we in fact have made the difficult decision to cancel Hand Camp for 2020. While we are sad and disappointed we will not be holding our 5th annual Hand Camp, we know it’s the right thing to do. Our heart told us one thing and our… Read More Hand Camp 2020: Canceled
Okay, only one virus. But what a virus, one who’s name we all know by now and has upset most all of our lives in ways we may not have been prepared to experience. At the Avon Hills Folk School it has put the brakes on plans for any classes or courses or experiences within… Read More Grants, Maple Syrup, and Viruses
Dear Friends of Avon Hills Folk School, Due to the contributions of many 2019 was a good year. Thank you! It was a year of important firsts for the Avon Hills Folk School that contributed to continued growth and momentum. We began the year with a successful 2018 Year End appeal that raised money to… Read More Happy New Year!
We’re excited to announce an Advanced Leather Working class by Dan Horan of Merchant Leather hosted by Milk and Honey Ciders. Milk and Honey Ciders is situated between St. John’s University and St. Joseph, MN on the eastern flanks of the Avon Hills. It will be the perfect place and time to gather for some… Read More Advanced Leather Working at Milk and Honey Ciders
Guest Writer: John Coy This workshop was full of firsts. It was the first time almost all the participants had been to the Avon Hills Folk School. It was the first time Gaylord Schanilec and I had conducted a workshop together. And it was the first time we had tried to condense what we’d done… Read More My Mighty Journey: A Printing Workshop At Avon Hills Folk School
Over 40 people (our largest year by far!) gathered for a weekend at the Avon Hills Folk School to learn new artistic skills, explore the hills, walk along Spunk Brook, reunite with friends from last year, and to make new friendships. The weather kept us on our toes with over an inch of rain on… Read More Hand Camp 2019: Our Largest Yet
We are very excited to announce a special workshop being offered this month highlighting the arts of relief printmaking and writing. The instructors, Gaylord Shanilec and John Coy, will collaborate and lead participants through a creative process that draws inspiration from the natural beauty provided by the woods, fields, and creek at the Avon Hills… Read More September 28-29 Workshop: An Adventure in Relief Printmaking & Simplicity in Words
Join us at the Avon Hills Folk School for the 4th Annual Hand Camp September 20 – 22, 2019. Another line-up of great classes and instructors are on tap for this year’s Hand Camp. Several of this year’s classes are filling up – so hurry and register to make sure you get your preferred class… Read More 4th Annual Hand Camp in 15 Days!
A crown jewel of the property where the Avon Hills Folk School resides is Spunk Creek. For nearly a half mile the creek meanders through our corner of the Avon Hills. Over and through the rocks of the glacial till left by the glaciers of the last ice age. As a child (and an adult-child)… Read More Creeks Are For Crossing
Avon Hills Folk School received a $7,000 Project Grant from Central MN Arts Board to expand the outreach and class offerings for Hand Camp 2019, held September 20-22, 2019, Avon, MN. Funding for these CMAB Grants is provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s general fund, and its… Read More $7,000 Grant to Grow Hand Camp!