Southern Appalachian Folk School Folk Art Fence


What’s more welcoming than a white picket fence? A color crazy Folk Art Fence!!

Spread the word and start painting. Beginning May 18 SAFS will have fence pickets available so you can put your signature on the Folk School campus.

For a $10 donation, pick up and decorate your own 4′ picket that will become part of our 200′ Folk Art Fence!! For more information contact debbie.brownlee@safsga.org. Download the Registration Form/Flyer

Southern Appalachian Folk School needs your help. Whether you volunteer, donate, shop, paint or just sit with us while we do all these things, we want you to be involved. So pick an activity (or two, or three) and help the folk school grow.


Many of our friends have asked how they can help Southern Appalachian Folk School get started. If you would like to help, please click to see what our current needs are: Donate

Southern Appalachian Folk School

If we teach it, they will learn.
JASPER, January 3 – 2018 will be the inaugural year for Southern Appalachian Folk School, (SAFS). SAFS is a homegrown effort to keep our mountain culture alive by sharing our arts, crafts and stories.

Beginning February 2018, Southern Appalachian Folk School will begin offering classes in a wide variety of folk arts. Among the initial offerings will be Basket making, wood whittling, making cane blow guns, and chair caning. As SAFS grows, it will purchase equipment that will allow us to offer such classes as metal working, wood turning, pottery, and quilting. The initial goal is to offer weekend retreat-like classes. Each weekend will kick off with a meet and greet student/instructor reception followed by Saturday and Sunday classes. The vision of SAFS is to be a Folk School with the mission of preserving the spirit of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by inviting the world to participate in the Arts, Crafts and Stories of our mountain culture. We aspire to create a walkable, residential campus that offers workshops and classes that encourage open participation and learning.

Heather Poole, who is part of the founding group said, “Pickens County has its own unique flavor as the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. SAFS will provide classes in the handicrafts and arts that helped develop this flavor. The Folk school will celebrate and share our mountain culture!”

SAFS founders are C. Larry Wilson-folk artist, Billy Roper-folk artist and lifelong resident, Rhonda Lindsey-poet and lifelong resident, Debbie Brownlee-graphic artist, Heather Poole, potter and local studio owner, JJ Roper – businesswoman and local resident, Amelia McIntyre-Educator and PACA President, and Pat Jewell-poet and thespian.

SAFS is located at 255 Chambers Street in the building that once housed DEFACS. This is a large building that will enable us to have an art gallery and classrooms under one roof. SAFS is actively working to gain its 501c3 not for profit tax ID. Until this is accomplished, Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance, (PACA) is acting as the sponsoring organization for SAFS and can take tax deductible donations on SAFS behalf. For further information on donating to SAFS, please contact Larry Wilson at clarry.wilson@safsga.org

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Heather Poole

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