In addition to plenary presentations, concurrent presentations, panels, workshops, and field trips, the GNSI conference also offers a variety of events throughout the week. These events are included in your registration fee, so don't miss out the exciting opportunities to network and learn something new.

  • Board Meeting - Annual meeting of the national board of directors
  • Mural Painting/Reception
  • Portfolio sharing and reception - meet colleagues, share your work and stories.
  • Morning Yoga (additional fee required)
  • Members art exhibit with reception - see the best of peers’ work in this juried show
  • Chapters Meeting Lunch - Chapter representatives meeting GNSI Membership Director
  • Auction - bid on artwork, media, materials (and more) to help the Guild’s education fund
  • Business meeting - Board reports and participate in Guild business.
  • Banquet – taste the local cuisine and socialize.

Portfolio Exhibition Evening (Sunday)

Sunday, June 25th, 7:00–9:00 pm

Welcome to Warren Wilson College! Join us to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Bring your portfolio and/or sketchbook to share. We will be serving light refreshments

Members Exhibit Reception (Monday)

The Members Art Exhibit is a juried exhibition of Guild member work. The Exhibit highlights the beauty and technical expertise of our members. During the Exhibit Reception, members mingle and admire the works of their colleagues. Light refreshments and drinks are served at this event.

Chapter Meetings Lunch (Tuesday)

Tuesday, Gladfelter Dining Hall

An informal meeting of the Chapter/Group representatives and the Membership Director is held during the annual conference at lunch so Chapter/Group representatives can meet, discuss any issues and share ideas. In addition, Chapter/Group representatives are introduced at the Member’s Meeting. Chapters/Groups are encouraged to designate a proxy representative if no one from the Chapter or Group will be attending the conference.

Annual Auction (Tuesday)

Rare prints and rare art supplies! Crazy crafts and carefully created compositions! Its time to dig around in your closets and studios, or even better to create something original to donate to the GNSI Annual Auction, Tuesday - June 27, at the 2017 GNSI Conference at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC.

Auction proceeds are split 50/50 between the GNSI General Operating Fund and the GNSI Education Fund – the Annual Auction is a MAJOR fundraiser, both for maintaining our day to day organizational upkeep, and for providing outreach opportunities to our chapters.

You can bring your marvelous donations to the registration desk during the conference, because of course! You ARE coming!

Even if you are not attending the auction, you can still support GNSI by shipping your auction items.

Download AUCTION FORM and include with your shipment. Please include one form for each item. Contact Amelia Janes if you have unusual shipping needs.

Ship Items to:

Amelia Janes
21 So Hi Trail
Black Mountain, NC 28711

The Members Business Meeting (Wednesday)

The Business Meeting is a great time to catch up with all that the Guild has been working on throughout the year, including reports from board members. Items will be presented for members to vote on/protest against (protest signs are encouraged). In addition, there will be a short session after the Business Meeting to help members get more involved in the Guild. Get involved and help guide the Guild in the 22nd century!

Awards Banquet (Wednesday)

The Awards Banquet celebrates the hard work of our Guild members with awards for service to the Guild. The banquet is the most formal event of the conference with an abundance of time to chat with other members while dining. Drinks are served with dinner.

Morning Yoga in the Garden

Course Description

Wake up and warm up to the day with gentle yoga in the garden! This 45 minute class will help you greet the day and energize your mind and body. All are welcome.

So this can be a delightful and restorative experience for, email to share in confidence any concerns or needs you would like me to be aware of.

Basic Materials List:

$10 per class, $45 for the week (5 classes)

  • Yoga mat (size, thickness and style as you prefer)
  • Small pillow or yoga block (if desired)
  • Yoga Strap (if desired)

About the Instructor:
Mary Ellen Carsley is an experience educator in both the visual arts and yoga. Her yoga practice is based on the Sivanada principles. She currently is the Visual Arts Coordinator at Severn School in Severna Park and teaches yoga in their Lifetime Sports Program.

Old Farmers Ball

Thursday, 8:00pm to 11:00pm, Bryson Hall

$7.00 per person

WWC hosts a regular contra dance Thursdays in Bryson Hall. There is a live band, and the event runs from 8 - 11 pm. Easier dances are taught early, more advanced contra dancing later. Everyone is welcome. The public and OFB members will be there, so conference attendees and their guests are blending in with locals. Family friendly and bring your dancing shoes! :)