Brooch display by Eliana Arenas on display at Craft Center through March 27

An exhibition of brooches by Eliana Arenas titled “Absence” will be on display through March 27 in Gallery One of the Appalachian Center for Craft.

Arenas’ new series of brooches is created with aluminum and clear plastic spoons. The spoons have been cut and melted to transform their original shape.

Arenas said, “It is of great importance – the use of the spoon in the Mexican traditions and in my family, the everyday meals, the plates, the cutlery and the people around it celebrate this small gathering as a ritual.”

She has created this body of work as a tribute to her father, who recently died. The loss of her father has left an absence in her family reunions and in her daily life. Each brooch is a memento of the 30 years they were together.

Arenas has a master’s of fine art in metalsmithing and jewelry from New Mexico State University and a bachelor’s of fine art in metalsmithing and graphic design from the University of Texas at El Paso.

The Appalachian Center for Craft, a satellite campus of TTU, is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville / McMinnville). Go south on Highway 56, and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.

For more information, call 615/597-6801 or 931/372-3051 or visit

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