David Malcolm Rose exhibit The Lost Highway recalls a different era of travel

Artist David Malcolm Rose remembers the time before the interstate highway system dominated long-distance road travel, and he’s translated that memory into a mixed media exhibit that provides a portrait of the people who made their living by the side of the road.

Titled The Lost Highway, the exhibition will be on display in the Appalachian Center for Craft’s Gallery One running through April 17.

A reception and gallery talk by the artist is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Craft Center, and everyone is invited to wear their favorite 1950s-themed outfit and join in an evening of doo-wop music and light refreshment.

Rose’s work shows how an era of personal service has ended with the changes in highway travel over the last 35 years.

The interstate system has dominated businesses once owned by individuals who provided travelers the personal services now monopolized by commercial chains.

“Services along the interstate have left most town centers deserted,” said Rose.

Although they are disappearing, the ruins of businesses and buildings can be found along the old roads. Rose’s work documents these remains, telling a story from the past.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273. Go south on Highway 56 and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge.

For more information, call 931-372-3051 or visit www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/.