Emerging artists show their talent in April exhibition at Appalachian Center for Crafts

April brings to Tennessee Technological University's Appalachian Center for Crafts an array of work by up-and-coming artisans. April 1-30, the Craft Center's large gallery features the work of its resident artists, also called the emerging professional artists, or "EPAs."

The exhibit features silver brooches by Melissa Lovingood, pottery by Steve Robison and Kathy Guss, glass vessels by Brent Cole, furniture by Cliff Brandon and mixed media sculptures by Megan Walborn. Everyone is invited to meet the artists at a closing reception in the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25.

EPAs are accomplished artists at the beginning of their careers. They live and work at the Craft Center for up to two years, maintaining semi-private studios and assisting with the upkeep of the studios while developing their own work. They also assist students and teach workshops.

In the small gallery, Carlene Taylor, a candidate for Tennessee Tech's bachelor's degree in fine arts, presents her senior show April 1-10. Taylor has concentrated her work in fibers, and her show features a variety of textile techniques, including quilts and handmade books. A reception for the artist takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

Following Taylor's exhibit, Chris Shea, a candidate for the Craft Center's certificate of achievement in metals, presents his final show April 11-20. Shea's show offers examples of blacksmithing, silversmithing and woodworking, including furniture and other functional items. An opening reception for the artist takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11.

Rounding out the month of student work in the small gallery is an exhibit by Brett Tadlock April 21 to May 3. Tadlock is also a candidate for the bachelor's degree in fine arts. His exhibit will feature medieval style ceramics. An opening reception for the artist takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21.

The Appalachian Center for Crafts is located six miles off Hwy. 56 (Interstate 40, Exit 273) near Smithville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 615/597-6801 or 615/372-3051.

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