'ReFORMations' exhibit brings historical and modern art together at TTU Craft Center

Historical and modern art work come together in a new exhibit, "ReFORMations: New Forms from Ancient Techniques," at the Appalachian Center for Crafts to open the fall semester at Tennessee Tech University which will be on display Aug. 20-Sept. 29.

Ancient techniques used include encaustic, chasing and repousse, tapestry crochet and mokume gane. TTU Craft Center faculty members who will be a part of the exhibit are Vince Pitelka and Carol Ventura.

Sponsored by TTU's Center Stage, "ReFORMations" offers a fascinating look at historical art techniques and how modern artists are reinterpreting them in today's modern society, said Gail Looper, Craft Center Gallery Manager.

A number of the artists exhibiting have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Scholarships and Smithsonian Fellowships to study and preserve the cultural knowledge of these disappearing techniques. Others learned traditions from family members passing down their skills through generations.

Pitelka will be exhibiting works made from the ancient millefiori/agateware form using coil and slab construction techniques with all of the pieces' surface pattern and imagery created with colored clay inlay.

Ventura will exhibiting pieces of tapestry crochet in which two or more yarns are worked at the same time with a crochet hook. While tapestry crochet is found in many parts of the world, it is commonly used in Guatemala to create brightly colored bags in bold, geometric patterns.

Ventura and Pitelka will also give lectures in conjunction with the exhibition on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Bryan Fine Arts Building in the second floor recital hall. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibition will be on display in Gallery Two. The sales gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (615) 597-6801.
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