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Friendship and artistic abilities unite Linda Lewis, Nisha Drinkard and Elaine Lorenz.

Now, they also come together for a group exhibit, running through Nov. 8 at the Appalachian Center for Craft’s Gallery Two from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The foundation of Lewis’ work is based metaphors that she creates by using pages from books that are dyed, strained and distressed, as well as abstract objects.

“Although my work looks fragile and diaphanous, it has reached this state through a violent and deconstructive process reflecting the often difficult and violent process of social negotiation,” said Lewis.

Drinkard’s work attempts to make memories physically concrete by storing representational objects and plants in small bags, under mica or between panels of silk.

“My desire to save life stories came from seeing family photographs destroyed through carelessness or by family members who did not remember parts of their lives,” said Drinkard.

Lorenz’s work in clay reflects her belief in closely observing and respecting the beauty of nature.

“The sculptures in this show suggest birth, growth, transformation and relationships operating as visual metaphors for generative forces at work in the world,” said Lorenz.

To get to the Appalachian Center for Craft, take Interstate 40 to Exit 273, turn south toward Smithville and go approximately six miles, turning left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge.

For more information, contact gallery manager Gail Looper at 931/372-3051.