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Maria Ramirez Card, Jessica Van Neste and Ben Carpenter will display nature in its finest qualities when they present their senior thesis exhibits at the Appalachian Center for Craft, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University.

The exhibits will begin April 18 and run through April 24, with Card’s and Carpenter’s exhibits sharing Gallery One and Neste’s presented in the North Windows Gallery daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A group reception for all three artists will be held Friday, April 21, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Card’s exhibit, titled “Flowers and Stitches,” will be her first public show. Garden flowers inspired Card early on in drawings before she carried on those images to quilting and embroidery.

Neste’s exhibit, “Enchantment,” looks into a world where nature’s beauty and color abound in her work. The exhibit finalizes Neste’s work for her bachelor of fine arts degree in metals.

Carpenter explores the nature of wood using furniture with strong curves and natural beauty. His work commands structural stability and richness with architecture inspired of his childhood growing up between Baltimore and Annapolis, Md.

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 615/597-6801 or 931/372-3051 or visit the Craft Center web site at