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thumb NickholasMella_11FEB14_00051Nicholas Mella, a senior at Tennessee Tech University, molds precious metals into art to explore the value people place on their memories.

The metals student will host his solo thesis show, Restless Memories, at TTU’s Appalachian Center for Craft April 29 through May 5. The Nashville native will host a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Though he works in metals, Mella strives to create art that demonstrates movement to give the viewer the feeling that the piece is suspended in time. Some of his pieces include casts of his body to give the art a more intimate feel and reflect moments from his life and memories.

Mella’s show is in Gallery One in the Center for Craft, which is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mella’s work recently appeared in the Center for Craft’s annual juried student show, which included select items from each of TTU’s five art concentrations: metals, painting, glass, wood, fibers and ceramics. It was juried by the director of university galleries at Murray State University.

To earn a bachelor of fine arts at Tennessee Tech, students are required to host a senior thesis show. The show is a culmination of all they have learned at the university, as well as a chance for them to work on developing artist statements and putting a show together at a gallery, doing everything from selecting pieces to displaying them.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at exit 273, Smithville/McMinnville. Go south on state Route 56 and turn left immediate after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Center for Craft.