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An installation exhibit of works in fine metal by Dawn E. Nakanishi opens on Monday, Sept. 1, at Gallery Two of the Appalachian Center for Craft, and continuing in Gallery One through Sept. 21 is an exhibit of glass by Rick Schnider and Nikki Vahle.

Nakanishi is a metal smith, jeweler and installation artist whose work reflects the recent success in her struggle with breast cancer.

The healing power of natural materials will be showcased in the exhibition, which is titled Kawa Inochi/Rio Vida/Life River. It will also include jewelry that is inspired by Nakanishi’s observation of the natural cycle of birth, growth and decay.

Tennessee Tech University’s General Education Fund, which is supported by student fees to provide educational and cultural events to campus, helped sponsor the exhibit.

Schnieder’s and Vahle’s glass exhibit, titled Stories from the Midwest, has been described as sentimental and whimsical, conveying stories from the everyday lives of average people.

Made of hand-blown glass with vibrant enamel surface paints, the pieces are influenced by Greek narrative pottery, comic books and the artists’ common Mid-western backgrounds. Schneider is from Minnesota, and Vahle is from Nebraska.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located at Hurricane Bridge on Highway 56 South, between Interstate 40 Exit 273 and Smithville. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 615/597-6801.