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thumb Fast_GrowingA gallery show at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft highlights the conflict between native and invasive plants in the region.

Artist April Flanders’ work relies on the visual language of seduction to confront a viewer’s initial attraction to a destructive organism. Held in Gallery One, the show includes a variety of media, including printmaking, painting, drawing and installation.

Chosen for their exotic beauty, non-native plants regularly escape the confines of the garden. They often thrive and become invasive by choking out native plants and undermining natural ecosystems.

While non-native plants provide a unique beauty, the natural controls that would keep them in check are missing, allowing them to run riot over a landscape and region.

Flanders is an assistant professor at Appalachian State University, where she teaches lithography, screenprinting, book-arts, foundations and digital imaging. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

The show will be at the Craft Center until Nov. 3.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is conveniently located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south on Hwy. 56; turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.

For more information, call 615/597-6801 or 931/372-3051 or visit