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thumb_JR_Webster_thesis_photoFrom the moment she picked up her first lump of clay, Jessica Reneger Webster saw in her hands a source of endless possibilities for artistic expression.

Her current work focuses on imagery from a series of dreams involving rabbits. Rather than attempting to interpret the meaning behind these dreams, she chooses to create ceramic forms as a direct manifestation of what she "sees" while sleeping.

Webster's bachelor of fine arts senior thesis exhibition in clay — entitled "sweet dreams..." — is Dec. 1 to Dec. 6 in Gallery One of the Appalachian Center for Craft. An artist's reception is set for 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

She paints with a bright color palette and utilizes various building and carving techniques to recreate specific environments and scenarios. Through these sculptural vignettes, Webster wishes to engage a sense of mystery and curiosity with her audience.

"I hope to provide a starting point for the viewer so that they may find individual meaning within each write their own story."

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located at 1560 Craft Center Drive, Smithville, approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south on Highway 56; turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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