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Jim Collins’ mixed media collage and small sculpture exhibit is currently running through Feb. 26 in Gallery One of the Appalachian Center for Craft from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Collins first started figurative sculpting in the late 1950’s, and he worked as a professor of art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for 17 years before devoting himself to being a full-time professional artist.

His frames are influenced by studies of the Bible and classical mythology, along with traditional American folk art. Collins’ major works in collage focus upon human situations, death, heroes, race and justice. It is through this imagery that Collins tells a story in a theatrical way, leaving it to his audience’s imagination to further develop what he creates.

Collins’ work has been displayed in competitions, solo and invitational shows. In the past 20 years his work has been commissioned for both private and public collections.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273. Go south on Hwy. 56 and turn immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge.

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