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Published: Wed Apr 6, 2011

Emerging artist Lyla Nelson opens her Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, In Bloom, on Tuesday, April 12 in Gallery One of the Appalachian Center for Crafts.thumb_Lyla_Nelson-_Forget_Me_Not_2

The exhibit runs until Sunday, April 17, with a gallery reception held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Craft Center.

Botanically themed, hand blown glass is the feature of In Bloom. All works are hollow vessels layered with colored glass and later sand carved to create plant imagery. This series of work explores concepts of line quality, referencing styles of Art Nouveau while maintaining natural realism.

Originally a native of the South, Nelson moved to Tennessee to study glassblowing under Curtiss Brock at the Craft Center. She has won national awards for her glass art and will continue to pursue a career in the studio arts upon graduating.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located approximately six miles from I-40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). To get there, travel south on Highway 56 and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge.

For more information about the exhibit or the Craft Center, call 931-372-3051 or visit its web site at