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Tom Bartel sees the human form as a cycle, and he creates his art to examine the structure of that cycle. His exhibit, “New Figurative Sculpture,” is now on display in Gallery Two of the Appalachian Center for Craft, running through March 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

“I see the human life cycle as an experience containing many beginnings and endings, many births and deaths,” says Bartel. “The connection between the beginning and ending of life is a continual source of inspiration.”

Bartel tells a story through heavily worn surfaces, creating a sense of the history behind an object. Similarly, he sees human skin as being able to tell a story about the life of the one wearing that skin, and he uses clothing to collaborate with the skin to explain human characteristics and personality. Themes of his work include disguise, transformation and identity.

This exhibit deals with mature subjects, however, and parents are advised that it may not be suitable for children’s viewing.

Tom Bartel holds a master’s degree in fine arts from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in the same field from Kent State University. He currently teaches at Western Kentucky University.

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