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A traveling statewide exhibition hosted by Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte, wife of Gov. Phil Bredesen, to raise awareness of and funds for renovations to The Tennessee Residence in Nashville is coming to the Appalachian Center for Craft, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University.

The show, entitled Far Hills: Images of the Tennessee Residence, runs at the Craft Center for a week, beginning on Wednesday, April 19. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. that day.

“This is a traveling exhibition featured in art venues throughout the state to raise awareness of the renovation project,” said Gail Looper, the Craft Center’s gallery manager. “The Craft Center has been selected as the only Middle Tennessee venue between Nashville and Knoxville to present it.”

Centerpiece of the show is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Tennessee artist Charles Brindley depicting the executive home and grounds, where Tennessee governors since 1949 have lived while in office.

Original works, prints and note cards by the artist will be available for sale during the opening reception at the Craft Center.

Another component of the event is the Brindley Scholar Art Contest for high school students. Regional high school students, whose work has been selected by their schools, will participate in the competition, to be judged during the Craft Center’s April 19 opening reception and through the run of the show until the 26th.

Cash prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded by Conte, and the first place winners from all the state’s venues hosting the Far Hills exhibition have an opportunity to be judged for the final $1,000 grand prize.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is providing prize money for this component of the show.

Proceeds from the weeklong exhibition will be split between The Tennessee Residence and the Craft Center.

The Restoration and Preservation of The Tennessee Residence was initiated in 2003 by Gov. Bredesen and First Lady Conte in an effort to preserve the history and integrity of The Tennessee Residence. This event marks what will be the first significant work to the house since it was built more than 70 years ago.

“Sponsors for the Far Hills exhibition and reception to be held at the Craft Center have made it possible for the event to be free and open to the public. We can’t thank them enough for their generous support,” said Ward Doubet, Craft Center director.

Those sponsors include Jon A. Beasley and Dr. Walter E. Derryberry, M.D.; Budd H. Bishop Art Studio; Bradley Printing, LLC; Budweiser of Cookeville; Cantrell Financial Services – Jerry D. Cantrell, president; Community Bank of Cookeville; County Cabin Liquors; First Tennessee Bank; O’Mara and Johnson, Attorneys at Law; Paula’s Restaurant; Pepsi Bottling Group; Jackie Smith, State Farm Insurance Agent; Stella Luna Gallery; Walkway Café; Williams Wholesale Supply and Lighting Center; and Winnell Lee Lumber Co. Inc.

The Craft Center is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south toward Smithville on Highway 56 and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge.

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