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An exhibit at the North Windows Gallery of the Appalachian Center for Craft, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University, could change the way you think about soda pop cans, vegetable tins and other metal containers.

On display through August 5 is an exhibit by the late “tin can artist” David Wasserman, a graphic designer who experimented for more than 30 years with the artistic possibilities of manipulating metal.

Using colorful tin cans as his palette, his two-dimensional wall work displays ingenuity and attention to detail. His ability to render drapery, architecture and figurative forms in such representational detail, for instance, became a signature element of his designs.

Another recognizable signature of his work, which incorporates a variety of subjects, is the fastening pin style he used.

Wasserman’s work appears in the book Tin Can Art by Bobbie Hanson, who will be teaching a tin can craft workshop this summer at the Craft Center. Wasserman died in 1999.

Hanson, along with Wasserman’s son Stephen, will present a slide lecture on Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Craft Center.

To get to the Craft Center, take Interstate 40 to Exit 273, turn south toward Smithville on Highway 56 and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge.

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