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Three exhibits of regional crafts on display at Reece

The Reece Museum is featuring “A Summer of Fine Crafts” through Aug. 29, a series of three exhibitions featuring crafts by regional artists.
Now on display and continuing through Aug. 29 are “Mountain Messages VII: Gateways – Past, Present and Future” and “Woodturners: A Juried Competition.”
“Mountain Messages,” a biennial quilt competition, is open to quilters residing within a 150-mile radius of Johnson City. “Woodturners” includes more than 40 juried works of fine woodcraft by 10 regional woodturners. Woodturning involves mounting the wood on a lathe, spinning the wood, and using a variety of handheld tools to remove excess wood.
Opening Monday, July 21, is “Tennessee Craft: Northeast,” showcases crafts created by 10 current members of the organization by the same name, formerly known as the State of Franklin Chapter of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists. The exhibit of fiber arts, pottery, painting and jewelry runs through Sept. 12.
An opening reception for all three exhibits will be held Thursday, July 24, from 5-7 p.m. During the event, The Reece Museum, a unit of ETSU’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The exhibits and reception are free and open to the public.