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Campers unleash a sea of creativity

Contributed • Jun 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM

JOHNSON CITY – Teenagers in a Renaissance Camp hosted by East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum have been busy creating an “underwater world.”

ETSU’s Office of Professional Development annually sponsors a variety of Renaissance Camps, and this “Underwater World: A Fibers Exhibition Experience” is the first to be hosted by the Reece Museum. The exhibit from the camp will remain on display through July 12.

Nine campers from seventh grade and up have spent the week creating an “underwater” environment entirely out of fiber media in one of the Reece Museum’s. Collaborating with fiber artists and museum staff, campers have learned and implemented such skills as knot-tying, crocheting, dyeing and screen-printing to produce an installation that has transformed the gallery space into an “Underwater World.”

“The ‘Underwater World’ project has given campers an opportunity to create an exhibition in a professional museum, learn interesting and fun techniques and become involved in regional and global environmental issues,” said Spenser Brenner, Reece Museum exhibition coordinator.

The exhibit is in keeping with the Reece Museum’s early summer theme of fiber arts. “A Journey,” a selection of works by Abingdon, Virginia, fiber artist Margaret Gregg, is on display through July 5, and “Textile Traditions of the Mountain South: Fiber Arts of the Overmountain Weavers Guild” will run through July 26.

Regular museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To learn more, call the Reece Museum at (423) 439-4392. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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