Alan Shuptrine:  Appalachian Watercolors of the

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This exhibition of thematic watercolor paintings by nationally renowned Tennessee artist Alan Shuptrine pays tribute to the land and people found along the Appalachian Trail, and of the distinctive culture that endures from the mountains of Maine to Georgia. The body of work celebrates the connections of Appalachia with its historical and cultural counterpart in the British Isles, highlighting Celtic traditions that were brought to America in the 18th century and are still practiced in the region today. The paintings are ornamented with Shuptrine’s hand-carved frames, many of which are embedded with serpentine, a mineral that is found not only along the entire Appalachian Trail, but also in the regions of the British Isles where the original settlers to Appalachia were born.

The exhibit will be up through January 17th, 2019 for view.

For more information about this artist, please visit his website at www.alanshuptrine.com

When I am quietly creating in my studio, I often hear my dad’s words of wisdom: “You must see and create beyond the surface level—art should evoke emotion.” I find that painting is a spiritual experience. It takes a tremendous amount of courage for an artist to create what is deep within the heart and soul, and to be vulnerable. I find myself thanking God for my blessings and pulling encouragement from Him to press onward, and upwards.
— Alan Shuptrine


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MINI Exhibit: Black History Month

1/22/2019 - 3/1/2019

Black soldiers wearing Union uniforms during the Civil War.

Black soldiers wearing Union uniforms during the Civil War.


For this Black History Month mini exhibit, we are featuring early Black History in our region from settlement of the region to Reconstruction.


Quilt Show

1/31/2019 - 2/28/2019

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Our Annual Stitches in Time Quilt show will run from January 31st, 2019-February 28th, 2019. We are currently revamping our categories and working on setting up classes. Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

For more information, click here.


The History of Sewing Machines

2/7/2019 - 6/30/2019

Interior of the Hardwick Woolen Mill

Interior of the Hardwick Woolen Mill


This exhibit will not only review the history of the sewing machine, from its invention until now, but will feature sewing machines from our collection that were used locally. This exhibit will coincide with our annual quilt show and with the Fabric of Bradley County.


MINI Exhibit: C.J. Wilson’s Store


A pair of shoes that were for sale at C.J. Wilson’s Store.

A pair of shoes that were for sale at C.J. Wilson’s Store.


This exhibit will highlight items that were sold at C.J. Wilson’s Store (a clothing store that was a fixture in Cleveland for many years) as well as a few items such as display cases used at the store.


The Fabric of Bradley County


Hardwick Woolen Mill Exterior

Hardwick Woolen Mill Exterior


The Fabric of Bradley County exhibit will highlight the important producers and sellers of fabric and fibers in our community. This includes community fixtures such as American Uniform, C.J. Wilson's Store, and Hardwick Woolen Mill. The exhibit will feature photos, tools, machines, fabrics, and clothing - items that are rarely displayed due to their fragile materials. The exhibit will run from March 7, 2019-June 15, 2019 and will coincide with our History of Sewing Machines exhibit, which will feature machines from American Uniform and the Woolen Mill as well as home models.


MINI EXHIBIT: Bradley County Beauty


Staff of Draper’s Barber Shop in Martinsville, Virginia

Staff of Draper’s Barber Shop in Martinsville, Virginia


The grooming and beautification of yesteryear - from a barbershop chair to shaving cream brushes to hot rollers. This exhibit will feature a number of items highlighting grooming practices in the region from the late 19th through the first half of the 20th century.