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Community Day a highlight of Reece Museum Grand Reopening event

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JOHNSON CITY (October 28, 2013) – A Community Day with art demonstrations, storytelling, music and more will be a highlight of the Reece Museum’s Grand Reopening celebration at East Tennessee State University.

Community Day, a free, family-friendly event, will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the museum.

The day begins with art demonstrations by painter Nancy Jane Earnest and printmaker/painter John Hilton, both of whom are previous Reece Museum employees. 

A Greene County native, Earnest worked as a goldsmith jeweler after earning her master of fine arts degree at ETSU.  She teaches art in different media, does freelance work as both an illustrator and a writer, and teaches music as a private music instructor.

Hilton, a native of Kingsport, makes prints, drawings and paintings using animal and figurative imagery.  He is currently an adjunct instructor of printmaking and foundations at ETSU and teaches art appreciation at Jackson State Community College.  He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from ETSU and a master of fine arts from Clemson University, and also studied art at the Charles E. Daniel Center in Genoa Italy, and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg.

Storytelling will take place at 1 p.m. with performer and artist Penny Gamble-Williams, who began her storytelling journey as a child while listening to her grandmother, mother, father and extended family members as they told tales about their lives.  She and her husband, Thunder Williams, are curators of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian traveling exhibit, “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas,” which opens at the Reece Museum during the Grand Reopening weekend.  They also host “The Talking Feather Radio Show” on Radio One WOL 1450 AM in Washington, D.C.

Community Day will conclude with a 2 p.m. musical performance by Town Branch Bluegrass.  Band members include Brandon Elkins, Bill Newman, Peggy Ely, Wayne Bonham, Jack Bonham and Shirley Smith.  They have performed at Bristol’s Paramount Theatre; the Carter Fold in Hiltons, Va.; the Jimmy Martin Memorial Festival in Sneedville; and the Jettie Baker Center in Clintwood, Va.

The Reece Museum’s Grand Reopening, which will be held Nov. 8-13, will also include “Treasures of the Reece 2013: Artifacts from the New World,” a behind-the-scenes exhibit preview and fundraiser, on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6-9 p.m.; a reception and unveiling of the museum’s annual Poinsettia Tree in the Burgin Dossett Hall administration building on Nov. 12; and a discussion on Melungeon identity in Southern Appalachia by author and public radio commentator Wayne Winkler on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at noon.

For more information, contact Theresa Hammons, Reece Museum director, at (423) 439-4392 or .  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346 by Monday, Nov. 4; accommodation requests after this date cannot be guaranteed.