Nancy Cantrell Dender gallery dedication planned Aug. 14
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The Etowah Arts Commission will present “The Works of Nancy Cantrell Dender” at a reception and gallery dedication Aug. 14, 5 to 7 p.m.

The event is free.

Featuring more than 30 hand-painted items, including china plates, bowls and vases, this exhibit shows exquisite examples of art produced by the late Nancy Cantrell Dender.

Dender founded the Etowah Arts Commission in 1977, thereby creating the second rural arts council in Tennessee.

She served as the first chairman and remained a key adviser and supporter for over 30 years. An accomplished artist in own right, Dender had a special love for china painting and music. Her interest in the arts began as a child but grew during her time at the University of Tennessee where her studies included craft and theater.

In 1993, the Governor of Tennessee appointed her to the Tennessee Arts Commission. Later she was elected to the East Tennessee Foundation Board of Directors and co-chaired the committee that raised $1 million for the East Tennessee Art Fund.

In addition to the exhibit featuring her work, the gallery of the Etowah Arts Commission has also been renamed in her honor.

The “Nancy Cantrell Dender Gallery” is located at 700 Tennessee Ave., Etowah, next door to the historic Gem Theater.

The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, from noon until 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.