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Etowah Stitches by John "Brownie" Brock

 On Display from February 7 – March 3, 2012
Public Reception on February 23 from 6-7pm

John “Brownie” Brock (8/11/1925 – 10/26/2006) was an Etowah-ianskilled and patient with needlework. It is said that “his backs are asgood as his fronts”, but don’t take it from me. Visit the Etowah ArtsCommission Gallery to see his precise work for yourself!

One of the most interesting parts of the display is a set of afghans, recallingthe state flower of places the Brocks particularly enjoyed visiting duringtheir many travels. Mr. Brock was always specific in his stitching – knottingeach color on the reverse to create a picture on both sides. To show this, thesepieces are arranged as a mirror of one another – one with the front and onewith the reverse facing outward. You have to look hard to find which is which!

Front or Back? Can you tell?

Often we think of needlecraft as a solitary art, but that was far from thecase in the Brock household. Daughter Joellen Dunkle recalls her father andmother sitting every night, working their separate crafts next to each other.Some of Mrs. Brock’s holiday quilted works are on display as well, alongside Mr.Brock’s Christmas decorations, including stitched stockings and a tree skirt.

One of Mrs. Brock’s quilts
Cross-stitch stockings for the whole family

Much of Mr. Brock’s other work reflects a simpler time, of quaint farmhousesand rolling fields, inspired by his childhood growing up on a farm. In fact,two of the largest and most complex pieces on display reflect this theme. Healso did many requested designs for his children or to give away about thecommunity. On display is one of several Boy Scout patterns he replicated for localtroop members.

A large pastoral scene

John “Brownie” Brock was a decorated veteran of World War II,honorably discharged after he was wounded in combat. He received a purple heartand was one of few who fought in all five operations. In the 1950’s he and hiswife Virginia decided to move from Englewood to Etowah,where he worked in the Gem Drugstore (now the Etowah Arts Commission) until aposition with the Postal Service opened. Much of Etowah came to know him wellduring his many years at the Post Office, where he served until retirement. TheBrocks traveled often and enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren.Tragically a biking traffic accident fatally injured Mr. Brock soon after his80th birthday in 2006.

Kids Art Thursdays

Join us every Thursday throughout the school year art at the Etowah Community Center!
From 6:30-7:30 pm every week. 
All ages welcome. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
$2 materials fee per child each class. Due at door.

This Month’s Projects:

February 9 – Let’s Make Felt 

Materials: wool roving, soapy water, paper and hand towels, glue, construction paper 
Allergies: wool

February 16 – Create a Book
Materials: cardstock, lined paper, blank paper, embroidery thread, crayons, markers
Allergies: none

February 23 – Theater Imaginarium (Improvisation games)

2012 Cousin Jake Bluegrass Festival

March 10, 2012, 12pm-10pm
$15 for All-Day Pass 
Cousin Jake between Flatts & Scruggs
Join Etowah in celebrating the legacy of “Cousin Jake” as influential bluegrass musicians Kenny & Amanda Smith, Farm County Jubilee, and Jim Hurst join the local Just Us and Reliance for an all-day, down-home bluegrass festival in the historic Gem Theater.
Jim Hurst
or call 423-263-7608

The Cousin Jake Memorial Bluegrass Festival, now in its 18th year, is an event that celebrates bluegrass music and honors the late Jake Tullock, a native of Etowah, Tennessee. Tullock began his professional music career on the old Cas Walker and Mid-day Merry Go Round radio shows in Knoxville, Tennessee. He eventually joined Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs as a bass player and comic, performing with them for 20 years as “Cousin” Jake. After his retirement from Flatt & Scruggs, Tullock returned home to Etowah where he continued to perform until his death.
Just Us
2012 Sponsors

2012 Bluegrass Gospel

February 18, 2012 
7pm @ the historic Gem Theater

Come to the John F. Studdard Memorial Gospel Concert on February 18 in the historic Gem Theater for a night of bluegrassy, toe-tapping worship! Favorite bands Grasstowne and Just Us will play favorite hymns in a new, bluegrass style.

Just Us

 $10 a ticket.


or call 423-263-7608

John was a founding member of the popular Hiwassee Ridge bluegrass band. He was a member of the Etowah Arts Commission and Coordinator of the Cousin Jake Memorial Bluegrass Festival. He was known for assisting with bluegrass events throughout the region.
( May 11, 1949 – Dec. 20, 2008 )

2012 Sponsors


Etowah Writers Alliance

Open to anyone in the process of writing, editing, or imagining a story, this club is a safe, critical space for reviewing and discussing each others’ work. (Non-fictional welcome as well) Writing classes and workshops are offered through this club.

Meetings: 1st Thursday of each month from 4:30-6:00 at the Etowah Community & Recreation Center
Learn about upcoming classes and get reminders with the Literary Times eNewsletter

Upcoming Class:

Exploring Plot Structures with Melanie Grace Guthrey
February 13, 2012 from 5-6pm
Etowah Carnegie Library
Increase your story-telling precision as we learn about different approaches to plot structure. Think you don’t need it? Think again! Readers will create a plot with or without your help. This class will help make sure that they get a ‘pay-off’ and leave your work feeling satisfied.

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