August 29, 2004: Headlines: COS - Kazakhstan: Small Business: Knoxville News-Sentinel: Kazakhstan RPCV Emily Dewhirst opens Nomad Gallery

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Kazakhstan RPCV Emily Dewhirst opens Nomad Gallery

Kazakhstan RPCV Emily Dewhirst opens Nomad Gallery

Kazakhstan RPCV Emily Dewhirst opens Nomad Gallery

Nomad brings favorite items to Market Square shoppers
Aug 29, 2004

Knoxville News-Sentinel
by Doug Mason, Mason@Knews.Com

The nomad in Nomad Gallery is Emily Dewhirst, whose itchy feet take her all around the world.

She's a traveler, not a tourist. She's just as comfy in a yurt as she is in the Market Square building where she lives upstairs and keeps shop downstairs.

Dewhirst has had trouble staying in one spot since she bicycled around post-World War II Europe as a teenager.

The Minnesota native has lived in France, Italy, Denmark, Egypt, Korea and Kazakhstan, the latter during a 1994-96 stint with the Peace Corps.

Her travels include stops in South America, Asia, India and the Middle East.

The more removed from malls and high-def TV a spot is, the better she likes it.

Her favorite cultures are those "not infected with modern civilization."

Since opening Nomad more than three years ago, Dewhirst has been sharing pieces of the places she most loves.

Anyone who can manage to find Market Square may enter the exotic world of Nomad and broaden his or her horizons with fantastic arts, crafts and textiles that Dewhirst has carted back from a dozen or more places, some of which most of us couldn't finger on a map.

The shortlist of items in her shop on a recent Saturday morning included holy tapestries from Tibet, tribal figures from Africa, jewelry from India, hand-knitted mohair shawls from Kazakhstan, silk tapestries from Uzbekistan, antique lace from France, Alpaca- toenail rattles from Bolivia, antique Tiger Hats from China (worn by children to ward off sickness and bad spirits), hand-dyed batiks from Thailand, silver jewelry from Bali, larimar gemstones from the Dominican Republic, hand-blown glass jewelry from Italy and baskets from New Guinea.

It's an eclectic mix with one thing in common: Dewhirst.

"I just love everything in this gallery," she says. "If it's not something I love, I don't buy it."

She also carries a few works by local artists, including potter Anna Maria Gundlach.

Doug Mason may be reached at 865-342-6441.

GALLERY CRAWLNews Sentinel fine-arts writer Doug Mason is profiling local art galleries in a series of summer stories.


* Where: Market Square

* Hours: Usually 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, but hours will vary. If shop is closed, ring the bell and Dewhirst will let you in.

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