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‘East Meets West’ photography exhibit opens Oct. 1

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Sept. 27, 2010) — “East Meets West: The Photography of Mark W. Peacock and Michael H. Kaal” opens Friday, Oct. 1, from 7-9 p.m. at Nelson Fine Art Center in Johnson City.

The photography exhibit features the natural and scenic beauty of Appalachia and Arizona. The opening reception will also include live violin music played by Pat Whisnant. The exhibit will remain open throughout October.

Peacock practiced law at his family’s firm before moving to the hills of east Tennessee in 1995 to attend Emmanuel School of Religion. He was soon hired by Milligan College to teach courses in business, law and ethics. Last year he added digital photography to his list of courses offered.

Peacock’s love for photography was instilled in him by his grandfather, who taught him lighting and composition and that, at its best, photography is storytelling. He enjoys hiking and exploring the area, and he shares his discoveries on his blog, Appalachian Treks.

“My hope is that those who live in or visit this region will be encouraged by my photography to step out and explore, to look a bit closer, experience the wonders of nature and its Creator, and to then share what they find with others,” Peacock said.

Kaal was raised in Gilbert, Ariz., but was drawn to the verdant mountains of east Tennessee to pursue a degree in fine art photography at Milligan College.

He began photographing landscapes seven years ago, seeking to produce high quality images with energy and vibrancy. While he has found inspiration in Tennessee, Kaal’s first love is in the diverse and vibrant tones of the desert Southwest.

“I want my work to share my faith in God and to inspire others to pause and reflect and give thanks for all the glories of creation,” Kaal said.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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