PRESS RELEASE: Broken toys, yesterday’s newspaper, and china shards may seem like trash to most, but in the hands of professionals, they can be transformed into beautiful art and fine crafts. On Saturday, November 6, those in the Columbus area will see such work when they attend the sixth annual Déjà Vu All Over Again Art Show.
Held at Yes Cinema and Conference Center located at 4th and Jackson Streets in downtown Columbus, Indiana, the show will run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Twenty-three artists from throughout the state were invited to display their work, which includes collage, mosaics, assemblage, jewelry, metal sculpture, furniture, leather goods, woodworking, and fiber arts.
Some of the more unusual entries are those of Bloomington artists Nick McGill and Susie Seligman. Reusing old machine parts, McGill transforms them into unusual candlesticks, and Seligman turns auction and flea market finds into whimsical chairs and sofas.
Other Bloomington artists include Martina Celerin showing her spectacular weavings and Cappi Phillips who will display fanciful mosaics. Popular artist and metal sculptor Glenn Carter is returning for his sixth show.
Many who have toured the “Back Roads of Brown County” will recognize Chris Gustin’s rag rugs, and first time exhibitor Talia Halliday, of Bloomington, will display handmade journals created from old hardback books.
Also new this year are Nashville mixed media artist Tim Carter-East, jewelry artist Ann Johnson of Muncie, and Anita Hopper of Indianapolis. Hopper repurposes old leather goods to make stylish clutch purses and handbags. Bloomington artists Mary Hambly will display intricately designed Paper Art Quilts, and Ruth Rives will show felted purses.
Other new participants include Columbus residents Larry Brackney, who creates assemblage, jeweler Martha Butler, woodturner Bill Griffith, and fiber artist Sophie Callaghan Miller. Showing jewelry made of vintage buttons is Maggie Dixon of Elizabethtown.
Some returning artists are Edinburgh jewelry artist Lori Henderson, Columbus’ Marilyn Brackney, who will show found art dolls, and the husband/wife team of Mark and Lynne Medsker of Brownsburg. Mark is a metal sculptor, and Lynne uses mixed media to create collages. Also back to display their work are Columbus woodturner Chad Shock and jewelry artist Jill Stillwell.
Sponsored by the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District, Columbus Area Arts Council, Columbus Indiana Visitors Center, Pentzer Printing, and YES Cinema, this free event is held in celebration of America Recycles Day.
All the art and fine crafts were created using scrap or repurposing items most people throw away. The show’s sponsors hope to demonstrate that such work is just as interesting and equal in quality to that made of new materials. In fact, recycled art is becoming collectible, and it’s often exhibited in fine galleries and shows across the nation.
In addition to the art show, the Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation is sponsoring a Shred-a-Thon from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Speedy Shred, a local document disposal company, will provide shredding boxes for papers and security certificates for those wishing to use the service. A donation of $5 per container is requested, and participants may bring up to two, legal-sized boxes of documents.
Also, Bartholmew County residents attending the event may trade as many as five, 60 or 100-watt light bulbs for the equivalent in CFL bulbs. Local school students who received a grant for their service-learning project from State Farm will manage the exchange. To learn more about Déjà Vu, visit http://kid-at-art.com/htdoc/dejavu10.html.