“The Art of Re-use in Celebration of Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary”

wall sculpture #26, recycled metal (c) 2010 Medsker Metal Art


Exhibit at Phi Gallery Celebrates Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary

Columbus, IN.  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.  Twelve professional artists have taken these re-used objects and created artwork that will be featured at Hotel Indigo’s Phi Gallery.

Presented by the Columbus Museum of Art and Design, this exhibit entitled “The Art of Re-use in Celebration of Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary” will be on display from April 1 through May 28th.  The public is invited to a special meet the artist reception, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 8 from 5:30 to 7pm.

The show’s purpose is to demonstrate that such work is just as interesting and equal in quality to that made of new materials. “Recycled art is becoming collectible, and it’s often exhibited in fine galleries and shows across the nation,” said Columbus artist Marilyn Brackney, organizer of this exhibit.  Twelve central Indiana artists were invited to display their work, which includes mosaics, metal sculpture, fiber arts, collage and mixed media.

Besides Brackney, who will exhibit a relief sculpture, the show will include Bloomington artists Glenn Carter, metal sculpture, Cappi Phillips, mosaic/assemblage and Kelly Tate, mixed media.  Among the participating artists from Columbus are Linda Peterson, mixed media, Jan Wantz, fiber arts, and Chad Shock, woodturning.

One of the more unusual entries is that of another Bloomington artist Nick McGill who transforms old machine parts into unusual candlesticks. Also from Bloomington, Martina Celerin, whose work was featured on HGTV, will show one of her spectacular weavings.

A Brownsburg husband and wife team of Mark and Lynne Medsker will display metal sculpture and collage, and many who have toured the “Back Roads of Brown County” will recognize Chris Gustin’s weaving.

Hotel Indigo is located at 400 Brown Street in downtown Columbus, Indiana. For additional information about this exhibit or future exhibits at Phi Gallery, call 812.376.2534.