Leave it to an artist to see the beauty in worn leather coats, mismatched silverware, broken dishes, and old sweaters. These are just some of the materials artists have repurposed to create work for the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show. The event will take place at The Commons in Columbus, Indiana from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12th.
This year marks the seventeenth time the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show has been presented, and professional artists from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio are participating. Many of the show's participants are members of prestigious organizations such as Indiana Artisan or the Louisville Artisans Guild.
Starting in 2012, we began honoring one person as our Featured Artist. However, this year's entries were so outstanding that we decided to give the title to two individuals. Exhibiting his work for the first time is artist Jim Brune of Decatur, Indiana. A member of Indiana Artisan, Jim paints hyperrealistic watercolors on finely sanded wood that he salvages from naturally fallen trees, and he was named Featured Artist in Fine Art. Longtime exhibitor Bob Blum from Cincinnati, creates beautiful jewelry from sequins that he salvaged from a storage unit many years ago. Bob will represent Déjà Vu as our Featured Artist in Fine Crafts.
Work in this year's show includes jewelry, sculpture, weaving, wearable art, woodworking, mosaic, and glass art, all created from scrap materials or items that have been repurposed. A few years ago, a new category was added to recognize artists who use sustainable, natural materials to create their work.
Sponsors of the event are the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District, Columbus Area Visitors Center, First Financial Bank, Kroot Corporation, and the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center, with additional support from Bucceto's Pizza & Pasta, Hotel Indigo, and Lucabe Coffee Co.
To learn more about the exhibiting artists, visit the Déjà Vu Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DejaVuArtAndFineCraftShow/.
Jane Bruns & Patti Hodge
Hannah Linn & Connor Grimm
Priya & Sunil Buge