Art show celebrates reuse of materials for creations


Mark your calendars now for the 12th annual Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show. You don’t want to miss these free and exciting events.

The event includes a free showing of the documentary “Landfill Harmonic” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus.

The documentary follows the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguay slum. The children create musical instruments from recycled trash and form The Recycled Orchestra. This unlikely orchestra tours the world and ends up playing in America with some very well-known artists. Poverty and waste pollution are two vital issues highlighted in this beautiful story of the transformational power of music.

In celebration of America Recycles Day, the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District and other sponsors are pleased to present free to the community the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show, which features more than 60 professional artists who creatively reuse and recycle materials into art.

This juried show is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Commons. Some of the artists selected for this event are from the local community, but artists from all over Indiana and surrounding states are participating, too.

Doug White, a wood carver from Amelia, Ohio, has been selected as this year’s featured artist. Come to The Commons to see the beauty in the worn leather coats, mismatched silverware, broken dishes and old sweaters repurposed into art.

Indiana is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show has been selected as an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project.

In celebration of the state’s 200th birthday, the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show is sponsoring the Indiana Bicentennial Art and Fine Crafts Challenge. Artists have been asked to create a piece of art or fine crafts that have some relationship to one of the state symbols or something else that represents the state.


Kari Spurgeon is the education coordinator at the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District. She can be reached at 812-376-2614 or