Professional artists who make something special from almost nothing will participate in the seventeenth, annual Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show at The Commons located at 300 Washington Street in downtown Columbus, Indiana. The Saturday, November 11th event will run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the show is open to the public with free admission.
All items in the juried show must be made wholly or in part from scrap or repurposed materials, and show attendees learn that new beauty can be found in worn leather jackets, broken dishes, mismatched silverware, old sweaters, factory waste and hundreds of other things. Work includes collage, jewelry, book arts, home décor, mixed media, sculpture, wearable art, weaving, woodworking, mosaic, and glass art, and some creations which each
year defy classification.
Déjà Vu has become a premier event in southern Indiana, drawing nearly sixty professional artists from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio, and many of the show's participants are members of prestigious organizations such as Indiana Artisan, Louisville Artisans Guild, or Kentucky Crafted.
One of the most unusual entries is that of the featured artist Joel Fremion of Ossian, Indiana. A collage artist, his creative method is best described as painting with fabric.
He studied architectural and interior design as a college student, and while exploring the fine art of painting, he developed his own technique that he calls fabric collage.
Growing up in his grandparents' upholstery/fabric shop had a great effect on Joel. Also, his father was an interior designer, so creating with fabric is a natural outgrowth of these two
influences. Since he was surrounded all his life by beautiful colors and textures, he was destined to become a collage artist.
With a background in architecture, many of his subjects feature his interpretation of structures from around the world, but Joel also creates beautiful floral and nature pieces. His collages are extremely detailed, and are unlike most work created by other artists.
Learn more about the event and see images of work created by the artists at
The event’s sponsors are the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District, Columbus Area Visitors Center, First Financial Bank, Kroot Corporation, and the Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center. Additional support is provided by Hotel Indigo, Lucabe Coffee Co., and Viewpoint Books.
On the eve of the show, Friday, November 10th, an environmental documentary will be shown at 6:30 at The Commons. Free and open to all ages, the film is sponsored by the Columbus Office of Downtown Development. ReFashioned is a documentary about three Hong Kong entrepreneurs who take on the fashion industry hoping to revolutionize it and create a circular economy while doing so.