Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

State News

October 25, 2013

Artists at show are recyclers

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Dozens of other professionals artists will participating in the show. One of the more unusual entries is that of Kentucky artist Fred Asplen. Working with an acetylene torch, he creates designs on spent oxygen tanks and fire extinguishers before turning them into giant bells.

Also appearing for the first time is Jill Jones, Topeka, Ind. The artist and antiques dealer creates assemblages, jewelry, accessories and decorative items in the steampunk and neo-Victorian styles. In keeping with the theme of repurposing, she uses only broken antique objects.

Last year, a new category was added to recognize artists who use sustainable, natural materials to create their work. For example, Bloomington’s Julie Gootee will show jewelry created from found butterflies. Utilizing stained glass techniques, she encases each wing in glass, and then joins them with silver solder. Clearly in a class by herself is Fishers artist and art teacher Nicole Lewis, who melts scrap crayons and pours them into molds to make new ones in shapes such as dinosaurs, robots and alphabet letters.

Unionville weaver Lynne Mikolon makes beautiful rugs using waste materials from upholstery fabrics and Pendleton wool blanket off cuts. Also, she fashions hats and bracelets from the blanket scraps. Returning for his second show is Wabash painter Michael Hapner. One of the most popular artists who exhibited last year, Hapner applies painted dots to repurpose a variety of items including saddles, bicycles, records, violins, guitars, pianos, mannequins and boots.

In addition to the art show, employees from kidscommons Children’s Museum will present free children’s activities with an earth-friendly theme in celebration of America Recycles Day.

More information about the show and children’s activities is available by calling the Columbus Area Arts Council at 812-376-2539. A complete list of participating artists may be found at the show’s Web site, www.kid-at-art.com/htdoc/dejavu2013.html.

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