Renewing the Region exhibit returns to Indiana Welcome Center


By Joseph S. Pete
Original article here.

The Renewing the Region exhibit at Hammond’s Indiana Welcome Center has proven to have longevity like the pieces of repurposed metal on display there.

The annual exhibit, which is free to the public, has returned for the 15th year, opening Monday in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall in the Indiana Welcome Center at 7770 Corinne Drive in Hammond. Renewing the Region features hundreds of artworks crafted from recycled and repurposed objects that encourage viewers to gain a new perspective on what they might often overlook.

It’s the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority’s longest-running exhibit, and it debuted as Trash to Treasure at the Indiana Welcome Center in 2001. This year’s show includes a wide array of art, including refurbished furniture and dozens of large metal and steel keystone pieces by south suburban artist Jeff Fink.

Expect to see sculpture, garden art, and some functional pieces like tables and chairs.

An opening reception with the artists, hors d’oeuvres and live fire dancers will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today. The exhibit runs through July 14.

Visitors can see the exhibit seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through May 30, when the Indiana Welcome Center hours will be extended until 6 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 219.989.7979.