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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Deja Vu art show canceled but will be online – The Republic

The 16th Annual Deja Vu Fine Art and Craft Show that attracts an estimated 1,000-plus people has been canceled for November, partly due to uncertainty about future public gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the organizer will move some elements of the show of repurposed pieces online soon at a web address to be decided.

Founder and artist Marilyn Brackney of Columbus said she decided to make and announce the change this early for several reasons.

One is that she wanted to give the show’s 60 artists from several states a chance to sign up for other shows. Also, some of her payment to rent The Commons for the original Nov. 14 date is due very soon. And a third reason is that she wanted to be fair to show sponsors before they made a commitment for elements such as paid advertising — money that can’t be recouped once spent.

“Also, I spend hundreds of hours working on this,” Brackney said. “But my main concern is that I don’t want to see anyone lose money.”

The show, begun in 2005 in the original Commons as a way of celebrating America Recycles Day, has been popular with customers and attendees, artist vendors and also area artists who visit to admire peers’ work. Last year alone, a few out-of-town artists mentioned that they loved the event’s variety.

The trash-to-treasures gathering, featuring pieces ranging from maybe $10 for small, coffee table pieces to a few thousand dollars for elaborate works, highlights creative recycling and environmental responsibility by highlighting a broad range of artists using scrap wood, fabric, metals, wristwatches, you name it, and turning those pieces into new jewelry boxes, jackets, coasters, candleholders, tables, whimsical figures and other items.

Brackney, a former public school art teacher, has won national attention over the years for her commitment to repurposed art. In 1992, she completed an art piece called Trashasaurus Rex, a paper mache dinosaur created almost entirely out of post-consumer solid waste partly to highlight the nation’s limited landfill space.

Shortly after the work’s completion, she took the piece to the first Kids’ World Conference on the Environment held at the Nickelodeon Television Studios in Orlando, Florida.

She said her decision to cancel the show this year is a sad one.

“I worried about making the right choice.,” Brackney said, adding that she discussed it with her daughter, a long-time artist. “I had talked to her and a few artists about it. Also, I asked opinions of some folks in the tourist industry.

“They all assured me that it was the right thing to do.”

The online version of the show will include of variety of work and a chance for people to purchase it, perhaps even more important now since other art shows also are being canceled amid the worldwide pandemic.

“While it certainly won’t be the same as seeing the art and fine crafts and talking to artists in person, I hope it will do until we can return next year,” Brackney said.{div}{span style=”font-family: Arial;”} {/span}{/div}

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