Renewing the Region, an annual exhibit featuring art from recycled and repurposed objects, will open on May 16, at the Indiana Welcome Center. The exhibit runs from May 16 to July 14 in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall.

Hundreds of artworks will be on display with large keystone pieces by artist and collector Jeff Fink. Fink has been designing metal and steel pieces for nearly his entire life and will have dozens of his pieces on display at the Renewing the Region Exhibit.

The Opening Reception will be held on May 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. where art enthusiasts can meet with the artists and enjoy light hors ‘devours and entertainment by live fire dancers. The reception is free and open to the public. Some works will be available to purchase and sale information will be available at the reception and throughout the exhibit.

Renewing the Region is the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority's longest-running exhibit, and was first featured at the Indiana Welcome Center in 2001 as "Trash to Treasure." In 2011, the exhibit transitioned to highlight fashionable items made from recycled materials in "Trashion." The exhibit returned in 2014 with pieces of art and furniture.

Visitors can expect a diverse display of art as well as restored, refurbished and renewed pieces. The exhibit will encourage visitors to look at things in a new way while inspiring artistic conservation.

The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, Indiana 46323. Beginning May 30, the Indiana Welcome Center will be open until 6:00 p.m. daily.

For more information on Renewing the Region, contact the Indiana Welcome Center at 219-989-7979 or visit