Renewing the Region, an annual exhibit featuring art from recycled and repurposed objects, will open on Saturday, May 23, at the Indiana Welcome Center.

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. Previously featured items also include wearables, sustainably made candles and more. The exhibit will encourage visitors to look at things in a new way while inspiring artistic conservation.

An opening reception will be held at the Indiana Welcome Center on Thursday, May 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. During the reception, visitors can view the pieces of art while meeting with artists. Additionally, reception attendees will enjoy light refreshments. Sale information for exhibit pieces will also be available at the reception and throughout the exhibit.

Renewing the Region will run through Thursday, July 23. 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 26, 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