Media Release                                                                                                May 16, 2008


Contact:          Erika Scheeringa, LCCVB, 219.554.2720


                        Rita Norton Mazza, Exhibit Curator, 219.742.4645


Trash to Treasure Exhibit Opens May 30th


HAMMOND – Hundreds of pieces of recycled art will be on display for the 8th Annual Trash to Treasure Exhibit. Artists use recycled and reused materials such as; wood, scrap metal, plastic and furniture to create their works of art.

            The exhibit will be on display at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond from May 30th to July 25th. Trash to Treasure, sponsored by Lake County Solid Waste Management District and the Lake County CVB, pays tribute to the beauty of the environment and highlights the importance of reusing and recycling. Artists seek out trash and turn it into art and are dedicated to educating the public about the importance of recycling.

            An opening reception and “meet the artists” will be held at the Indiana Welcome Center on Thursday, May 29th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The Oxcart Ramblers, an old-time traditional mountain music band will perform and light refreshments will be served. The Lake County Solid Waste Management District will also host a free presentation at 7pm with special guest and author, Dudley Edmonson, who will speak about his book Black and Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places. 

          Trash to Treasure VIII is free of charge and open to the public. Visitors to the exhibit will also have the opportunity to purchase artwork from the collection. The Indiana Welcome Center is located at I-80/94 & Kennedy Avenue south in Hammond. For more information, call 800-ALL-LAKE.