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Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show

Event features unique 'recycled' work

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Teresa Morbitzer, owner of Vintage Vamp Jewelry in German Village will be one of the artists participating in the Avant-Garde Art & Craft show Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Upper Arlington. Morbitzer creates jewelry using vintage items.

Teresa Morbitzer thinks her quirky trinkets will fit in well at the upcoming Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show in Upper Arlington.

The owner of Vintage Vamp Jewelry Shop in German Village repurposes old charms into modern pieces. Morbitzer is among 95 vendors who will display their work from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Agatha Catholic Church, 1860 Northam Road in Upper Arlington. The event is free and open to the public.

"I think there's a trend in the art world to recycle, reuse and be green," said Morbitzer, a former public-school art teacher who opened her studio four years ago.

Becki Cooper, the show's founder, said she started the series of Avant-Garde Art & Craft shows in 2011 as a way to include artists who defy convention.

"I wanted to take your typical arts and crafts show and give it a facelift to appeal to people in my generation," said Cooper, 26. "I decided I can only do that if I start my own show."

One artist takes discarded shoehorns and turns them into lawn ornaments. Another makes cheese trays out of old liquor bottles. Yet another creates purses out of coffee-bean bags.

"It's kind of neat to see the vendors who take something old and turn it into something new, but something that's fun and trendy for today," Cooper said. "That's what avant-garde is: something out of the box, unusual, different and makes a statement."

She launched the event in with 45 vendors in northeast Ohio. Cooper, who lives in the Cleveland area, brought it to central Ohio last year.

The Feb. 16 show is the third in Columbus. The previous two were held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral downtown. To date, Cooper has put on 11 shows throughout Ohio. She said her goal is to have one every quarter in Columbus.

"With each show, more people are finding out about it," she said.

A portion of proceeds from the Upper Arlington event will be donated to Hope Hollows, a nonprofit organization in Columbus that offers complimentary lodging to people with cancer.