April 1 & 2 2016

With sustainability and recycling being the heart and foundation of Bellingham, the fifth annual Recycled Art and Resource Expo (RARE) is finally here. RARE is a two-day festival that celebrates creative reuse in the arts and other industries. The event will take place on April 1 & 2 around downtown Bellingham.  A list of all the wonderful, creatively re-usable events is coming soon.

Unless otherwise stated, there is no prior-registration needed for most events, however, space is limited and is on a first come/first served basis.

If you have an event you think would enhance our Expo, please feel free to contact Katy Tolles at katy@alliedarts.org or call 676-8548 ext 2.



Application for booths, exhibitors, workshop facilitators, speakers, and performers

Application Due: Thursday, March 3, 2016 by 5 pm

No Jury Fees!

The 5th annual two-day event serves as a unifying resource that provides a platform for the many green themed artistic endeavors in the area. In addition to a highly entertaining roster of events, RARE is a multimedia exploration involving educational workshops, speakers, panel discussions and exhibits. Attendees are inspired to take home innovative ideas that recognize the value of using resources creatively and forging new avenues for reuse in other industries. We invite artists of all levels as well as businesses and organizations that have a passion for recycled art, the environment, and sustainability to be a part of RARE. Artists are asked to create pieces that are inspired by the concepts of reuse and recycling.

We encourage applicants to become members of nonprofits like these that support the arts in our community. Allied Arts Membership is not required to apply for participation in RARE, but very appreciated. To become a member go to www.alliedarts.org/membership.

Definition of Recycled

For the purpose of RARE, we define recycled art as consisting of at least 75% materials that would    otherwise have been thrown away if not for their creative use in art.

The following are descriptions and expectations for each type of opportunity within the expo. If you have any questions please email kelly@alliedarts.or

A. Artist Exhibitors

There are two options for exhibiting artwork: (40% commission taken on sales for both options)

  1. You can jury to be a part of the ReArt Show held at the Allied Arts Gallery downtown. Artists may submit up to three pieces for consideration to be included in the exhibit. Participation is open to all current Allied Arts Members at any level of membership. Artists may sign up for membership when they submit their application.
  2. Artists interested in solo exhibits displaying their work in a setting such as a store front window, or other exhibit space during the expo may apply with this application. Applications are open to artists wishing to exhibit multiple or single works and installations. Exhibitors are not required to be present during exhibit hours but are required to assist in set up and take down of the exhibit space. Artists must handcraft all merchandise, no exceptions.

Special requirements

Artist exhibitor applicants must attach a description (100 words maximum) of the work they plan to show and what the pieces are made of. Applicants must also provide at least 4 digital images (digital or hardcopy) of their work and accompanying image list to be reviewed by a jury.

B. Workshop Facilitators

Workshops can teach anything from “how to market your green art,” to a recycled art class geared towards kids, to salvage garden art and more! Workshop facilitators must provide all of their own art materials. Workshop holders may charge a fee for their class, with commission taken by Allied Arts of Whatcom County.

Special requirements

Please attach a description of your workshop idea to this application. Please limit the description to one page and include photos to help give the jury a better understanding of what you will be

teaching during the workshop. Answer questions like, what is the final product going to be? Will each person in the class be making something to take home? What are your learning objectives? The

locations of the workshops are TBD and the information you provide will help us select the most

suitable venue.

C. Speakers

The role of speakers at RARE is to communicate the importance of recycled art. Speakers can

include artists, sustainability experts, conservation activists, etc. Topics can be broad but must have an emphasis on green themed artistic endeavors.

Special requirements

Please attach a description of what your speech will be about and a resume of prior speaking


D. Performances

Live performances at Allied Arts Gallery. We are looking for music and performing arts that fit the RARE theme. For example, but not limited to “Stomp- like” musical theater performance (music made with garbage cans or other salvage materials), a musical performance powered by alternative energy, or even a recycled fashion show.  The performing arts are often overlooked as recycled art and RARE is unique in that we want to be one of the first celebrations of recycled art to bring the performing arts to life.

Special requirements

Please attach a description of your proposed performance. You may also send us a audio/video

recording of your performance. Include any facility requirements in your description. Performance locations are TBD and the information you provide will help us select the best venue. Please be aware that this a rain or shine event.  If you are interested in participating in one of the above categories, please fill out the following page.

 E. Business and Non-Profit Information Table
3’ x 6’ table in the Allied Arts Gallery for April

Business and Non-Profit tables will be a part of the Allied Arts exhibit where local businesses working in the arts and environmental sustainability and local non-profits can interact with the community.

Apply Here