April 3rd & 4th 2015

With sustainability and recycling being the heart and foundation of Bellingham, the second 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 3rd & 4th around downtown Bellingham. Scroll down for a list of all the wonderful, creatively re-usable event.


Recycled Art Exhibit
Allied Arts of Whatcom County Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave
4/3 & 4/4 10am – 5pm each day
Nearly 30 artists exhibiting works made from 75% or more recycled materials.

Mantiques by Rafael Mithuna
1411 Cornwall Ave
This storefront exhibit will be up 4/3 & 4/4
Unique and useful objects created from re-purposed antique industrial and military scrap and discarded tools.

Pop-Up Art Gallery
1415 Cornwall Ave
4/3 6pm – 9pm
Come visit Bellingham’s first “Pop-Up” Gallery during the April Downtown Artwalk. Twelve outstanding, talented local artists will have an amazing array of fine art displayed in one place, but it will be up for one night ONLY! This exhibit includes work from: Vikki Jackson, Linda Coons, Kelcey Bates, Joetta Egan, Kevin Ledford, Elaine McRory, Jacquie Hollingsworth, Lyn Jackson, Kelly Becker, Laurel Baldwin, Nyssa Prowell, and Lori Hill.

Presentations (there is no charge for presentations)

Altered Books & Book Boxes presentation w/ Rachel Simpson
Allied Arts of Whatcom County Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave
4/3 4pm
How to reuse old discarded books into art; a brief history or recycled books, and to show you examples for current artists on how to use various techniques with mixed-media. A precursor to the hands-on Altered Book Workshop held on Saturday.

Recycled Art Exhibit: Artist Walk-Thru
Allied Arts of Whatcom County Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave
4/3 7pm
Get an inside look at the inspiration and techniques behind creating art from recycled materials.

Salvage Inspired Furniture Design w/ Eberhard Eichner
Allied Arts of Whatcom County Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave
4/4 12:30 – 1:30
Watch a furniture maker turn marginal materials into functional treasures. RE Vision Division, the award winning program of THE RE Store in Bellingham, has been diverting more then 50 000 pounds annually of reclaimed materials – saving them from the landfill and turning them into the building blocks of quality repurposed furniture.

Hands-On Workshops and other Events

Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store Bag-It Sale
1418 Cornwall Ave
4/3 10am – 5pm & 4/4 12pm – 5pm
Fill a small, medium, or large bag for $5, $10 or $15 with artistic treasures from our art supply thrift store.

Sewing Upcycled Vinyl Totes from Commercial Banners w/Molly Chambers
Ragfinery, 1421 North Forest
4/4 10:30-1:30pm
Students will learn multiple techniques for successful sewing with discarded vinyl banners. You’ll love the strong, finished totes with their fun, “cut and pasted” graphics. Registration required, register at www.ragfinery.com

Altered Books w/Rachel Simpson
Dakota Art 1322 Cornwall
4/4 11am – 1pm
A hands on workshop showing how to resuse old books into art and journals with various techniques of how to add texture, design, with mixed-media. You will get to take home your very own altered book to continue to work on and use at the end of the class.

Waste Paper Upcycling w/Ruth San Pietro
Dakota Art 1322 Cornwall
4/4 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm
$3 per 1/2hr session
Learn to process waste paper to use in paper casting, creating flat sheets or other art projects.

Junk Has Soul sculpture Workshop w/ Thor Myhre
Allied Arts of Whatcom County Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave
4/4 2pm – 4pm
$10 per student, $15 Family
Inspired by a truckload of recycled materials, students will use common hand tools to create unique works of art. They will learn innovative ways of integrating and attaching formerly unrelated items, making new discoveries about themselves and the world around them. Students will learn about great resources for future projects and walk away with a new found sense of the beauty in everyday junk.

Fun with Necktie Embellishments w/Eliza Andrews
Ragfinery, 1421 North Forest
4/4 2:30-4:30pm
Adorn a shirt, a skirt or whatever you want with neckties! Registration required, register at www.ragfinery.com

The Reclaimers present Mix-it-Up Masks
Dakota Art 1322 Cornwall
4/4 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Local up-cycle artists Karin Mueller and Graham Schodda guide participants in creating masks from reclaimed and recycled object suitable for wall hanging

We are no longer accepting applications for RARE online, however, 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.