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 April 4th & 5th

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 4, 5, &  6 around downtown Bellingham. The Expo will consist of green art, science, and design alternatives with a big focus on artists and their diverse works, educational workshops, exhibits, speakers, performances, and an expo hall full of business and artist booths with creative green goods and ideas.

We are no longer accepting applications for RARE this year. Please check back in January 2015 for next year’s application.

 

Workshops

Clarinet mosaic example.jpgMosaic from Recycled pottery, tiles and crockery – For Kids!
Dakota Art Store 1415 Cornwall Ave
Saturday March 29, 10am – 1pm
A workshop with Ellen Clark & Beth Heffernan. Each child will work with colorful choices provided by the instructors. “Mosaic tiles” about 1 inch square will be laid out on plywood in a pattern or picture pleasing to the child artist. Experimenting with broken and discarded materials will allow the student to see reusable materials in a new way and to celebrate RARE (Recycled Arts Resources Expo). When the image is finalized, the “tiles” will be glued to the board. The piece will be grouted and cleaned as a finishing step. The mosaic will have hangers on the back so the child can display their creations at home. Ages: 6 to 11 yrs. Min. 3/Max 20 Class fee: $30 (materials and a healthy snack) Please contact Allied Arts to register 360-676-8548 or info@alliedarts.org

 

recycled mobile Ellen and Beth Workshop Shadow boxShadowboxes using Recycled materials  - For Kids!
Dakota Art Store 1415 Cornwall Ave
Saturday March 29 2pm – 5pm
A workshop with Ellen Clark & Beth Heffernan Each child will use 2 and 3 dimensional objects to create artwork surrounded by a decorated frame. Heavy cardboard backing is marked and filled with the artists’ choice of objects. The frame (also decorated) is glued to the backing. The instructors will supply materials. Shadow boxes may also contain a child’s own collection of small memorabilia if the child chooses to bring objects from home. Working with found objects teaches a child value and possibility which leads to further experimentation in appreciation of Whatcom County’s RARE (Recycled Arts Resources Expo) event. . The finished artwork will be proudly taken home for display. Workshop C: Shadowboxes using Recycled materials each child will use 2 and 3 dimensional objects to create artwork surrounded by a decorated frame. Heavy cardboard backing is marked and filled with the artists’ choice of objects. The frame (also decorated) is glued to the backing. The instructors will supply materials. Shadow boxes may also contain a child’s own collection of small memorabilia if the child chooses to bring objects from home. Working with found objects teaches a child value and possibility which leads to further experimentation the finished artwork will be proudly taken home for display. Ages: 6 to 11 yrs. Min. 3/Max 20 Class fee: $30 (materials and a healthy snack) Please contact Allied Arts to register 360-676-8548 or info@alliedarts.org

 

whatcommuseum 2012-Bham-Gallery-collageRecycled Art Activities at the Whatcom Museum
Whatcom Museum-Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street
Friday April 4, 10am – 5pm,
Saturday April 5, 10am – 5pm
Sunday April 6, 12pm – 5pm 

Admission: $8, 2 – 5 yrs $4.50
 (360) 778-8930
www.whatcommuseum.org
Recycled Art Activities in the Family Interactive Gallery for the entire month of April.

 

21109_10151412444117894_356632145_n nova-spiral-hand-300x237Procession of the Species Costume workshop
Ragfinery 1421 Forest St, Bellingham
Saturday, April 5, 11 – 1pm, 1pm – 3pm
www.bpots.org
Carol Oberton and Christian Smith from Start Here Community Arts: Create beautiful masks, costumes and percussion instruments from recycled materials. Creep, crawl, fly or hop in….Then participate in the Procession of the Species Parade on May 3rd.

 

typespaperHandmade paper from plants and reuse fibers
Dakota Art Store 1415 Cornwall Ave 
Saturday April 5, 12pm – 3pm
A workshop with Rachel Simpson. Handmade Paper from Plants & Reuse Fibers, Newsprint, Tissue Paper. The workshop class will be able to learn how to create handmade paper, add texture from reusable items such as yarn, thread, plants, paper. This will include the Elements of Design: Line, Colour, Shape, Form, Space, and Texture. By making recycled paper – this can be used later for stationary, gift tags, matting for framed pictures, a handmade journal, or for other artwork. Materials fee $5. Please contact Allied Arts to register 360-676-8548 or info@alliedarts.org

 

Presentations & Tours

RE Store ColorHow Re-purpose can Spark Small, Local Manufacturing
Allied Arts Gallery 1418 Cornwall
Friday April 4, 5pm
Speaker Eberhard Eichner from The RE Store. See how production overruns and factory mismatches can transform “themselves” from the waste stream to components of “new” furniture designs.

Build_furniture_from_used_hollow_core_doors_The_RE_Store_s_REvision_Division_Quick_TipFurniture from Hollow Core Doors
Allied Arts Gallery 1418 Cornwall
Saturday April 5, 3pm
Speaker Eberhard Eichner from The RE Store. Get inspired in how to re-purpose these overlooked and marginal materials as ready-to-go parts for fine furniture, like blanket chests and chairs.
 

 
RARE_retouchedBiggerGallery walk-thru with the artists
Allied Arts Gallery 1418 Cornwall
Saturday, April 5, 12pm – 1pm
Get inspired! Nearly 2 dozen local artists’ present works made almost entirely of recycled materials. Who knew trash could look so good!?

 

47f9b08b7a25ee58d23bdab6e722701dTour the new Ragfinery
1421 N Forest Bellingham WA 98225
 April 4, 5, & 6 10am – 5pm
www.ragfinery.com
Ragfinery is a textile reuse center with a community-based solution to the modern issue of fiber and fabric over-consumption. We collect unwanted garments and textiles from our neighbors and community partners, and collaborate with local artisans to determine creative reuse value. Textiles are then reimagined and processed into a wide range of products showcasing the skills and talent of our collective. Ragfinery is a human-powered company, providing job training opportunities at all levels of our organization and mobilizing the creative potential of our community.

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whatcommuseumTour the Whatcom Museum
Whatcom Museum-Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street
Sunday, April 6, 2pm
www.whatcommuseum.org

Tour from Cris B1rewer. Come Tour the sustainably built and maintained Lightcatcher Building, meet in the Lobby.

 

Exhibits

downloadCreative Spaces, Wendelin Dunlap, Crush Creations
1419 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham
art on display Friday, April 4th – Sunday, April 6th crushcreations.com/art/art.html

 

RARE_retouchedBiggerRecycled Art Exhibit
Allied Arts Gallery 1418 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham WA 98225
Opening Reception Friday April 4, 6pm – 9pm, Gallery open hours, Saturday April 5, 12pm – 5pm
Get inspired! Nearly 2 dozen local artists’ present works made almost entirely of recycled materials. Who knew trash could look so good!?

 

KS-AlliedArts-GUI-Events-V13Bag-It Sale at the Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store
1418 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham WA 98225
Friday April 4, 10am – 5pm & Saturday April 5, 12pm – 5pm
Score some screamin’ deals in the Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store. Our little shop at the back of the gallery is chock full of gently used arts and crafts supplies as well as funky found objects. Fill a small, medium or large bag for $5, $10 or $15.
 

 
Performances

eberhard-eichner-in-shopEberhard Eichner from the RE Store presents: “The Re-Use, Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose Revue”
Idiom Theater 1418 Cornwall Ave
Saturday, April 5 12pm
A puppet play with following “show & tell” for all ages. With puppets and stage made entirely from re-claimed materials and a story as rag-tag as its characters, this show is an all fun time with a re-use message. Script written by Rebeca Brabenec.
 

 
4-P4210050-crop-bright-contrast1-625x351Millie & the Mentshn
Idiom Theater 1418 Cornwall Ave
Saturday, April 5, 1 – 2:30
millieandthementshn.com
Experience music from around the world with Millie & the Mentshn, from Klezmer to Latin to Swing.

 

Gazebo7Clearbrook Dixie Band
Idiom Theater 1418 Cornwall Ave
Saturday, April 5, 3 – 4:30
The Clearbrook Dixie Band plays traditional jazz and swing…music from the 1920′s through the 1950′s plus a variety of other tunes in toe-tapping arrangements.