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.  Below is a list of all the wonderful, creative, re-use events happening RARE weekend!

Events at the Allied Arts Gallery…

Patricia Herlevi- Nature PhotographyTour: ReArt Exhibit Walk-Thru
1418 Cornwall Ave
Friday, April 1st, 5:00pm
Get an inside look at the inspiration and techniques behind creating art from recycled materials.

Bird-ManExhibit: ReArt
1418 Cornwall Ave
Opening Friday April 1 6:00-9:00pm, Exhibit April 1st-30th, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm &
Saturday, 12:00pm-5:00pm, FREE
Explore the art of nearly 30 artists exhibiting their works made from 75% or more recycled materials.

Allied Arts Bag-It Sale
1418 Cornwall Ave
Friday, April 1st, 10:00am-5:00pm &
Saturday, April 2nd, 12:00pm-5:00pm
Fill a small, medium, or large bag for $5, $10, or $15 with artistic treasures from our thrift store.

DSCN1682Workshop: Books into Art with Rachel Simpson
1418 Cornwall Ave
Saturday, April 2nd, 10:00am-1:00pm
$5 donation for supplies
Transform an old discarded book into a work of art using mixed-media forms including paper, collage, painting, and more. Take your altered book home to use as a piece of art, scrapbook, or art journal. The workshop is available to all. Children 13 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

ETBellPresentation: Art + Tech + Trash with Tamara Clammer
1418 Cornwall Ave
Saturday, April 2nd, 2:00pm
As Co-Organizer of the Art+Tech+Trash Meetup Group in Seattle, Tamara Clammer will speak about the importance of ‘trash’ as raw material for cutting costs, fostering creativity, making art-tech-trash accessible to any age group, and shifting thought process towards reuse rather than discard.



Presentation: Creative Reuse
1418 Cornwall Ave
Saturday, April 2nd, 3:00pm
Discover the variety of passions that draw these artists to the found object. Katy Bastow, Eric the Toaster Guy, Clarissa Callesen, Max Eberhard Eichner, Rafa Mithuna, Thor Myhre, Karin Mueller, Graham Schodda and Rachel Simpson.

Event: Green Drinks with RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
1418 Cornwall Ave
Wednesday, April 6th, 5:00-7:00pm
Allied Arts Welcomes Green Drinks.

Enjoy Performances By…

Ubercycle Revisionist – The Band
1418 Cornwall Ave
Friday, April 1st, 6:30pm
Eclectic improvisations on repurposed materials with Max Eberhard Eichner and Thor Myhre.

Mighty Tiny: Jazz Musician 
1414 Cornwall Ave
Friday, April 1st, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Damon Jones: Guitarist
103 E Holly St
Friday, April 1st, 6:00-8:00pm

Events Around Town…

Event: Hootenanny, Craft Market & Open House
Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St
Friday, April 1st, 6:00-10:00pm
Check out the home of Bellingham’s new performing arts center – Sylvia Center for the Arts. Featuring art from Allied Arts’ RARE Expo. Events include, from 6-8pm – music by Deakin Hicks, Kids’ Cake Walk, and craft market featuring local vendors; and from 8-10pm Square Dance with Lucas Hicks, Cake/Pickle Walks, plus information about Sylvia Center project and the road ahead.

IMG_6472editArt Installation with Clarissa Callesen
103 E. Holly St
inside the Bellingham Bank Building
Friday, April 1st, 6:00pm-9:00pm &
Saturday, April 2nd, 12:00pm-5:00pm
These pieces are constructed from 90% post-consumer recycled materials using textiles as the primary focus, utilizing alternative dying processes to customize and unify the textiles.


Workshop: No Sew Braided Rugs
Ragfinery 1421 N Forest St
Saturday, April 2nd, 10:00am-12:00pm
Learn how to craft beautiful, no-sew braided rugs out of unwanted bed sheets. Workshop demonstrates a four-strand technique, eliminating the need for sewing braids, creating a sturdy rug. Register at Ragfinery.com.

Tour: Ragfinery
Ragfinery 1421 N Forest St
Saturday, April 2nd, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Get the inside scoop about Ragfinery—a “reuse-based” nonprofit, providing textile arts instructions, resources, and workspace; while also creating job-training opportunities.