Application for: Recycled Arts Resource Expo (RARE)

***Dates and protocols subject to change pending the most up to date COVID-19 information***

Friday & Saturday, April 2 & 3, 2021 Exhibit through May 1

Below is the application and guidelines for booths, exhibitors, workshop facilitators, speakers, and performers. You may fill out the application online using the form at the bottom of this page, or download a PDF version of the application here.. Application Due: Friday, February 12, 2021 by 4pm No Jury Fees! Each spring Bellingham is home to a half dozen creative reuse events- Welding Rodeo, Trash Fashion, Recycled Art Shows, Procession of the Species and more! The 8th 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 hosts a strong program of educational workshops, speakers, panel discussions and exhibits. Attendees are inspired to take home innovative ideas that recognize the value of using resources creatively – forging new avenues for reuse in other industries. We invite artists, businesses and organizations that focus on our environment and sustainability with a passion for recycled art to become a part of RARE. 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. Click here to become a member. 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

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 long (100 word) and short (25 word) description 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.

Workshop Facilitators

Workshops can teach anything from “how to market your green art”, to kids recycled art, 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.


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 engagements.


Live performances at Allied Arts Gallery April 3 and 4. We are looking for music and performing arts that fit the RARE theme, for example but not limited to a, “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.

Business and Non-Profit Table

$50: 3’ x 6’ table in the Allied Arts Gallery for April (non-profit booths are $35 ) Business and Non-Profit tables will be a part of the Allied Arts exhibit. Businesses working in sustainable materials and products, and local non-profits can interact with the community and sell their wares. Special requirements Booth applicants must attach a long (25 word) description of the work they will be selling and what the items are made of to be used in publicity. Applicants must also provide at least 4 images (digital on a CD or printed hardcopy) of their work to be reviewed by a jury committee.