We’re happy to announce that this will be the 6th annual Recycled Arts Resource Expo! RARE is a two-day event that provides a platform for eco-friendly artists to showcase their art created from recycle materials. RARE also promotes art organizations and facilities that incorporate sustainability in their facilities and programs. One of our main objectives for this event is to educate the community on the role that the arts can play in the sustainability movement.
This year’s RARE event will provide an entertaining array of events, as well as hosting a strong program of educational workshops, speakers, panel discussions, exhibits and booths. We invite Exhibiting artists, Art booths, Performers, Presenters & Class Instructors with a passion for art created from recycled materials to become a part of RARE. Attendees are inspired to take home innovative ideas that recognize the value of using resources creatively.
RARE is made possible by many generous business partners.
Schedule of Events
ReArt Exhibit April 6 – 29, Opening Reception: Fri April 6, 6pm – 9pm, Gallery Hours: M – F 10am – 5pm, Sat 12 – 5pm @ Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Nearly 30 artists exhibiting works made from 75% or more recycled materials. Keep scrolling for a full list of participating artists and their work.
Pan’s Whimsey: An exhibit of fanciful creatures Fri, April 6, 6 – 9pm & Sat, April 7, 12 – 5pm @ (Former iDiom Theater space) 1418 Cornwall Ave. Pandora Daugherty uses a variety of reused, recycled and thrown away items to create each piece.
The Work of Jessica Levine Fri and Sat, April 6 & 7 works visible from the windows @ 217 W Holly St. Jessica Levine creates mixed and multi media installations.
Workshops & Presentations
Washtub Bass with Thor Myhre Sat, April 7, 12pm @ Ruckus Art Gallery, 228 E Maple St. Build your own mini washtub bass instrument from a coffee can. Workshop ends with a performance by students with the band Ubercycle Revisionists using audio sculptures made from found objects. $10/student.
Snaps & Leather Scraps Sat, April 7, 1pm – 3pm @ Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Hands-on workshop using small pieces of scrap leather and snaps, rivets or hand stitching to make bracelets, earbud organizers, key fobs, etc. Lead by Tamara Clammer. Tamara Clammer is a Seattle based leatherworker and teaching artist with a passion for creative reuse and lifelong learning. FREE.
Salvaging Safely Sat April 7, 4pm Allied Arts of Whatcom County Gallery 1418 Cornwall Ave Presented by Katie Nolan of Uptown Junk. The benefits of using recycled/used materials on DIY projects are multitudinous! Suitable for use in a number of applications, offering maximum use of building materials, landfill preventation, minimal financial costs! Sounds great, right?! Agreed! We will be considering and discussing the potential non-monetary costs to health, safety and the legal risks involved in salvaging materials, with the primary focus on the safe and legal use of pallets for DIY projects. Reuse of pallets offer a creative amd green-friendly use of materials, it is truly brilliant… get informed and savvy in the world of deciphering pallet markings! Let’s combine our saavyness to ensure that all DIYers and scrappers are taking the proper measures to stay safe!
Tapestry Weaving Saturdays April 7, 14 & 21, 10am-1pm @ Ragfinery 1421 N. Forest – This Intro to Weaving class will be quite experimental and fun! Students will learn the basics of tapestry weaving and experiment with new techniques, and will take home a small wall hanging of their own creation. We will be weaving on pre-warped floor looms- just come in and start weaving right away. Let’s have some fun together! Instructor: Aurora Lindquist $88 Register at www.ragfinery.com.
Coil Baskets Sat, April 7, 2pm-4:30pm @ Ragfinery 1421 N. Forest – This class will teach you to make sturdy baskets from almost any kind of scrap fabric! Thick strips of fabric are twisted and bound together with yarn, strong cotton string, or thin strips of more fabric. Many possibilities await! Instructor: Aurora Lindquist $28 Register at www.ragfinery.com
Pappenspiel Sat, April 7, 12:30pm @ Ruckus Art Gallery, 228 E Maple St. an original repurposed puppet show by “Max” Eberhard Eichner . Alive imagination, moral storytelling and puppetry based on fable, folk and wondertales for all ages.
Ubercycle Revisionists Sat, April 7, 1:00pm @ Ruckus Art Gallery, 228 E Maple St. Thor Myhre and Eberhard Eichner build musical instruments from discarded materials that already surround us. The audience is also given an opportunity to experiment with the instruments.
Puppet Show by Eberhard Eichner Sat, April 7, 2:30pm@ Ruckus Art Gallery, 228 E Maple St.
Thor Myhre plays his Washtub Bass Fri, April 6 7pm – 8pm @ Allied Arts of Whatcom County Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave.
Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store Bag-It Sale Fri, April 6 10am-9pm and Sat, April 7, 12am – 5pm @ Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store 1418 Cornwall Ave. Fill a small, medium, or large bag for $5, $10 or $25 with artistic treasures from our thrift store.
ReArt Exhibit Walk-Thru Fri, April 6, 5pm @ Allied Arts Gallery 1418 Cornwall Ave. Get an inside look at the inspiration and techniques behind creating art from recycled materials.
Flora & Fauna: Runway Upcycle Challenge Sat, April 14th, Doors 5:30pm, Show 7:00pm @ Leopold Crystal Ballroom 1224 Cornwall Ave. Witness local artists and craftspeople transform ordinary into extraordinary. Every year brave participants of all skill levels are tasked with transforming castaway materials into runway-ready designs. This year’s theme, Flora & Fauna, celebrates our natural world in its elegance and wonder, challenging participants to design and construct costumes, garments, and accessories that embody the beauty and grace displayed in our natural world. Buy tickets at www.ragfinery.com.
(Photos of RARE artwork can be seen at the bottom of this page)
Art Hyatt will be showcasing a unique sculpture created from recycled wood.
Aurora Lindquist is showcasing some rugs woven from fabric and recycled yarn.
Barbara Siegele has put together a variety of collages using mostly recycled paper and one piece that was made from the contents of her bag after a visit to Portland. Another one of her pieces was created from materials acquired through her love of tea.
Bev Connor create wood burnings on recycled household items giving them amazing wildlife designs.
Eric Brown created a sculpture using an old meat grinder which is reimagined as grinding Christmas lights into EL wire.
Frank Frazee picked up some materials from garage sales and thrift stores to create paintings and sculpture from wood, latex house paint and acrylic paint.
Dan Coombs is showing a piece made from recycled wire, glass, ceramic, shell, and coral used to create a large fish sculpture titled “Salmon Remembered”. Dan is drawing attention to the gradual degradation of our natural systems, and how this affects many plant and animal species.
Graham Schodda uses stainless steel acquired from recycled appliances as a base to create wonderful 2-D pieces.
Jonathan Kaiser creates unique, handcrafted welded pieces of garden art, made by upcycling colored glass candle holders onto welded pieces of rebar. These art pieces are both artistic and functional.
Karin Mueller creates assemblages, shrines and shadow boxes from a wide variety of recycled materials.
Kathy Chen used recycled toilet paper rolls to create see-through “walls.” Positioned inside a window, they diffuse incoming sunlight, while making a cool pattern to see outside (like inside a beehive)!
Ken Wiener describes his work as an ongoing search to understand what makes us, as human beings, different from animals. His work is sculpture made from a wide variety of recycled materials.
Rachel Simpson’s art calls to her imagination, literary inspiration, nature, childhood, and uses a variety of mixed-media, such as found objects, upcycled art, ink, acrylics, textiles, & collage.
Rae Ellen Lee
Rae Ellen Lee uses recycled paper and small boxes as a base to paint wildflowers and birds.
Rafa Mithuna has been wondering how nature might reconstruct itself after we are gone. Would it use the materials we have left behind to reanimate familiar forms? Rafa uses recycled steel to dive into this idea.
Sandra Lucke uses 3-D recycled objects, acrylic paints including plastic, metal, glass, ceramics, china pottery and jewelry to create wonderful works of art.
Sarah Polster Tribble
Sarah Polster Tribble creates natural scenes produced from recycled magazine pages with a quilling like technique. Magazines cut, rolled and laid out to mimic brush strokes come together to make stunning pieces.
Seren Fargo is showing pieces created from materials she collected from the great outdoors including stones, drift wood as well as many recycled materials.
Terry Kaye creates sculptures and beautiful barrettes using a wide variety of recycled materials.
Thor Myhre will be showing some sculptures he made from recycled materials as well as hosting a performance using musical instrument made from discarded materials. Thor will also be hosting a workshop with a physics lesson by helping visitors build their own mini washtub bass instrument from coffee cans.
Gabe Riggs used paint and canvas gathered from our Reuse Thrift store to create his recycled piece for this event. Even his paintbrushes and easel are recycled from his friends!
Bill Englander will be showcasing a variety of unique sculptures created from recycled materials including mirrors, lights, and much more.
Natashia Juhlin creates sculpture though the uses of recycled tea pots and a wide variety of other materials.
Thank you for another great year! Your attendance, participation and membership helps keep events like RARE coming back year after year. Below you can view a summary of last years RARE event.