We’re happy to announce that this will be the 8th 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.

Check out our discounted lodging options here!

Exhibits and Activities

View and print a PDF version of the schedule here

Workshops and Presentations

KIDS: Hogwarts Express Camp
Tuesday-Friday, April 2-5, from 10 am to 2 pm daily
@Ragfinery 1421 N. Forest St., Bellingham 
Bring the magic with this adventure-filled, Harry Potter inspired camp! Through games, storytelling, and hands-on fiber arts activities, kids will experience the exciting world of witchcraft and wizardry. Discover your patronus while crafting magic wands, make a felt tie in your house colors, felt a golden snitch and play a game of “quidditch”. Whether you’ve read the Harry Potter books or not, these projects will be fun and magical for all! Ages 8+ $190, register at ragfinery.com
Wednesday April 3, 2019 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 1421 N. Forest St. No Sew Braided Rugs Learn how to craft a beautiful no-sew braided rug from old sheets! This four strand technique eliminates the need for sewing braids together and results in a sturdy rug able to withstand the modern washer and drier.
$35, register at ragfinery.com

ReArt Artist Walk Thru
Friday, April 5, 5pm
@ Allied Arts Gallery 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 
Explore the ReArt exhibit at our gallery with those who know the pieces best…the artists! Artists will discuss their process, inspiration and background as well as answer questions regarding their work. Free!

BMAG Donation Project
Friday, April 5, 6pm & Saturday, April 6, 11:45am
@Allied Arts Gallery 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham
You have two opportunities to catch a short presentation by the Bellingham Metal Arts Guild! BMAG will be presenting an updated version of their successful Donation Project. This updated project will include a call for donations to then be recycled, and upcycled throughout the next year. This year long project will culminate with an exhibition and auction at next year’s RARE event with all proceeds going to local nonprofits. Free!

The Basics of Solar Energy in Whatcom County
Saturday April 6, 2019 12pm – 1:30pm 
@ Allied Arts Gallery 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 
Western Solar will be putting on a free informational session that will articulate how solar works in the PNW, the environmental/economic impact of going solar, and what incentives are still available. Anyone that attends a workshop and installs solar will have 1 solar panel donated to NSEA (Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association) in their name. Free!

Interactive Bellingham
Saturday, April 6, 2pm
@Allied Arts Gallery 1418 Cornwall Ave
Calling artists, makers, designers & creatives. Interactive Bellingham is organizing a coalition of community members to build a place to create, discover and immerse yourself in interactive art environments. Junk Brothers, Thor Myhre and Jay Darling will present info on what we have been up to, different ways of joining and what’s brewing for 2019 and beyond. Interactive Bellingham is a non-profit coalition of creative visionaries, get-er-done organizers, movers and makers. Free!

Toy Making: Little Scrap Rabbits
Saturday April 6, 2019 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
@Ragfinery 1421 N. Forest St., Bellingham 
Join in the time-honored tradition of sewing toys from the scrap basket. Inspired by children’s books, little rabbit finger puppets are made from boiled wool and scraps. From basic shapes, learn the fabric preparation and traditional toymaking techniques to finish, personalize and costume your bunny. Think Easter baskets, bouquets, hidden for the garden egg hunt. Pattern and instructions included.
$26, register at ragfinery.com

Reclaimed Glass Collages
Saturday, April 27
@Wandering Oaks Gallery 126 W. Holly St., Bellingham 
Students will use reclaimed window glass, copper wire, plant material and glass paints to create small fused glass collages. Class price includes glass, materials, instruction and one firing. $50, register at wanderingoaksgallery.com


ReArt Exhibit
April 5 – 27, Gallery Hours: M – F 10am – 5pm, Sat 12pm – 5pm 
@ Allied Arts Gallery 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham
Over 20 local artists have come up with truly unique works all using 75% or more materials that would have otherwise ended up in the waste stream. Works displayed range from the beautiful to the beautifully bizarre and are an inspiration on how to reuse.

Open Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
@ 1421 N. Forest St., Bellingham 
Ragfinery is a non-profit creative reuse and upcycling program that provides job training and collaborates with other local non-profits in the spirit of inclusion and community building. Ragfinery sells quality clothing at a reasonable price, a wide array of fiber arts supplies including fabrics, yarn, sewing notions, quilting materials, vintage patterns, handmade upcycled goods by local artisans and volunteers, and much more.

Revision Division at The RE Store
Open Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm Sunday: 10am – 5pm
@ The RE Store 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham
Revision Division builders manufacture hand-crafted furniture and home furnishings from reclaimed and used building materials. Inspired by salvaged materials and the history they represent, our products are built to last.

Ruckus Art Gallery
Open Hours: Thursday 3-7pm, Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm
@ 228 E. Maple Street, Bellingham 
Our carefully curated collection fuses the authenticity of the West with a modern organic appeal and rugged functionality. Inspired by our love of rust, leather, weathered wood, sterling silver and aged canvas, we offer fine art and sculpture, as well as inspired furniture, jewelry, bags and the occasional vintage relic or found object we can’t resist.

Participating Artists

Alan Williams

Bev Connor
Dreaming Otter Arts

Bill Englander

Camille Brighten

Candace Johnson

Dan Coombs

Graham Schodda
Stainless Steelheads

Karin Mueller
Reject Art

Mark Wilson

Michael Theisen
Scrap iron Mike’s Metal Arts

Michelle Dooley
Artist BY The Bay

Nicola Noetic
Manikin Grrrl Studio

Pandora Daugherty
Pan’s Whimsy

Rachel Simpson
Rachel’s Whimsical Art

Rafael Mithuna
Mantiques 2

Seren Fargo

Terry Kaye Realms
Bath & Body Line Corp.

Frank Frazee

Rae Ellen Lee

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.

2017 RARE Summary