Photos from the First Annual Recycled Art and Resource Expo (RARE)


Hey Folks, here’s my photo blogging feature from RARE…the Recycled Art and Resource Expo…a three day event happening now in Bellingham, Washington (continues through Earth  Day, Sunday April 22, ’til 3pm).

  So, if you’re in the neighborhood, I enthusiastically recommend that you stop by for the half day of events (and catch a performance by Monkey Puzzle Orchestra at the Spark Museum, 1pm).

I’ve had a most stimulating and fun two days of demos, exhibits, workshops, film and fashion (and I also presented a curated a slide show of cool and weird recycled art, twice)…but, a picture (or 20) is worth a thousand (or twenty thousand) words…Oh, and please think twice before you throw out that ol’ pile o’ junk…somewhere there’s a recycle artist eager to re-purpose it!

So, with that, here we go…enjoy!

record player toaster by Eric Brown
'Toast in Record Time' by Eric Brown
toaster massage
Toaster Artist Eric Brown gives a visitor a stimulating Toaster Massage
young recycle artist
Young artist Nat makes a space ship at the The REStore's Recycle Art Station (Spark Museum Hall)


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Young artist Maria at work on her mobile robot stand at the Recycled Art Station (Spark Museum)


reclaimed lampshades
reclaimed lampshades by Leslie Smith (reclaimed lampshades with printed photos)


salvage art by Graham Shodda
The playful and charming Salvage Art works of Graham Shodda


CD art projects by young artists at the exhibit (Spark Museum)


RePrincess' by Erin Libby (
'RePrincess' by Erin Libby (found table leg and packing foam). One of the many fabulous recycled/repurposed art works at the Allied Arts (.org) Gallery


'Under Tow' by William Edwards
'Under Tow' by William Edwards (lampshade, plumbing pipes, press wood, metal)


'Ticking Time Bomb' by Gail A. Dupar
'Ticking Time Bomb' by Gail A. Dupar (found clock face/frame, wood spool, rubber tubing), at the Allied Arts Gallery


'Egg/Universe' by Thor Myhre
'Egg/Universe' by Thor Myhre at the Spark Museum


Gallus Brothers
Bluegrass duo (with recycled percussion instruments) The Gallus Bros. performed at the Spark Museum, Friday night


'Fire and Steel' by Tim Alexander
Ending Friday night at RARE with a bang (or rather a controlled, propane gas-fueled fire sculpture ('Fire and Steel') by Tim Alexander


'La Vie de la Plastique' by Lizzy Skolmen, Aiden Borer
Saturday night finished off with a fabulous Recycled ('trash") fashion show, at Pickford's Limelight Theatre...the show was a collaboration between Western Washington Univ., RARE, and 'La Vie de la Plastique' by Lizzy Skolmen, Aiden Borer (shredded plastic bags, vinyl flooring, discarded blinds)


REd Vinyl suit by Travis Malloy
'Red Vinyl Suit' (made from red plastic leather from car seats) by designer Travis Malloy.
Mermaid Turned Earthling' by Maggie Bates
Mermaid Turned Earthling' by Maggie Bates, model Mary Schwartz (fashion made from reclaimed building tarp, discarded fleece blanket, juice container lids). Fashion by Industrial Design Students at WWU, instructor: Prof. Arunas Oslapas


 License plate globe (by Graham Shodda)
License plate globe (by Graham Shodda)


              RARE is organized by Allied Arts of Whatcom County, Thor Myhre

SPECIAL THANKS to Kelly Hart and Katy Borden at Allied Arts for all their help!

Top Photo: The World  is My Toaster’ by Eric Brown

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