“Since 1993, our community has donated nearly 50 million pounds of building materials to The RE Store. If you combined all of the lumber, doors, lighting, windows and more that you’ve saved, we could construct nearly 600 homes, roughly half the size of the York Neighborhood here in Bellingham.”
Joel Blaschke, co-owner of Ballard Reuse, shows off a lounge chair made from salvaged fir and crafted by fellow Ballard Reuse staffer James Taylor. Blaschke is sitting atop a pile of salvaged fir.
With the new business license comes a new partnership; Ballard Reuse will be teaming up with Seattle ReCreative, a local nonprofit with a mission quite similar to Ballard Reuse, but with a focus: the arts. Fiscally sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, the group aims to have art classes and workshops for both children and adults, as well as exhibition space.
By MARGARET BIKMAN — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Due to limited resources and safety concerns, Appliance Depot will not continue its Appliance Art Revival this year. However, the good news is that our community has two exciting reuse art events that are open to the public.
The RE Stores 12th Annual Recycled Arts Show will run April 5-27. Details: go to racc.org and search for “recycled arts show.”
Also, Allied Arts second Recycled Arts Resource Expo RARE takes place April 20-21. Details: alliedarts.org.
If you are a professional artist or just a playful person, check out Appliance Depots vast inventory of used parts to create and show your “appliance art.”
Among the goodies are doors, lids, wires, gas burner grates, electric burners, knobs, oven racks, fridge racks, belts, hoses, compressors, motors, drawers, agitators, lint traps, and washer and dryer tubs. The appliance parts are free for participating artists through April 15.
Details on Appliance Depot, 802 Marine Drive, are at 360-527-2646 or reuseworks.org.
The RE Store’s 12th Annual
Recycled Arts Show
Our Annual Recycled Arts Show in April and early May of 2013 will showcase three galleries in two cities, participatory art in action and other surprises that are still in the works.
Check out the CALL FOR ART AND FUNCTIONAL DESIGNS
- Three galleries in two cities
- Arty beach litter removal events in Bellingham and Seattle.
- The second annual Recycled Art & Resource Expo in Bellingham, organized by our friend and scrap metal art wiz, Thor Myhre and the great folks at Allied Arts of Whatcom County.
The RE Store has been highlighting creative reuse, art and functional pieces made from reclaimed and found materials for a dozen years now. Our partners include galleries, non-profit organizations and a wide spectrum of artists from greater Cascadia (the Pacific NW and BC):
- Blowing Sands Glass Studio in Ballard
- Allied Arts of Whatcom County
- The RE Store
- Whatcom Museum
- “Litter Becomes Art” arty beach litter removal and temporary art installation