2012 Recycled Arts Show - Galleries, Events and More

2012 Recycled Arts Show

Seattle art galleryOnline photo galleries
Special thanks to our sponsors


Our 11th Annual Show in April of 2012 featured four galleries in two cities, hands on art events and more:

  • A month-long hands-on recycled art workshop gave the public an opportunity to make art from trash partially supplied by The RE Store at Whatcom Museum.
  • Beach clean up events in Bellingham and Seattle harvested close to a ton of trash from local beaches, turning it into temporary art installations. Our partnerships with North Sound Baykeeper, the Surfrider Foundation and Puget Sound Keeper helped make these fun events possible.
  • The RE Store also was a sponsor and major contributor to the first Recycled Art & Resource Expo in Bellingham, April 20-22, organized by recycled art sculptor Thor Myhre and Allied Arts of Whatcom County.

The RE Store has been showcasing art and design work created from reclaimed and salvaged materials for over a decade. We are honored to partner with galleries, educational and non-profit organizations and creatives from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

  • Galleries of art and functional design items:
    • The Seattle gallery was hosted at
    • alliedartsLOGO-web-300Bellingham’s 3 galleries were found at: 
      • Allied Arts ~ April 6–28, 2012, Opening Reception, April 6th, 6-9pm

      • The RE Store ~ April 6–28, 2012

      • Whatcom Museum ~ March 3 – May 27
        Hours: Tuesday – Sunday Noon – 5 PM
  • whatcom museum logoWorkshop for Recycled Art junk sculpture
    Hundreds of children and their family members made art from trash at the Whatcom Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery (F.I.G.). The RE Store supplied high-quality junk.
    Hours: Tuesday – Sunday Noon – 5 PM – early opening on Tuesday and Friday at 9 AM

The RE Store’s Trash Fashion Show did not take place in 2012, due to budgetary constraints, but it sure was fun for all those years! Be amazed by photos of past Trash Fashion Shows here.

“Litter Becomes Art” beach cleanups and temporary art installation

Completed – April 1st in Bellingham, 1-5 PM, Locust Beach in Bellingham
April 7th in Seattle – private event with St. Anne School students

We did a  beach cleanup in partnership with the North Sound Bay Keeper and the Surfrider Foundation for the Bellingham event. 30 plus volunteers collected 940 pounds of trash as the blue skies came and went. The art installation simulated the profile of Lummi Island with the words “Litter Art” in the foreground. View the blog post here!

In Seattle, we teamed up with Puget Soundkeeper to do a clean-up on a Ballard Beach with St. Anne School. The art work was represented in the Recycled Art gallery at Blowing Sands. Subscribe to our monthly update to keep in touch with the details.

Photo and video galleries

View online photos galleries of the art from 2011 to present

View online photo galleries from our 2006-2010 Recycled Art Galleries.

View online photo galleries from our Trash Fashion Shows.

See what the press had to say about our 2012 events.

Visit the 2011 Recycled Arts Show page – our 10th annual!


Special Thanks to our 2012 Sponsors

These businesses support recycled art and zero waste efforts, sponsoring the 2012 Recycled Art and Fashion Show. Check out their sites and see what they have to offer you!

• Dumpster Diminishers •

     ..………Village Books logo…….. chinook book logo


boundary bay brewery logo



• Recycle Bin Reducers •

honest tea logo

More Links

Visit our Recycled Art Program overview page

Get the full story on all of our do it yourself resources to help you reuse, save money and be creative.

Find out other ways to get involved with The RE Store.

newsletter icon Subscribe to our email update and stay tuned in to the latest great materials, workshops, green building tips, and community events.

facebook logo Find us on Facebook or twitter logo Twitter for loads of free do-it-yourself inspiration

youtube logo Watch short videos about our many projects on our videos page

art show photo Check out beautiful photos on Flickr