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Reart, Haute Trash and Rockin’ at The RE Store

September 2005

Reart, Haute Trash and Rockin’ at The RE Store

by Jason Darling

Jason Darling is the outreach manager for the Bellingham RE Store and can be reached at

The RE Store is launching a series of events this September that celebrate reuse, recycling and RE Sources’ and The RE Store’s quest for its permanent home. These community events are being held in partnership with Allied Arts of Whatcom County and the Wild Buffalo. Reart: An Original Recycled Art Show, Haute Trash Fashion Show and Rockin’ at The RE Store will showcase local artists and craftspeople in aesthetic, functional, and wearable art, craft, music and green building.

Reart: An Original Recycled Art Show is being produced through a partnership between the Bellingham RE Store and Allied Arts of Whatcom County. Reart will feature local artists applying their creativity to recycled, salvaged and used materials. Art entries will be on display from Sept. 9-30, at the Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Avenue and at the Bellingham RE Store, 600 W. Holly. The RE Store is accepting submissions of fine crafts and matted photos of home improvement projects created from used materials. This partnership shines the light on local artists, craftsfolk and tradespeople who create with what some might call junk. In addition to the exhibit during the month, Allied Arts will also be holding an “Off The Wall Art Sale,” a sale of donated artwork including seconds, gently used art and crafts. This sale will be a fundraiser for Allied Arts.

The Bellingham Haute Trash Fashion Show will be held on September 17 from 8-9 p.m. at the Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly Street in downtown Bellingham. Co-sponsored by Allied Arts and the Wild Buffalo, the Haute Trash troupe will produce a runway fashion show featuring haute couture, made from items salvaged from dumpsters, trash piles and roadsides. Haute Trash troupe leader Robin Worley, also known as Rayona Visqueen says, “We guarantee that you will never look at your trash the same way again.”

Rockin’ at The RE Store is the grand finale fundraising event for September. The celebration will take place at The RE Store from 6-11 p.m. on Friday, September 23. The evening will feature local bands, a beer garden sponsored by Boundary Bay and Honey Moon, food vendors and an auction of prime home and garden items and services. Event coordinator Crina Hoyer states, This festive event is a perfect way to celebrate the work that RE Sources and the RE Store do in the community, while having a great time.

The RE Store, established in 1993, is a nonprofit center for used building materials, offering retail sales, pick-ups, salvage, complete building deconstruction and green building education. The RE Store has two retail stores, located in Bellingham and Seattle. Crews are highly mobile with a fleet of trucks that help people and organizations to save money on removal and disposal fees. Our services and stores promote reuse and recycling, while reducing waste. Contributors receive tax receipt for all donated items.

The RE Store is a project of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, an environmental education and advocacy organization based in Bellingham. RE Sources is one of the premier, award-winning nonprofit environmental education organizations in the Northwest. For over 20 years, the organization has offered a variety of community education programs that focus on waste reduction and recycling, fresh and marine water quality and air quality. See

For over 25 years, Allied Arts has been a principal driving force in cultivating the Whatcom County arts scene, serving more than 50,000 people annually. Through its sponsorship of exhibits, events and programs focused on local artists, its delivery of arts education to the local schools and its public advocacy for the arts, Allied Arts has improved the cultural health and quality of life in our community.

Allied Arts Education Project, originating in 1999 as the Whatcom Arts Education Consortium, is a partnership of community-based organizations, schools and individuals dedicated to nurturing quality arts education in our public schools. The program focuses on training and mentoring educators and assisting with the implementation of the essential academic learning requirements in the arts through workshops and residencies. See

The Wild Buffalo brings in the finest local, regional and national live musical acts in many genres: blues, R&B, funk, soul, world beat, folk rock, classic rock and roll, Celtic rock and Latin Salsa. The atmosphere is warm, creative and inviting and is always completely smoke free. See

Originally presented to California audiences in 1983, Haute Trash (pronounced Hot Trash) was born from the ridiculous nature of the fashion industry combined with the vision of a group of women artists who wanted to make art that could make a difference. Haute Trash is presented in the form of a Paris runway fashion show with a relevant and humorous commentary and description for each piece. Haute Trash has been working together with many nonprofit environmental and youth organizations all over Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii to educate and to entertain at fundraising and consciousness-raising events. See §

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