Wishing everyone a watermelon filled good time this holiday weekend! Enjoy some good food and good times and hopefully some fireworks, too! Stay safe and hydrated!
Long weekends are good for shopping at your favorite reuse center, Building REsources, too! We will be here. Come on down and find a new project to dig your teeth into!
While you are here take a gander at our current exhibit: SCRAP ART Creative Reuse in the BAYVIEW on display until July 26th. Learn more about our SCRAP-our other favorite reuse center by checking out the video below!
And, join us JULY 19th from 2-4pm for a SCRAP party with artist demos!
Big thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered or attended the opening party last Thursday night. It was a beautiful evening with beautiful people all around. The work of the SCRAP ART show is now hanging with glory in the Reclaimed Room gallery and at Public Glass. It will be on display through July 26th. Come by anytime during business hours and peruse the offerings. Check in with the staff if you want to make a purchase-we had a few sales on opening night already-congratulations to the artists whose work SOLD!
This show was juried by Jenny Morningstar of SCRAP, Deborah Monk of Recology, Nate Watson of Public Glass and Soumyaa Behrens of Reclaimed Room. All of the art was fantastic but there were some standouts that we would like to recognize. Jury Prizes were awarded to three artists whose work went beyond the call of duty and demonstrated a mastery of their craft along with a unique relationship with the materials used.
HUGE Congratulations to our JURY PRIZE Winners!! Winners receive gift certificates to SCRAP, Building REsources, and Public Glass in the amounts of $100/$75/$50.
And the WINNERS are….
The Reclaimed Room at Building Resources is excited to be part of this multi-faceted community art show instigated by SCRAP-SF!
JOIN US TOMORROW from 6-8pm for the opening reception of SCRAP ART: Creative Reuse In the Bayview. This exhibit not only shows the work of dozens of reuse artists from the Bay Area but also represents friendships, community partnerships and innovative programming.
Funded by a generous grant by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, SCRAP ART spans multiple Bayview venues and highlights innovative and awesome work by dozens and dozens of local artists. There are installations, jewelry, hard to describe sculptures, many renderings of the human form as well as unique panel art and incredible design pieces.
We want to thank our collaborators in this effort as well as our community partners that have helped to spread the word. THANK YOU PARTNERS!!!
SF ARTS COMMISSION
And THANK YOU Community Partners for helping support and spread the word!!
Tomorrow night, we will celebrate this new display and announce the Jury prize winners of the show. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded gift certificates of $100/$75/$50 from Building REsources, SCRAP and Public Glass!! Snacks, drinks and fun FREE of charge from 6-8pm.
Less than two weeks from today-kick off summer with the 5th Annual SCRAP art show. The Reclaimed Room and Public Glass are proud to present: SCRAP ART: Creative Reuse in the Bayview.
The show was an invited open call juried by Jenny Morningstar of SCRAP, Deborah Monk of Recology, Nate Watson of Public Glass and Soumyaa Behrens of Reclaimed Room. Winners of jury prizes will be announced at the opening reception June 12th!
This project was possible through a generous grant by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for community arts in the Bayview District.
Stay tuned for our video profiling the project and some of the artists involved. Events for this special show go on all through June and July!
Please mark your calendars for our new show! We are pleased to partner with SCRAP, our lovely neighbors, for a juried exhibition of local artists engaged in creative reuse. The show features works by dozens of artists and is housed at our venue as well as at Public Glass, another one of our lovely neighbors. A celebration of the Bayview district as well as community partnership, this exhibit will not disappoint. Includes work of all sizes, shapes and mediums from innovative jewelry, to striking sculptures, to unclassifiable fascinating creations that will certainly blow your mind and get your creative imagination going.
Opening Night: June 12th
Time: 6-8pm, FREE
Food and Drink and meet the artists! Prizes will be awarded to 1st 2nd and 3rd place artists who competed in this call at that time!!
This project is supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission through a community arts in Bayview grant.
Don’t miss out on this eclectic meet and mingle affair. Join Building REsources customers, SFBC Sewer Riders, Beneath the Surface artists, and gallery patrons for beer and pizza tomorrow at 701 Amador Street! Get a little shopping done, check out the awesome display, hear tales from the the Sewer Ride and more from 3-5pm. Beer and pizza provided by Building REsources and the RE Room art gallery.
Hope to see you there! The weather looks promising :)
Please join us this Saturday for a special gallery party in honor of the resurrected Sewer Ride sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
The party goes from 3-5pm at the Reclaimed Room gallery inside Building REsources. There will be bicycle parking for riders and feel free to shop while you are there, Building REsources stays open for business until 4:30.
In attendance will be the artists of our current exhibition, Beneath The Surface. Meet and mingle with Clint Imboden, Miles Epstein, Timothy Armstrong, Soumyaa Behrens, Tom Kabat and Bruce Barton.
Beer, sodas and light snacks will be provided, as always, FREE of charge. We truly hope to see you there.
And, mark your calendars for our next show! June 12th kicks off a unique partnership with our friends down the street, SCRAP! SCRAP ART: Creative Reuse In the Bayview is a juried show that spans Reclaimed Room, Public Glass and the Salvation Army on 3rd Street. This ambitious show will feature dozens of local artists, and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded!
For information on the Sewer Ride that starts off at the DALY CITY BART on May 10th at noon, see the link below. The ride ends at the gallery. Sign on for both or just come for the party Either way, we hope to see you this Saturday. The weather looks inviting so no way we are canceling this one!
One of the great products made and available at Building REsources is RED SHOVEL GLASS. Red shovel glass polishes and smoothes recycled glass, mirror and wine bottles to create amazing, beautify landscape material. Similar to the effect of the ocean waves over decades on glass debris, only much much faster with the use of specially crafted cement shakers that take the raw materials and wear them down in record time.
Now on display as part of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, Red Shovel glass can be seen in use and in full effect. The San Francisco Home Decorator Showcase goes on until May 26th. It is located at 3660 Jackson Street and open to the public for viewing. Go check it out while you can and consider what YOU could do with this wonderful material in your own front or backyard.
Calling all San Francisco bay area artists!
This is a juried exhibition of San Francisco bay area artists who incorporate creative reuse in their work, with special consideration given to artists who have an affiliation with the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco in some way (i.e. reside, work, shop, create, support).
Exhibition dates: June 12 to July 26, 2014
Deadline for submissions: Saturday, April 26th
Selection notification: May 2nd
The submission fee is $10 for up to 3 artworks submitted. Each artwork submitted must incorporate creative reuse, repurposing, or upcycling of materials in some way or include some aspect of materials found at SCRAP, Building Resources, or other source for creative reuse. Size limitations of the gallery spaces will be considered when judging large entries and installations.
Guest Juror: Deborah Munk, Director, Recology AIR Artist In Residence program
Soumyaa Kapil Behrens, Curator, Reclaimed Room: An Exhibition Space for Environmental Arts, Crafts and Media at Building Resources; Nathan Watson, Executive Director, Public Glass; Jennifer Morningstar, Program Coordinator,SCRAP
Awards: $100 gift certificates from SCRAP, Building Resources, and Public Glass will be awarded for 1st place Jurors’ Choice, $75 gift certificates for 2nd place, and $50 gift certificates for 3rd place.
Terms & Conditions:
This juried exhibition is open to all San Francisco bay area artists who incorporate creative reuse in their work, with special consideration given to artists who are affiliated with the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco in some way (i.e. reside, work, shop, support). The submission fee is $10 for up to 3 artworks submitted with up to 3 images per artwork. Entries are made using entrythingy.com. All works must remain for the duration of the show. Permission to use images of submitted works for publicity purposes is considered granted unless otherwise stated in writing. 70% of artist sales will go to the artist and 30% will be split between the venue and SCRAP. Artworks are insured by SCRAP for the duration of the exhibition from the artwork drop off time at the venue until the date and time the work is scheduled to be picked up. Artists are required to sign a lending agreement at the time of artwork drop off.
Delivery and Pickup of Artwork -
Artists whose work is selected will be notified of the venues, dates and times for delivering and picking up of artwork.
Paying your submission fee -
You can pay online using PayPal by clicking the button below or once you’ve submitted your online entry or you can mail a check payable to SCRAP to SCRAP Art Show, 834 Toland St, SF, CA 94124 or call (415)647-1746 to use a credit card over the phone or come in and pay with cash, credit card, or check at the front desk. If you have any further questions please email Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huge Thanks to everyone who came out for our party last Thursday night! We had double the attendance of the rest of our shows and ALL of the food, wine and beer were heartily consumed!! This great night featured incredible work, art sales and fantastic opportunities for mixing and mingling!!
Even the kids got to take part in the action under the firm hand of flour painter, Tim Armstrong, who helped them make their own unique flour painted emblems on our gallery floor.
For those who signed up for the Sewer Ride, you probably heard it was cancelled due to torrential rain. The SFBC Sewer Ride has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 10th at NOON. There will be a small party at the gallery to welcome riders and any one else who wants to come out and celebrate this awesome show at 3PM.
The time has come to reveal our most ambitious show to date. Join us tomorrow night for a great deal of interesting work and some live action courtesy of one of our featured artists, Tim Armstrong. Armstrong will paint our floor live, during the opening reception, giving you a terrific show and something to talk about as you take in the work of all our artists on display tomorrow night!
Check out Tim’s bio and profile video to get a sense of his dynamic and drama. And, see you tomorrow night. Snacks, drinks and a unique gathering experience await you at the Reclaimed Room! 6-8pm, 701 Amador Street!
Thursday quickly approaches and excitement builds for the new show! Join us from 6-8pm at 701 Amador Street. In the meantime, get to know another of our featured artists, Clint Imboden.
I come to making art with the perspective of a therapist. Just as a good therapist can act as a catalyst for change in a client, good art should elicit a strong reaction in the audience, provoking them to explore the reasons why they’ve been affected.
I usually find my materials at local flea markets. I start with the artifacts of daily living, things that most people discard or overlook: battered globes, worn shoes, dilapidated tools. I’m drawn to old materials because they foster purposeful imperfection in my art, an attribute that’s connected to their previous lives. I use them for their connotative, associative or narrative possibilities. My installation work is tactile and handmade; as an artist, I focus on process and on topical, issue-based content.
Viewing my artwork is not meant to be a passive experience; it involves reading, deciphering, taking the initiative to engage physically and psychically with text and objects. I use materials that challenge my audience to consider multiple references in order to understand the full meaning of a piece. I want people to be caught up in the experience of my work, just as I am, in making it. My goal is to have them come away from an encounter with the work knowing something new about themselves.
Our new show opens March 27th from 6-8pm at the Reclaimed Room, 701 Amador Street, SF 94124. Please get to know Tom Kabat, one of our featured artists for the show.
Inspired by the wide variety of designs seen in antique bicycles, Tom explores the practical and whimsical form of the bicycle using found objects and old bike parts to make ride-able thought pieces.
Riding 4,200 miles across the country with high school friends got me hooked on bicycles, bike commuting and bike touring vacations. Thinking of bikes as rolling levers and as mobility assist devices frees up a creative view of how a bike can be designed and made. With a background in environmental and mechanical engineering, I look at bicycle design by combining disparate ideas and pushing boundaries. My pieces are crudely made from mostly dumpster rescued materials. I hope to inspire viewers to start making their own fun bikes.
I share my designs and techniques at: woodenbikes.com
and on: instructables.com/woodenbikes
Check Out Beneath The Surface artists testing the work of featured artist Tom Kabat at a recent planning meeting! Kabat fashions interesting and intuitive bicycle sculptures from reclaimed odds and ends including skis, scooters and even a pencil bike that actually writes!! You can see more of his work at http://www.woodenbikes.com
In the background, you can see the newly erected Bayshore mural on the unused grain elevators. This project was commissioned by the San Francisco Art Commission and lights up at night. A great landmark to find our gallery for these upcoming receptions!!
As part of this new display, we are sponsoring a special reception for the resurrected Sewer Ride by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition! The Sewer ride takes place Saturday, March 29th, starting at the Daly City BART and winds 12 miles near San Bruno mountain, Candlestick and the SF Bay exploring the squishy boundary between humans and H20. It comes to a close at Reclaimed Room with a small party for the riders and anyone else who wants to join. The riders should arrive between 3 and 4pm and the party officially goes from 4-6pm. Beers and snacks provided! Join US!! Sign up for the ride here:
Alternative Cosmos closes on March 17th! Special Offer for the final days includes $75 off all artwork by Solis! Get a great deal on work by this great artist!
Beneath The Surface opens March 27th with additional Reception March 29th
Reclaimed Room’s most ambitious show to date. This exhibition will feature artworks from six eclectic artists, all of whom approach the theme from a different perspective. Expect surprises from above and below as Miles Epstein, Clint Imboden, Bruce Barton, Tim Armstrong and Soumyaa Behrens vie for your attention to matters beneath the urban surface.
Opening Reception March 27th from 6-8pm. 701 Amador Street, SF 94124
Special Event: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition sponsored “Sewer Ride” from Daly City BART to Reclaimed Room on Saturday March 29th. Tour starts at noon and comes to a close at the exhibition near 4pm. Whether you ride or just want to hop on at the end. Join us for another reception with the artists March 29th at 4pm in honor of SFBC and the re-imagined and highly popular sewer ride.
This year’s adventurous and moderately challenging tour will start at the Daly City BART station. We’ll climb east, up and over San Bruno Mountain and drop to the edge of San Francisco Bay. Turning north, we’ll sniff our way around the backside of Candlestick Park, investigating the squishy boundary between humans and H2O, with emphasis on the massive sewer mechanics below our feet. The tour ends just north of India Basin, at the Reclaimed Room, an exhibition space for environmental arts, crafts, and media. A project of Building Resources at 701 Amador Street.
12 miles, some climbing, some steep downhill, and a bit of dirt and gravel. Bring helmet, water, good attitude and a snack! Comfort riding in traffic and groups advised. Questions? contact email@example.com
Opening Reception Feb 6th, 6-8pm!!
Lady Saphire reinvents the world through works made from melted plastics, resins and trash remnants that are unusually striking and oddly familiar.
Get to know her before the show by checking out her artist profile video above!
Solis invites us into the graphic universe of Wildwood, where characters made from reclaimed materials spring to life and provoke questions of togetherness, tolerance and utopian ideals.
Get to know him before the show by checking out his artist profile video above!
Alternative Cosmos at the Reclaimed Room features work by artists Solis and Lady Saphire. Both artists, in their own ways, create new spaces of engagement through their individual art works and compliment one another quite gracefully.
This show delves into the other worlds that exist right before our eyes and these artists bring those alternative cosmos-es to life in our next show.
Save the date! As always, snacks and drinks are provided and the admission is FREE!
Opening Reception: Feb 6, 2014
701 Amador Street, SF 94124
On display Feb 6th -Mar 17th, 2014
Thank you so very much for all your support during our inaugural year! It has been a terrific launch for this new program at Building REsources. Much gratitude to all our participating artists this year as well. Over the last six months we have seen our space transform three times and been fortunate to house work from the following artists:
Samuel Fleming Lewis
On display until January 14th is The Living Show with Tony Hurd and Samuel Fleming Lewis, check it out before it’s over during regular business hours at Building REsources. (9-4, seven days a week)
Next year proves to be even more exciting! Stay tuned for information on our upcoming shows and save these dates!
Alternative Cosmos: Opens February 6th (with Solis and Lady Saphire)
W.a.t.e.r.w.o.r.k.s: Opens March 27th (with Tom Kabat, Miles Epstein, Tim Armstrong, Bruce Barton and Clint Imboden)
The W.at.e.r.w.o.r.k.s show will be our most ambitious with additional events including a bicycle sewer tour that ends at the Re Room on March 29th and a special screening of A Fierce Green Fire, a Sundance documentary about the environmental movement by Mark Kitchell with filmmakers in attendance (date TBA). Next year will also see a Building REsources staff show, exploiting the talents of our very own artists who serve our customers everyday. We are also in talks with our friendly neighbor SCRAP to host a show of their very own in our venue. There’s more, but, we will leave a little mystery for the months to come. Be sure to stay tuned to all the ongoings and goings on of the Reclaimed Room by visiting and signing up for this blog!
We wish everyone an incredibly safe, happy and prosperous start to 2014. Happy New Year!!
Many Thanks to all who stopped by the Building REsources booth at the recent and most awesome West Coast Craft Fair!
Thanks to Angel for working the table and holding the raffle drawing for RED SHOVEL Glass! The winners of the RAFFLE are:
Saturday: Kelli R.
Sunday: Barb Fujimoto.
Congratulations! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! Thanks for supporting Building REsources and the Reclaimed Room!
The LIVING Show opens tomorrow night!!
Style & Sustainability with Samuel Fleming Lewis & Tony Hurd
701 Amador Street, SF 94124
Opening Reception: Nov 14th, 5-8pm, FREE
On display: Nov 14th – Jan 14th
Get to know our artists better by checking out their profile videos and meet them in person Thursday night at our opening reception. This show transforms our space into our most ambitious display to date.
Samuel Fleming Lewis is part of the design team at InStudio located on the port of San Francisco. He will be exhibiting some of his more personal works as part of the Reclaimed Room’s next installation, The LIVING Show-Style & Sustainability. Lewis reconfigures remnants of his past into artwork for the future. He demonstrates incredible style and engages deeply with sustainable art practices, recycling broken mirrors, repurposing old media like Ebony and Interview magazines, and finding new life for leftover work products like furniture and architecture hand drawings and photographs remade into lanterns, mirrors and other unique designs. Delve further into his process and personality by viewing our latest artist profile video.
Tony Hurd is a master builder. His extraordinary talents explore reuse in dynamic and intuitive ways. This exhibit brings forth his innovative living pod solutions, fanciful beehives and metal art that reflects serenity and family in vivacious ways. Prepare for some surprises, too. Hurd is a tornado of a artist and often whipping things together in his mind, body and soul. He also invites you to physically engage with his work, sit, sand, relax and unwind within the pieces to truly appreciate this artist’s works. See Hurd in action and some of the pieces that could not possibly fit in our venue in his artist profile video.
Building REsources has a unique blend of practical, strange and innovative offerings. In the coming months, we will be working to help better demarcate the regular sections in the yard, highlight unique finds and educate the greater public about the amazing potential that resides in the concept of reuse. Most of the regulars know what kind of gems one can stumble upon here but even the regulars have grandiose tales to tell of reclaimed materials they found no where else but BR. Join this mini-revolution on the industrial shores of San Francisco’s bay, we are open every day from 9:00-4:30pm. As a nonprofit organization, Building REsources partly operates through a generous grant from the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Here is a breakdown of what we offer the community.
marble and tile
sinks, baths, and toilets
doors, doors, doors
tumbled glass: various colors
Tumbled glass is made with reclaimed wine bottles that are put through a special process that mimics the ocean’s effect on glass over time.
Part of the BR warehouse has been re-imagined as an exhibition space for environmental arts, crafts and media. This initiative programs shows every two months and creates opportunities for learning, teaching, engaging and collaborating in the physical space and online.
Artists are encouraged to submit a proposal to ReclaimedRoom@gmail.com. Our next reception is slated for September 12, 2013 and features work by local artists Reddy Lieb and Roland Blandy as well as the awesome “Chaos Theory” centerpiece by resident light artist, Gregory Randolph Benke. Save the Date!
Matt Levesque, program manager of Building REsources, took a dozen young aspiring community leaders from Indonesia on a tour of the Building REsources facility to help inspire them for community projects at home. The group was a media saavy bunch with smart phones and cameras to document the whole thing. Legacy International is a nonprofit organization that generates citizen participation worldwide. To learn more about their program please visit www.globalyouthvillage.org