Warm up with our newest show, “MELT”. A solo show featuring Mariana Nelson’s latest work making use of recycled plastic coffee cup lids, straws and other items like you would never expect.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are cancelling the artists party on September 26th.
Please do join us for the Opening Reception of PLAY on October 10th
We look forward to connecting with you all then!
Last year’s SCRAP show first prize winner and reclaimed room artist of the past takes over the gallery with a unique sampling of his work. Clint Imboden is a collector of all things. He molds found objects into new structures that imbue them with life. Always in conversation with his audience, Clint is a master of design on all scales. This show invites you to take part in the art, with an interactive installation, and contemplate the bold shapes and containers of past lives and past times.
Join us July 11th for our first one man show with Clint Imboden.
Food, drinks, fun and FREE!
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The bold works of our featured artists recall animalistic themes, creating order from chaos and influences from the Southern Hemisphere. The pieces all have textures, layers and commanding visuals that will excite and engage the viewer. CARNAGE explores identity through various mediums, each artist presenting works that evoke a unique signature through leather burning, fork and spoon sculpture and assemblage. Featuring the creations of artists Tanya Herrera, William Rhodes and Jemison Beshears. Learn more about each of the artists below and join us Mar 28th to meet the makers!
CARNAGE is on display March 28-May21.
Opening Reception MAR 28 4:30-6:30pm, 701 Amador Street
It’s hard to write about your relationship to art when you’ve been making art since you can remember. It’s like trying to describe how you started walking, you just did at some point and have kept moving forward ever since. Both my parents were never drastically artistic, but I am the youngest of three siblings, and both my sister and brother were huge influences growing up. Everyone dabbles in art as a kid, but when I was about 8 my sister studied fine art at college in San Francisco and always came home with interesting projects and wonderful new tools and art supplies I never got to see in my art class in elementary school. My brothers illustrative and musical abilities further inspired me, I was considerably more enthralled after that. Where the three of us got the art bug, my parents never knew, but they supported our abilities and always were open to our goals.
I learned early on the hardships of being a fine artist, and surviving on the very little that you earn. As much as I loved making fine art, when thinking about my career as an adult, I decided to be creative in the design world as a graphic designer. I did this knowing in the future a design job would support my slowly blossoming fine art career. I went into college with the notion that I would one day return to my art and once I had become successful designer. I became an In-House designer in Portland Oregon, and made art and participated in shows for 5 years there before moving back to the bay area where I was born and raised.
My art consists of an accumulation of many different techniques I have learned over many years of experimentation and collaboration with fellow artists. I have also been influenced by the growing amount of waste going to landfills and the beauty one can find in objects that some would consider garbage. I try not constrain myself with materials, techniques or genres. Instead I open my mind to making art with what I am given and attempt to unlock the inner beauty that can be found in any object. Each piece is VERY unique and could probably never be duplicated, even if I wanted to try. Please enjoy my many years of hard work, and see there will be many more to come!
I began my creative journey at the Baltimore School for the Arts. I later earned a BA in Furniture Building and Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
My creative works are in the collections of various galleries and museums and featured in several major publications. I strive to blend fine craft, sculpture and design with meaning and function. I explore themes of hidden knowledge, iconographic imagery and forms and how they can change meaning in a given cultural context. My art has been strongly influenced by my extensive travels, particularly to Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. The people, art and cultures of these societies have inspired me to consider non-Western approaches to art and sculpture. Explorations into the contrast between these traditional cultures and our modern one have also added depth to the narrative quality of my work. Additionally, recycled materials are an important component of my work as purposeful support for recycling. By reusing discarded materials I give objects new value and a second life.
I have always enjoyed old things, the way they look, made to last, refined. Used with care and better looking when showing the scars of life. Found or discarded objects that performed some individual task in the past, now left to become a character ingredient in a visual poem…At beaches, at flea markets or antique stores…the things I have encountered on my road through life…Out the corner of the eye. An old toolbox, marbles, blocks of text, a glass mercury ball…at one time utilitarian, now chosen for its shape, color or patina. I try to marry formalism with bygone utility. Hopefully, being intimate without being sentimental.
Opening Reception: January 17th, 4:30-6:30pm
FOOD, DRINKS, FREE
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Our last two featured artists, Keith Wilson and Mariana Nelson, compliment the black and white photography with otherworldly sculptures and painstaking Japanese temari work all created from recycled materials.
Keith Wilson is a filmmaker and visual artist based in San Francisco. His film work has been exhibited at Sundance, the Berlinale, South by Southwest and the U.S. National Gallery of Art.
In addition to recent solo photography shows at the Martina Johnston Gallery in Berkeley and the SOFA Gallery in Austin, his artist book ALL THE BUILDINGS ON BURNET ROAD (2010) was exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery and the Brandhorst Museum as part of the exhibit Ed Ruscha & Co. His photography books HYDE PARK APARTMENTS (2011) and SEE I SAW (2015) were recently published by Publication Studio and he is the co-creator (with Shannon O’Malley) of the book GAY MEN DRAW VAGINAS (2014). In 2009, he began the ongoing interactive performance THE CAVE & MOUNTAIN TOUR, which was featured at the 2013 Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas. In the Spring of 2015, his books, films and performances will be presented at the University of Georgia where he will be a Visiting Artist.
Mariana Nelson was born and raised in Southern California. She grew up in Newport Beach and moved to San Francisco in her early 20′s. In San Francisco she became involved in a thriving and inspired art community where she found her focus on reusing existing materials.
She began wrapping discarded materials she found at reuse centers or even from the street. She used a thousand year old Japanese technique to wrap called Temari. After years of wrapping and practice she soon developed a pattern and way to wrap that was unique to her. Anything from lint and dog hair to found plastic and paper was wrapped with bright and colorful fiber, transforming literal trash into something completely unrecognizable.
As her collection of small colored Temari grew – she began to find ways of assembling them together to create large pieces. Mariana’s current body of work involves using hundreds of wrapped forms to create one unified piece. Some of her work explores the idea of dark matter – while other compositions focus mostly on color and shape. She is just starting to work with plastic garbage. Coffee lids and lids from fast food chains found on her walks with her dog.
Impressions of the Bayview
Opening Reception: January 17th 4:30pm-6:30pm
701 Amador Street
Food, Drinks, FREE
Mitch Nelles was born in New York City in 1953 and grew up in New Jersey. It was during his senior year at Rutgers College that he was first introduced to the “magic” of photography. Mitch had completed all of his required course work for his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and signed up for a photography course, which had a print portfolio for a final exam. This class gave him his first (and only) experience in the conventional darkroom.
Upon graduating from college, Mitch moved to Texas to pursue his Ph.D. in BioMedical Sciences and then to Massachusetts for his postdoctoral training. He moved back to New Jersey in 1986 and focused his attention to his growing family and job as a research scientist in the medical diagnostics field. Family and work during those years left little time for photography beyond documenting vacations and family events. Yet, as he entered middle age, he became acutely aware of his need for a creative outlet.
Mitch was in his mid-forties when he made the decision to get back into photography. Content at first to have his film sent out for printing at a local photo lab, he missed the artistic control he remembered from his darkroom experience in college. Fortunately, during this period, digital image technology had become readily available and affordable for non-professionals. It became clear to Mitch that the digital darkroom was the way to go. Film scanners, inkjet printers, Photoshop, and digital SLRs provided him with all the tools and control needed to produce high quality prints that met his creative and artistic expectations.
Following his move to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2001, Mitch joined the Capital City Camera Club where he met a group of like minded, supportive photographers who got together monthly to critique each other’s work and provide encouragement. He credits this small circle of friends with giving him the confidence in his photographic pursuits and helping him to see how different artists view the world photographically and express their individual creativity.
Mitch is self-trained and credits a wide variety of contemporary photographers for helping to shape his photographic vision and literacy. Chip Forelli, Roman Loranc, Chris Honeysett, Clyde Butcher, William Neill, and David Fokos have had a significant impact on his approach to photography.
Mitch works in the San Francisco bay area in the biotechnology field and lives in Half Moon Bay with his wife Janet. He has three daughters, Sara, Miriam, and Erica, who are the joys of his life. Now that he lives in California, he and Janet get a lot more visits from out of town family and friends.
Mitch’s work is available for purchase by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Impressions of the Bayview
Opening Reception: January 17th 4:30pm-6:30pm
701 Amador Street
Food, Drinks, FREE
Inspired by hip-hop, jazz and French New Wave cinema, Shantré Pinkney began her creative venture in New York and studied filmmaking in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Fran- cisco.
As a student at the Academy of Art
her first film, The French Artist won best super 8 at the Epidemic Film fes- tival presented at the San Francisco Castro Theater. Her short film The Raw was an official selection at the Pan African Film Festival, Western New York Black Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival and also won awards at the Urban Media Makers festival.
Working within the mediums of photography, film, theater, and new media she is a lover of non-traditional and inquisitive stories. She creates stories to raise dialogue between art and her audience. She is currently developing an experimental film, Argos Amores and a feature script based on The Raw.
Lest We Forget: A Portrait of Bayview Hunters Point Photography series by Shantré Pinkney
A black & white mobile photogra- phy exhibition bringing awareness to
individual stories, joys and struggles of San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point residents.
For years, Bayview Hunters Point
(BVHP) has been idealized as a high crime and high-polluted area of San Francisco. While working as a youth facilitator and developing my short thesis film, the apathy and violence residents faced in an increasingly gentrified community disheartened me. I’m not from this area, however, after living and working here for 5 years, and working with those living in lack, losing loved ones to violence, and dealing with unemployment left an impact on me. Lest We Forget came about through conversations I’ve had with residents and their love for the people in the neighborhood. Many have concerns with being gentrified and pushed out; including those who want to make sure that neighborhoods are safe, their jobs are steady and hous- ing affordable.
These photos are of friends, neighbors, friends of friends and beautiful strangers I met along the way in Bayview. I’m hoping to leave a last- ing and beautiful impression of those that represent the community – Their smiles, their laughter, their resilience and their humanness, which I think, sadly, many people forget.
Lest We Forget: Portrait of Bayview Hunters Point
Shantré Pinkney 2014
Join us Saturday January 17th for our newest exhibit and a departure from our previous shows. Impressions of the Bayview features Black and White photography at the center of the display complimented by abstract sculptures and unique temari works by artists: Mitch Nelles, Shantre Pinkney, Keith Wilson and Mariana Nelson. There is a also a surprise interactive element where patrons can take part in the art making themselves! Mitch presents a haunting view of our very own yard with photos of the Building Resources space through a lens that is nostalgic and reminiscent of past days. Shantre shares her ongoing project, Less We Forget, a portfolio of faces from the Bayview community in the vain of remembrance and not leaving things to the past. Keith reclaims old bathroom vanities and erects abstractly beautiful sculptures from them that seem almost other worldly, and Mariana shares her painstaking temari works, each piece crafted ball by ball and strung together to create a new vision, unusual and ephemeral.
Where: 701 Amador Street
When: January 17th, 4:30-6:30pm
What: Opening Reception with food, beer and wine. Cost is FREE
Meet and mingle with the artists and enjoy the gallery and the Building Resources space from a whole new perspective. We welcome you to our new show and a new year at Reclaimed Room and Building REsources. JOIN US!
More information about the artists can be found at: http://reclaimedroom.com/opens-jan-17-mar14-impressions-of-the-bayview/
It’s time for our holiday shin-dig RE-DO. Please join us this Thursday for our first annual holiday party! Celebrate the staff, patrons and artists that make up the BR and Re Room community! The Worker’s Show is still in effect so this is also your last chance to pick up a unique last minute gift for a friend or for yourself. This has been our highest grossing show to date! Don’t miss out!
What: 1st Annual Holiday Party (food, drinks, fun)
Where: 701 Amador Street, SF 94124
When: Thursday, December 18th, 5-7pm
Why: Celebrate Community
Who: YOU and your friends
And, mark your calendars for the new year. January 17th, we premiere our first photography based display with Shantre Pinkney’s Less We Forget, portraits of the Bayview community and Mitch Nelles with portraits of our favorite place in the Bayview-the Building REsources yard! Framed by abstract sculptures from artist Keith Wilson and gorgeous Temari works by Mariana Nelson.
What: Impressions of the Bayview Opening Reception (food drinks fun)
Where: 701 Amador Street, 94124
When: Saturday, January 17th, 4-6pm
Why: Meet the Artists, Revel in their work
Who: You and your friends
Please take note that our holiday shin-dig is cancelled December 11th due to inclement weather!! Please join us next week, December 18th for the holiday shin-dig from 5-7pm. Stay warm and dry everyone!!
December 11th CANCELLED!!
Congratulations are in order for the staff artists at Building Resources. As part of our Worker’s Show, staff from BR brought out their artistic endeavors for display. All kinds of fabulous pieces came out of the woodwork as the opening night approached. Unique furniture designs, gorgeous planters, photography, a chopper bicycle, bird houses, mosaics, sculptures and more. And, since our gallery started in June of 2013, this has been our highest grossing show to date. Wow! Thanks to the community for coming out and supporting the staff artists here at Building REsources. For those who haven’t made it in, you have one more chance to celebrate with our staff, artists, patrons and friends.
We are hosting our first ANNUAL Holiday Shin-dig. Join us December 11th from 5-7pm to take in the glory of the workers show and mingle with the people who have made this place run from the ground up. On display are works by Matthew, Angel, Remy, Dan, Micah, Jason, Archie, Sergio and MORE! Join US!
Celebrate the season and the year with Building REsources and the Reclaimed Room. Join us December 11th for our annual holiday party! Eat, drink and be merry with Building REsources staff, patrons and Gallery artists. Take in the Worker’s Show on display with unique art and furniture made exclusively by our staff! Get some holiday shopping done while you are here. We have had a great year here at BR and very exciting shows at the RE Room. We want to share our good fortune with you all. Please join US!
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FREE and fun for the whole family!
Building REsources staff strut their stuff in this highly anticipated new exhibit at the Reclaimed Room. See the artistic endeavors of the folks who man and woman the materials every day. Jam packed with unique handmade furniture designs, landscape art, mosaics, bikes, and much much more!
SAT OCT 25: 4-6pm
FOOD, DRINKS, FREE!
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Join the Reclaimed Room, artists Giuliana Pinto and Sam Russell for a closing reception of the show, Human Chimeras. See their languid and lovely works before they come down. Gorgeous reclaimed headboards painted with dreamscapes and enigmatic painted figures on card tables and cabinet doors. Both artists will be present to meet and mingle with you!
Celebrate the end of summer with our newest art opening at the Reclaimed Room! Artists Giuliana Pinto and Sam Russell transform our space into dreams and explorations of the human mind and body. Take it all in and meet the artists tomorrow from 4-6pm at our opening reception!
Sam’s background is in movement, spoken-word and painting. Self-taught, Sam’s journey in painting over the past 25 years is a paradoxical story of an iconoclast embracing the icon. The current series of paintings in Human Chimera track the abstraction of Sam’s classic “entity” figure: this androgynous icon has repeated itself in countless variations over the years in Sam’s work, serving as a remedy for the existential dilemma of the godless. Perhaps the iconoclast is finally ready to pull the icon apart, stay tuned.
Learn about Giuliana in the video below!
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FOOD, DRINKS, FREE!!
JOIN US AUG 16th for our new show!
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Sam Russell and Giuliana Pinto explore the depths and abstractions of the body and mind in this dreamy new show.
SCRAP ART: Creative Reuse in the BAYVIEW closes this SATURDAY!
Head over to Public Glass for the send-off!
Closing Reception with hands-on creativity: Public Glass
Sat, July 26th 2-4pm
Scenes from SCRAP Family DAY July 19th at RE Room
BIG THANKS to all our partners for the SCRAP show! It was a terrific collaboration and we will miss all the
eclectic work and fun times. And sending lots of good vibes to SCRAP exhibit coordinator Jenny Morningstar
who will be leaving the Bay Area this August to go to graduate school on the East Coast! Good Luck Jenny!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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