Opening March 16th, 2018 The Reclaimed Room is excited to present WHAT IF? a group exhibition featuring the puzzling creations of three Bay Area artists whose process-based work draw attention to societal chaos and conflict. WHAT IF? artists Clint Imboden, James Shefik and Jamie Banes provoke viewers to question the reality and truths of the structures displayed before them. Although recognized for their use of everyday materials in unexpected and unusual ways, these artists’ sculptures and installations also stimulate and challenge their audiences’ preconceptions of material, purpose, and intent. This exhibition will be on view through May 11th 2018.

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Crutches, by 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 from the audience, provoking them to explore the reasons why they’ve been affected.”

“I find my materials at local flea markets and estate sales. I start with the artifacts of daily living, things that most people overlook: battered globes, worn shoes, and 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.”


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Insomnia, by James Shefik

Conceptual, multidisciplinary artist James Shefik lives in Oakland. Along with making art in his studio, he is a scenic artist and scenic foreman on movie and television sets (Sense8, Thirteen Reasons Why, Steve Jobs, Big Eyes, Chasing Mavericks, and Milk, to name a few).

Primarily a sculptor, Shefik creates artwork that reveals his strong concern for the environment, for the government’s tyranny of purposeful invasion of our privacy, and social political absurdity that often accompanies concentrations of power.

His latest work employs photographic prints to mutate small transient into an almost theatrical experience. His work has been exhibited at the Aqua Art Fair in Miami, the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, CA, Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, CA, and Autobody Fine Art in Alameda, CA. Shefik was a recipient of a SF Weekly Mastermind Grant in 2011.


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Nominative Determinant, by Jamie Banes

“Growing up in a blue-collar construction family, I connected with tools and materials at an early age. Exposure to the job site as a youth helped shape my interest in architecture and the ever-changing organism of the built environment. These early experiences continue to inform my work and contribute to my own sense of place and identity.”

“The built environment serves as a multilayered record of human activity, mirroring the effects of society’s needs and motives over time. The concept of structures as living entities is a natural starting point for my experiments, often stemming from themes of origin and decay within the urban landscape. The breakneck speed at which this life cycle revolves in the Bay Area underscores the socioeconomic and political issues of our time and further influences my work.”

“My process results in quirky assemblages reminiscent of childhood forts or tree house constructions in miniature. My most current work presents as a collection of eccentric architectural models and maps, wryly alluding to the seriousness of many ominous societal issues on our collective horizon. The materials I collect are typically found, bartered or bargained for in keeping with my inclination to reuse when possible.”





CONFIGURATIONS: Three Artists Assemble Themselves

This upcoming show, opening Friday January 12th 2018, will feature puppets, sculpture, jewelry and furniture, all deeply crafted from 100% salvaged material. The three artists, Francesca Borgatta, Charles Foss, and Miles Epstein, each bring work with personality, humor, and a recognition that a long studio practice will always reveal new surprises. Especially when the work is assembled in a new context and new configurations.


Blue Monkey, by Francesca Borgotta

Francesca Borgotta has been building puppets since the 1970’s, having been apprenticed with Bread and Puppet Theater in New York.  Since then, she has lived a full life of dance, drama and puppetry.  She comes to the Reclaimed Room from the East Bay, where she works at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse.

“To make my artwork, I look for recycled materials. I bind random things together, say a crab’s shell and an insect husk. Then I add new things until they appear as a single configuration, a form which needs completion. I like puppets because each one has a name and a story, and is meant to be manipulated.”


Wooden Tablet, by Francesca Borgata

“At the Reclaimed Room, I will present each puppet with bits of dialogue to indicate the story. The wall hangings include a set of tablets describing these five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. I started these in 2015 when I was studying Chinese traditional medicine where each element is assigned a color, a season, an emotion, and other qualities. To understand this interaction, I gathered objects in that material and arranged them on a plywood panel.”

“I am very happy to be showing my work in the Reclaimed Room. This wide open space celebrates both the aesthetic beauty and practical value of recycled materials. Artists are encouraged to work together to plan their show, and explore possibilities for collaboration, to generate a much-needed sense of community. Hopefully, through our artwork, we can encourage a sense of ecological awareness.”  fborgotta@puppetfigures.com



Crystalline Spheres, by Charles Foss, aka c.H.u.K.

Charles Foss, also known as c.H.u.K, brings to the gallery work from his “Landfill Interception Project”, specifically his “Fauna” series. From his website freektures.com: “..an exploration of inanimate evolutionary improbabilities, using common everyday items which have been deemed useless, cast aside, and abandoned.” Originally from Maine, Charles has been a toy maker, prop fabricator, performance artist, part of a circus crew, a magicians assistant and a scary clown pie maker (among other things!) Currently he is creating “Funky Found Flora” and “Decolletorations ~ talismans created with magical parts and pieces we step on every day.”



Miles Epstein


Miles Epstein uses salvage materials and simple tooling to design and build art and other useful objects. His work ranges from furniture, sculpture and installation and uses paper, metal, cork and concrete. By allowing the qualities of his materials to drive many design decisions, Miles’ work is sometimes unpredictable and often quirky. The work is often very labor intensive but strives to appear natural, even relaxed.

For this show he says: “I’m revisiting the west-facing windows in the gallery, working with two new materials for me: clear acrylic sheets and colored, tumbled glass. By gluing the glass to the sheets with two-part epoxy I hope to create a hybrid visual experience, combining elements of graphic design, stained glass and painting. The process is exacting and fussy but has great potential for beauty. I am also bringing to the floor of the gallery a new collection of cafe style tables built primarily from cardboard and cork. The cardboard comes from salvaged bicycle boxes, and the cork is a mixture of reused  rolled cork sheeting and recycled wine corks. These materials are very familiar to me and I’ve been using them in furniture work for over 12 years. But they still amaze me with their resilience, strength-to-weight ratio, and their subtle color palette.


Cork Cafe Tables, by Miles Epstein







for the LOVE of ART


This is a group show honoring the tradition of gathering around the table among friends and socially producing art for pleasure. It will feature multiple mosaic artists, metal sculptures, craft jewelry, knitted critters, crochet, cast paper, glass tableware and original lighting designs, all sourced from reused materials. We open this show on November 17th from 5-7pm and it will run through January 5th 2018.


Dana Albany

“From the very grandest scale to the very minute, my artwork is a medley of recycled and discarded materials. I enjoy working alone, as well as collaborating amongst many! Gathering together with fellow artists has been a meeting ground of genuine support and swirling creativity. It has taken me out of my darkest moments, inspired me, and brought depth to my art, that left alone would not have arisen.”

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Haideen Anderson

Haideen Anderson works with a variety of materials in her sculptures but focuses mainly on paper-casting for mask-making and mild steel for nature and dream influenced sculptures. With both the masks and the metal, she is interested on exploring pairs of opposites and the healing potential in art.

The masks that she makes are from reused materials – paper grocery bags for the casting with the surface collaged on with out-of-date calendars, old magazines, cigarette packages, etc. Much of the metal she uses is also made from scraps. In a few sculptures this is obvious. They are constructed from car parts, door knobs, cake pans and other recognizable objects.

She is glad to be part of Reclaimed Room’s exhibit “for the LOVE of ART” with so many artists who are a part of the Art Nite gatherings. Making art is often such a solitary activity. Coming together, each person with their own project to work on, balances the lone time. Old friendships are strengthened and new ones are formed on Art Nite. The atmosphere is warm and supportive. Love of creativity is the unifying force.


Art Nite participants,clockwise starting from the top left corner: Angel Gurgovits, Chula Camp,         Haideen Anderson, Dana Albany, Aaron Harlan, Dave Hasse and his mother, Kathleen Hasse.


Chicken Wire-Glass Platter by Lauren Becker of Recycled Glassworks

Lauren Becker can occasionally be found at the yard (B R) sorting re-usable window glass and shelves for her work. The up cycling process involves cutting the glass to size and a kiln firing that softens the glass just enough to render it flexible. In this state it can be embossed with design from below, enhancing the aquatic virtues of glass and the natural aqua tint present in plate-glass. An extensive line of functional tableware with dishes, bowls and serving pieces has evolved in a wide variety of sizes. Currently working through a pile of glass display shelves from See’s Candy warehouse in Daly City, Recycled Glassworks has been diverting plate glass from Bay Area landfill since 1996. More info on her work can be found at recycledglassworks.com



Chula Camp

“I am a self-taught jewelry designer and work with traditional and uncommon materials. Every collection is designed and hand-made be me one at a time. I work in a tiny art studio in the historic Dogpatch District near the central waterfront in San Francisco. I have been designing wire and glass jewelry since 2003. In 2010 I entered my first competition in the recycled category and won. The excitement of winning inspired me to explore more options of designing jewelry with broken, found or discarded trash.”

“It’s been almost a decade since the recycling design challenge. Since then I have rescued over 48 different waste items and made many pieces into reclaimed and wearable art. Some of these rescued items have included chop stick rests, retired traffic signal lenses, key hole covers, chandelier crystals, bullet casings, champagne boxes, calendars, credit card tape cores, buttons, quilter’s scraps and vintage spools..”

“I love sketching new ideas and discovering the value in what others may consider junk. Creating new jewelry from broken, found and discarded objects fulfills my current creative instinct. There is no such thing as away. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”



Kat Pk Delurgio

“When I rediscovered crochet in 2013 there was an ‘A-ha’ moment. I was bed ridden in post-trauma-recovery, and this act of crocheting was Good Medicine. It tickles both sides of my brain as the process blends the sensual aspects (texture, color, visual aesthetics) and thinky-thinky (math & structural engineering.) The first hook I used was MacGuyver’ed from a chopstick, duct tape and a paper clip. About 95% of my materials are secondhand scores. I enjoy experimenting with non-conventional materials and find great inspiration while Crafternooning with friends!”



Sconce designed by Michael Donnelly

Mike was drawn to shadows and light, natural forms, and dumpster diving at an early age. These influences are ever present in his work with lamps and light fixtures.


Michael Donnelly with Dana Albany at Burning Man 2017



Angel Gurgovits

Angel Gurgovits has been a recycler her whole life.  She has worked at Building REsources for 13 years and counting, the last two years also curating the Reclaimed Room Gallery as well. She began to make mosaic art with Dana Albany back in 2010 and the advent of Art Nite was born. The duo was joined by others and they collaborated on many great projects together, including the Youth Educational Spacecraft which toured Maker’s Fair , Burning Man and Las Vegas in 2013.


Youth Educational Spacecraft, designed by Dana Albany

“Learning how to mosaic really changed and enriched my life. I feel like I can recycle anything into something beautiful with just a little glass and glue. My favorite projects now also include functional light fixtures,  and each day I am inspired to make more!”


Marble Lamp, by Angel Gurgovits




Anne Jatta

“I love knitting. Since I learned to knit in 1st grade (in Denmark), knitting has been a big part of my life. I can never just sit, must have needles in my hands. These creatures, composed of re-used materials, have been so much fun to make.”


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Ady Larsen

“I think of mosaic as life! When life falls apart (and our dishes) we have the option to transform the results. We pick up the pieces and glue them back together, allowing the unlimited possibility of fun colors to reflect the beauty in our world.”



Pauline Tolman, adding some touches to Dana Albany’s Tara Mechani

Pauline Tolman is a San Francisco artist best known for her large scale sculpture and architectural installations. She has achieved three major public commissions as well as a number of site specific commissions. She also enjoys figurative bronze work. During the pour for one such sculpture she was fascinated by the “splash,” the over pour of bronze into the surrounding sand. The very raw, primal forms created by this splash are the core and inspiration for the wall charms displayed here.


Bronze “Splash” Wall Charm by Pauline Tolman


“All of us who are in this show have spent time at the table, collaborating on something together and enjoying each others company whilst doing so. We have formed a strong bond with one another and continue to work together as often as we can. It is with great pleasure that we present this show, for the LOVE of ART.”


Works by Connie Murray, Martha Jones and Kim Larson


Opening September 15th, 2017 we have a show not to be missed!!! Three incredibly talented mosaic artists will be featured together for the first time: Connie Murray, Kim Larson and returning Reclaimed Room Artist from 2013, Martha Jones.

Connie Murray

Connie Murray is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Person-Centered Expressive Arts therapist. She has been artistic all her life; doodling, building lamps, sculpture out of obscure objects, and painting the interior of her home a variety of colors. Fifteen years ago Connie began tiling household furniture as an expressive outlet not only for herself but also in her practice as a healing resource for addiction recovery. In her practice following the sequential PCEAT approach all artistic venues offer a path to personal growth and healing.

As an older adult diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyslexia she has found that mosaic sculpture is a perfect medium for her artistic expression. The meditative quality of mosaics provides a vehicle for gaining an in-depth understanding of life experiences, and to organize ideas. Additionally this meditative quality has allowed her to seek a graduate degree as it structures time to process research. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology at San Francisco’s Saybrook University with a certification in Expressive Arts under the guidance of Natalie Rogers, PhD., REAT.

Connie’s mosaic adventure crossed over from furniture to mannequins when she was given a dancing figure and decided it was the perfect platform for expressing the frustrations of the transition through menopause. Her creations include a variety of glass, mirror and found objects in strong colors representing feelings involved with women’s issues, death and life transition, and the women who are currently or in the past have been an important part of her life.

Mosaic work by Connie Murray


Martha Jones at work in her studio.

As a Reuse and Upcycle artist, Martha’s work is created from discarded materials. Her quest for abandoned treasures are found on the street, in salvage yards, in thrift stores, yard sales or gifted, just to name a few.

Degreed as an Interior Designer, but with a passion for salvaging, Martha’s work is lively and humorous. Her color combinations and compositions reflect her professional training and inner talents.

“Interior Design has always been my first passion, although salvaging was a close second. I grew up just outside of Boston. I remember looking forward to trash night where you can go out and search street after street for goodies. The reuse passion never ended…things from the past have a soul.”

Mosaic work by Martha Jones


Kim Larson

Kim Larson’s exquisite mosaic work honors organic form as well as delights the eye. Using stained glass, broken china, recycled glass & mirror, found objects, etc as tesserae, Kim works in a playful and unique style.

“My current series, as with all my mosaics, is about the interplay between recognizable shapes and surprising textures & colors. I create very recognizable shapes (substrates) and then ‘flesh them out’ so to speak, with surprising juxtapositions of color and lay patterns. ”

“I find mosaics to be crazy-making! At times I have to admit I walk that fine line between sanity and insanity because each cut, each piece, each color, each placement has to be perfect! Specifically, I like to work with sparkly, mirrored, textured, brightly_colored glass, recycled glass and found objects. I feel like I am painting with light.”

The reflective qualities of the glass force the viewer to move around the piece to see it truly take shape and reveal itself. The recycled china, tiles and found objects create an intimacy with the viewer when recognizable things are used in new ways. “Mosaic art is not a static medium. The play of light adds an extra dimension one doesn’t find in many other art forms.”

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The show will run from September 15th through November 10th.













Transport Me



We are thrilled to present Transport Me, a dynamic two-person exhibition featuring sculptor Kat Geng and figurative painter Jon Levy-Warren. Using the once modern -and now extinct- phone booth as a central metaphor, Transport Me investigates what it means to travel to another realm, another time or another space without actually moving. Mining found-object canvasses  sourced from the streets of San Francisco and the scrapyard, the artists have built a colorful collection of works: Geng with her playful repurposings and Levy-Warren with his portraits of refracted reverie; which explore objects and the power they have to carry us away. The exhibition will be on view July 14 through September 8, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, July 14 from 5-7 pm.


Visual art, music, literature, food, film, books, television, colors, sounds, smells, drugs, and technology all act as transportation vessels with the uncanny ability to tug on our imagination and memory. But where does this leave the phone booth and other relics of outmoded virtual travel? Where do these technological fossils take us? To whom do they connect us? Are they places of nostalgia? Do they transform us into Superman? Or, like Doctor Who’s Tardis, whose police booth literally can take us anywhere in space and time? By asking these questions, Geng and Levy-Warren begin the journey of discovery, examining how free thought allows us to escape our physical surroundings.


Drawing on her transitory lifestyle, Geng’s artistic approach allows the viewer to explore her whimsical alterations and humorous point of view wherein a whole, wild universe can be accessed by stepping thru the door (or phone booth) into her creative mind. She combines found objects form a new narrative based on common associations the items hold. In so doing, she requires that her audience put forth effort as they use their imagination to travel to new and unexpected places, giving old gadgets new meaning.


Levy-Warren creates with the intention of conveying his audience out of their physical bodies and into an otherworldly setting. Through this welcomed displacement from reality to fantasy, he encourages viewers to learn to see and understand themselves from a different perspective. The figures in his compositions are characteristically staring off into space, connected to one another in the ether, yet isolated in real life. His subjects are at once physically present and absent having transcended the material world into immaterial space.

About the Artists

As an itinerant Colombian-American artist, Geng has lived in over 100 houses in the Bay Area (as well as a dozen in Massachusetts and Mexico), becoming adept at transporting her belongings. She began her professional relationship with objects while working as an art conservator in North Adams, MA and Guanajuato, MX and continues to bring them wherever she goes. Geng has shown extensively in San Francisco, CA and was awarded artist residences at The Midway Gallery in 2016 and the Vermont Studio Center in 2017. Recently, she curated Om, I’m Home, an interactive exhibition at The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco and enjoyed a solo show at Counterpoise. She received a BA in Art History from Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY.

Levy-Warren grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan as a nervous wreck. There were people everywhere. He figured out that by focusing on individuals and becoming fascinated by them, the masses of humanity and the world itself faded away.  He has spent his life allowing himself to be transported into other people’s little worlds. He studied film and video making alongside drawing, painting and printmaking as an undergraduate at Princeton University. Levy-Warren lived in Brooklyn, NY and Stockholm, Sweden before beginning to bounce around the Bay Area in 2012. He continues to be inspired primarily by people and their environs. He has shown extensively at galleries in San Francisco, including the Luggage Store Gallery.



departure, closing reception

On Sunday, July 2nd, we will host a closing reception for our current show, departure. New works have been installed by Miles Epstein and Tim Armstrong, in place of ones that were sold.

Miles Epstein with his sold tissue painting; nicely framed by Rachel Leibman’s “Daily Dose”.

Tim Armstrong ‘s new art; made from branches, flour, instant coffee, burlap and elastomeric paint.

The celebration will be held July 2nd, 4:30 – 7pm. The show closes a week later, on Friday, July 7th.



departure is the work of these five material driven artists: Tim Armstrong, Ramiro Cairo, Katerina Connearney, Miles Epstein and Rachel Leibman. They are gathering together for the first time to create an art and shopping experience in the most immersive way possible, in a place where things “just show up”. Innovated objects will be presented in a way that can inspire you to see them in a different light. The show opens Friday, May 12th and will run thru July 7th.



Tim Armstrong

“Of economic necessity and invention, I have discovered a way to make monotype prints with materials salvaged from dumpsters. My skull prints are made using tar paper, mop heads and camping fuel gathered from dumpsters near construction sites and homeless encampments, I like the simple suggestion of a burning fuse. Mounted on the back of each print is the original collage. The wall sized work is an experiment using old car gaskets, stove burners and instant coffee. Originally conducted on a cement floor, the drawing was then coated with elastomeric roof paint and burlap and peeled off the ground. I am mainly interested in using undiscovered processes as an artist, in containing a method as it leads to a metaphor.”


Debris Mural

Skull Print


Ramiro Cairo


Ramiro Cairo is an Argentine artist, based in San Francisco. His speciality is the reuse of disused objects and technological scrap, creating works of art and design, such as TV mirrors, TV coffee tables, circuit board lamps, vacuum tube figurines and sculptures in limited editions.

“Most of my work navigates the space between design and art, between functionality and personality, combining creativity, surprise, humor and reuse. I’m motivated by finding a different use for objects originally built for a particular  purpose. My challenge is to find them a new line of work, giving them an extended lifespan and making them useful again.”

“Bricks for good is my latest work in which I make objects out of bricks. The tape dispenser is the first object of this series in which the pieces are shaped by chiseling down the brick as if it was a sculpture, using a hammer, chisels and an angle grinder. Why bricks? Well, I just want to give them a good use instead using them for a nonsensical Wall.”


Tape Dispenser


Katerina Connearney

Katerina Connearney is a figurative artist and woodworker originally from Greece and currently living in San Francisco. In this exhibit, the focus is on making functional furniture pieces from (almost) all recycled or reclaimed materials. The majority of the materials were, appropriately enough, found here at Building Resources. “One never knows what beautiful and promising bit of rusty metal or weathered wood one will come across when ambling around (the yard), and more often than not we go home with these treasures not knowing why or how we will use them. The fun is in playing with them – rearranging, bending, taking apart, putting back together, and eventually seeing what is recreated.”


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Miles Epstein

“This is the second time I’ve had the opportunity to show work at The Reclaimed Room and I am honored and inspired to be showing with four other talented artists. We all know this space in our own way, and all work very independently and in different materials: brick, canvas, wood, plastic and metal, objects of interest, tissue and paper.”

“Of note is the name of this show. Hanging out at the yard I am most inspired when someone leaves with something encouraging, be it an idea, an inspiration, or a doorknob. departure speaks to the inspiration of the material object.”




tissue painting – blue head


Rachel Leibman

Rachel Leibman is a mixed media artist from San Francisco. Her artwork spans the gamut from tiny two-dimensional collages to room-sized installations. The unifying thread in all her pieces is repetitiveness and obsessive attention to detail. Leibman’s process is extremely meticulous and labor-intensive.

For the “departure” exhibit, Leibman has chosen to display two large installations from her “Vessels” series. “Elijah Makes the Rounds” is composed from vintage kiddish cups; goblets used in Jewish rituals such as Passover seders. With a sly sense of humor, this piece evokes sweet childhood memories. “Daily Dose” is composed from hundreds of plastic prescription pill bottles, collected from Leibman’s friends, family, and her own personal stash. This piece is a commentary on the state of the pharmaceutical industry in the U.S.

Leibman’ artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows on both coasts. Her collages are part of many private and public collections including Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, American Airlines HQ in Dallas, and the Art Collection at the Hebrew Home in New York City.

Elijah Makes the Rounds

Daily Dose




OFFCUTS is a collection of work and collaborations inspired by what is left behind. The incidental shapes and forms, cut and discarded, reimagined as entirely new works. The show was originally inspired by the vast amount of offcuts from a furniture commission in which over 50% of the material was surplus shapes. Eran and Roland created four generations of pieces from the same original material, each one directly inspired and defined by the one before it.

Eran Dayan and Roland Blandy have been working together as [RE]Union Creative since 2015. Together they collaborate on costume furniture, architectural elements and sculpture in the Bay Area.

Many thanks to Bayshore Metals for donating their offcuts for this show.

These works will be on display and for sale through May 5th, with the Opening Reception to be held Friday, March 10th from 5:30 – 8PM. There will be refreshments, the event is free of charge and located within Building REsources.

Dreamare, with Kaytee Papusza


Opening Saturday, January 14th from 5-7pm in the Reclaimed Room.

Dreamare is a showcase of wearable art, couture costumes and upcycled fashion that illustrates the process and dichotomy of dreams becoming nightmares, and the space that exists in the shifting grey area between those two worlds. The heart of this particular showcase revolves around the existence of the artist in the modern day world, and explores the fine line that can easily become blurred in the shift between beautification and gentrification — or rather anti-gentrification, in this case. Many of the works and installations in this show will convey the fragility of artist created realities, which can easily crumble to demolishment, becoming lost in the constraints of our capitalist driven cultural and political climate.

Artist Bio

Papusza Couture artist and designer, Kaytee Papusza, currently resides in Los Angeles where she works as a couturier, costume designer and fabric archivist. She enjoys traveling  with her work and frequently visits NYC and The Bay Area, both places where she previously resided. She creates clothing, couture and costumes of all kinds, and is best known for her one of a kind conceptual fine art couture collections, made using unconventional materials, hand crafted textiles and artisan techniques. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, Vogue Italia, Sang Blue and Belle Armoire.

Also featured in this show will be accessories by Mad Elegance.

Cover image “It Will Be Ours” by Ransom and Mitchell.

For more images and information, please visit http://www.papuszacouture.com and also http://www.madelegance.com.

Dreamare will be available to view January 14th – March 4th 2017.



Reduce, Reuse, Make Art.

Michelle Echenique, in her studio, with “Jerome”.


Michelle Echenique is a mixed media artist living and working in San Francisco, CA. She is known for use of found and cast off materials in her 2 -and 3 – dimensional work.

Sourcing and collecting a wide range of paper, wood, and metal and any eye catching scraps is an ongoing practice and integral to the artistic process. Making use of the innate histories and forms of found material, she works to create something wholly new that hints at the familiar. The richly layered, textured results exude both joy and mystery inviting scrutiny.

In the Reclaimed Room she’ll be showing a mix of furniture and assemblage. This 3 – dimensional work provides an exciting challenge in figuring how to assemble the piece in a visually interesting way while keeping it structurally sound. It’s a puzzle requiring both physical and mental reflection.

Also on view will be several pieces from the Cats I’ve Known Series. These cats incorporate “fur-like” corrugated cardboard, reclaimed window frames with cat “ears” on top, and copper whiskers.

Outside the studio, Michelle is a Teaching Artist for ArtSpan participating in Art for City Youth and Community Engagement Projects. She is also involved with the temporary art space, Hayes Valley Art Works.

We are excited to have Michelle to be loading in next week!!

Opening Reception will be held on November 4th from 4:30 – 7pm and will also feature live music from the Big Band Surfers Polka Trio!!

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Closing Reception Announced

This Saturday, October 8th, 2016 we will have a closing reception for our “Lost and Found Beatles” show. If you missed the opening, then this show is for YOU!

From 5:00 thru 8:00 pm, fearturing a TRIUMPHANT return performance of J. Raoul Brody, playing his fave Fab Four songs, and YOU on lead vocals!

We will have special “last chance” deals on Lost & Found Beatles Merchandise Prints, Posters, T-Shirts and Postcards!

The show will remain open for viewing up until October 20th.

Lost and Found Beatles


Opening  at 6pm August 29th 2016 we present an exhibition of RARE previously unpublished photos of the Beatles!
Dave Seabury is back in our room with photos from the Beatles last concert at Candlestick Park. 30 years ago he discovered a contact sheet of amazing images of the Beatles by an as yet unidentified photographer. The images have been digitized, restored and enlarged to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that last Beatles concert. The Opening Reception will also feature live music by The Chuckleberries and J. Raoul Brody on keyboard. The show will be up through October 20th 2016. Reclaimed Room is open 8 Days a week for this exhibit 9am-4:30pm, excluding major holidays. More details can be found in this article published by SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle.  Click onto the link below to read the article.


Coming soon! Reclaimed Recology

For our next show we have teamed up with the Recology Artist in Residence program and will feature works from a dozen local artists who participated as residents. The lineup of artists as it reads on the postcard is Mike Farruggia (’05), Michael Kerbow (’04), Linda Raynsford (’00), Karrie Hovey (’12), Dana Albany (’03), Jim Growden (’91), Barbara Holmes (’08), Ed Clapp (’06), Andrew Junge (’05), Mark Feigenbaum (’05), Viviana Paredes (’05) and Paul Cesewski (’08).  During their residency, each artist was granted scavenging rights in “the dump” and had 24 hour access to the company’s well equipped art studio. Our exhibition will have one or more pieces from each artist and will be shown through August 18th. The opening reception will be held Friday, June 17th from 4:30-7pm.



Al Honig



Another solo show is on the horizon, featuring work by Al Honig.

He is a master of recycled assemblage, and has been working in this current vein for 35 years! In his experience, he has been a photographer, a sculptor of bronze, stone and wood, and a painter as well. He worked many years repairing printing presses and other machinery, refining the skill set required to make his pieces. He draws inspiration from metal sculptor David Smith, whose book also helped Al through a creative block. Al has influenced and worked with many local artists, including Dana Albany, Pepe Ozan, and Brian Goggin.

The majority of the pieces are from his series of Allegories, sculptures based on his observations and suppositions of human behavior and events. One of his favorite pieces, “Look Outs” is from that series, and will be part of what will be displayed for our show. All of his finished work is available to view online, at alhonig.com. Be sure to check out his videos while looking on his site.

Join us for Al Honig’s opening reception, Sunday April 24th from 4:30pm until 6:30 pm. You can also shop from the many wares of Building REsources at that time as well. Hope to see you there !

Re-Trospected Revisited! Closing Party April 10th

Just announced !

Closing PARTY For Dave Seabury’s solo show, “Re-Trospective” to be held Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 4:30pm.            There will be refreshments and LIVE music by the Chuckleberries! Event is FREE.

There is currently a contest going on within the show, and the winners will be announced during the event. The contest revolves around the manikin sculpture, previously known as “Homeland Security”. Dave is asking contestants to “Title, and describe this piece”,  to write  “…the most pretentious, art speak laden title, and descriptive paragraph about this piece.” Interested persons then fill out a form with their title and description, and add it to the pot, entries are being sent to Dave and viewed now. “Extra Points” are rewarded  for citing “psych/social/political significance”.

The chosen entry will be announced during the event on Sunday, April 10th and will include the following options as a prize: 1) Dave will apply a painted design to a pair of VANS (or similar) tennies, or on a garment that you provide.

2) Choose 1 piece from a selection of original art by Dave. Painting, photograph, or small assemblage/sculpture.

3) Long term loan of the piece in question (provided it is displayed in a relatively public place)

Good Luck Everyone!!


Dave Seabury: Painter, Sculptor, Photographer, Musician

Music and art are the driving forces of my life. I paint and assemble my sculpture in much the same way that I write music: beginning with no set goal, I improvise and let the piece emerge. The inspiration for my art comes from musicians, artists, friends.

I began painting in the 1980’s, using discarded paint and canvases from the Berkeley Dump, where I worked as a salvager. Shortly thereafter, I began assembling sculptures. Like my painting, my sculptures use materials primarily gathered from the dump, local recycling centers, flea markets, garage sales, and just about anywhere things are left behind. I started welding in 2005.

I have received no formal instruction. Most of my “education” comes from reading art books and visiting museums and galleries. I consider my lack of formal training as an advantage. No one has been around to tell me, “You can’t do that” or “Its done this way.” My aim is to create visual stimulation that asks, “What the hell is going on here?”

I have been involved in the local Rock & Roll music scene since the mid ’70’s; performing with acts as Jonathan Richman and Little Roger & the Goosebumps, Dick Bright’s SRO, and Berkeley’s infamous Psychotic Pineapple. Currently I perform with Psychotic Pineapple, The Chuckleberries, The Rock & Roll Adventure Kids, The Pointing Wranglers, The RaveUps, The Feztones, The Presidiots, and numerous other musical aggregations.

I am a lifetime East Bay resident and work full time as the Waste Reduction Coordinator for the Presidio Trust in San Francisco.

Connect with me here:


…And on the Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/FBk-DaveSeabury-Art-Music

Mariana Nelson Biography

Mariana Nelson was born and raised in Newport Beach, California. She moved to San Francisco in her early 20’s and became involved in a thriving and inspired art community where she found her focus on reusing existing materials.

She began wrapping discarded materials found at reuse centers and also from the street. Using an age old Japanese wrapping technique called Temari, she soon developed a pattern that was unique to her alone. Anything from lint, dog hair and found plastic was wrapped with bright and colorful fiber, transforming trash into treasure.

As Mariana’s collection of small Temari grew, she began to find ways of assembling them together to create large pieces. Her 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 also using a large collection of  plastic coffee cup lids, melting them into flower like sculptures.

MELT will open December 18th from 4:30-6:30pm and run thru February 12th.

Here is Mariana preparing her Temari piece featured in the S.C.R.A.P show.

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Warm up with our winter show, “MELT”; a solo show featuring recent works by Mariana Nelson. Opening Reception is next Friday, December 18th from 4:30-6:30 pm. There will be refreshments available and live music provided by the artist’s brother, Joe Robinson. Come join us and view the result of trash transformed into treasure.

melted coffee cup lid by Mariana Nelson

melted coffee cup lid by Mariana Nelson

CLINT: a one man show with Clint Imboden opens JULY 11th



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.

Reception: 4:30pm

Food, drinks, fun and FREE!

701 Amador Street, SF 94124



CARNAGE opens March 28th!


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


Tanya Herrera

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!


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William Rhodes

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.




Jemison Beshears

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.


Impressions of Bayview opens TODAY! Featured Artists: Keith Wilson and Mariana Nelson



Opening Reception: January 17th, 4:30-6:30pm


701 Amador Street, 94124, SF


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.

Keith received his MFA in film production from the University of Texas-Austin. He grew up on a cul-de-sac in suburban Atlanta but currently lives high atop Bernal Hill.


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 Bayview Featured Artist: Mitch Nelles

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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 mitchnelles@gmail.com





Impressions of the Bayview Featured Artist: Shantre Pinkney








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.

shantre.com @shantreverite

Artist Statement

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



Impressions of the BAYVIEW opens January 17th!



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: https://reclaimedroom.com/opens-jan-17-mar14-impressions-of-the-bayview/

BR and Reclaimed Room Holiday Shin-dig THURSDAY!

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

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: FREE

Worker’s Show kills it

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!

701 Amador Street


December 11th

FREE and fun for the whole family!

The WORKER’S Show opens OCT 25


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


701 Amador Street

Wine and Cheese Reception October 8th

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!

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Human Chimeras Opening Party Tomorrow!!

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 Russell


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.


Giuliana Pinto

Learn about Giuliana in the video below!


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Join us!

701 Amador Street




HUMAN CHIMERAS opens Aug 16th! SCRAP show closes this SATURDAY!



JOIN US AUG 16th for our new show!


701 Amador Street


 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 creativityPublic Glass

Sat, July 26th 2-4pm

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Scenes from SCRAP Family DAY July 19th at RE Room


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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!




Fun times for the Fourth of July



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!



And The Winners Are…!

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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….


Clint Imboden-FIRST PRIZE Geodesic domes made from Hacksaws


Michael Biel-THIRD PRIZE-glass sculptures


Brittany Watkins-SECOND PRIZE-Untitled Rubber Sculpture

Community Driven Art Show Opens Tomorrow Night!

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!!!










And THANK YOU Community Partners for helping support and spread the word!!



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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.



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Reclaimed Room and Public Glass host 5th Annual SCRAP SHOW

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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!


SCRAP ART: Creative Reuse In The Bayview opens June 12th!!



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.


Sewer Ride and Gallery Party tomorrow!



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 🙂

Beneath The Surface opens March 27th

Beneath The Surface on display until May 31st

SFBC sponsors Sewer Ride March 29th

SFBC sponsors Sewer Ride May 10th


Gallery Party May 10th!!


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!


Home Decorator Showcase

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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.

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Artists Invite/Call from SCRAP Art: Creative Reuse in the Bayview

Calling all San Francisco bay area artists!


We are having our 5th creative reuse exhibition, SCRAP Art: Creative Reuse in the Bayview at the Reclaimed Room at Building Resources,Public Glass, and the Salvation Army on 3rd Street

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 exhibitions@scrap-sf.org.





Biggest Opening Night ever!

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.

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Beneath The Surface Opens Thursday Night!! Featured Artist: Tim Armstrong

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!




Beneath The Surface opens March 27th

Beneath The Surface opens March 27th