ReArt Festival features artists all over the pacific northwest who
everything from jewelry to furniture. These creatives understand that
what some people consider waste is both an artistic opportunity, as well
Browse this year's ReArt Festival Artists below.
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Check Out: Etsy
Chris grew up in Minnesota, after high school, she studied at Normandale Community College, and the University of Minnesota. In 1984 she was married and moved to Portland, Oregon. There she studied at Portland State University and earned a bachelor of science degree in graphic design. She was employed at a designer for several years, but after the birth of her fourth child she was needed at home.
She was full time mom for several years and ended up creating art in the kitchen of the family home. In 2005 an art studio opened up in the Springdale School, and for five years Chris worked as a full time artist. She entered many juried shows, taught art classes, and explored several different art forms. Painting, glass/ceramics, mosaic, and metal work.
Chris has been written up in the ‘The Wall Street Journal‘,(One Woman‘s Trash Is Another Woman‘s…Lingerie? 2009), ‘Gresham Outlook, (Eastside Living, 2006 and 2010) and has shown her work at the Portland State University, (Portland, Oregon), Woolly gallery, (Portland Oregon), 9th Street Gallery, (Newport, Oregon) Art on the Boulevard, (Vancouver, Washington) Lorang Fine Arts Gallery, (Cascade Locks, Oregon) Art Ect. (Portland, Oregon), and Roz Gallery, (White Salmon, WA). In 2011 Chris moved her studio home and is working in mixed media.
Check Out: Etsy
Sally Lang has a lifelong love of fabrics and recycling. She sees the beauty in fabric of all kinds. A favorite pastime of hers is shopping thrift stores, yard and estate sales for the perfect textile. Sally also loves to crochet and sew. It was a natural progression when she began to craft rugs and the like by crocheting reclaimed fabrics into household items and home decor.
R. Mertens a Chicago transplant to the left-coast, weaves, crotchets, knits, felts, and embroiders, in conjunction with wiring, splicing, soldering, and programing to create live performance installations. He is currently a MFA student in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the University of Oregon. He received his B.F.A in Studio Art with emphasis in sound from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Recent group exhibitions include, Prairie Outdoor Exhibit at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Winnipeg MB, (2010) Needles & Pins at the Freeark Gallery in Riverside IL (2009), Inter-Action at the Orleans Street Gallery in St. Charles IL (2009). In 2006, Mertens worked as an intern at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, and has had residency's at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay WI (2008), ArtWorks in Chicago IL (2009), and The 543 Artist Residency in Eugene OR (current). R. Mertens is also currently collaborating with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum's Resident Artist, Jennifer Van Winkle, on an site-specific installation revolving around social-practice and sustainable art practices.
Most folks would see a collection of tins, silverware, and metal Christmas ornaments lying in piles and consider it presorting for recycling. Betsy Soifer sees small birds with attitudes. Over the next few hours, after drilling, bending metal, using tin snips, and a metal file, the birds emerge and are waiting to greet their new owners.
Betsy Soifer was born and raised as an artist’s daughter in suburban eastern Pennsylvania. Encouraged by her father and his artist friends, she dabbled in drawing, pen and ink, painting, and sculpting using both clay and wood as her media.
Accepted in both art school and a traditional 4 year college , economics favored Bryn Mawr College. College was followed by medical school. After working 20+ years as either an anesthesiologist and/or intensive care physician, sculpting resurfaced in 2009 in the form of animal Christmas gifts to friends and family.
Having completed some introductory welding classes, her lack of a supporting metal shop did not slow her need to create. Using nuts/bolts/metal screws, a hack saw, an angle grinder, a drill press, and a drill, Betsy Soifer enjoys the challenge of converting recycled scraps of metal [including kitchenware, plumbing parts, construction hangers, hub cabs, knobs] into whimsical creatures for folks to smile at and enjoy. She has been fortunate to participate in Cracked Pots Garden Show, Recycled Arts Festival in Vancouver, WA, Belmont Street Fair and several SE Portland neighborhood fairs. Her creatures appear in Six Days Art Co Op gallery in Portland, Oregon and on her front porch and in her front garden.
The Fountain Family has been creating art from recycled and found material for nearly 17 years. They incorporate wood, granite, glass and many other mediums with their primary medium of mild or stainless steel to create simple garden art, interior functional art, all the way to fully three-dimensional sculptures, ranging in subject matter from the natural world, to the fantastical realms.
Whether it's a beautiful granite table for your home, a magical Fairy for your garden or a full-sized Heron or fire-breathing Dragon to awe your family and neighbors, you're sure to find something to make you smile while supporting artists who support our Mother Earth.
From her first experience making windchimes out of broken lawn chairs, Brijin has been finding newer and more fun ways to make creative things out of what other people would call junk.
With a passion for keeping usable items out of the landfills, every day brings some new way to re-use. She enjoys learning techniques from her fellow artists, getting new ideas for ways to use old stuff, and encouraging her friends to explore their creativity as well.
Missy Lewis has been sewing since her mom taught her at he age of 12. When she was a teen-ager she sewed most of her wardrobe. When Missy had children she sewed for them. In the 1990s she became the creator of Originals Unlimited, a crafter's representative business that booked and sold handmade items at local craft fairs and gift shops. At this time Missy is the creator of Love Flow Creations, which specializes in completely upcycled women's romantic attire.
Patrick Gardner meanders through thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales looking for what he calls people's junk glass, i.e. glass that has little or no value to them anymore. He then fashions engaging table top and garden art sculptures from the various finds.
Packrat Riley's only use recycled body parts, for all wind chimes. Their windchimes are made of used or vintaged silverware,beads and of course the body parts ( TEA POTS, SUGAR BOWLS, WATERING CANS anything with character the older the better)
At the 2011 ReArt Festival, Packrat Riley's will have Windchimes, earings, necklaces, and key rings made from Old silverware, Vintage or recycled beads, Teapots, Water pitchers, Creamers. Sugar bowls, Flute, Chalice and so on.
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Lori Macedone is best known in Eugene and Springfield as the Send-A-Song
Singing Telegram Lady. She not only continues to create original
songs, but also spends many hours creating a variety of graphic works in
Artzadoni Studio, her multi-media, rubber stamp home studio. Lori
mostly creates quirky, fun-spirited greeting cards that are delightedly
unusual. She also makes good use of her sewing machine creating other
items which are practical and fun. Her inventory is primarily created
from recycled and re-purposed materials from the abundance of supplies
she has inherited from her mother and has collected on her own for many