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the resource exchange | April 2016
 This month:
- This Earth Day, don't throw it "away" - donate it!
- reCreate Featured Artist Sarah Kolker: Reception 4/2 & Workshop 4/16
- the re represents at Philly PUFF 4/23 & The Science Carnival 4/30
Spring Cleaning? 
Fibber McGee and Molly Cleaning closet photo
Earth Day is April 22nd!
This month we're asking you to think about what you might be throwing "away."

So before you trash it, find out if you can DONATE it! Visit our website for our comprehensive list of acceptable materials!

Have specific questions? Don't hesitate to
or call 267-997-0060
reCreate Featured Artist
Sarah Kolker
Artist Reception Sat. 4/2, 4-6pm
Works in gallery until April 3oth
Sarah Kolker, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Moore College of Art, was born and raised in Philadelphia and has studied health and wellness practices in Philadelphia, Jamaica, SF Bay Area and New York City. Sarah is an Artist, Educator, Chef, Certified Yoga Instructor and Wellness Consultant.

work made with reclaimed materials by Sarah KolkerI create art to bring healing, self-empowerment and social change. Recognizing that creativity and beauty are powerful means to healing and change, I work to develop projects in collaboration with individuals and/or agencies on the ground in communities. When working large scale, I believe using participatory and multifaceted projects fosters community empowerment, improves the physical environment, and increases economic development. Tworks made with reclaimed materials by Sarah Kolkerhe collective process used in these projects fosters a sense of community pride while allowing participants to experience a sense of individual accomplishment. However, on the small scale, utilizing my daughter’s work or my students’ work, inspires them and empowers them to feel a part of something larger. Using resourcefulness in up-cycling speaks to the abundance of materials we have in real time to use to empower and enliven our world with art.

One medium alone cannot express what I feel. Colors are music to my eyes; and music feeds my body. Since nothing is actually concrete and everything is in constant change, so must my work as well. More layers added and textures created; a piece may only be considered done because of others opinions. I pay attention to the little things in the world and I force the viewer to conceptualize this. I take things out of context, which may make my art seem surreal. However, it is the everyday realities and experiences that give meaning to my art.

"only love matters" by Sarah Kolker

See more of Sarah's work here

Join us for our next workshop! 

Envisoning The Future
A Vision Board Workshop with Sarah Kolker

Saturday, April 16th 1pm-3:30pm
Vision Board made with reclaimed material by Sarah KolkerVision boards, also called inspiration boards or dream boards, are creative visualization tools made of collaged pictures, words and quotes that both: 
  • clarify and illustrate goals 


  • use focused visualization to increase the likelihood that those goals will be accomplished 

Finding images and words that resonate with your goals and dreams and organizing them on a 2d or 3d surface can help get your mind into the perspective of what is possible. We live in a world of changing times. Our well being is threatened by many things –  GMOs, oil spills, and dare I say it, global warming. We also live in a world of possibilities and an abundance of junk. If we focus on those things, we live in a really scary time. However, getting stuck in the negative will not help much. What can we do to save ourselves and our home, the Earth? What happens when we turn that “junk” or extra into something useful? We become resourceful.

Participants will be shown examples of vision boards that Sarah has created and offered time to journal about dreams and goals before creating their own 2D or 3D vision board out of an assortment of reclaimed materials.
workshop fee: $5
Space is limited, so call 267.997.0060
or email us at to RSVP
invite your friends here!

The Resource Exchange will provide basic crafting materials. Additional supplies can be purchased from our warehouse full of reclaimed and salvaged arts materials during the workshop. 
The re, CUSP & Climate Change!
Saturday, April 30th 10am-4pm

Philadelphia Science Festival LogoCUSP logoThe Resource Exchange will be asking "Where is Away?" at The Science Carnival with CUSP in "Climate City." Come find us!
The re & Philly Puff!
Saturday, April 23rd, 2pm-4pm

Philly PUFF logo
The Resource Exchange will be on the judges panel for Philly's first annual inflatable sculpture contest in Penn Treaty Park! Got an idea? Registration is still open: visit Philly Puff for more information.
Call for Artists
Featured Artists for the reCreate Gallery

Have you made art in any medium with materials from The Resource Exchange?  Are you interested in having your work featured for one month in our in-store gallery?
Submissions: Send us an e-mail with a minimum of 2 work examples.
*Our openings are for the fall and winter of 2016, but this is an ongoing program and we are always looking for new artists to feature, so there are no deadlines. 
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