For the Love of Robots – Arts! Arcata

For the Love of Robots


The word ‘Robot’ was first coined in 1921 by Karel Capek, a Czech author. However the concept existed long before its official publication. The human fascination and fondness for metal machines is at the heart of SCRAP Humboldt’s February exhibit titled ‘For the Love of Robots’ by local artist Michelle Remy.  Using found materials; she transforms pieces of metal and wood into small machines that look like they are one step away from coming to life. An opening reception will be held at SCRAP Humboldt on Valentine’s Day, Friday February 14 during Arts! Arcata from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. View art and make  a last minute love card in the workshop space at SCRAP Humboldt.

            The sculptures will be paired with two-dimensional drawings that pay tribute to, according to the artist “those steadfast mechanical men that march bravely into unknown adventures.  Though electronics may malfunction and aliens attack, robots proceed undaunted, recording all that transpires and enriching hard drives with their discoveries.  In a geeky sort of way, that’s a wonderful approach to life, that most complicated and unpredictable of missions.

In love with art since she could curl her fingers around a crayon, Michelle Remy has been creating and teaching art for more years than she could count.

A graduate of Humboldt State University’s studio art program, she specializes in mixed media works on both canvas and paper (such as art journals & artist books.)  Lately, as evidenced by this show, she has also been tinkering around with found object sculpture. To learn more about Michelle visit her website at





reuseable bags

A call to find the most creative reusable bags in Humboldt

Have you crocheted a bag out of plastic bags?  Maybe you quilted over a logo on a freebie? SCRAP Humboldt is looking for the best looking bag in Humboldt! The City of Arcata’s Reusable bag ordinance goes into effect on February 1 and in conjunction SCRAP Humboldt is hosting a contest in search of how Humboldt County creates, embellishes, redesigns what a reusable bag can be. If you have a handmade, or redesigned bag, or have just been waiting for inspiration, now is the time to show us what you can do!

Photographs along with a brief description of the materials used to create the bag can be emailed to starting on Saturday February 1 and ending at 6pm on Thursday, February 13. All of the photographs will be uploaded to an album on SCRAP Humboldt’s Facebook page ( Prizes will be given to bags and their creators based on “Creative Expression”, “Most Unique Materials” and the “People’s Choice Award.” Winners will be announced on-line and at SCRAP Humboldt during Arts Arcata on Friday, February 14, because we love you! All participants will be invited to showcase their creations in an exhibit, for the month of March, at SCRAP Humboldt.

We know that many of our community members are Reusable Bag super heroes; having created and been reusing their own bag for years.  It’s your turn to shine for your environmentally sustainable behavior.  It’s your turn to share your reusable bag know-how with a city of reusable bag newbies and help us all become reusable bag super heroes!


SCRAP Humboldt Extends Hours!

SCRAP Humboldt is extending their open hours and services. Humboldt County’s first creative reuse center will now be open

Tuesday through Saturday from 11a.m. to 6p.m. 

To better serve the community, the creative reuse center will begin accepting donations during open hours (11a.m. to 2p.m.) on Saturdays only.

The Second Annual Post Holiday Materials Collection


The First Annual Post Holiday Materials Collection in 2013

As the Holidays wind down, SCRAP Humboldt encourages the community to Reuse materials where they can, when they can. If you have an excess of Holiday realted items, SCRAP Humboldt will be collecting specific materials from your holiday waste stream during their normal Saturday hours on January 18 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Items that will be collected include calendars, gift bags, gift boxes, ribbon and bows, cardboard wrapping paper rolls, metallic wrapping paper, large folded flat sheets of wrapping paper, working Christmas lights, cookie and popcorn tins, garland, tinsel, and tissue paper.

Christmas trees are not accepted at this site — please bring these to any facility accepting green waste or yard debris.

            The Second Annual Post Holiday Materials Collection will kick off Donation Saturdays, where the nonprofit project will begin only accepting material donations on Saturdays. To see a list of materials accepted for donation, please click here,  or visit SCRAP Humboldt at 101 south H. Street in Arcata.

In 2012, SCRAP Humboldt collected over 300lbs of post holiday waste at their  previous Jacoby Storehouse pop-up shop location. SCRAP Humboldt is a project of SCRAP, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.





Happy New Year!

Mark your Calendars! 

Wednesday, January 8 at 11a.m. SCRAP Humboldt will reopen!

SCRAP Humboldt will only accept donations of materials on Saturdays! Starting on Saturday, January 11 from 10am-2pm.

SCRAP Humboldt has new hours of operation! Starting Tuesday, January 14 SCRAP Humboldt will be open Tuesday – Friday from 11am-6pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm!

Arts! Arcata featured artist The Art of Patricia Rose

Patricia Rose at SCRAP2Tarnished silver bowls, silverware and teapots are transformed into whimsical creatures, people, and sculptures.

 Patricia Rose designs her sculptures from recycled and re-purposed items. She draws inspiration from many sources including her love for history, humor and human nature. Her mixed media sculptures will be celebrated on Friday December 13, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9p.m. during Arts! Arcata, and will be on display for the entire month of December at SCRAP Humboldt. SCRAP Humboldt is located in the SOSA (South of Samoa) Neighborhood of Arcata at 101 South H street.

A clever assembly of unique materials, makes Patricia Roses’ sculptures truly one of a kind. Rose “loves to collect old silver, rusty odds and ends and other semi-worthless objects and then take a lot of time and thought to create each sculpture.”  With a love for vintage, repurposed and antique items, Rose breathes fresh life into forgotten or discarded items.

SCRAP Humboldt is Humboldt County’s first creative reuse center and is a project of SCRAP, a 501c3 nonprofit. SCRAP Humboldt plays a vital role in our community by diverting useable materials from the waste stream, educating people about creative reuse and providing inexpensive art, craft, and office supplies.

Do you create art from repurposed materials? SCRAP exhibits artists every month who exemplify the mission. To learn more about SCRAP Humboldt’s Re:Boutique and Arts! Arcata application visit