Ellicott City paint-it-yourself business offers ‘reclaimed’ local art projects
By Valerie Bonk
For Howard Magazine|
Apr 30, 2019 | 6:00 AM
From an old tobacco barn to the living room wall, an art studio in Ellicott City is bringing new life to local structures while giving back to the community.
Opened in January, Reclaimed By You on Main Street brings wood and other materials “from salvage to sparkle” by partnering with local reuse warehouses such as Second Chance in Baltimore and Community Forklift in Hyattsville, where materials are sorted by people struggling to gain employment.
Ruthie Mundell, of Laurel, grew up in St. Mary’s County and was thrilled to find a piece of wood from an old tobacco barn from near her home. She used it to create a hand-painted sign for a childhood friend’s birthday.
“It was perfect and meant for me,” said Mundell, who works at Community Forklift and is also a customer at Reclaimed By You. “It’s such a unique and inspiring business where people are really creating connections and truly being a part of something local.”
“I don’t think that cancer happens for a reason, but having something life-changing happen to me allowed me to consider changing my path in life. I don’t think I would have done it otherwise and I’m so very happy to be able to do something that I love,” Newcomb said.