Where has the year gone?
I’ve just returned from Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, assisting artist Bryant Holsenbeck in her animal sculpture/mixed media class – 13 women from around the country converged to create all kinds of animals using Bryant’s unique approach using reclaimed and recycled materials. She teaches how to create a an armature out of wire, then stuffing and wrapping the frame with all kinds of materials, most of which came from The Scrap Exchange!
The class raised many issues relating to art, materials, conservation, and the environment. So many communities and not enough creative reuse centers!
Which of course brings me to our Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp, happening as I write this. We have four representatives from Washington, D.C.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and down the road in Greensboro, visiting Durham this week to learn about our model and to think about how they can start a creative reuse center in their own community. Our program is a great first step.
If you’re planning ahead and thinking about next year, our next Boot Camp is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13 to Friday, June 17, 2016. Every city needs a “Scrap Exchange”!
And if you want to see which towns and cities do have their own creative reuse center, Lancaster Creative Reuse has posted a GREAT resource list and directory of reuse centers around the country. Look to find the center nearest you!
And our events don’t stop with Boot Camp — we have a BUSY BUSY fall coming up! Special events a go go. Here’s the rundown …
Friday, October 17 — Third Friday Cameron Gallery reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Come on out for a Sermon Slam! Speaking Power — Poetry, Creative Reuse of Pauli’s words and recordings & Sermon Slam.
Saturday, October 31, Halloween! —
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Great Create Race. Teams compete and win prizes! Visit our web page for complete details, or register your team through Eventbrite.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Open studio all day, $5, make or embellish your Halloween costume!
Friday, November 27, “Black Friday” — Smashfest! Our signature post-apocalyptic fundraising event. Fire, music, films, smashing, mosaic-making. This year 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (note the new times!)
December, Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge at American Tobacco. Decorate and vote! We’ll be doing a Yellow Brick Road theme this year, keep your eye out for further details as the time nears…
Friday, December 18, Third Friday reception — $24 Show. We’ll celebrate our 24th year in existence with an open-hanging, non-juried show of items for sale at a price point of $24. All are invited to submit work to sell (60/40 split—60% of the proceeds go to the artist, 40% to The Scrap Exchange).
We also have LOTS of chances for art making, and opportunities to be as creative as you can be, so come on out and see us!
Thank you for your support,
Ann May Woodward
The Scrap Exchange
P.S. — Are you interested in learning something new? Check out our upcoming classes!