Happy Summer! Have you been to The Scrap Exchange lately? Things have been bumping!
We’re always trying to keep it fresh and just this week we did some re-arranging to highlight some of our favorite materials — fabric fabric fabric (of course) and art supplies! Also we are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Month in August with 20% off for teachers, and our store is a great place for students too — we have loads of notebooks, pens, pencils and other assorted items you might need for school or your office.
Not in the mood for shopping? Come on in for some open studio time in our Make-N-Take Room or Design Center. This summer we’ve seen 59 open studio groups come in as part of summer camp or other group outings, with more than 1,160 open studio participants since June 1. Wow!
Or check out some art in our Cameron Gallery … or bring us materials you’d like to get rid of. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered.
It’s been two years since we moved to Lakewood and we feel like we’re just getting started. Last week we made a bold move to purchase the northern portion of the strip mall adjacent to our building, with plans to create a Reuse Arts District and the National Center for Creative Reuse.
We couldn’t have done it without support from the NC Community Development Initiative, which believed in The Scrap Exchange’s vision and supported the purchase with a $2.5 million bridge loan that will give us time to secure final financing. For all of the nitty gritty details, check out the FAQ page on our website.
The Scrap Exchange’s footprint is now 12.5 acres of land with 105,000 sq. ft of building space. That’s a lotta space! Enough space to plan and re-think the strip mall and surrounding land, and to create a community asset that fills the empty storefronts and develops the outside space for recreation and sustainability, with gardens and permaculture, sculpture park, adventure playground, and more.
Phase One is to open a thrift store and lease out spaces in the strip mall. Phase Two will be to plan and execute the Reuse Arts District. In Phase Three, we’ll be looking to add density to the campus. We know that many people are excited about this project and we can’t wait to see how it all turns out. The future looks bright!
And so does the Right Now… Come on out Third Friday, August 19 for our Cameron Gallery opening and exhibition — Out of Context, featuring three Durham-based artists: Kathryn DeMarco, Linwood Hart, and Libby O’Daniel. The opening reception is this Friday, August 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Come and meet the artists, make some free art in our Make-N-Take room, grab some snacks and drink and have a great time.
And then be on the lookout for our fall offerings — classes, yoga, community sewing and more in the Design Center, plus a couple of special events: Smashfest (Friday, November 25) and Scrapiversary (Friday, December 16) with the opening of the time capsule. More info on those to come next month…
See you soon!
Ann May Woodward