Happy Fall! … though it doesn’t feel much like fall at the moment… We’ll just have to ignore the summer weather, since we are gearing up for some FUN FUN FUN fall programming. We hope you can join us!
For starters we’re kicking off our fall/winter class season. Have you ever wanted to learn to sew … crochet … knit? Now is the time! We have classes on all of these, plus free community meetups where you can explore our Design Center and what we have to offer while meeting folks who share an interest in being creative.
I’d like to wish a fond farewell to Wendy Ziegler, our education coordinator who recently left us to continue her Waldorf teaching work. We’ll miss her for sure but she promises to continue leading classes for us at The Scrap Exchange. We’re working on finding a permanent replacement, and in the meantime, long-time Scrapper extraordinaire Amelia Freeman-Lynde is ably filling in and keeping the show running.
In addition to the programs we host at our location, we’ll be busy this fall out and about in the community.
This weekend we’ll be all around town — doing make-n-take at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Bugfest in Raleigh and with a booth at our own Durham Arts Council’s Centerfest — as well as on the road at the Shrimp and Grits Festival in Jekyll Island, Georgia. Then next weekend we’ll be participating in the NC Pride Festival with a booth, and marching in the parade with the Bulltown Strutters.
In October, we’re heading up to Boston for ReuseConex 2016, the biennial convention for the reuse industry. We’ll get together with more than 200 folks from around the world — from municipalities to other nonprofits to zero-waste gurus — who speak our reuse language. We’re looking forward to rubbing shoulders with those who are on the forefront of the reuse industry and sharing our ideas and plans for the Reuse Arts District and the future National Center for Creative Reuse. After our purchase last month of the north end of the Lakewood Shopping Center, we now have the largest footprint in the world available for creative reuse — more than 100,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and 12.5 acres of land. The project is still in its infancy and will take at least 10 years to come to fruition, but we can’t wait to see what the future holds!
And last but not least, it is Third Friday and you know what that means — we have a new show in the Cameron Gallery. This month we’re featuring our very own reuse guru Sara No H.
Even if you didn’t know it, if you’ve been to The Scrap Exchange, you’ve seen Sara’s work — she painted our Yellow Brick Road that surrounds the building and last year she revamped the Make-N-Take Room, covering the floor with fabric squares, jazzing up the walls, and setting up shop in the front walkway to build bins to store extra materials.
She did the original mapping of the floor in the Mongo room and back when we had our Artists’ Marketplace, she sold tons of pottery. (She is far and away our bestselling artist!) And if you go WAY back, you might remember her working as our Third Friday staff person back when we were at Liberty Warehouse and Third Friday was called Culture Crawl. Back in the day!
So you can see that Sara has a long history with The Scrap Exchange and we hope you can make it out to see what she’s been working on lately. She’ll be selling her pottery and she makes all kinds of art — we’re sure she’ll be happy to discuss with you her latest projects, as she always has something interesting going on.
So come on by between 6 and 9 p.m. check out the show, make some free art, have some snacks and drinks and enjoy life in Durham.
Hope to see you.
Ann May Woodward
The Scrap Exchange