We’re celebrating another birthday this month — we are 26! Getting old! Happy birthday to The Scrap Exchange and also to Mother Earth, in this spring Earth Day month. Lots to celebrate and many ways to celebrate — both at The Scrap Exchange and beyond. Here are some of them …
First up … We are hosting our annual Friends and Family Show in the Cameron Gallery! This is the show where we invite everyone to hang artwork, and then come on out to the opening reception on Third Friday, April 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. to meet and mingle.
This year The Scrap Exchange is offering extra support to artists by giving 100% commission for all art sold in the gallery during the show. (Our standard split is 60/40, with 60% going to the artist and 40% going to The Scrap Exchange.) I’m calling this the “Free Parking” show. This is to honor our changing city of Durham, no more free parking downtown, but you can still get it at The Scrap Exchange. If you’re an artist, at least.
Come on out and celebrate!
The Bulltown Strutters, our favorite New Orleans-style marching band will be playing, and we’ll have our usual array of yummy snacks, plus free art-making in our Make-N-Take room. And an art tailgate party! Come out to see how it all turns out.
The exhibit will also feature a celebration memorial for Mary Mangum, a member of our Scrap Exchange family who passed away recently. Mary worked as part of our outreach team in the 1990s and later served on our board of directors. She also had one of our early gallery shows back when we were at Liberty Warehouse. She was a great supporter of the organization and a true Scrapper at heart. She was a wonderful person, had a unique take on art, the cycle of life and death and she will truly be missed. We’re so pleased to be able to honor her in the show.
And we have even more events to come this month in and around The Scrap Exchange – it’s time to clean out and clean up! Here’s how you can help and participate …
Reuse Rodeo 2017 — The Reuse Rodeo is back! Keep Durham Beautiful, in partnership with Durham City and County Solid Waste Departments, is organizing this event on Saturday, April 22 in The Scrap Exchange side parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is your chance to CLEAN OUT and get all of those things you no longer need back into circulation.
Bring all of your unwanted clothing, books, housewares, fabric and craft supplies, baby supplies, and more. Check out the KDB event page for a complete list of items being accepted. In addition, there will be e-waste collection for computers and other electronics and also paper shredding so you can securely dispose of documents. You can get rid of all of it, all at the same time — the One-Stop Drop.
The following Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there’s more clean up!
Our neighbors at CANU Church, Pastor Ricardo Correa and I Love Durham, have created an awesome clean up event where they will gather volunteer groups in our parking lot and then send them out into the community to do clean-up projects. Here’s the tentative schedule: Registration from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; cleanup from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (volunteers will be sent to various cleanup sites in Durham); wrap-up from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., with volunteers returning with the bags of items collected and an education fair on site.
Keep Durham Clean!
Thank you as always for your support, and I hope to see you soon.
Ann May Woodward
The Scrap Exchange