Cameron Gallery

Upcoming Show


Something Human opens Third Friday, July 15 in the Cameron Gallery

 This Third Friday, the Cameron Gallery presents the work of artist and former Scrap Exchange store manager, Julia Gartrell. Gartrell recently returned to Durham following an artist residency at Arrowmont School of Art and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In her sculpture, Gartrell ‘explores the materiality of identity…using family lore to interrogate Southern craft tradition, story-telling, and ingenuity’. Gartrell’s work incorporates found objects, scavenged materials, quilted scrap fabrics, and clay gathered from sites around Durham County.

 Something Human will be on exhibit from July 15 through August 13. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 15 from 6-9 PM.  The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art making in the Make N Take Room. This event is free and the public is warmly welcomed.

Current Show


Mottainai! Waste not, Want not opens Third Friday, June 17 in the Cameron Gallery

 The Scrap Exchange is honored to welcome artist Katherine Soucie and the Vancouver-based art collective Sans Soucie to the Cameron Gallery. Katherine hand dyes waste hosiery from North Carolina textile mills and then uses this material to create large scale installations.  Artists in the Sans Soucie collective then use the waste product from Katherine’s artistic practice to create their work. Work featured in Mottainai! Waste not Want not will include clothing and rugs by artist Michelle Sirois-Silver, jewelry by Diane Farnsworth, and embroidery by Kristen Chursinoff.

The week preceding the opening, Katherine Soucie will be in residence at the creative reuse center dyeing waste hosiery and creating a wall installation in the Cameron Gallery. She will also host a workshop on Sunday, June 19 about using environmentally friendly dyes. Workshop participants will learn the sequential acid dyeing process and will leave with their own hand-dyed fabric samples as well as recipes to create their own dyes. More information about the workshop can be found here:

 Mottainai! Waste not Want not will be on exhibit from June 17 to July 9. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 17 from 6-9 PM.  The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art making in the Make N Take Room. This event is free and the public is warmly welcomed.


The Cameron Gallery is our in-house art gallery dedicated to showcasing local artists who are using reclaimed materials in their work.

Gallery openings feature complimentary beverages and snacks and free art-making in the Make-N-Take room. Openings are held on the third Friday of the month, from 6 to 9 pm, in conjunction with Downtown Durham’s Third Friday cultural activities.

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2016 Shows

February 19 – March 122016  Past Tense/Future Perfect: Group show curated by Maria Britton and April Childers

March 18 – April, 2016  Recycling is for the Birds: Birdhouses made from reclaimed wood by Jefferson Garvey

April 15 – May 142016  Friends and Family: our annual open-call, non-juried community show

May 20 – June 112016  Group show curated by Durham artist, Jim Kellough

June 17 – July 92016  Mottainai!: Artist collective from British Columbia

July 15 – August 13  Something Human: works by Julia Gartrell

September 16 – October 15, 2016  Sara McCreary

October 21 – November 12, 2016  Cold Gravy: works by Chance Murray


Call for Proposals: 2016 Cameron Gallery

The Cameron Gallery is seeking exhibition proposals for the 2016 calendar year. If you are interested in exhibiting your work, creating an installation, or curating a group show at The Scrap Exchange in 2016, please send a proposal to gallery [at] and include “Cameron Gallery 2016” in the subject line. Guidelines for proposals can be found here.

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This project was supported by the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


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