Previous Exhibits

2017 Shows

December 16-February 11, 2017: Unpacking the Past, Designing the Future: The Scrap Exchange and Lakewood in Partnership

February 17-March 11: A living exhibition by artist Aisha Sanders

March 17-April 8: Cameroonian artist Jean-Michel Dissake presents Cameroun: Élan Vital.

April 14-May 13: Friends and Family, our annual community show

May 19-June 10: What You Make of It by Charron Andrews


June 16-July 15: Call for Artists To Cut Is To Think

July 21-August 12: A Cat-like Whimsy by Rio Aubry Taylor

August 18-September 9: Found object installation by Sara Good, Seed to Soil to Seed: Ad Infinitum

September 15-October 14:
Where We Find Home: Recent Southern Photography by Jeremy M. Lange
An offical Click! Photography Festival event

October 20-November 11: Blind Field featuring the work of sculptor Kelly Johnston

November 17-January 13: Annual Holiday Show



This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


2016 SHOWS


The $25/$50/$100 Art Show 

 In celebration of The Scrap Exchange’s 25th year in operation and 50 years since the Center Theatre opened in Lakewood, The Cameron Gallery presents the $25/$50/$100 Art Show, a community show open to all creative reuse artists. Works in the show will be priced at $25, $50, or $100. Customers may take works with them at the time of purchase to encourage giving local art for the holidays.

 The $25/$50/$100 Art Show was on exhibit from November 18 through December 10.


The Community Weed Wacker Hour 

 The Cameron Gallery presents the work of mixed-media artist Chance Murray, whose paintings depict a dark, strange, and often humorous side of the rural south.

Murray’s work and work process derives from his life on a southern farm.  Paintings incorporate found objects that are rough, rusted, and beaten and works are constructed using traditional farming skills, like woodworking, welding, and wiring. Like farm structures, objects are pieced together, and when necessary, broken apart and salvaged for parts. Chance Murray is a 2011-2012 Durham Arts Council Emerging Arts Grant recipient.

 The Community Weed Wacker Hour was on exhibit from October 21 through November 12.


Dissection of Color 

 The Cameron Gallery presents Dissection of Color featuring works by Sara McCreary. McCreary uses capillary action to spread paint across the canvas and then outlines the resulting areas of color in black marker. Works in Dissection of Color will include large scale paintings, magnets, buttons, and chairs.

 Dissection of Color was on exhibit from September 16 through October 15.


Out of Context

 The Cameron Gallery presents Out of Context, a group show featuring Durham artists Kathryn DeMarco, Linwood Hart, and Libby O’Daniel. The exhibit will consist of mixed-media pieces featuring print materials and found objects that have been removed from their original contexts and that gain new and different meanings within the context of the art works.

 Out of Context was on exhibit from August 19 through September 10.


Something Human 

Click here to see the Flickr page for Something Human

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 was on exhibit from July 15 through August 13.


Mottainai! Waste not, Want not 

Click here to see the Flickr album from Mottainai

 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 was on exhibit from June 17 to July 9.


The Cameron Gallery presents 10 DEEP 25, a group show featuring artists that have strong ties to The Scrap Exchange. The show celebrates The Scrap Exchange’s important role in the Durham arts community for 25 years by being a resource for art materials, by promoting and showcasing the work of creative reuse artists, and by serving as a hub for the local creative community.  Artists featured in 10 DEEP 25 include Bryant Holsenbeck, Cici Stevens, Stacey Kirby, Ann Woodward, Sara McCreary, Jeff Goll, David Rogers, Travis Cohn, Tom Dawson, Gary Pohl, and Bruce Mitchell.

10 DEEP 25 was on exhibition from May 20 to June 11.



Friends and Family

Click here to see the Flickr album for Friends and Family

Opening Reception: Third Friday, April 15 from 6-9pm

The Scrap Exchange is celebrating 25 years as a pioneer and leader in the creative reuse industry with the opening of Friends and Family in the Cameron Gallery this Third Friday, April 15. Friends and Family is our annual open-call, non-juried art show open to all members of The Scrap Exchange’s community. It is a true celebration of the creative spirit present within all of us.

Friends and Family was on exhibition from April 15-May 14.


Recycling is for the Birds: Birdhouses using reclaimed wood by Jefferson Garvey

Opening Reception: Third Friday, March 18 from 6-9pm

Click here to see a Flickr album for Recycling is for the Birds

This Third Friday, the Cameron Gallery presents the work of craftsman Jefferson Garvey. Garvey retrieves wood, tin, and decorative elements from abandoned and dilapidated farmhouses in Eastern North Carolina and uses these materials to create whimsical and unique birdhouses. Garvey’s interest in agricultural history in rural North Carolina led directly to his artistic work, as he preserves these farmhouses and their history through his creations.

Recycling is for the Birds was on exhibition from March 18-April 9, 2016



Past Tense/Future Perfect: Group show curated by artists Maria Britton and April Childers.

Opening Reception: Third Friday, February 19th from 6 to 9p.m.

Click here to see a Flickr album for Past Tense/Future Perfect

The Cameron Gallery presents Past Tense/Future Perfect, a group show featuring the works of seven artists who incorporate found objects into their studio practice. Multi-media works in Past Tense/Future Perfect explore ties to the past and include old toys, doodads, windsurfing sails, studio debris, bed sheets, take out menus, and bits of sound. Artists in Past Tense/Future Perfect include Maria Britton, April Childers, Jeff DeGolier, Alicia Gibson, Michael Mahalchick, Jennifer Sullivan, and Ben Vida. The exhibit is curated by Maria Britton and April Childers, Co-Directors of L.O.G., an experimental art space in Chapel Hill.

Past Tense/Future Perfect was on exhibition from February 19- March 12, 2016


Danger Dawson

Prospect Refuge Mystery Surprise:
Installation by Tom Dawson, Artist in Residence at The Scrap Exchange.

Opening Reception: Friday, January 15th from 6 to 9 p.m.

Click here to see the Flickr page for Prospect Refuge Mystery Surprise

The Cameron Gallery is excited to open its 2016 exhibition season with an installation by Tom Dawson, The Scrap Exchange’s artist in residence. Dawson will convert the Cameron Gallery into an ‘unscaled architectural model for a yet-to-be imagined landscape.’ Merging his sculptural practice with his work in landscape architecture, Dawson’s installation will explore how humans read and comprehend open spaces.

This show was on exhibition from January 15 – through February 13, 2016.

2015 SHOWS

 $24 Show
December 18, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Flickr Album: $24 Show


In honor of The Scrap Exchange’s 24th year (1991 to 2015), we hosted an open-call, non-juried art show for works that incorporate reclaimed or up-cycled materials, and everything was for sale for $24!


Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest
An Exhibit about the Life and Legacy of 20th Century Human Rights Champion Pauli Murray

August 21 – December 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, August 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Receptions: September 18, October 16 and November 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.


Presented by the Pauli Murray Project, a community-based initiative of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, this exhibit explores the life and legacy of human rights activist Pauli Murray, whose childhood home is less than a mile from The Scrap Exchange location in the Lakewood Shopping Center.

Please visit the exhibit website for more information about this important gallery show.


Sculptures by Jeff Zern
July 17 – August 16, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, July 17th from 6 to 9 p.m.

Flickr album: Accumulation

Jeff-Zern-sculpture image

The Cameron Gallery presents Accumulation, a collection of ceramic and mixed media sculptures by Durham artist Jeff Zern.

Zern’s ceramic figures feature heavily textured faces, melancholy expressions, and elongated heads and necks. These fantastical figures are accompanied by found objects such as cameras, flags, glasses, and stools. Zern’s sculptures both occupy and transcend our world, seeming to exist simultaneously in the corporeal world and an imaginary realm.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature a performance by the Durham-based band Mantle, as well as free art making in the Make and Take room.


Beauty From Toxicity
The Art of June Denise Hughes

June 19 – July 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, June 19 from 6-9 pm

Flickr Album: Beauty from Toxicity


The Cameron Gallery is proud to present the art of Denise Hughes, whose work brings the problem of plastic in our oceans into sharp focus. Hughes’ large-scale murals feature vibrantly colored maritime creatures created with plastic bottle caps. In the wild, sea creatures often mistake floating plastic caps for fish and either eat the caps themselves or feed them to their young. The plastic particles build up in the animals’ stomachs without providing nourishment. In Hughes’ work, the sea creatures’ forms are ironically composed of the same materials that contribute to their demise.

Hughes uses her murals to educate the public about our overproduction and overconsumption of plastic. She urges community members to send bottle caps to her studio that she then uses in her murals. In this way, Hughes both draws attention to this problem as well as removes these products from the waste stream by repurposing them in art.

Beauty from Toxicity runs from June 19 through July 11. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 19 from 6 to p.m.

More information about the show can be found on our News page.


Art of the Bicycle
An exhibition presented by the Durham Bike Co-op

May 15 – June 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 15th from 6-9 pm

Flickr Album: Art of the Bicycle 2015


In honor of National Bike Month, the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange presents Art of the Bicycle. Curated by members of the Durham Bike Co-op, this exhibit celebrates the bicycle in art and design. It features art created with re-claimed bicycle parts as well as several designer, vintage, or unusual bikes on display to showcase their form. Bikes from the co-op will be available for sale in the Cameron Gallery throughout the month.

The Durham Bike Co-op will also host a bike check-up event at The Scrap Exchange from 2-4pm on Saturday, May 23 to complement the exhibit. Members of the public are invited to bring their bikes to The Scrap Exchange and mechanics from the Durham Bike Co-op will help fix flat tires, adjust brakes, check seat heights, as well as point out any problems that need fixing right away.

Art of the Bicycle runs from May 15 – June 13. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 15 from 6-9PM. The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as music by The Wigg Report, a local band that travels to shows by bicycle.


Friends and Family
April 17 – May 9, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, April 17th from 6-9 pm

Flickr Album: Friends and Family 2015

Cameron Gallery - Assemblage with Stripes - Jeff Israel

Friends and Family is an annual non-juried, open-hanging exhibit where Friends Club members, board and staff, and the community at large are invited to submit work that incorporates strong elements of reuse. Artists of all ages, skill levels, styles and mediums are welcome to participate. Friends and Family is a true community celebration of the creative spirit present in all of us.


Absolute Green
recycled visual art by Nghi Vollmer
March 20 – April 11, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 20 from 6-9 pm

Flickr album: Absolute Green


As a self-taught, recycled visual artist, Nghi Vollmer breathes new life to disposable paper materials to present Absolute Green, a marriage of creativity and sustainability. Vollmer’s brand of eco-art transforms discarded magazines, cardboard, and food packaging to express a love for nature through mosaic and collage techniques. Each composition has been assembled out of pieces of individually cut-out reclaimed, paper products mounted on canvases upcycled from paper-painted cardboard and foam board


Warmed Over Sue Realism
collage by Jim Kellough
February 20 – March 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, February 20 from 6-9 pm

Flickr album: Warmed Over Sue Realism

Cameron Gallery - Treadmill of Euphemism - Jim Kellough

Re-using raw materials mined from The Scrap Exchange, Durham artist Jim Kellough presents Warmed Over Sue Realism, a photomontage exhibit in three formats. Collaged-over LP sleeves, scrolls and records will hang from the walls without frames or labels—the title of each piece will live on the surface of the work. Each piece in the show is priced at $50 and is available on a cash and carry basis. Over the course of the exhibit, Kellough will replace sold items with new artwork. In a heartwarming turn of generosity, Kellough has asked that the proceeds from all sales go to support future programming at The Cameron Gallery.

Kellough’s “wall hung decorative products” have featured in the North Carolina Museum of Fine Arts, Craven-Allen, The Carrack, ArtsPlace, and the Duke Museum. He has also taken part in Juneteenth dirges and a Sun Ra Parade to sanctify Durham. He’s lived in Austin, Texas, New York City, and since 1994, he has lived in Durham.

Warmed Over Sue Realism runs from February 20 – March 14th. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 20 from 6-9PM. The evening’s festivities include light snacks and liquid refreshments from Dueling Sloths Brewery. Art making in the Make and Take room is free on Third Fridays. This event is free and the public is warmly welcomed.

In addition to the opening of Warmed Over Sue Realism, this Third Friday features the Artist Spotlight exhibit at The Scrap Exchange. Every two months, The Scrap Exchange, in conjunction with local art therapist Martha Dyer, presents the work of an artist whose art tells a story of healing, survival and creative self -expression. The work is displayed on movable walls located inside the arts center. Artists featured on the Artist Spotlight receive 100% commission for sold work. This month’s artist is painter Danny Bub Eugene Smith.

Cameron Gallery receptions are free and open to the public.  For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.


Durham Sparkles:  The Art of Community Festivals and Parades
curated by Cathy Kielar and Paola Kipp
January 16 – February 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16 from 6-9 pm

Flickr album: Durham Sparkles.


Durham, North Carolina is a town that loves to party, playing host to a wide variety of fairs, festivals and parades each year. In Durham Sparkles, curators Cathy Kielar and Paola Kipp highlight the art and pageantry of these celebrations. Kipp and Kielar have taken inspiration from events like the Beaver Queen Pageant, the Strawberry Festival, Durham Mardi Gras, and parades like the Christmas Tree Skirt parade, the Pride Parade, the Mardi Gras Shoe-box Float parade and the now defunct Marry Durham parade.

The costumes, hats, videos and photographs featured in Durham Sparkles were made by community members for the express purpose of participating in a themed festival. “These celebrations offer us a way to access our creative selves and be artistically expressive,” says Kielar. “When we dress up, write or sing a song, play an instrument or make a float, we become truly engaged at high level of creative expression.”

Durham Sparkles runs from January 16 – February 14. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 16 from 6-9PM.  The Bulltown Stutters street band will perform from 7 – 8 pm and the evening’s other festivities will include free art making in the Make and Take room and face painting. This event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the opening of Durham Sparkles, this Third Friday introduces the Artist Spotlight exhibit at The Scrap Exchange. Each month, The Scrap Exchange, in conjunction with local art therapist Martha Dyer, features the work of an artist whose art tells a story of healing, survival and creative self -expression. The work is displayed on movable walls located inside the arts center.  Artists featured on the Artist Spotlight receive 100% commission for sold work. This month’s artist is painter Danny Bub Eugene Smith.

2014 SHOWS

Faces and Spaces
portrait art by Eric Kelly III
September 19 – October 11, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, September 19 from 6-9 pm
More photos from this exhibit can be found here on our Flickr page.

eric kelly 2

Eric Kelly’s artwork deals with themes of poverty, sports, politics and mortality. His work often exploits the expressive peculiarities of a subject. These subjects feature focused, staring eyes, over the top facial expressions, and the use of movement. Kelly draws on his individual experiences to paint complex, multi-dimensional image with the use of bold lines and abstract images. “My creative cadence detours from the sheer pursuit of beauty,” he says, “and celebrates a conscious engagement with social realism and political expressions.”

Eric Kelly III is an artist, historian, singer, and poet. He was born in Washington DC, raised in Durham, and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications from North Carolina Central University in 1982. His work has featured in solo and group shows throughout the South.

“Faces and Spaces” is the first exhibit in the Cameron Gallery, The Scrap Exchange’s new exhibition space. The Cameron Gallery exists thanks to the thoughtful contributions of our longtime friend Danny Cameron. Over the years, Cameron has volunteered his time and expertise along with operational and building support from the Dan Cameron Family Foundation. Cameron’s support invests in a future that embodies creative reuse in communities and provides space for exhibiting artists.

An opening night reception for “Faces and Spaces” will be held on September 19th from 6-9 pm with music from Tiny House, refreshments and art making. This exhibit is the first in our new and permanent location in the Lakewood Shopping Center, at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd, in Durham. Cameron Gallery receptions and corresponding Third Friday activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

Mutable and Constant
installation by Devin Utah
October 17 – November 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17 from 6-9pm
Click here for the Flickr album


A decayed VHS tape lodged in a VCR broadcasts flickering, distorted images while time-worn audio cassettes slow down until they sound otherworldly. Haunting glitches dance across salvaged television sets while the viewer views oneself through the lens of an old security camera. Defunct equipment, VHS tape, found images and forgotten objects are given new life in Devin Utah’s media installations. These exhibits fill a space with light, sound and reclaimed ideas. “At the core of my work is an impulse to transform my own thoughts and experiences into a collective voice, to which others can relate and draw strength,” says Utah. “From this place of shared emotional energy we can move forward towards an opening of ourselves to the psychic landscape around us.” Utah’s work tends towards the darker aspects of everyday life. It’s fitting that “Mutable and Constant, a show that celebrates the lifecycle of analog materials, should occupy in the Cameron Gallery during October, a month that includes Halloween, Samhain and other festivals of death and rebirth.

Since moving to Durham over a year ago, Utah’s work has featured repurposed old media and mutable atmospheres. A previous installation, Digital Dysphoria, was an immersive analog environment which took place at The Fellowship Hall, in collaboration with Kyle Knight, Rachel Nelson and AV Geeks.

“Mutable and Constant,” is the second exhibit in the Cameron Gallery, The Scrap Exchange’s new exhibition space is named in honor of our longtime friend Danny Cameron. Over the years, Cameron has volunteered his time and expertise along with operational and building support from the Dan Cameron Family Foundation. Cameron’s support invests in a future that embodies creative reuse in communities and provides space for exhibiting artists.

An opening night reception for “Mutable and Constant” will be held on October 17th from 6-9 pm with music, refreshments and art making. The exhibit runs through November 15. The Cameron Gallery is located inside our new and permanent location in the Lakewood Shopping Center, at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd, in Durham. Cameron Gallery receptions and corresponding Third Friday activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

When I Lose My Grip
installation of ceramic art by Anna Wallace
November 21-December 13, 2004
Openin Reception: Friday, November 21 from 6-9pm
Artist Performance: Friday, November 28 at 7:30pm

Cameron Gallery - Anna Wallace - Tiles - photo by Frank Myers

With two dimensional art, it’s common practice that pieces are hung undisturbed on gallery walls from the time an exhibit opens until the time it closes. What happens when an artist shatters that tradition and chooses instead to invite the viewer to take part in the intentional destruction of art? Anna Wallace will explore this idea in the next exhibit at the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange.

“When I Lose My Grip,” is the fifth and final installation of Anna Wallace’s press-molded, screen-printed ceramic wallpaper tiles. Over the last few years, these tiles have appeared in a number of solo and group shows both in North Carolina and Ohio. From November 21st through November 27, these tiles will hang in the Cameron Gallery. On November 28th, in conjunction with Smashfest, The Scrap Exchange’s Black Friday celebration, Wallace will lead an interactive performance. “Participants will each be blindfolded and given a specific place to stand and a tile to hold,” says Wallace. Each participant will drop his/her tile on the ground in sequence, in an act of purposeful breakage.

Wallace says she doesn’t view this performance as the destruction of this body of work, but rather the creation of a new work of art. “Although breaking tiles is different from hanging them on a wall in a gallery setting, the formula is very similar.” Wallace says that when she hangs the tiles on the wall, human error causes breaks and imperfections in the pattern. “As participants of the performance follow the formula I design,” she says, “they are physically breaking the pieces and again, due to human error, the pattern is likely to have some imperfections.”

The key dates for the exhibit are as follows:

  • November 21, 6-9pm
    Opening night reception with interactive music from Junk Jams, refreshments and art making.
  • November 21-27th
    Ceramic tiles on display
  • November 28, 7:30pm
    Wallace leads a performance with audience participation to break tiles
  • November 29-Dec 13th
    The smashed remains are on display along with an audiovisual recording of the performance

Signed, Sealed, Delivered II
international mail art show
December 19 – January 10, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, December 19 from 6-9pm
Click here for the Flickr album

The next exhibit in the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange features mail art sent to the Durham creative reuse arts center’s new home from around the world.  Mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is an art medium centered around sending small scale works through the postal service.  Mail art can include a wide variety of collage, mixed media and other techniques. The artwork is usually sent without an envelope, so that postage stamps, cancellation marks, and wear and tear during the delivery process become part of the art as it passes from one hand to the next.   The exhibit, titled “Signed, Sealed, Delivered II”, opens on Friday, December 19, 2014 and runs through January 10, 2015.

This show is the second international mail art exhibit curated by The Scrap Exchange. The first mail art show was hosted in the former Green Gallery in August, 2013 in the Scrap Exchange’s former location at Cordoba Center for the Arts in Durham. Entries for this show have been received from artists across North Carolina and other states including Virginia, Hawaii, Florida, Ohio and Massachusetts .   Art has also been received from international artists in Germany, Spain and England.  All art received for this exhibit will be archived at The Scrap Exchange after the exhibit closes and be available in the future for public viewing upon request or used as teaching aids in future classes about mail art or collage.  A binder of the archived submissions from last year’s show will also be available in the gallery for viewing.

An opening reception for Signed, Sealed, Delivered II is scheduled on Friday, December 19 from 6-9pm.  The reception will be part of the annual Holiday Party at The Scrap Exchange.  Festivities include refreshments, free art-making and music. Cameron Galley receptions and the annual Holiday Party are free and open to the public.

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