Message from Ann: August 2015

Dear Friends —

This month we are celebrating a year in our permanent Lakewood home, and this month in the Cameron Gallery we have another coming home celebration — we are over-the-moon thrilled to be working with the Pauli Murray Project to present the exhibit “Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest.” This exhibition has “come home” to our location, a mere six blocks from Pauli Murray’s childhood home on Carroll Avenue.

The show highlights human rights activist Pauli Murray’s life and work, and celebrates her core beliefs — embracing creative expression, the indivisibility of human rights, the deconstruction of traditional boundaries, and self-reliance.

You are invited to the opening reception on Friday, August 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. here at The Scrap Exchange, with refreshments sponsored by the Durham Co-op Market. Meet Barbara Lau, the curator of the show and executive director of the Pauli Murray Project, and learn more about this important figure in American history and the work being done to rediscover her legacy.

The show will be up through December and offers curriculum for third, fourth, and eighth-grade students, along with special events and related programming. Please let us know if you’re interested in bringing a group in to participate, or would like more information about the program options available!

We’re also gearing up for some fall festivities and special programs…

We’re having our next Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp from Tuesday, October 13 through Friday, October 16 — learn how to start your own creative reuse center, or improve an existing center to make it more sustainable. Early-bird registration has been extended through August 27!

On Saturday, October 3, we’re hosting our first DIY Festival — an expanded homebrew festival with art! Our theme is Beer, Art, and Alchemy.

We’ll feature homebrewers along with makers, crafters, and doers of all stripes, showing how they do what they do, and teaching you how you can do it too. Are you someone who makes something? Would you like to participate in the festival? We’re looking for vendors and DIY’ers to exhibit and demo their skills. For more information, please email Laura Pyatt at events2 (at) scrapexchange (dot) org.

Then on Saturday, October 31, we’re holding a one-of-a-kind fundraiser we’re calling the Great Create Race. Teams will build and decorate carts and race them around the Yellow Brick Road at The Scrap Exchange. The day will feature costumes, prizes, and fun for all! Start getting your team together and we’ll fill you in on the details as the date gets closer.

Thank you for your support, and please come out and join us!

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

P.S. ~ The Saturday Lakewood Flea Market runs through October. We’ve been inspired by Marie Kondo’s bestselling book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her “KonMari” method of decluttering, and are working on a KonMari Challenge! If you’ve “KonMaried” your space and are left with piles of things to get rid of, you can bring them to the Flea Market and get a special rate on a table, $10 for the day. Anything you don’t sell you can donate to The Scrap Exchange! More info to come as we think through what this challenge needs…

In the News

Here’s a nice article about us on the website North Carolina Homes.

Call for Artists: Crib Upcyling Project!

Creative Reuse-Durham-Chicken Coop Tour

Welcome Baby is looking for 5 to 6 artists to upcycle outdated and unsafe cribs into something fun, useful, and creative!

The upcycled crib project is a new addition to the 5th Annual Bull City Coop Tour, Eggalicious and Chickenstock Party which will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

The completed upcycled cribs will be on display at local businesses in Durham between 9/25 and 10/16, and will be raffled off at the Chicken Stock after-party at the Blue Note Grill on October 17, 2015.

All events promote sustainable living and support local small business. Proceeds will be donated to Cribs for Kids Durham, a program dedicated to reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by providing safe-sleep education and new Pack ‘n’ Play porta-cribs for Durham families unable to provide a safe place for their baby to sleep.

Artists should have their piece ready for display by September 25, 2015.

Cribs to be upcycled will be provided by Welcome Baby, and The Scrap Exchange is donating a gift certificate to each participating artist to help artists obtain additional materials for upcycling.

Information about the artists along with pictures and information about the crib projects will be shared on social media and other promotional materials for the event.

Please contact Cindy Riley, Event Planner, at ckriley [AT] dconc [DOT] gov for more information.

Message from Ann: July 2015

July/August 2015

Dear Friends,

Happy Summer! It has almost been a year since we moved to Lakewood and the months have flown by.

Thank you to all of you who have stuck with us and supported the organization and our programming through thick and thin, and moved with us from Northgate Mall to Liberty Warehouse to East Durham to Lakewood. We’re glad we are done moving! And we are always working to make things better.

One of the biggest things we’ve been working on since the beginning of the year has been trying to learn from our new national partners, the Cascade Alliance. The Cascade Alliance is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported initiative created by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County (Oregon), representing 10 nonprofit partners in 10 cities across the U.S. who are using waste-based industries to create stable revenue streams and a source of secure, quality jobs.

We’ve been meeting regularly with Cascade Alliance representatives Terry MacDonald and Sue Palmer, who have provided a wealth of knowledge and support geared towards improving our efficiency of operations.

We’ve been focusing on the supply chain, trying to increase our sources of materials, and working to increase efficiency with regard to retail operations and materials collection. Our staff is doing a GREAT job implementing the ideas and strategies Terry and Sue have shared with us, and you’ve probably noticed the changes in the store, even if you didn’t know what was behind them. We’re moving far more materials through the store, keeping items fresh and collecting and selling as much as we can. What does this mean to you? MORE MATERIALS! We’re keeping more materials out of the landfill and making them available to YOU, our community, for educational, entrepreneurial, innovative, and scientific purposes.

We hope the improvements will continue as we learn more, get better systems in place for managing our operations, create more jobs, and fulfill our mission.

We also have A LOT of programming happening—

It’s Third Friday again — our very own “artist-in-residence” (we are all artists-in-residence here!) and one of our Dream Team retail store assistant managers, king of mongo Jeff Zern, will be exhibiting his sculptures in a show entitled “Accumulation.” We’ll also have live music from the band Mantle.

The opening reception is Friday, July 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Cameron Gallery. Please join us for snacks and drinks, music, and to meet the artist!

And then stick around for the second Lakewood Drive-In, brought to you by Durham Cinematheque and A/V Geeks.

Parking opens at 8 p.m., films start at 9 p.m. Here’s a link to a great article by The Scrap Exchange’s Board Vice President Ellen Ciompi for Clarion Content—both big favorites of mine!

In off-site programming, we were lucky enough to have been chosen the charity for the momentous 1,000th show of Future Islands, being presented by the Cat’s Cradle at the Carrboro Town Commons on Saturday, July 26.

We’re thrilled to be part of this auspicious event! Come on out and listen to the bands and get creative with The Scrap Exchange.

(For more on the show, check out this IndyWeek article; for tickets, visit the Cat’s Cradle event page. And you can see the band’s famous performance on David Letterman on YouTube.)

And last but not least, I want to take a moment to honor our beloved “piano man” Ronnie Capps, who we received word passed away recently. If you ever heard Ronnie tickling the ivories at our previous location at Franklin Street, or got a chance to have a spicy conversation with him, or see one of his lavish decorations that surrounded the piano, you know the magic Ronnie brought and the Durham history he embodied. We will truly miss him, and our piano will forever be dedicated to him. And you are invited to come and play at the piano for us, as I know he would have wanted.

With gratitude and love,

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

P.S. – Have you been to the Lakewood Flea Market yet? Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking area outside The Scrap Exchange.

Message from Ann: June 2015

Dear Friends,

As I write this, a sense of fun, possibility, and the excitement of plans coming to fruition are all around us here at The Scrap Exchange — it is the FIRST day of summer camp!! And even though it is hot hot HOT, the kids are having fun already!

The camps go for four weeks and this first week is Adventure Builders — the campers will design, build, and play all week, Scrap Exchange style! We are just thrilled to have them here!

Of course this week is Third Friday, and opening in the Cameron Gallery is the show Beauty From Toxicity, upcycled art from Denise Hughes. Check out the show and the artist’s excellent use of bottle caps as the primary medium! The show runs from June 19 to July 11, with an opening reception on Friday, June 19 from 6 to 9 p.m., with our usual refreshments and free art-making. And while you’re here, also be sure to take a look at our Artists’ Spotlight, featuring the work of James Obie.

In addition to our Third Friday gallery opening, on Friday, June 19 we’re honoring our cinematic heritage with a drive-In movie!

We’re setting up an outdoor theater in the paved area on the east side of our building and turning our campus into the Lakewood Drive-In, thanks to a partnership with Tom Whiteside and Durham Cinematheque, and A/V Geeks. Ticket sales begin at 7:30 p.m., with the movies beginning at 9 p.m., and you can walk, or bike, or drive in — your choice. For more information, see our News post. (And note that this is the first of three movie showings, so if you can’t make it this Friday, you can try to get one of the later ones on your calendar.)

Have you been to our Lakewood Flea Market yet on Saturday mornings? You need to come check it out!

If you want to sell, show up early — set-up is from 7 to 8 a.m. (All kinds of products are
welcome — from vintage to handmade to yard-sale items. Sadly, we are unable to allow food products to be sold by market vendors.) If you want to shop, the market runs from 8 a.m. until noon.

We are thrilled to finally have an outdoor market open on Saturdays!

The Yellow Brick Road on the perimeter of our campus is also complete — it is one-eighth of a mile around, or about 300 steps, 8 times around will get you a mile!

In retail news, we are tweaking our store hours for the summer — starting on Monday June 22, we’ll be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sunday to Friday. Our Saturday hours remain the same — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Whether you’re doing your own camps, or have a project you’re working on, or want to bring the kids in for some summer fun Make-and-Take — or if you just want to come in to get inspired — we hope to see you soon!

With gratitude

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

Beauty from Toxicity Opens June 19 in the Cameron Gallery

Beauty from Toxicity
An upcycled plastic series by Denise Hughes
Friday June 19 – Saturday, July 11

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-July 11. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 19 from 6-9PM. The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art making in the Make and Take room. This event is free and the public is warmly welcomed. Third Friday at the Cameron Gallery is sponsored by the Durham Co-op Market and Sam’s Quik Shop.

This Third Friday also celebrates 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 center. Artists featured in the Artist Spotlight show receive 100% commission for sold work. This month’s exhibit features James Obie.

The Cameron Gallery is located inside The Scrap Exchange creative reuse arts center at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd. in Durham. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

The Lakewood Flea Market is Here!


Saturday, 8 a.m. to Noon
June 6 thru October 24

The Shoppes at Lakewood
2050 Chapel Hill Road
Durham, NC 27707

Outside of The Scrap Exchange

Do you have items to SELL?

Vendors selling items including vintage, antique, thrift, handmade, art, craft, or yard-sale items are welcome. (Please note that no food items may be sold by market vendors.)

Spaces are $15 (cash only) per Saturday. Spaces are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are approximately 10’ x 10’. No pre-registration is required — come for one day, or for all of them. Set-up is permitted beginning at 7 a.m. on market day. Market hours are from 8 a.m. until noon. (Vendors must be in place by 8 a.m.). For more information, please send email to flea [at] scrapexchange [dot] org.

Are you looking for items to BUY?

Come check it out!

Join us this summer for the Lakewood Drive In


Motion picture shows return to the West End this summer as Durham Cinematheque and A/V Geeks join forces with The Scrap Exchange to present the new Lakewood Drive In. Located in the parking lot beside The Scrap Exchange in the “Shoppes at Lakewood” shopping center, the drive in will present three shows this summer and will open on Friday June 19.

Lakewood Drive In will feature real film projected on a big screen and a FM transmitter broadcasting sound to car radios. Tom Whiteside of Durham Cinematheque and Skip Elsheimer and K. Sean Finch of A/V Geeks are curating the shows and promise to deliver a fun and funky twist on traditional drive in fare. Fill your car! Admission charges will be $20 per car or $5 per person for walk-ins or people arriving by bicycle. Two-seater cars will be $10. Tickets may be purchased either at The Scrap Exchange on the day of the show or via the following link:

Additional ticket sales and parking for the show will begin at 7:30pm. The films begin at 9:00, after traditional Scrap Exchange 3rd Friday festivities. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a picnic.

Here’s the schedule:

June 19: Bring Your Car to the Movies – high octane cinema covering the entire history of automobiles, plus bikes!

July 17: Great Big World  – there is no need for expensive travel – we will transport you to exotic locations and show you strange things

September 18: Dang It’s Cold! – snow and ice are great therapy for hot weather, so come join us and chill (but beware of frostbite)

Some folks will remember when The Scrap Exchange building was a movie theater, the Center, but film history in this location goes way back. Lakewood Amusement Park was the site of the first screening of motion pictures in Durham in 1903, under a tent.

            Employees of The Scrap Exchange are using their ingenuity and resources at hand to build a screen, a projection platform, and the rest of the infrastructure needed to turn a parking lot into a drive in. “Outdoor shows are not simple, there is a lot of behind the scenes work to do in preparation. Skip and I are very happy that we’ve got a whole team working with us. It’s fabulous.” said Tom Whiteside, director of Durham Cinematheque.

Message from Ann: May 2015

Dear Friends,

Happy Spring-Heading-Into-Summer! The rose bushes at our south entrance are in full bloom and glorious red red red!

If you’ve been by our building lately, you might have noticed a few changes.

Our landscape artist-in-residence Rachel Preston has attached a large bamboo trellis to the south exterior wall, ready to receive a rainbow of flowers and vines. Working with Rachel to get the trellis built is Travis Cohn, a longtime Scrap Exchange family member and artist extraordinaire—check out his work at Reptire Designs! Both are local wonders who are making magic happen in our gardens! With more to come!

Another campus improvement is the painted “yellow brick road” track around the perimeter of the building and parking area.

In honor of our cinematic heritage (our building housed a movie theater from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s) we chose a “Wizard of Oz” theme to celebrate the realization of our longstanding dream of securing a permanent location for our operations. There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home… We love this theme!

You can use the road as a walking or running trail and you can help support our efforts to improve our campus by sponsoring a brick.

The road is being painted by another Durham artist Sara No H McCreary—Sara helped create the mapped floor in our Mongo Room, as well as the painted floor at Cocoa Cinnamon, and she makes awesome ceramics and teaches for the Durham Arts Council. A person of many talents!

So that is what’s been going on outside. And things are changing inside too.

We’ve been getting AMAZING materials every day, and working to keep everything organized, orderly, and well-stocked.

We’ve expanded the Scraptique section in the previously empty area between the Make-N-Take Room and the Design Center (just inside the south entrance of the building), which highlights an eclectic mix of vintage and one-of-a-kind items. And of course the Hall of Affordable Art is a source of never-ending wonder. So if you haven’t been to the store in a while, come check it out!

As usual, we have some more NEW programs coming up.

NEW Drive-In Movies! Durham Cinematheque will show three movies at The Scrap Exchange campus, on Friday, June 19; Friday, July 17; and Friday, September 18. All shows start at 8:45 p.m.

NEW We are hosting the Lakewood Flea Market! Do you have something you’d like to sell? The Flea Market will be held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon beginning on June 6, featuring handmade, vintage, antique, or yard-sale items.

If you’re interested in having a table, please email Kimberley Pierce Cartwright at flea [at] The cost is $15 per table; set-up begins at 7 a.m. Thank you Kimberley and Anderson for making this happen! The market will run until October 24.

NEW We’ve become a member of the Cascade Alliance—a national alliance that works with nonprofits to develop sustainable sources of funding through waste-based initiatives. We’ve already changed some of our operations based on their input and are looking forward to having this tremendous resource available to us as we continue to develop and grow.

And, last but not least … THIRD FRIDAY is here!!!

In the Cameron Gallery is Durham Bike Co-op’s Art of the Bicycle exhibit, which opens on Friday with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with live music provided by the Wigg Report! Please visit the Cameron Gallery page on our website or the event Facebook page for more details.

Get on your bike and ride on over – check out the art, learn more about the DBC, listen to music, enjoy some snacks and refreshments. And a great big thank you to Sam’s Quick Shop and Durham Co-op Market for providing the food and beer.

Come see us!

All the best,

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

Lakewood Flea Market Coming Soon!


The Scrap Exchange presents:

The Lakewood Flea Market

Saturdays, 8 AM – 12 PM
June 6th – October 24th

2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham
Outside the Scrap Exchange

The Scrap Exchange is North Carolina’s preeminent nonprofit organization for reuse,creativity, and conservation. The Scrap Exchange is producing the Lakewood Flea Market to give Durham and surrounding area residents an opportunity to sell handmade art and antiques, vintage, thrift, and yard-sale merchandise in a unique outdoor setting. The Lakewood Flea Market will help support access to affordable community resources and local markets and economies.

The Lakewood Flea Market is looking for vendors/sellers of handmade art and antiques, vintage, thrift, yardsale and crafts for a Saturday flea market from June 6th through October 24, 2015 in the parking lot of the Scrap Exchange at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC. (The market will be closed on July 4th and on September 26th for the Scrap Exchange Art and Alchemy (Art and Beer Festival).

The fee for a space is 15 dollars cash. Spaces are distributed on a first come, first served basis and are approximately 10’ x 10’. There is no preregistration. For your convenience, set-up is permitted beginning at 7:00 a.m. on market day. Market hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (Vendors must be in place by 8:00 a.m.). The Lakewood Flea Market is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged goods.

For more information, please email:  flea (at) scrapexchange (dot) org