Visit the main Cameron Gallery page for information about upcoming shows.
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.
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
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
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
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.
recycled visual art by Nghi Vollmer
March 20 – April 11, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 20 from 6-9 pm
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
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
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.
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.
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.