A Message from Ann: March 2013

Dear Friends,

After a few false starts, it finally feels like SPRING around here … and that brings a whole new round of excitement to these parts!

On Saturday, March 23, we’ll be celebrating the second anniversary of Marry Durham. If you married Durham in 2010, come renew your vows, and if you didn’t, that’s okay too, you can still come to the party.

This year’s event will be held at its usual spot on the 700 block of Rigsbee (near Motorco, Fullsteam, and the Bar) from 2 to 5 p.m., with a parade at 2:30 p.m. Featuring live music from the Bulltown Strutters and Beauty Operators, family-friendly entertainment and activities, food trucks, and more, this is a great Durham event.

And of course The Scrap Exchange will be there in full force with our Build It! program — we bring materials, you make art installations. Fun!

Then in April, it’s time again for the Durham Arts Council’s spring Art Walk Weekend. The weekend of April 13th and 14th, we’ll be showing artists at the “great wall” outside our building. (Are you an artist looking for a place to show your art for the Art Walk? Give us a call!). And we’ll also be having a store-wide sale. Fun!

Also in April, we’ll be celebrating our birthday with our annual Friends and Family Show. You (yes, YOU!) are invited to create art out of reclaimed, reused, or reusable materials and show it in our Green Gallery.

But before any of that, we have the March Green Gallery show, which promises to be a truly remarkable event!

Artists from Elsewhere in Greensboro will be presenting the A-LIVE Food Show in our Green Gallery — a one-of-a-kind food experiment, art installation, and participatory month-long event. They will be filming a LIVE cooking show at the opening, this Friday, March 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. This is truly an evening not to be missed!!

To wrap up some recent events, I’d like to offer a big THANK YOU to Ellen Ciompi and Glen Mehrbach for their wonderful Scraparet cabaret show! And many thanks to Arturo Ciompi for providing the wine … as well as to all who attended.

We also had tons of fun with Mardi Gras festivities last month — thanks to all of the krewes, Music Explorium, Motorco, and the Bulltown Strutters. The spirit of Carnival came to Durham, and lifted us all! Planning for next year has already begun!

Thank you also to Laura Pyatt, who served for the past year as our retail assistant manager and Green Gallery coordinator, and who has moved on to focus on teaching art. We wish you much success! And we welcome Jack Thegen-Crowley, a Durham native and artist who has taken the position.

And for all of you shoppers out there, don’t forget that The Scrap Exchange has LOTS of items to make your spring garden pop — fun alternative planters, cheap paint, tile, and marble! Come and check it out before you head for the Big Boxes, you might find just what you need right here at The Scrap Exchange.

See you soon!

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

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