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

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