Message from Ann: November/December 2016

Dear Friends —

We here at The Scrap Exchange are hopeful that we can all find some peace during this difficult time.

Making art, being creative and kind to each other and the environment is core to our hearts and helps feed our souls. In an effort to continue our work and mission, we are always looking for new ways to support our creative community through collaboration, solidarity, and progress. Our vision of promoting reuse is cornerstone to what we do as we work to transcend trash, turning it to treasure. To turn doubt into hope, emptiness into activity. To make something from what others might think is nothing.

Now more than ever we hope that you roll up your sleeves, take out your wallet and support what is important to you. Now is the time to participate in activities that make you feel like you have a voice and a choice.

Here are some events and happenings to get you out and about, and feeling some love in this wonderful, diverse, vibrant community we live in.

This Friday! November 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., Cameron Gallery art opening.

This month’s show will feature more than 20 artists making awesome art that has an environmental twist to it. All pieces are for sale and are priced at $25, $50, or $100 to celebrate 25 years of The Scrap Exchange, 50 years for the building we are located in (the Center Theater in Lakewood), and more than 100 years of Lakewood history.

Across the way in the north end of the Lakewood Shopping Center, a special healing drumming event from one of our amazing board members Cathy Kielar will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Come on out and participate —

This weekend! It is Durham Art Walk weekend. The Scrap Exchange is on the map (Site 19) and will feature the $25/$50/$100 show in the gallery along with work from artist Cinc Hayes.

Next Friday! The post-holiday special event you’ve all been waiting for … SMASHFEST arrives, on Friday, November 25, from 3 to 7 p.m. (Note the earlier hours this year!)

Come on out with your friends and family and enjoy the spectacle that is Smashfest – where you are the star! Buy breakables and smash (or save) them. There are plenty of ways to hurl and smash in this true post-apocalyptic holiday event (and fundraiser) for The Scrap Exchange. For more information on Smashfest, visit

Also on Friday, November 25 is The Black Market, presented by Black August in the Park, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come out to shop from local businesses, eat food from local vendors, and celebrate our wonderful diverse community. (Are you interested in being a vendor? Visit for more information.)

Next month! Get ready for our super duper Scrapiversary celebration on Friday, December 16, when we will open the TIME CAPSULE that was buried in front of the Center Theater in 1966 when the building was dedicated. We will be celebrating our legacy and founders, our 25 years, and the history of our neighborhood while also looking forward to the coming decades.

We hope to see you out and about … many thanks for all of your support. We are truly grateful.

Ann Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

P. S. – We received details this week about an art-related event that some of you might be interested in — the heirs of Vernon Pratt are cleaning out the warehouse where his art has been stored. Some items will be for sale while others are available on a donation basis. All donated funds will go to support the visual arts at the Durham School of the Arts. Visit for more information.

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