Home > Art > Ravvincinati, an opera by Jim Kellough, opens March 7th at The Scrap Exchange


At 4:00 pm on March 7th in Cameron Gallery an opera, RAVVICINATI, will be performed. The Diva June Merlino is the lead singer. The Composer Jude Casseday will sing and provide music. The Dingbat Juke Jimmy will sing. RAVVICINATI has three scenes about getting closer and finding peace. This event is free, though limited seating is available. This opera is happening in conjunction with Kellough’s exhibit, Warmed Over Sue Realism.

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 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.

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.