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Our ribbon cutting event on February 22nd, 2020 was a huge success. Over 100 people came to shop, eat, and help cut the ribbon to officially re-open the Cameron Gallery & Marketplace in the front of our main store. The Scrap Exchange is able to serve 20 more artists every month and cater to audiences who want to source materials to create AND those who are interested in a finished product that celebrates sustainability. The Cameron Art Gallery and marketplace represent a new level of sophistication for The Scrap Exchange. While we hope our patrons never tire of rummaging through the blue barrels of hidden gems, we are pleased to show that creative reuse can be more than just “scrappy” items. Art through reuse can be elegant, thought provoking, stylish and now it can make a perfect gift for anyone on your list! The environment is on the forefront of everyone’s minds these days and we have unlocked the ability to give people options for ready-made gifts created from items diverted from the waste cycle.
Special thanks to the elected officials who attended the event: DeDreana Freeman and Steve Unruhe. Remarks were given by Zach Perin and Adam Rust from the Board of Directors as well as Laura Nicholson, Executive Director. Featured artists Joe McDonough and Patricia Cooke were on hand to answer questions about their gallery show.
On February 22, the Scrap Exchange of Durham celebrated the reimagined Cameron Art Gallery and new Artisan Marketplace with a ribbon cutting attended by local VIP’s, The Scrap Exchange board and staff, featured artists, the Durham Chamber, the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro and the community at large.
“We are excited to showcase a wider variety of local artists and offer a boutique retail experience that celebrates sustainability and reuse. These works help amplify The Scrap Exchange’s mission of promoting creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse,” Executive Director, Laura Nicholson says of the exciting new endeavor. The Scrap Exchange has been dedicated to creating awareness and teaching others to positively impact the environment.
Since its beginning in 1991, The Scrap Exchange has made a notable impact on the Durham community through waste diversion and promoting the new arena of creative reuse. The organization boasts the largest creative reuse center in the world and provides low cost supplies to artists and teachers across the community. The Scrap Exchange supports artists and creators that are passionate about environmental sustainability. The Scrap Exchange collects donated materials from local businesses and individuals to allow for reuse and ultimately decrease Durham’s environmental impact. Support from their growing donor community has allowed the expansion of their mission, where both small and large individual donors, like Danny Cameron, for whom the Cameron Gallery is named, have been able to be both art patrons and environmental stewards.
The Ribbon cutting event featured a unique, interactive atmosphere for both the artisans and attendees. The featured and premier artists of the month Joe McDonough and Patricia Cooke joined in the celebration.
Joe McDonough is a local Durham artist, author, musician and comedian. His creative genius uses reused materials that transform into interpretive, impactful artwork. Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate, he also attended The North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and he currently lives in Durham. Our second artist, Patricia Cooke, was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She uses an array of colour and texture to transform recovered waste materials into extravagant, vibrant sculptures. She earned her BFA from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 2011. Upon graduation, Cooke returned to Greensboro where she continued to grow her studio practice. In 2015, Cooke was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, where she attended and graduated in 2018. Cooke currently lives in Miami, FL where she teaches at the University of Miami and works as an artist. Both Joe McDonough and Patricia Cooke bring artistic beauty to The Scrap Exchange’s reimagined Cameron Gallery space.
The Scrap Exchange and Cameron Art Gallery and Marketplace are excited to shine a light on brilliant local artisans who value environmental and community ethics with an event that is interactive and interpretive.