Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Scrap Exchange Announces "Meet the Maker" Artist Tour Series

Meet the Makers of the Durham Bull "Major":
Mike Waller and Leah Foushee

Scrap Exchange is proud to launch “Meet the Maker,” a series of tours featuring local artists in their creative habitats. Meet the Maker tours will be scheduled throughout the year to give the public a chance to see a variety of artists in their homes, studios, or neighborhoods and to learn more about their art. Meet the Maker tours will benefit the Scrap Exchange Capital Campaign, a fundraising drive designed to raise money to purchase a permanent location for the organization and to expand programming.

The first tour is scheduled for March 12th, from 3 to 6pm in downtown Durham.

Husband-wife collaborators Mike Waller and Leah Foushee, creators of multiple sculptures in the city of Durham, will lead a mile-long walking tour that will begin in the George Watts Hill Pavilion on 538 Foster Street in downtown Durham (site of the Durham Liberty Arts Foundry) where Waller will give a talk about the foundry’s history and its present and future goals.
The walking tour will then move on to view seven different Waller-Foushee works: two whimsical animal sculptures in Durham Central Park, an agricultural sculpture in the Durham Farmer's Market, the Durham bull sculpture at CCB plaza, and 3 sculptures on historic Parrish Street commemorating the “Black Wall Street” era. Waller and Foushee will talk about how they created each sculpture, the history behind each piece, and take questions along the way. The walking tour will end with a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception. Thirty tour spaces are available at a cost $50 each. Tickets can be ordered online at http://meetthemakermarch12.eventbrite.com/.

Proceeds from the Waller-Foushee tour will be shared between The Scrap Exchange and the Durham Liberty Arts Bronze Foundry. For more information regarding this event contact Ruth Eckles at office@scrapexchange.org.

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