Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Technical Difficulties with Website

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Two Art Exhibits This Month at The Scrap Exchange

Join us on Friday, September 16 from 6-9pm for an opening reception celebrating two new art exhibits at The Scrap Exchange!

Shell We Tie a String to That?

Featuring the art of Willa Brigham, Cyn Mallard, and Sara McCreary
September 16 - October 15
Opening Reception: Friday, September 16 from 6-9 pm

The Scrap Exchange opens a new Green Gallery art exhibit on September 16. Shell We Tie a String to That features the artwork of Willa Brigham, Cyn Mallard and Sara McCreary. The exhibit explores fiber art and mixed media using themes relating to nature and shells.

Emmy award-winning storyteller Willa Brigham, a member of the African American Quilt Circle in Durham, will present portrait art quilts embellished with strings and shells. Cyn Mallard will exhibit beach, sand and shell inspired mixed-media paintings using new and recycled materials. And Sara McCreary explores the use of string as an art medium with her yarn paintings, yarn orbs and ceramic pinch pots filled with pine cones wrapped in yarn.

We are also pleased to welcome back the band Swag for Friday’s opening reception!

For anyone who was around at the end of the day on Saturday for our Grand (Re)Opening, they were the last band who played and they were rockin’ the house. We’re really excited to have them back! You can check them out on MySpace: www.myspace.com/swagrock

The exhibit opens Friday, September 16 with an opening reception from 6 to 9 pm. The reception includes refreshments and free art-making in our Make and Take room.

"Shell We Tie a String to That" will run in The Green Gallery from September 16 to October 15.

willa brigham  cyn mallard  sara mccreary

Art Installation by Leon Grodski de Barrera:

Retrospective Inference: 9/11/01 - 9/11/11

In honor of the recent 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, artist Leon Grodski de Barrera has created a very special art installation at The Scrap Exchange. This installation is not on prominent display in the Green Gallery, but rather tucked away within the retail shelves of the store. Visit the store, shop the shelves and discover for yourself this thought-provoking audio/visual installation that contains film, images and sound relating to the Twin Towers before and after 9/11.

The artist, who lived and worked in New York City during 9/11, explains his vision for this installation on his blog, the-sushi-bar. (A few quotes from that blog follow.)

"The Scrap Exchange (is) a place where value is given to scraps — throwaways gathered, presented, and then given value through the choice of the shopper and their subsequent reuse. The space creates an extraordinary experience in what would might seem the most mundane. People who shop enter a realm of discovery, creation, innovation to use and reuse...to take scraps and find use..."
"In this context I have embedded several audio visual elements on the shelves in different sections of the "store." One may stumble upon them, one may not, as they are embedded with other audio visual items that are actually for sale, the shopper may not know that it is not for sale creating the potential for a kind of unexpected happening. The entire space, including the audio visual elements offers the viewer the chance to become aware that something out of the ordinary is at work...maybe a piece of art on the shelf, maybe an unedited film...maybe a cross reference of song to borrowed film...maybe a line that angers, incites or rings true."

"The audio visual elements themselves offer an experience in their own right. I am presenting two borrowed works (a film and a song), raw footage that I shot on September 12th, 2001 on the streets of Manhattan, and a composed work that has been exhibited as art and documentary. Each has a different feel, like the extreme and contradictory feelings of that day, offering comfort, defiance, anger, the desire to act, sadness."

"Retrospective Inference: 9/11/01 - 9/11/11" will be on display at The Scrap Exchange through September 30.
Leon Grodski Art Installation

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Swap-O-Rama Rama! Sunday, September 11

This week at The Scrap Exchange, we're busy getting ready to host a Swap-O-Rama-Rama right here in our new home at 923 Franklin St. in Durham! We decided to have this one as part of our Grand (Re)Opening celebration, which is coming up this weekend (September 10 and 11).  The Swap is scheduled on Sunday, 9/11 from noon to 4pm.

What is Swap-O-Rama-Rama?  It's a huge community clothing swap!  This marks the eighth Swap we've worked on, but the first we've had in Durham since spring 2009. Our swaps are based on a model created by artist Wendy Tremayne; you can find out full details at the Swap-O-Rama Rama website.)   For those of you who've never been to one, here are some of the highlights.

First of all, the most important thing is the CLOTHES!

Tons of 'em. We need to get all of those clothes that are languishing in closets back into circulation.
You bring clothes... we sort them and add them to clothes donated by others... and then you search through the huge piles and take whatever you want and as much as you want!

The event is also designed to promote Creativity Over Consumerism, so there are stations set up around the room where you can alter and embellish the clothes you've found.   DIY stations will incude sewing machines, sewing notions and tools, an ironing board, trim and accessory supplies, fabric paint, and much more!

And we have volunteers on hand to help you figure things out.

Most of all,  it's fun, fun, FUN.  As an added bonus, music will be provided throughout the afternoon by Durham's own DJ Piddypat.  And since the Swap is right here at The Scrap Exchange, you can also shop in our retail store for amazing fabric, vintage sewing patterns, notions and other fabulous supplies to take home and continue the creative reuse experience.

What: Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a community clothing swap
When: Sunday, September 11, noon to 4pm
Where: The Scrap Exchange, 923 Franklin Street, Durham, NC 27701
Suggested donation: $10 (general public) or $5 (Friends Club members), along with a bag of clothes to swap.  (If you don't have any clothes you want to part with, don't worry. We'll have plenty.)

Questions?  Call 919-688-6960 for more information.

See you The Scrap!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Grand (Re)Opening Weekend September 10 and 11

The Scrap Exchange creative reuse center is pleased to announce a weekend of festivities on September 10 and 11 to celebrate the official Grand (Re)Opening of our new and permanent home in the Cordoba Center for the Arts at 923 Franklin Street in Durham. Plans for the weekend include live music, free art making, sales specials, food trucks, a Swap-O-Rama Rama community clothing swap and more!

The celebration will begin on Saturday, September 10 when Durham Mayor Bill Bell arrives for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am to open the store. The Bulltown Strutters, a popular Durham street band, will be on hand during the ceremony to provide music and lead a parade into the new space.

The retail store will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday. Shoppers can enjoy refreshments inside, food trucks outside and more live music throughout the day as provided by local bands The Eno Mountain Boys, The Blue Tailed Skinks, and Swag. Scrap Exchange staff will be on hand to lead tours from 10am–12pm on Saturday and talk about the creative reuse center's new home, its future and its benefit to the community.

The retail store will kick off a “Cash From Your Attic” fundraising promotion featuring a special collection of antiques, collectibles and vintage items, all specially priced at $20 each in honor of the nonprofit's 20 year anniversary as a pioneer and leader in the creative reuse industry.

The Scrap Exchange will also set up an Event by the Truckload demonstration on Saturday where everyone can enjoy free art making and experience this popular style of outreach programming that has become a Scrap Exchange hallmark.

On Sunday, September 11, the grand opening events continue when The Scrap Exchange hosts Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a giant community clothing swap that celebrates creativity over consumerism. This event will take place in the Scrap Exchange party room from 12-4 pm. Participants are asked to bring a bag of old clothing and a $10 donation ($5 for Friend's Club Members), and will be able to swap clothes with other participants and take home as much clothing as they want! DIY stations will also be set up during Swap-O-Rama Rama where participants can experiment with altering clothes and redesigning old clothes to create new outfits. Music will be provided by DJ Piddypat.

The Grand (Re)Opening marks a turning point for The Scrap Exchange after a summer filled with uncertainty and many challenges. The nonprofit organization was forced to move suddenly in mid-May from their old location on Foster St when the roof partially collapsed at the historic Liberty Warehouse, and the building was subsequently condemned. The Scrap Exchange quickly found a new home in a building owned by Julio Cordoba behind Golden Belt and opened for business in that facility on June 4.

However, while The Scrap Exchange remained in business, the emergency move and subsequent store setup has been a work in progress that strained both financial and personnel resources. After surviving several chaotic months, Scrap Exchange staff are excited to officially debut the most recent changes in their new, permanent home.

For more information, contact The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.