Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Brew Durham Homebrew Festival Returns to Benefit The Scrap Exchange

Beer lovers, mark your calendars. Brew Durham is returning to the Bull City! Brew Durham is a beer festival that showcases home brewers from Durham, NC and surrounding areas, and the beer that they make. This event is a fund raiser organized by local home brewer Keil Jansen together with the Scrap Exchange to raise funds for the nonprofit's expanding operations.

The festival takes place on March 31 at The Cordoba Center for the Arts, the new home of the Scrap Exchange located at 923 Franklin Street in Durham. Festivities will include food trucks, live music by local bands, and of course, home brewed beer tasting! The Triangle's finest home brewers are bringing over 60 types of beer for attendees to taste, enjoy and vote for their favorite.

Brew Durham will include two tasting sessions. Session 1 runs from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Session 2 runs from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Tickets cost $30 per session and can be purchased online at

Tickets are also available locally at The Scrap Exchange and Sam's Quik Shop in Durham. Want to attend the event with friends or family as a designated driver? Designated driver (no alcohol) tickets are available for $5. Proof of age is required for entry to the event.

Live music will feature the Rezurrection Blues band and Oyster Destroyster. Food trucks will include Pie Pushers, Chirba Chirba Dumplings, Monuts Donuts, BikeCoffee and LOAF. Brew Durham is sponsored in part by The Cordoba Center for the Arts, The Cookery, Wine Authorities, The Monti, Motorco, and Bull City Homebrew. A complete list of participating brewers can be found at

Last fall's Brew Durham Homebrew Festival raised more than $5000 for The Scrap Exchange, and festival organizers are striving to raise as much or more this spring. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

Monday, March 12, 2012

"The Artful Robot" Opens in The Green Gallery

Green Gallery Exhibit:  "The Artful Robot", robotic-inspired art by local artists
March 16-April 14
Opening Reception: March 16 from 6-9pm

“The Artful Robot" celebrates all things robotic in this community exhibit opening in The Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange.  Come see how artists throughout the region use old computer bits, random metal, containers, canisters, buttons, broken jewelry, unexpected discards, and other detritus to make... robots!  The Green Gallery will be transformed into a fantasy world incorporating a wide variety of two-dimensional, sculptural, metal and interactive art that playfully explores our perception of robots from the past, present and future.

The opening reception of "The Artful Robot" is scheduled for Friday, March 16, from 6-9 pm.  Festivities will include free make-and-take activities, refreshments, PBR beer and music. Artist Sebastian Herdlicka will also lead a drop-in class titled "Tetra Pak Wallets" during the gallery opening.  The class takes place in the new Design Studio at The Scrap Exchange.  Students will learn how to create a wallet from empty milk or juice boxes.  The class fee is $7 and students can drop in and participate anytime from 6-9 pm.  Bring your own empty drink boxes or use one provided by the instructor.

"The Artful Robot" will run from March 16 through April 14. Admission is free. The Green Gallery is located inside The Scrap Exchange creative reuse center, at 923 Franklin Street in Durham.  The gallery is open to view anytime during regular retail store hours. For more information, call 919-688-6960.

“The Artful Robot” exhibit was inspired by robotic art created by local artists throughout the last two decades,including this “R2D2” robot that had been hibernating in the old Scrap Exchange warehouse for many years.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Store Closed for Remodeling March 4 through March 7

The Scrap Exchange will be closed from Sunday, March 4 through Wednesday, March 7 for remodeling work that will “flip” the orientation of the store layout.

The main store entrance will be moved to the opposite end of the building, closer to the CC&W parking spaces where we’ve been asking Scrap Exchange customers to park. We’re breaking out a wall for the main entrance door, rearranging inventory, shifting some offices and work space, expanding our Artist’s Marketplace, and much, much more.

When we reopen on Thursday, March 8, you’ll walk into the best Scrap Exchange shopping experience ever. We can’t wait!