The Scrap Exchange is going to the birds with its next exhibit in The Green Gallery. "Put a Bird on It," which opens July 15, will feature upcycled birdhouses, bird feeders and other bird-focused art by Simone Barbe, Mark Burnham, Karen Dillard, Bryant Holsenbeck and other artists.
As with all art featured in The Green Gallery, the birdhouses and other creations incorporate recycled ingredients, to help fulfill Scrap's mission of keeping discards out of landfills. Bryant Holsenbeck's environmental art incorporates everyday items she scavenges. Simone Barbe's Silver Palate Feeders feature old silver and silver-plated tea pots and other utensils. Karen Dillard's Dillardville Birdhouses incorporate lumber rescued from old buildings being demolished, as well as old hardware and other items. And Mark Burnham uses vintage tobacco sticks and other recycled wood in his birdhouses and whirligigs.
Birdhouse aficionados may have seen one of Burnham's latest creations. Now in his mid-80s, the Chatham County artist won first place this spring in the adult/serious category for his "Tobacco Barn Birdhouse" in the annual N&O Birdhouse Contest run by the News & Observer and N.C. State University's J.C. Raulston Arboretum.
Put a Bird On It will run from July 15 through August 13. Admission to The Green Gallery is free. The gallery is open to view anytime during regular retail store hours.
The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, July 15, from 6-9 pm, with free make-and-take activities, refreshments, PBR beer and music by the Bluetailed Skinks. The exhibit runs through Aug. 13.