The Summer of Art

Article Published: Jun. 2, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
The Summer of Art

Beth Stafford takes part in the Scrap Exchange's visit to the Avery Arts Council May 28 in Linville.

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On Saturday, May 28, Durham's Scrap Exchange made a special visit to the Avery Arts Council in Linville.

Its "Events by the Truckload" program brought a large selection of discarded "scraps" that would have otherwise gone to the landfill.

There were rubber bands, cardboard tubes, mismatched stockings and even surplus safety goggles. This was a free event that allowed participants of all ages to use their creative thinking skills and turn "junk" into "art," with some interesting results.

The Avery Arts Council plans on having the Scrap Exchange return next year, thus turning it into an annual event heralding the beginning of summer in the High Country.

Next on the agenda for summer fun are the kid's art classes taught by artist Mary Karam. Karam was on hand as a volunteer (and scrap artist) at the Scrap Exchange event, and her work is exhibited at the Avery Arts Council's Linville gallery.

She works in a variety of mediums, including acrylic and pastel. Her first class is on June 4. Geared toward kids 5 to 12, it runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and will include a sand art project. The classes will be held every Saturday in June and are $10 per child per class.

Karam's also leading subsequent classes, all at the same time and cost, including courses dough "fossils" on June 11, relief foil sculpture on June 18 and 3D impasto painting on June 25.

And Karam hasn't forgotten about the adults. In July, she will teach three Art Day Getaways for teens to adults. They will also be held on the Avery Arts Council's grounds in Linville, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a box lunch from the Old Hampton Store included.

Each class will feature a different craft project, and they cost $55 per person per class. Space is limited. Interested parties should call the Avery Arts Council at (828) 733-0054 or visit to learn more and to sign up.

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