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“Signed, Sealed, Delivered II” runs through Jan. 10 in the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange. The exhibit features mail art sent to the Durham creative reuse arts center’s new home from around the world.
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered II” runs through Jan. 10 in the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange. The exhibit features mail art sent to the Durham creative reuse arts center’s new home from around the world. COURTESY OF THE SCRAP EXCHANGE

Mail art on display

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered II” is on view in the Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange in Durham through Jan. 10.

It features mail art sent to the Durham creative reuse art center from around the world. Mail art technique is focused on small-scale works that are sent by postal service. It can include a wide variety of collage, mixed media and other techniques and is typically sent without an envelope so that postage stamps, cancellation marks and wear and tear become part of the art.

The show is the second international mail art exhibit curated by The Scrap Exchange.

See it at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, except when a new show is being hung.

Info: 919-682-2751 or scrapexchange.org

‘Locally crafted’

Tryon, N.C.-based Lichty Guitars is featured in an online docu-series, “Locally Crafted.”

The series, curated by Windstream, focuses on untold stories of local craftmanship. Jay Lichty’s home construction business was faltering in 2009 when he turned his attention to building guitars and ukeleles – a skill he learned in a workshop.

Since then, he has handcrafted more than 130 instruments, some of which he donates to nonprofits for charity raffles. He also leads workshops to share his skills with others.

See the story at locallycrafted.tumblr.com.

Call for entries

Calling all teens: The 2015 Teen Video Challenge, a national competition for teens to promote summer reading programs at public libraries, is underway.

Entrants must create a 30- to 90-second video on the 2015 slogan “Unmask!” The contest is open to legal U.S. residents who live in North Carolina and are 13 to 18 years old. The video should be designed for use at any library and be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

The winning video will be shared across the country, and its creator will win $150.

For details on entering, print out an informational pdf at http://nando.com/oo.

Tidbits

• Veteran horticulturist

Mark Weathington

is the new director of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University in Raleigh.



Weathington had been the arboretum’s assistant director since 2007. Before that, he worked for a private nursery, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Virginia.

• Meet

Gene Hester

, whose friendship with an owl – yes, an owl! – is the focus of a new children’s book, “My Friend Hootie,” at a book signing at Wendell Chamber of Commerce, 115 N. Pine St., Wendell, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.



• Kiki Farish will lead a drawing workshop for teens at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 10. Farish will lead participants in an investigation of how artists use line to convey character and emotion as they create self-portraits. Materials will be provided.

Register by Jan. 6 at http://nando.com/on. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers.

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Margaret Noel

’s exhibit, “Copper: Industrial Landscape,” featuring landscapes shaped and altered by the copper mining industry is on view through Saturday at Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.



Info: 919-560-2787 or durhamarts.org or margaretnoel.com

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