SCRAP-DC Presents “Making Meaning: Remember • Repurpose • Restore” at the Tubman-Mahan Gallery

By Editorial Team on September 7, 2011
SCRAP CFE September 11 Project Tubman Mahan Gallery on East City Art
Virginia Freedom Flag, Jonathan Smith & Matthew Malone, encaustic on canvas on found hard board, reclaimed pine 2 x 4, 9/11 newspapers, recycled canvas. Photo courtesy Tubman-Mahan Gallery.

SCRAP CFE September 11 Project Tubman Mahan Gallery on East City Art | OPENINGS |



Opening Reception: Saturday September 10 from 4pm to 7pm
Exhibition runs September 6 through September 24, 2011

SCRAP-DC presents their first exhibition, Making Meaning: Remember • Repurpose • Restore. They are partnering with The Center for Green Urbanism and The 9/11 Arts Project in support of their mission: to use the arts to connect our diverse community and to catalyze a citywide healing discourse.

That mission and SCRAP’s creative reuse directive are connected by the artists’ reflection on the theme “making meaning.” They exemplify William Cleveland’s quote: “Upheaval begets both crises and opportunity,” while also constructing something meaningful from items that others discard. The ingenious  re-purposing of obsolete objects knows no geographic or cultural boundaries, and measures that care for our planet, like the arts, “have [a] profound ability to unite, uplift, teach, and transform.” By assembling together these works that use primarily recycled content, and by offering other programs to the public throughout the month, the organizers seek to keep the discussion going.

At the reception, there will be music by Cooking with Gas.  Refreshments will be served, including sweets by Dessert Station.  A collection bin for your scrappy donations will be available as well as hands-on reuse activity.

SCRAP CFE September 11 Project Tubman Mahan Gallery on East City Art
The Beast - Noah F. Williams, scrap metal, cork, nails etc. Photo courtesy Tubman-Mahan Gallery.

Post-Opening Reception Schedule of events:

Creative Reuse Workshop—Saturday 9/17, 11am-1pm
Accepting up to 15 participants ages 15 and over
Gather up your outdated receipts (or we’ll provide some) for an artistic/poetic work session with
Making Meaning artist Nicole Salimbene
$3 materials fee; registration required
Contact or at 301.830.8690

“Coffee & Craft” Artist Talk & Materials Swap—Sunday 9/25, 10am-1pm
Hear our artists talk about their processes (free)—10:30
Enjoy a free cup of coffee in a beautiful and well-lit gallery space
Bring craft materials no longer inspiring you and leave with some that do!
($5 entry free to cover supplemental items provided by SCRAP-DC); begins after talk, about 11:15

SCRAP CFE September 11 Project Tubman Mahan Gallery on East City Art
Autobiography of Consumption - Nicole Salimbene: photos printed on receipts sewn together. The receipts were collected over a 6 month period for a family of 4. Photo courtesy Tubman-Mahan Gallery.

The Center for Green Urbanism is located at 3938 Benning Road NE, Washington DC 20019.  Contact the gallery via email or by phone 202.506.3867.  Visit them online at

Gallery Hours are as follows:

  • Tuesday-Friday 10-5
  • Saturday 11-4
  • closed Sunday & Monday