Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chapel Hill Artists and Businesses Mix, Mingle and Entertain

By Elizabeth Shugg

Scrapel Hill Art Masterpieces Unveiled April 1

After months of seeking scraps of recyclable trash and artistic inspiration in unusual places, artists competing in Chapel Hill’s inaugural Scrapel Hill Art contest are ready to unveil their creations. The installations are complete—thanks to some help from Pete Bikas of Bikas Building of North Carolinas LLC—and now these unique works of art made from recycled and non-recyclable materials are on view for the public at University Mall. The art will also headline the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on April 10 at 6 p.m.

The Scrapel Hill Art Gala is scheduled for April 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the mall’s Special Event Centre. Organizers are requesting a $25 donation to cover the live music planned for the evening, as well as food and beverages from Spice Street. Vote on your favorite piece for just $1, and receive a voucher good for discount offers from participating University Mall stores. Proceeds from the votes and ticket sales will benefit the ArtsCenter and the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce’s Green Plus sustainable community initiative.

Check out 16 Scrapel Hill Art’s 16 artists at Chatham County emerging artist Holly Felice is one of them. Her mixed media art incorporates wood, metal, clay, glass or “whatever material tells the best story,” she says. Holly’s Scrapel Hill Art project reflects her dual passions for art and the environment. “I love working with scrap, wondering what it can be,” she says. “It’s inspiring rather than intimidating, because I can experiment without fear of wasting some expensive art material.” (See photo of Holly to the right.)

In conjunction with Scrapel Hill Art, University Mall has invited the Scrap Exchange to host their One Bag Workshop to be held in the mall's Special Event Centre on Saturday, April 11, from 2 until 3 p.m. Space is available for up to 30 children and the event is free. Visit the mall’s customer service center or call (919) 967-6934 to reserve a spot for your child. Learn more about this event and other local activities for children on the Triangle TRACKS calendar at

Turning Point Gallery connects with the mall’s Scrapel Hill Arts project beyond sharing its location. The gallery regularly features artists who use recycled or reclaimed materials, like Michael Mertes. His “In Stone Time” collection includes gorgeous, distinctive clocks made with small pieces of scrap stone and reclaimed wood from remodeled churches, old houses or trees that have been struck by lightening. The unique stories behind the materials in the clocks are a part of their intrigue and beauty.

Turning Point Gallery artist Sarah Coppola of Indigo Arts also uses scrap glass for her clay and glass jewelry. Each unique pendant or pair of earrings contains glass that has been melted down from items such as old beads, broken bottles or scrap glass from a stained glass studio. Sarah adds texture in the clay on each piece with objects such as napkin rings and kitchen utensils. Blending different types of glass with different textures produces exclusive, wearable art.

Local Businesses on Display at the Southern Ideal Home Show April 3-5

Chapel Hill’s Central Vacuum Experts, a division of Vacuum Cleaner Hospital, will celebrate its 14th year of participating in the Southern Ideal Home Show at the N.C. State Fairgrounds April 3-5. Stop by booths 2621 and 2613 in the Exposition Center to see the company’s debut of Hide-a-Hose, a central vacuum hose stored in the wall. Customers demanded it and Central Vacuum Experts delivered by becoming a Hide-a-Hose dealer. Homeowners who may have been reluctant to install a central vacuum in the past because of its 30-foot hose will find Hide-a-Hose easier to use than any other vacuum. Just pull enough out of the wall inlet to reach the area you want to vacuum, then, when you’re done, the hose is literally sucked back into the pipe located in the wall.

Central Vacuum Experts will also display the Vac Pan, a toe-kick-operated dustpan, which is growing in popularity among homeowners who have installed a central vacuum. The company also installs MD central vacuums, which are known for their quietness and made here in the USA.

Chapel Hill’s Carolina Closets Plus and American In Home Owner Mike Hoffer will display a dynamic booth at the Southern Ideal Home Show for visitors to explore. Hoffer says many of his customers who are moving into new homes or remodeling the homes they currently live in are looking for the most efficient use of their space. “Its even more important in these economic times to really utilize your space properly,” he says.

A recent survey by the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals found that almost 40 percent of people surveyed plan to either remodel or build a master bedroom closet, garage, home office, pantry or laundry room this year, due in part to consumers wanting to enhance their home’s value and increase its competitive edge on the market.

Carolina Closets Plus has been installing closets, home offices and garage systems longer than anyone in the Triangle. “We're seeing a real need for quality, well designed office space because people don’t want to buy something at a furniture store or discount store that really doesn’t fit their needs.” Hoffer says.

Good Envy

Competition can lead to envy. But sometimes, envy can be a good thing. Durham-based Bikas Building of North Carolinas LLC has completed the Massage Envy at Oberlin Court in Raleigh, the third location for R&R Clinics, LLC, which is owned by Keith and Sandy Rogers. It opens April 10 and joins locations in Apex and Cary.

If you’re contemplating commercial construction, give owner Pete Bikas a call. He’ll be happy to provide you with a quote for your medical, dental, business, retail or restaurant space. Architectural, engineering and design services are also available. Visit to learn more.

Deep Entertainment

Chapel Hill never lacks entertainment, and Deep Dish Theater Company is often the source of it. “Flash Fiction,” a series of short stories, will premiere at Deep Dish Theater Friday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 or a non-perishable food item, with proceeds benefitting the Inter-faith Council’s Food Bank, which is headquartered in Carrboro.

“Flash Fiction” will be curated by Dr. David Carr, who will join Deep Dish actors in reading a variety of stories linked by their brevity. Other participating actors include Margaret Jemison, who appeared in the Deep Dish production of “State of the Union,” and Ashley Quinones, from last year’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House.”

“On one level, these evenings are an exploration of story-telling, and in the pieces that David has collected, the story is boiled down to its most essential components,” says Deep Dish Artistic Director Paul Frellick. “It should be a fun and fascinating event.”

Learn more at Tickets will be available at the door only.
That sums it up for April but check back next month for another generous helping of community connections from your friends at New Resident Solutions of Chapel Hill.

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