SCRAP on the Road: The Green Project

SCRAP on the Road: The Green Project

This treasure trove of reclaimed building materials in the St. Roch neighborhood was our first destination when we landed in New Orleans. We landed, dropped our luggage at the hotel in the French Quarter, and immediately struck out for the two-mile walk to The Green Project. It was the priority of our trip. And we were not disappointed.

The first person we met at in New Orleans was a Portland ex-patriot. On staff here, Carole Hosler said she is drawn to the dual mission of The Green… read more »

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SCRAP on the road: Creative reuse meets fine art in the French Quarter

SCRAP on the road: Creative reuse meets fine art in the French Quarter

While investigating reclaimed art in New Orleans, we hit on the mother load of repurposed fine art—Nouvelle Lune Gallery on Royal Street. Our first hint that this was a special find was the mousetrap-turned-postcard holder nailed to the building next to the gallery’s entrance. What we found inside was a virtual historian of the reclaimed art community in New Orleans. Linda Berman (co-owner with Georgette Fortino) recounted detailed story after story of each piece of clever and… read more »

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SCRAP on the road: Eugene’s MECCA

SCRAP on the road: Eugene’s MECCA

I recently visited Eugene and made a point to stop at MECCA, which I had heard lots about but hadn’t had the pleasure of visiting yet. MECCA is a creative reuse center, much like SCRAP, located near the Amtrak station close to the U of O.

Upon entering MECCA, I felt immediately transported to SCRAP’s old location on N. Williams with the bright array of items available that were stacked to the ceiling. MECCA’s store is organized much in the same way as SCRAP, with sections for craft… read more »

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SCRAP on the Road: Savannah, Georgia

SCRAP on the Road: Savannah, Georgia

Our grandson’s graduation in Savannah, Georgia was a great opportunity to enjoy a weekend in the charming and mysterious low country. We expected to see majestic oaks draped with Spanish moss, celebrated city squares and lively bars with impressive collections of my husband’s favorite, single malt Scotch.

What we didn’t expect to see were hip galleries and impressive reclaimed art. This is the home of the Savannah College of Art and Design, so the downtown atmosphere is thick with… read more »

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