Be creative at Scrap Exchange event May 11

One of several events at Outside In

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The Scrap Exchange traveling creative arts program is coming to Wilson Saturday, May 11, at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park under the farmer’s market shelter. The event is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost is $5 per child or $15 per family.

This is an eco-friendly creative arts activity for all ages. Draw inspiration from folk artist and scrap imagineer Vollis Simpson in the presence of his work. This make-n-take program brings an endless array of fascinating and unusual reclaimed materials — including cones and tubes from textile mills, fabric samples from decorators, vinyl sticker paper from sign shops and so much more.

Artists of all ages will have a blast building whatever they can imagine out of the materials provided.

Tools such as scissors, tape and staplers are available for creating, along with staff to assist in the process.

The activity is a component of “Outside In: A Celebration of Folk and Outsider Art.” This event is a collaboration between the Arts Council of Wilson, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, Imagination Station and Historic Downtown Wilson, sponsored by Sound Partners.

Other activities planned for Saturday include:

• A downtown scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (pick up forms from the Imagination Station)

• A performance by Paperhand Puppet Intervention at 2 p.m. on the Whirligig Stage

• “Houses without Borders” Lego building event from 3 to 5 p.m. at Imagination Station

• “Outside In” Exhibit at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with demonstrations by local pysanky egg artist Julie Ann Haas.