Artsy fartsy skateboards

Artsy Fartsy

No these aren’t more laser cut skateboards again, but a few house cleaning links to skateboard art, including a Paul Schmitt program at a technical school, embroidered skateboards, and one show in Kansas that looks like it was held in Twin Peaks.

Skateboard program melds fun, tech, math and art:
St. Petersburg Times
Paul Schmitt gives back to skateboarding… sort of.

Last week, a hundred wood shop and art students became the first products of Create A Skate, a nonprofit outreach program started by 1982 Tampa Bay Tech grad Paul Schmitt. Perhaps one of the most interesting success stories to come out of the school’s shop program, Schmitt made his first skateboard as a Tampa teenager and then moved to California in 1985, eventually making millions off the board manufacturing company he started there.

Skateboard decks are canvas for this art show
Parsons Sun – Parsons,KS,USA

The Cherryvale Skateboard Company

This is the Twin Peaks-looking show.
The Cherryvale Skateboard Company blog has a lot of pictures of the show if you scroll down.

Two friends from London have traveled to Cherryvale to present an unusual art show in the historic Leatherock Hotel this weekend. The show will feature artwork from around the world done on skateboard decks that Valerie Phillips and Jason Gormley have provided to 40 artists they know from locations as far away and diverse as Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Finland and Australia.

Art Catches Air When Skateboard Becomes Canvas: NBC4 TV – Los Angeles

A gallery in the Wiltern Theater is going back to its roots with its “Hit The Deck” exhibit.

Pictures, video, and Hit the Deck show site.

Serious fun: The art of the skateboard: The Californian

TEMECULA —- Instead of being used for pulling ollie’s or kickflips, more than 20 skateboards found use on the plaster white walls of the Mercantile Gallery on Friday night for the opening of “The Art of the Skateboard.” Curious on-lookers assumed the gallery pose of bodies bent at the waist with their faces hovering inches from the artwork. The medium on which art is placed is often as important as the creativity of the design. Longboards and shortboards, carried on them the artist expressions of Temecula youth who had at one time or another participated in the cultural arts class of skateboard design during the past two years. The program, which is sponsored by the Temecula Community Services Department, teaches students ages 10 to 18 stenciling, painting and deck design. The only restriction is the work must be original; no trademarked graphics or logos may be used.

Art Review : Sugar Sugar at Gray Area Gallery: KQED Arts and Culture.
This is the one with embroidered skateboards. Not to be confused with carpet boards or Indoor Skateboards.

Their second exhibition, Sugar Sugar, is cute and quirky and makes you want to pinch its cheeks. I was drawn to the group show because of Steven MacDonald, a local artist who creates stitched illustrations and sculptures on his Singer sewing machine. Three of MacDonald’s skateboard decks with embroidered fabric treatments were featured in the show, along with one of his embroidered cuckoo clocks with a design reminiscent of a paint-by-number book.


TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival Lusts for Skin
First Tracks – Salt Lake City,UT,USA

The world’s best designers of snowboard art are being summoned to a showcase of shred at Whistler’s 2007 TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Masterpiece in Motion (MIM) continues its hunt for the best original snowboard and skateboard art in the world, with a worldwide call for submissions.

Masterpiece in Motion Snowboard Art Contest

Masterpiece in Motion (MIM) is hunting for the best original snowboard and skateboard art in the world, with a worldwide call for submissions open now.

Learn to paint a deck
Vernon Morning Star – Vernon,British Columbia,Canada

The Enderby and District Arts Council is seeking an instructor to lead a
skateboard painting workshop

Art skates on for the season
Star News Group – Australia

EMERALD’S up-and-coming artists unveiled their skateboard designs just in time for the summer skating season. Nine students from Emerald Secondary College created skateboard designs as part of a six-week youth services program organised by the Cardinia Shire Council. The students, with the help of artist Tara Kingston, painted their unique designs onto skateboard decks. Finishing the course on Wednesday, 13 December, the students were able to show off their skateboard designs to their families and friends just in time for Christmas. These new skateboards can now be put to good use in the shire’s summer skating program.


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