Friday, October 26
Deck the Walls
With the help of California-based nonprofit Land of Plenty, Fort Collins’ Sean Kelly and Andy Weiss have planned an evening of skateboard art in an attempt to give these overlooked area artists a larger audience while giving back to Northern Colorado’s skate community.
Though it’s popular in more urban settings, skateboard art doesn’t have much of a profile in Fort Collins. Local skateboard enthusiasts often decorate their decks with intricate designs, but the result is rarely shown in galleries, bars or coffee shops. Organizers of tonight’s skateboard art opening, the second annual (a photo of boards from the first annual event is included here), hope to change that.
Kelly and Weiss are reaching out to at-risk and underprivileged youth through skateboarding, and this evening’s events feature the results of twenty local artists who have been given twenty blank skateboards as canvases. Ten of the boards displayed in the exhibit will be given away to area youth who can’t afford them; the rest will be auctioned off on the Land of Plenty website, thelandofplenty.org.
The opening is at The Bean Cycle/Matter Bookstore, 144 N. College Ave. in Fort Collins, starting at 7 p.m. Visit skateboardmarket.com or call 407-1767. — Elliott Johnston