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Skate & Create Opening Night Columbia Museum of Art

Skate & Create Opening Night Columbia Museum of Art

February 22, 2011 Columbia Museum of Art 6pm – 8pm.

Here we go again! You all saw the video from last year’s Skate & Create reception. This year promises to be another banger. Don’t get left out. Bring your friends and family, come grab some refreshments, grab a beer from the bar, check the artwork, and chill with friends. We will be shooting another video so make sure you look fresh to deff.

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The Columbia Museum of Art Hosts Skate and Create 3.0

January 7 – March 8, 2009; Opening Reception January 9, 2009; 5pm-7pm

Skate and Create – The opposite of stereotype.

When Dave Toole, Bluetile Skateboards Owner and POUR IT NOW volunteer,  first held Skate and Create he asked the artists to re-imagine a skateboard as something new and different – the same way a skateboarder re-imagines the urban terrain into his own skateboard park.  The result was fantastic, an entire gallery of skateboards repurposed and recycled as artwork.  The third iteration of Skate and Create brings to The Columbia Museum of Art, the works of internationally acclaimed artists who attribute their inspiration to growing up within the skateboarding scene in South Carolina.  The spirit of skateboarding is directly infused within the work of Kevin E. Taylor, Jason Filipow and the rest of the Skate and Create Artists.

Taylor writes, “our creative life was nurtured through skateboarding.  Little did we know, but the act of improvising hours of fun from society’s detritus would train our minds to explore the potentiality of our surroundings.  Skateboarding was a self expressive mode, in which we developed individualities and preferences.  Through it and the surrounding atmosphere of counter culture, we learned the mechanics of introspection.  It was something we did together, but by ourselves.  We all had our distinctive styles then, just as we do now.

I remember building a ramp using found scraps of wood.  For a couple of hours, we’d scoured the ground at the junkyard on Sullivan’s Island, each of us collecting an artillery of rusty, bent and nearly broken nails.  With half of a broken brick, we took those and hammered them back into shape.  We had learned how to design, conceptualize and construct what we saw in our heads.  In 1987, we called them ramps, but now we know, they were indeed our earliest original works.”

Skate and Create began out of the necessity to build awareness and raise funds for a skateboard park in Columbia, SC.  When the skatepark at Owens Field was demolished, it created an amazing opportunity for the City of Columbia to replace it with a unique structure unlike any other in South Carolina.  A concrete skatepark is in essence a sculpture of massive proportions.  The interaction between structure and participant becomes necessary to fully realize the potential of the piece.  Thirty-year veteran skatepark designer, Wally Hollyday was commissioned for the Owens Field Skatepark project.  His designs have been built all over the world. As a preview to the construction of his 16,000 square foot installation, his designs and blueprints for Owens Field Skatepark will be on display as part of the exhibit.

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Rosewood Crawfish Festival 2008

It’s called the claw for good reason. If you do not respect the claw you get pinched. The 12’7″ vertical skateboard ramp extending up the side of a 20′ building was the center of attention at the 2008 Rosewood Crawfish Festival. More than 100 spectators cheered as Bluetile Skateboards team riders jousted to claim the highest wall ride on the ramp built by Flatbottom Skateboards and East Lake Church.

The window ledge was a notable feature of the Claw. Set into the ramp on the left side was a 9’3″ tall window ledge about 3′ wide by 2′ tall. Nick Thompson led the charge to conquer the window with a rock to fakie, and nollie disaster. He was soon followed by Aaron Green and Wes Cobb with frontside and backside nose-picks, respectively. Will Mayfield claimed the highest ride of the day with his front wheels clearing the top of the ramp and touching brick. The sickness was nearly unbearable. But the crowd seemed most impressed with the uncanny and nearly unbelievable skateboarding abilities of five year old, Jack Winburn.

Sporting a youth small POUR IT NOW T-shirt Jack carefully climbed the ladder to the roll-in. The crowd held their breath as the tiny skateboarder surveyed the ramp. He set his board on the ramp and carefully held it in place with his foot while clutching the top of the ladder. The moment could not have been scripted better by a Hollywood writer. As he released his grip and glided down the roll in the crowd sucked in their hesitation all at once nearly creating a vortex that would have disrupted the space time continuum, no doubt, had jack not effortlessly flown up the wall and come back down with the biggest smile a child has ever had on their face. The crowd released their breath all at once in an explosion of cheers and applause. Jack had won them over from their hearts to their pocketbooks. One spectator said, as he put a bill in the donation jar, “watching that kid just inspired me to give.” That’s exactly what everyone did.

POUR IT NOW sold nearly $2000 worth of sk820, but more importantly we delighted the Rosewood Community. Columbia City Council Member, Anne Sinclair and The Parks and Recreation Commission’s Parks Planner, Damon McDuffie were on hand to show Wally Hollyday’s designs for the proposed skatepark and answer any of the community’s questions. City Council Member elect, Belinda Gergel was also spotted in the crowd enjoying the high flying, light hearted antics of the skateboarders. This event put us one step closer to getting our skatepark.

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