The synergy of dynamic outdoor art created locally and shared with Tryon Fine Arts has resulted in the upcoming opening of a one-of-a-kind art exhibit. the Skateboard: reused includes works from North Carolina, Oregon, California, England and Germany. Seven artists are featured, including Jonathan Caple of Tryon, Nicolas Harding (England), Matt Mercurio, George Rocha, Michael Mauney, Paris Evans and Folk Dunker (Germany).
Skateboarding has been popular for over a century and is now enjoying a resurgence in both the sports arena and the art world. It became an Olympic sport in 2020 and was part of a successful Sotheby’s auction in 2019, featuring boards by, among others, Damien Hirst and Marilyn Minter.
Skateboards turned into works of art will be on display at TFAC’s Parker Gallery from June 1, 2022. The exhibition will feature skateboard art in many sizes and shapes, including graceful sculptures, nature art, chairs, wall art, crochet piece, photography, and more. Many of the exhibits will be for sale, supporting both the artists and TFAC as exhibit sponsor.
The public is invited to attend the opening reception on June 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., where they can also meet local skateboard artist, Jonathan Caple. The exhibition will be visible until the end of July 2022.
To access the gallery, plan to enter through the pavilion at the back of the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Free parking is available behind the TFAC and in the adjacent streets. For more information call 828-859-8322 or visit www.tryonarts.org.
Submitted by Debra Torrence