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Urbane to host 5th annual Skate Deck Art Show as part of First Friday Artwalk

Andy Bockelman

Hayden artist Megan Swedberg displays a few of the skate decks she has painted for the fifth annual Skate Deck Artists Show at Urbane, which opens as part of First Friday Artwalk.

— Art comes in all shapes and sizes, and in the case of certain people skilled with a pencil or a paintbrush, it also can be on the go.

Such is the format for Urbane's fifth annual Skate Deck Art Show. The clothing shop will display the works of more than 30 local and regional artists as part of First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Steamboat Springs.

The walls of the business will be covered with skateboards galore, works of art ranging from geometric landscapes to portraiture created through every kind of technique imaginable.

"We've got people who do acrylic, spray paint, wood burning, pretty much anything," Urbane co-owner Trent Kolste said. "The only rule is it has to be on a board."

Besides the varied types of art, the people who create it run the gamut.

"It's always a good mix," manager Kelly Proudley said. "It's people ages 13 to 60 who do it. I actually had a grandfather and his grandson who both handed in their own decks."

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First-time and returning artists are participating in the exhibition.

Megan Swedberg, of Hayden, will be showing her art for the fourth consecutive year, this year with four entries crafted from pen and ink. Her works include a white owl with luminescent eyes, and a design modeled slightly after Hello Kitty; a swirling black and gold fleur-de-lis akin to the New Orleans Saints logo; and two skate decks displaying her favorite subject matter: an octopus.

"I love drawing them because it's not symmetrical, and it's kind of a free-for-all," she said.

Swedberg, 22, said she has been involved in art most of her life, drawing and sketching in her youth, but she said her favorite canvas easily is the underside of a skateboard.

"It's such a challenge since it's not very big," she said. "I don't really skateboard myself, but my slogan is, 'You ride it. I design it.'"

Since she began entering her skate decks in Urbane's shows, Swedberg has received requests for commissions. Her entry last year — also featuring a cephalopod — garnered interest from multiple buyers, an aspect she hopes will be prevalent at this year's show.

"Having the show as part of the Artwalk is great because it just gives people a chance to get their art out there," she said. "It costs a lot of money to put on your own show."

Swedberg said her goal is to stage her own show given the opportunity or perhaps move into skate deck artistry as a full-time profession.

"Maybe Rob Dyrdek will see my stuff and hire me as his designer," she said about the pro skateboarder.

See a complete list of First Friday Artwalk venues here.

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See a complete list of First Friday Artwalk venues here.

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