Urbane hosts the second annual Skate Deck Art Show from 5 to 9 p.m. May 7, as part of the First Friday Artwalk.

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Urbane hosts the second annual Skate Deck Art Show from 5 to 9 p.m. May 7, as part of the First Friday Artwalk.

Skate Deck Art Show is back

Urbane hosts event as part of First Friday Artwalk

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What: Skate Deck Art Show

When: 5 to 9 p.m. May 7

Where: Urbane, 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101

— With a new emphasis on skate gear and an itch to get artists to show their work, Urbane is hosting the second Annual Skate Deck Art Show.

The show takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. May 7 as part of the First Friday Artwalk. There will be refreshments and live music.

For a month, Urbane has been selling blank skate decks for $15 to local artists, who can decorate the boards however they want.

Each deck also requires a $15 deposit that’s returned when the deck is returned to the shop for the show. All artists interested in displaying their work must return the decks to the store by May 3. The work will be on display through May. Decks not purchased at Urbane can be entered for $10.

Store co-owner Trent Kolste said Wednesday that they’d had about 30 decks go to local artists. They had about 60 decks in the show last year, he said, and he expects to have about that many this year.

“It helps bring people in,” Kolste said. “We’ve seen other companies do it, and it looked really cool.”

There is no theme to the art show, and artists have the option of trying to sell their deck. Urbane will take a 20 percent commission from decks sold during the show.

But Kolste said selling the designed decks really isn’t what the art show is about. Rather, it’s a way to get local artists to come together and display their art.

“It’s letting people present art in a different art form,” Kolste said. “That and doing it in a place where they feel like they can express themselves.”

Jamie Waugh, who has participated in other Urbane art events, has been working on a deck that features a Tyrannosaurus rex attacking an army of toy soldiers.

Waugh said designing a skate deck provides some challenges, but the concept behind it is why she really does it.

“It is a fun community thing,” she said. “You get to see everyone’s stuff. You see a lot of locals do it that don’t paint, that come in and do it.”

The show also will help Urbane kick off skateboarding season. The store has a bigger selection of longboards, skateboards and skateboard hardware and expects to have shop decks in stock by early May.

The event starts a busy summer for Urbane. The store will have a sidewalk sale during Memorial Day weekend and a skate session in June.

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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