Surf, skate art raise $1k for Etnies Skatepark
LAKE FOREST Popular comic and skate and surf-inspired artists and photographers drew hundreds to Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest during "The Gathering" art show.
The show, held Saturday night, was the skate park's third annual and included more than 20 artists and photographers who captured action sports on everything from broken surf boards, skate decks to oil and water paint canvasses. This year's event also included a live auction that sold items donated from companies like S-One helmets, I Ride I Recycle, Vitamin Water and BrokenMagazine.com and from the participating artists.
"It was really cool because last year lots of people came to skate but this year it drew a large crowd for the art," Nick Gates, skate park coordinator said. "It drew a crowd that wouldn't normally come to the park."
Some of the most popular items sold at the auction included hand-drawn cells along with the comic book they appeared in done by Danny Miki, a marvel comic book artist. There was also a lithograph skateboard deck donated by Chicken from Pocket Pistols Skateboards and surf photographs by well-known surf photographer Jon Steele. Prices at the live auction ranged from $5 for T-shirts to about $75 for artwork and photographs. The event raised $1,000 for the recently expanded skate park.
Artists set up booths around the park and on the skate surfaces. Artists like Ryan Dunek from Deckedoutwalls.com, who paints on skateboard decks, performed a live art display and also donated a starter art kit to the auction.
Pete Velasco brought several artists and had a live art tent with multiple projects going on throughout the event. Tiki Laua with Mike Lowery wowed art show participants with like tiki carvings from palms.
The event also included live music by Quincy Rueben, and Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel.
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