MEDIA PA – An upcoming art gallery show, “The Skate Scene: Art Inspired by Skaters and Skate Culture,” intends to showcase what the Media Arts Council calls “the profound influence of skate culture on various artistic mediums.” The exhibition opens Jan. 12 (2024; Friday) and continues through Feb. 18 (Sunday) at the council gallery, 11 E. State St.
The exhibit, which the council said “explores the intersection of skateboarding and the arts,” will be launched with an opening reception – also on Jan. 12 – from 5-9 p.m. The reception is free to attend and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Users of Trilogy Skate Park in Pottstown may enjoy the show; the arts council location is about 30 miles south of the borough.
The exhibition features works from a diverse group of more than 40 artists, working in mediums such as oil, charcoal, photography, and sculpture. “The Skate Scene” seeks to capture the creativity and ingenuity inherent in skate culture through visual arts, video, photography, ’zines, and other outlets. Its goal is to spotlight the artistic license and freedom that skateboarding fosters.
Throughout the show, the council will host a series of skate-related art events and classes at the gallery. They include a skateboard decorating class for kids, a Quizzo contest with a skate twist, and music to bring the culture’s spirit to life.
“The Skate Scene” is curated by the Delco Skatepark Coalition, an organization dedicated to advocating for and fundraising to build adaptive, inclusive, and ADA-accessible skate parks in Delaware County. A portion of the sales from the art show will contribute to the Coalition’s ongoing efforts.
“Skaters are some of the most dedicated creatives out there,” according to Stacy Olkowski, one of the exhibit’s curators. “It’s an inherent part of skating itself,” she added; “a level of fearlessness, willingness to try new things and a community that supports all forms of that outward expression.”
The arts council is a nonprofit group that actively supports local artists and looks to “integrate a wide range of arts” into community life.