CHECK IT OUUUT!! A SAMPLE OF 2012 SKATEBOARD ART! Gala Auction this Thursday, August 23 5 pm — Come for the FUNdraiser!! Click on image for best view!•August 20, 2012 • Comments Off
Thursday, August 23, 5 pm-10 pm at the Neighborhood House, Northeast Harbor
Decked Out on MDI 2012 - The MDI Skatepark Association will host its second silent auction and FUNdraiser to help build the state-of-the-art concrete skatepark for the Mount Desert Island community.
Local artists were provided with blank skateboard decks and asked to create works of art in any medium. Those skate board decks, as well as additional art pieces, will be offered at the silent auction on Thursday, August 23rd at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor starting at 5pm. The auction will be called at 8 pm.
Come on in and listen to music provided by Destroy Them My Robots, a classic 80′s band channeling Duran Duran, The Cars, Billy Idol and other 80′s legends.
Sip beer and wine and taste delicious appetizers as you browse the art on display.
Local skaters can ‘Ollie off’ a series of portable ramps provided by Cadillac Mountain Sports.
The family fun starts at 5 pm! Invite your friends and family!
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or Wendy at (207) 460-7446, or Deborah at (207) 288-3541.
The on-line auction segment of DeckedOut on MDI is now officially closed. High bids will be transferred to paper for our Final Gala and Silent Auction this Thursday August 12 from 5-8pm at the Joy Building Lot in Northeast Harbor, Maine. Come on over and see the decks (there will be some new ones added that didn’t make it into the on-line auction- our surprise!), enjoy some cheese and wine, great music, and kick back for some fun bidding and wrangling over cool art for a cool cause.
If you were the high bidder on a deck of art, but can’t attend the final gala, we’ll notify you by email and give you an opportunity to increase your final bid before the decks go up on Thursday. Your high bid will then be the opening bid for the silent auction. If no one else bids higher, you become the winner of that deck! We’ll contact any non-local winners by email following the final auction and let you know about shipping charges: most decks will ship for $10, however very heavy or special care boards will be weighed and shipped based on weight.
Looking forward to Thursday! See you then!!!!
On July 3, 2010 our Temp Ramp finally opened for riding!!!! We had a great crew of volunteers who worked their butts off for two days straight, with the first ride around 8 pm on friday night. It was a big deal to finish on time, because Saturday was our huge July 4 event which takes place on the ballfield. (I know, it was only July 3, don’t ask). THANK YOU EVERYONE who came out to help!!!! Below are some picture of the build. Look forward to more pics from Saturday – the ramp was busy all day, we had a big presence in the parade, and WE TOOK 3RD PLACE FOR YOUTH ENTRY!!!!! (We even got a trophy!) CONGRATULATIONS MDISA!!!!!
So plans are shaping up for the MDISA summer fundraiser DeckedOut on MDI!. We gave out 80 blank decks to local artists and asked them to do whatever they wanted to them…..they’re now coming back to us in the form of cool and divergent art, ready for show and auction this July and August! Here are the details:
DeckedOut on MDI!: MDISA Skateboard Deck Art Show and Auction Events
Show: July 10-Aug 10, 2010 at various locations across MDI, including Reel Pizza, Cadillac Mtn Sports, Randonee Cafe, Jesup Library, Common Good Cafe, Morning Glory Bakery, and more…..
Open House Event: Jesup Library July 14, 4-7pm including children’s mini-deck art project,
On-Line Auction: Aug 1-10
Silent Auction/Show and Gala Event August 12, 5-8pm; Joy Building Lot NEH
We’re gettting some really cool art, boards that will be rideable as well looking great on your wall, or wherever. Join us on July 14, from 4-7 pm and Jesep Memorial Library in Bar Harbor for the opening reception (it’s a family event, bring the small kids and they can decorate their own mini skatedeck, plus enjoy some refreshments), then travel around MDI and check it all out. More info to come later!
In the meantime, check out this cool video on the history of skateboard art:
FINALLY!!!! I drove by the site today and whoa!!!! There were actually holes in the ground and posts sticking up out of the holes!!! For those of you who might not know, it’s been a frustratingly crazy process trying to get the holes dug for the mini-ramp. Things like augers being locked in sheds and the key out of town for a long weekend, people’s schedules not dovetailing, and simply being up against the challenge of depending on other people to connect, communicate, and find time to pull together the necessary resources. Some days I felt like we were up against some weird kind of community inertia, but today when I drove by the site I lost all my frustration. I never thought I would be so happy to see a bunch of holes in the ground! We are ON OUR WAY!!! So—–drive by and check it out, and keep checking back in to the blog for updates. At some point we’ll have community members help out with the final build phase – so we want you there to pound in a nail or two, and you can say you truly helped build the MDI Skate Ramp!
In other news – we’ll be in the July 4 parade again this year, and the more skaters/bikers/scooters the better! It helps to raise awareness for the bigger permanent concrete park we want to build. Come down to the ballfield by 9:45 am and look for us in the line-up, and join us for all or part of the parade. We’ll have a banner and candy to toss out to the crowd, and you get to do some tricks in front of a huge audience.
……..and lastly, things are coming together for our big summer fundraising SKATE DECK ART SHOW AND AUCTION: DeckedOut on MDI. We gave out 80 blank decks to local artists, community members and students to design as they pleased and donate back to us to auction off as works of art. There are some very cool boards coming out of this. From July 10- August 10 these DECKS of ART will be showing at the Jesup Memorial Library, Reel Pizza, Cadillac Mtn Sports, NEH Library, and other MDI locations. From August 1-10 you can bid on-line, (more on that later) and then join us on August 12 in NEH for a final ART SHOW AUCTION & GALA EVENT. Keep tabs on the blog for more cool info on all that.
and I almost forgot, we now have FaceBook Fan Page!! Check us out on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MDI-Skatepark-Association/122242074479741?ref=ts&v=wall
The April skate jam was a great time for all! The weather was perfect, and the skating was awesome. Here are a few shots that will sum up the skating for the day. Abrahm Malloy (top left) speeds down a ramp. Josh Malloy balances on two wheels (top right). Elijah Malloy ollies up a ramp (bottom left). Nathan flies over a jump.
MDISA welcomes two new board members this month: Aaron Mitchell and Rob Wheat. Aaron has agreed to serve as our Treasurer and will be helping to organize our accounting process and keeping track of donors. Rob works for Cadillac Mtn Sports as a buyer and brings a lot of knowledge of the industry, vendors, and equipment. Welcome! That brings our board to a total of ten, including Dave LaValle, Karen Svenson, Dan Vashon, Lee Patterson, Jon Ho, Josh Malloy, Kevin Downey, and myself (Deborah Page). All of these folks are putting in a ton of time and energy and thought towards this project; showing up for meetings, building ramps, cooking, getting donations, writing grants, and driving long distances! If skateboarding/youth recreation is important to you, and you know any of these people, please thank them for the hard work they do in support of this effort. Everyone appreciates being recognized for their work and commitment. THANKS!!!
..and now, the BIG news for the summer:
MDISA is planning a big summer fundraising event to continue to raise money and awareness for a public park on Mount Desert Island. We purchased (cheap) almost 100 blank skate decks from a local mill and will be distributing them to area artists in the next few weeks. Artists can re-create the boards however they like, and with any medium. (We’ve got painters, sculptors, and photographers participating!) The completed art will be on display during the month of July at the Jesup Library in Bar Harbor and other locations across MDI. Stay tuned for more information about a kick-off event at the library, the on-line auction, and a closing silent auction and gala in August.
This will be a big event for us, so if you are interested in helping out, please let us know. We’ll need support to hang the show, create publicity posters, photograph decks for the on-line auction, provide food and beverage for the gala, and organize a kid’s art event. It will be a really fun event to be part of – and towards a great cause to bring skateboarding into the mainstream here on MDI.
By the way, I can’t take credit for this idea- a friend of mine in Bend, Oregon told me about a similar event in his town, and after some research I found a few other groups that have used this idea. Click on some of the links below to see some examples.
All for now- Deborah