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Don’t Getcha Hopes Up Art Show highlights skateboard and snowboard scene


The local skateboarding and snowboarding scene is the focus of this Friday’s show at Oak Street Lofts gallery, which is open for First Friday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m.

Portland, MAINE, October 2, 2013 — The local skateboarding and snowboarding scene is the focus of this Friday’s show at Oak Street Lofts gallery, which is open for First Friday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m.

The first annual Don't Getcha Hopes Up Art Show will feature artwork from skateboarders, snowboarders and others involved in the local skate/snow scene. Artists being featured are sponsored skateboarders, gainfully employed graphic designers working in the industry,  and others simply inspired by the scene.

Local skateboard/snowboard shop Long’s Board Shop and Skeet VanDerchuck have worked to bring together folks from the East Coast who have contributed to this scene either on a board, behind a camera or using a can of spray paint. Photography, painting and mixed media artwork will be on display by artists Chad Turner, Scarecrowoven, Jimmy Collins, Louis Torrieri, Don Masse and Fletcher Curran.

Completed in January 2012 and located in the heart of the city’s arts district, Oak Street Lofts is a unique property that caters to artists looking to work and live affordably in Portland. Besides the gallery, Oak Street Lofts features a shared work space for residents, and the property’s 37 efficiency apartments include ample storage for art supplies and equipment. The gallery, located at 72 Oak St., is open to the public every First Friday Art Walk.

Oak Street Lofts is also the first affordable multi-family building in Maine to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Oak Street Lofts also received the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in Green Housing. For more on Oak Street Lofts and its energy-efficient features, visit our website at http://www.avestahousing.org/properties/60/Oak-Street-Lofts.

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