VASHON, WASHINGTON (February 18, 2003) ? In what is a very impressive display of creativity and artistic talent representing countries from all over and ages ranging from pre-teen to over 50, Ride’s 1st Annual Graphic Competition in association with the Small Works Gallery in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is nothing less than extraordinary! To recap, Ride Snowboards in conjunction with The Steamboat Springs Arts Council presented an opportunity for anyone interested to design a snowboard deck using the provided template, and enter to win up to $1000 in cash and/or prizes. The result: With approximately 150 entries, Snowboard Art at The Depot has already attracted more viewers than any other show and a much younger demographic than ever before.
“The visual impact of the Snowboard Art installation is stunning in its scope and diversity. Visitors to the gallery have been impressed and are engaged by the close-up look into the snowboard culture’s language in art,” states Susan Schiesser, coordinator of the show.
Ride’s Marketing Manager Tara Miller says, “I was amazed when I first walked into The Depot and saw not only how professional the exhibit was presented, but the caliber of artwork on the boards blew my mind! I didn’t know what to expect, but this was by far beyond anything I imagined.”
Needless to say, the task at hand for Ride’s judges Styk and Fank was not an easy one. “I’m just glad there are more art geeks out there like us!? says Mark Fankhauser, Ride’s Art Director. After a couple hours of scrupulously taking everything in on their own, then comparing notes, the two were able to narrow the field down and make some very difficult decisions. The results are as follows: Best of Show winning a brand-new Ride Snowboard goes to Derek Muscat of Ontario, Canada for his piece entitled “Raised Fist.” First Runner-Up pocketing $200 (in lieu of a Steamboat Powdercats trip since she’s out of the country) is Tia Perkins of the United Kingdom for “Camoflauge & Rocket.” Second Runner-Up and taking home $150 is E.C. Hansen of nowhere other than Steamboat Springs, Colorado for “Serpent in the Sky.” And last but certainly not least, Third Runner-Up winning $100 is Andrea Stoddard of Petaluma, California for “Tempered by Steel.” Because the competition was so close, Styk and Fank had to name four Honorable Mentions as well: Jim Bryson of Scarborough, Canada; Danny Maynor of Costa Mesa, California; Robin Faye of Athens, Georgia; and Allister Martin of Douglasville, Georgia.
Snowboard Art will continue to be hung at The Depot until the end of February, and at that time will be moved to Toys in the Attic, also in Steamboat Springs, for the remainder of the season. Everyone is welcome to check out the show and for $1.00 (Votes Cost a Buck) you can vote for your favorite entry to receive the Public Choice Award in which the winning artist will share the profits with Colorado?s Snowboard Outreach Society (SOS), a non-profit designed to re-direct kids “at-risk” via immersion into snowboarding.
Ride would like to give a huge thanks to Susan Schiesser and the Steamboat Arts Council for organizing this event and entertaining the Ride crew while they were in town, Small Works Gallery and Toys in the Attic for providing the space to hang the show, Steamboat Powdercats for donating a backcountry trip to the First Runner-Up and allowing Ride the opportunity to check it out, and the mountain of Steamboat for the chance to hit the slopes. Congratulations to all the winners mentioned above, and thanks to everyone who participated — it is quite a display. To view the exhibit in its entirety, visit the art e-gallery at www.artlinksteamboat.org. To check out the winning boards, go to www.ridesnowboards.com.