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SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY -- ON DECK Saratoga and Spring Street Gallery present RE*GEN*ER*ATE, a skateboard art show and auction benefitting Saratoga's historic skate park, opening Saturday, August 16, from 6 to 9 pm, at Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring Street in Saratoga Springs.
ON DECK Saratoga, a project of the not-for-profit Saratoga Institute, produces local and regional art and community events that are inspired by the creative and supportive spirit of skate culture. "I'm a lifelong skater and have travelled to skateparks around the world, and always been welcomed as a member of their local community," said Benj Gleeksman, who heads the project with his wife, Belinda Colón. "That spirit is something we want to have here in Saratoga, so we created the ON DECK organization."
"Skate culture has always been a magnet for creative people, so we use art, films, music and other arts in all of our ON DECK projects," said Colón, the curator and organizer of the RE*GEN*ER*ATE Skateboard Art Show. ON DECK Saratoga has produced free skateboard jams, movie screenings and art shows, and works closely with the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department to keep the skatepark –the second oldest in New York State--safe and well-maintained, raising funds through projects like the RE*GEN*ER*ATE auction.
The RE*GEN*ER*ATE show features works by over 50 artists – including kids – who created artwork on skateboard decks in a wide variety of styles and media. An online auction for the artwork begins at the August 16 event. Participating artists donate their work free of charge to ON DECK Saratoga, with proceeds going to skatepark programming and maintenance.
Spring Street Gallery is an award-winning not-for-profit art and performance space organization in Saratoga Springs, New York, that promotes the arts as a means of social and civic engagement. Our artists and exhibits have raised funds and awareness for local and worldwide causes, including drilling wells in Nepal and Rwanda, conservation of a sheep farm in Northumberland, NY, the urban treescape efforts in Saratoga Springs, saving our local skatepark, and much more. Voted Best Art Gallery for three years running from Saratoga Today newspaper, Spring Street Gallery recently awarded the 2014 Gallery System ArtsUp Grand Prize, for our "level of creative thinking, effectiveness, and motivation to go beyond basic expectations."
Contact Belinda Colón at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 290-6929.