Deck Art 2013 – An event for all ages! Coming soon to Rochester!

This year, over 230 artists from all over metro Detroit and more than 45 downtown Rochester businesses are participating in Deck Art 2013. In its third installment, Deck Art 2013 is a skateboard art competition and exhibition. Artists provide one-of-a-kind artwork using skateboard decks as a canvas. These decks will be displayed in downtown Rochester businesses beginning May 16 and will be celebrated with a two-day event on May 16 & 17.

Deck Art Activities & PromotionsThe Thursday Night Kickoff will take place on May 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00pm. Attendees will preview Deck Art 2013 and enjoy a variety of in-store promotions offered by participating businesses. The streets will be alive with a variety of food trucks on E. Fourth Street including El Guapo Fresh Mexican Grill, Concrete Cuisine, Green Zebra Truck, and the Mac Shack; a kid’s art activity sponsored by Bloomingdale Construction, street side entertainment, and more. The Thursday Night Kickoff is a partnership between the Rochester DDA, and co-founders of Deck Art, Linda Gallaher of South Street Skateshop and Christine Laikind, of the former Firebrick Gallery & Pottery Studio.

“The DDA is ecstatic to partner with Linda and Christine for the Thursday Night Kickoff”, said Stephanie Hellebuyck, DDA Events Coordinator. “What’s great about this event is that it widely appeals to all businesses, and draws in a crowd diverse in age, gender, and interests. Between the art, shopping, entertainment and food trucks, there’s truly something for everyone.”

In addition to Thursday’s event, Deck Art 2013 will continue on Friday, May 17 with the official Competition and Exhibition Crawl from 5:00 – 9:00pm. The Crawl will begin at South Street Skateshop where attendees and artists can pick up the official “Crawl” maps. Artists are not given the location of their artwork, so they must “crawl” from business to business until their artwork is found. Decks will be judged in a variety of categories and winners will be announced on May 17. Food trucks will be back on E. Fourth including El Guapo Fresh Mexican Grill, Green Zebra, Concrete Cuisine and Corridor Sausage, along with street-side entertainment, and more.

“Deck Art has grown year after year,” said Linda Gallaher, owner of South Street Skateshop, and co-founder of Deck Art. “It’s expanded from an event that originally took place in just two downtown businesses, and I’m excited to see where it goes in the future.”

A list of participating businesses who will display Deck Art can be found at  Awarded Artists will be listed on the official Deck Art website, , after May 17. All artists have the option to sell their artwork. Specific details can be found listed next to each deck. For more information, please call the DDA at 248/656.0060 or South Street Skateshop at 248.651.0555.

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