Downtown Rochester is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult to participate in downtown Rochester’s Seventh Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2017. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. Winning pieces will be picked in each category by a panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded. Deck Art 2017 is scheduled for May 11-12.
This year, South Street Skateshop has passed the Deck Art torch to the Rochester Principal Shopping District. South Street Skateshop will once again spearhead registration and deck distribution. All other event details will be organized by the PSD.
“South Street Skateshop has worked vigorously at this event since it’s inception,” said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Rochester Downtown Development Authority events coordinator. “We are so proud of what they have accomplished. Deck Art has become a staple in the community, and we definitely want to see the event continue for years to come.”
This year’s event is expected to include as many as 50 local merchants, transforming Deck Art 2017 into a downtown Rochester crawl. Completed artwork will be artfully displayed throughout participating restaurants and businesses for onlookers to enjoy. Last year’s Deck Art 2016 drew over 450 artists from all over South Eastern Michigan. In the past, the states of Arizona, California, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, as well as Canada were represented.
The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will host both the Thursday Night Kickoff on May 11, and Friday Night Crawl on May 12, both from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. The events will include unique artwork, musical entertainment, kid’s activities, and more. Specific event details will be available in the coming months.
Registration for Deck Art 2017 begins January 30. Registration Forms can be found online at www.downtownrochestermi.com. Submit completed registration forms to South Street Skateshop (410 Main). There is a registration Fee of $20.00 (plus tax) for one blank skateboard deck. The registration deadline is Friday, April 21. South Street Skateshop hours for January and February are Monday – Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Thursday & Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.