Skateboarding art exhibit to open at TFAC

Published 8:00 am Thursday, May 12, 2022

The synergy of vibrant outsider art created locally and shared with Tryon Fine Arts has resulted in a one-of-a-kind art exhibit opening soon. The Skateboard: Re-purposed includes works from North Carolina, Oregon, California, England and Germany. Seven artists are featured, including Tryon’s own Jonathan Caple, Nicholas Harding (England), Matt Mercurio, George Rocha, Michael Mauney, Paris Evans and Folk Dunker (Gemany). 

Skateboarding has been popular for over a century and is now experiencing a resurgence in both the sports arena and the art world—it became an Olympic sport in 2020 and was part of a  successful 2019 Sotheby’s auction, with boards by, among others, Damien Hirst and Marilyn  Minter.  

Skateboards re-purposed as art will be on exhibit in TFAC’s Parker Gallery beginning June 1,  2022. The exhibit will feature skateboard art in many sizes and forms including graceful  sculptures, nature art, chairs, wall art, a crocheted piece, photographs, and more. Several of the  exhibit pieces will be for sale, supporting both the artists and TFAC as the exhibit sponsor. 

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The public is invited to attend the opening reception on June 9 from 5 – 7 p.m., where they can also meet local skateboard artist, Jonathan Caple. The exhibit will be on display through to the end of July 2022.  

To access the gallery, plan to enter through the Pavilion at the rear of Tryon Fine Arts Center. Free parking is available behind TFAC and on surrounding side streets. For more information,  call 828-859-8322 or visit


Submitted by Debra Torrence