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The Art of Skateboarding

Thursday, August 1, 2019
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Photos by Eleanor Guerrero
Above, Riley O’Mara finds joy in helping kids help others.
Below, Carter Emineth takes his craft seriously.

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By Eleanor Guerrero

CCN Senior Reporter


They say skateboarding is an art. Local young artists have taken to helping the skateboard park to help athletes’ creative spirits soar. Last week, artist Janice Polzin, in collaboration with the Carbon County Arts Guild (CCAG) brought a group of young artists to the skate park with cans of paint and brushes and they went to work covering the sides of the dull wooden jumps with sweeps of bright, happy colors and patterns. It is a CCAG summer camp project. 

Polzin said, “As an artist, I thought that place could use some color!” She said, “Because it’s a skate park,” it should be “fun, colorful and lively! It’s a cool community project to contribute to the community!”

Logan Mineth, 8, wanted to volunteer. It was personal. “I go to the skate park with my scooter. I like to paint and really think the skate park should get a little touched up.” He likes working on team projects noting last winter, “I built an igloo with my brother and sister!”

Robin Baird, 10, said, “I’m here because my best friend, Janice, is in charge.”

Carter Emineth, 9, explained how Polzin started some of the basics. Now, there’s the confidence and determination to go on to more art. “I got a little advice. I thought it’d be fun and nice to do. Also, it’s my first time doing public art and not my last! I’m pretty sure I’m going to be doing some other public art some time!”

Alyssa Emineth, 12, said, “I really like to get out and hike and see animals. I did the background because he’s in the forest (so it’s green with curves for plants) and red is complimentary to green. I chose the shapes and colors.” Emineth volunteered “because I love creating and want to help out in the community and make it more fun!”

Also helping was Riley O’Mara, an intern with CCAG, who said, “I enjoy working with kids! I collaborated with Logan on the finished details.”

The paint is latex so it will seal the wood as well as look pretty. Polzin said the concept of the project was much more than simply to paint something. They thought of what would inspire the kids, and nature was number one, so the themes are generally green. But, she added, there was a teaching goal to the children’s team efforts. “It is much more special. It takes dedication. This art is not ‘just for you,’ it’s collaboration. It takes integrity in the quality of your work.” 

Baird looked around at the children’s work, the adding of stunning colors to a formerly bland field of wooden structures and concrete and summed up the project. “It’s amazing!”

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