Polk County Heritage Gallery
Silent Auction and Exhibition on view until June 20th, 2013
James, age 8, posing in front of custom skate decks on view at Shove It! (Photo: Heath Hardage Lee)
Review from guest contributor Heath Hardage Lee
June 12, 2013
Friday night my eight-year-old son James and I were on our own for the evening. Dad/husband was out of town, and tween daughter was at a spend-the-night party. What cool and creative night out could a cartoon and skateboard-loving boy and art-obsessed mom both enjoy?
Shove It! was IT….
The Baykid Army Amasses!! (Photo: Source)
This extensive paper toy/custom skateboard exhibition opened Friday night at the Polk Country Heritage Gallery in downtown Des Moines. The show is the brainchild of photographer and artist Beau Scott who grew up the Newport Beach, California, (remember the T.V. show the O.C.?), skateboarding. Scott enlisted the aid and expertise of Ian Miller, owner of the Thee Eye Gallery, to put together the show. The co-curators created a laid-back, So-Cal vibe where everyone ages eight to eighty was warmly welcomed.
Curator Beau Scott with Shove It mascot (Photo: Heath Hardage Lee)
The goal of the exhibition and related silent auction Friday is to generate funds to build a Des Moines Regional Skatepark. Scott and Miller used Kickstarter, an online funding tool to raise money to create the show. 90 percent of the proceeds from the event will go towards funding the proposed Skatepark.
Now to the art…
Artists from twenty-nine different cities and five continents contributed pieces to the show. The artists’ charge: create two works of art: a custom skateboard deck and a coordinating paper toy. The results were dazzling. Our favorites:
Sacred Diamond Tattoo Mike Diamond’s Great Gatsby-flavored flapper image. (Photo: Heath Hardage Lee)
Beau Scott’s black crow silhouettes, inspired by one of his photographs. The stylish Penny Knox is posed next to her son’s work here.(Photo: Heath Hardage Lee)
James’s pick: the Dan-Flavin-esque light sculpture skateboard by Neon Specialties. (Photo: Heath Hardage Lee)
Scott hopes that Des Moines will continue its ascent from flyover zone to stop-over-and stay-zone through original art and attractions like the proposed Skatepark comments Scott. “The civic openness and creativity we have here is what makes Des Moines a great city. If the park is built, it will be like a jewel in our crown.”
Heath comes from a museum education, historic preservation, and writing background. She started her museum career at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the Program and Education Director. Heath has since worked as a consultant for significant southern historical museums such as Stratford Hall, Robert E. Lee’s birthplace, and Menokin Plantation, home to Francis Lightfoot Lee. She has written for numerous magazines, newspapers and blogs. Heath is currently under contract for her first book, Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause, abiography of Varina Anne “Winnie” Davis, daughter of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis. Heath holds a B.A. in History from Davidson College, and an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa and loves being a docent at the Des Moines Art Center. Her favorite pastime is exploring all the super cool art museums and galleries across the Midwest.