The Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, located at 3130 McLeod Drive near Desert Inn Road, will host the Skate Away Art Exhibit running through Dec. 1. This exhibit will also include a skate jam skateboarding session featuring seven local skaters and board artists on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend as spectators to this event for no charge. The open skate will resume after the demonstration.
Five artists will hand-paint portraits on the bottom of five skateboarders' boards for display in the Winchester Wall Gallery from Nov. 3 to Nov. 17, showcasing the unique talents of local artists. On Nov. 18, these skateboards will be displayed from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center's skatepark. The skaters will ride these boards in a skate jam from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., performing and altering the paintings by using the boards. The boards will be redisplayed from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will continue to hang in the Winchester Wall Gallery until Dec. 1. Participants and artists alike can see how the portraits have changed.
Lead artist, Clement Gelly, is an artist and writer currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His artwork has been exhibited in Las Vegas, New York, and Hull, and his writing is in the Virginia Quarterly Review and forthcoming from Hazlitt. Clement’s work explores performance, politics, and possibility.
Those interested may contact the Winchester Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or visit the Web site at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.