Extreme art meets extreme sport

Monday, April 28, 2008

At least 15 vividly painted, wildly decorated and sculpted Art Cars will parade through downtown Eureka Springs on May 24 as part of the city's inaugural Extreme Art meets Extreme Sport Weekend.

The weekend's extreme events will feature the "Extreme Art" of Art Cars parading and on display throughout town, several "Extreme Art" exhibits, and an "Extreme Sport Skateboard Competition" on May 25 in Harmon Park.

"These events are unique and unusual," according to co-coordinator, Phil Hollenbeck. "That's why we put them together on Memorial Day weekend--to give families an extraordinary holiday escape."

Several locally created Art Cars are expected as well as many from surrounding states. According to Hollenbeck, certain crowd-pleasers include the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir car, covered with talking, singing and dancing fish, and a van re-sculpted to resemble the space shuttle, the Shuttle Van.

The Art Cars will visit the middle school and a convalescent center on Friday and will be displayed at Cafe Santa Fe during the evening. On Saturday, they can be seen at Community First Bank and City Auditorium after the 2 p.m. parade.

Besides the Art Cars, Saturday's parade will also feature Art Skateboards and "Wearable Art Cars" made and worn by area school students.

On Sunday, skateboarders from Arkansas and surrounding states will participate in a juried competition which begins at 10 a.m. The Harmon Park skateboarding bowl was designed and built by Dreamworks, the acknowledged world leader in skateboard park design. Art Cars and artwork will be on display at the competition.

Art Car artists and skateboarders will host a Memorial Day Picnic starting at noon at Lake Leatherwood City Park. The bring-your-own-food picnic is open to the public. Art Canoes created by Regina Smith will be on display

Three related "Extreme Art" exhibits will be on display as well. Bank of Eureka Springs will feature an exhibit of Hollenbeck's photography, as well as the highlights of a "Skateboard-as-Art" competition.

Community First Bank and Iris at the Basin Park will exhibit the model Art Cars created by Eureka Springs High School students under the direction of Art Cartist Ralph Wilson. And Carnegie Public Library will display "Eco-Art Cars." Slightly larger than the model Art Cars, these eco-friendly creations are made from recycled materials. All three exhibits run May 5-31.

More information about Art Cars on Extreme Weekend is available from Bill Viereck at (479) 253-7278 or online at www.eurekaspringsartcar.com.

Information on the art or skateboard competitions is available from Regina Smith at (479) 422-8286.

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