The Parliament gets Decked Out with skateboard show


Yorkers with a little road rage can blow off some steam this weekend by paying $5 to take a sledgehammer to a car — for a good cause.

The car smash is one of several activities being offered this weekend when a local arts organization and a local skatepark team up to provide a different type of arts event with customized skateboard decks.

The Parliament Arts Organization is hosting Decked Out to benefit galleries and Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark. The event will be held 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at The Bond, 134 E. King St.

Decked Out is an art exhibit and fundraiser with 150 hand-painted, collaged and manipulated skate decks to be auctioned off.

Stacy McClain, programs director of The Parliament, said the organization wanted to make the event more than a monthly gallery show.

"We included galleries from Harrisburg and from York. We wanted to bring those communities together and see what happened," she said.

McClain said six other central Pennsylvania art galleries were happy to join the event.

Many styles: The event includes several styles of art made from the skate decks, varying from paintings, carvings, wood-burning and collage to photos printed onto the deck itself, McClain said.

All decks will start at $50 for a silent auction, McClain said.

Food will be provided by two area food trucks, and the event includes live music, do-it-yourself screen printing, jewelry making and the car smash.

The car smash is exactly as it sounds, according to McClain.

In previous years, the event has raised $600 for the skatepark — but those events included only 50 decks, she said.

Participating galleries are Hive Artspace, York; Sunshine Art+Design and Discerning Eye Center for the Arts, both of Lancaster; The Millworks, Harrisburg; and the Alchemy of Art, Baltimore, according to the release.

Admission is a suggested donation of $4, McClain said.

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