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‘A way to give back’: Skateopolis exhibition to raise funds for mental health allliance

A skateboard deck by Peter Gardini. (Courtesy of Kamagraph)

Skateopolis showcases artists and gives back to the community.

This has been the goal for Bobby Beals for the past four years.

Beals is the curator and owner of Kamagraph Skate, and has seen interest grow since the beginning.

This year, 40 artists are participating in the exhibition.

“We decided to put on the show as a way to give back,” Beals says. “It has been embraced by not only the skater community but the general public as well.”

Skateopolis is a skateboard show, where artists pick up a blank skateboard deck and create a work of art.

The mediums range from oil, acrylic, pastel and wood carving and the majority of artists are from New Mexico.

The art is then displayed at Downtown Subscription Coffee Bar and Newsstand in Santa Fe.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 30, though an opening reception will be held from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Downtown Subscription.

Beals works with Kamagraph Skate, as well as Casey Mickelson, owner of Downtown Subscription.

A skateboard deck by Quinn Tincher. (Courtesy of Kamagraph)

The goal is to bring skateboard art culture to life in downtown Santa Fe and raise money for a good cause.

Beals says the proceeds from the art sales will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

“What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health,” says Barbara Sanchez, NAMI Santa Fe Board of Directors in an email. “Today, we are an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.”

Beals says each piece of art is priced to sell and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“We want to sell it out and raise the money for NAMI,” he says. “It’s amazing to have the artists create the work for a good cause. The community has always been supportive of this event.”

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