Skate Deck Art Show Closing Reception -First Friday June 5th

The ending of The Truly Rejected & MegaFauna Skate Deck Art Show is the beginning of an opportunity to save a life. First Friday, June 5th brings to close the amazing artwork from over 30 Colorado artists whom have contributed a broad range of artistically and uniquely styled skateboard decks in support of the youth support programs in Native and non-native communities. Too many times the community at large has overlooked the challenges in education and positive-affirmation activities for today’s youth, so we in the Colorado art community have taken opportunity with this skate deck show to expressly pronounce not only these challenges, but solutions with socially justifiable programs.

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Over the past 4 weeks we have been blessed with the beginning of a new relationship and partner with Stronghold Society. Stronghold Society is a Colorado based non-profit dedicated to instilling hope to youth and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns. ( )


Partnering with Truly Rejected Magazine facilitated the partnership with Stronghold Society and a diverse group of artists which opened up limitless possibilities in both size, scale and scope of the artwork contributed for this consciously programmed event.


First Friday June 5th opens up a last call to the community to actively engage the artwork and cause supported by 30+ local artists. Denver’s Westword covered the opening event and the impressive list of artists who participated.

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Credit: Westword Arts & Culture/ All photos by Ken Hamblin

We will continue to express thanks and blessings to all the talented artists who provided artwork.See more from the participating artists with the list below;

Robert Bell(
Jeremy “worm”,Christian OTG (
Guerilla Garden,

Robert Marcellius,

Darin Roth (
James Fuller ,

Sherry Hern (
Girr Patrick (

Mar Williams

Frank Kwiatkowski (
David palmer

Joseph olenik
Rusty nutter
Jim Clark

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Rob Mack
May Bailey
Emily J Moore
Michael Gallegos
Brandan Styles
Blake A Chamness
Zak Kinsella
Andi Todaro
Brett Nienburg
Matt Mega C
Cody Kuehl
Morgan Febrey
Viet Doan
Snodgrass Jones
Travis Working
April Aultman
Broox Pulford
Shitty Kitten

and then some….


We hope you choose to support the cause, the community and the globally significant challenges faced by today’s youth at the closing event of the Skate Deck Artshow presented by Truly Rejected Magazine supporting Stronghold Society, hosted at MegaFauna 3102 Blake Street, Denver CO – First Friday in the RiNo Art District – 10am to 8pm.

Thank you for continuing to support local creativity at MegaFauna.


Final Friday Music Walk & Urban Bazaar May 29

Final Friday Music Walk & Urban Bazaar kicks off it’s fourth year of community collaborations with a district-wide event in the up-and-coming RiNo Art District on May 29th 4pm – 10pm outdoor, 10pm+ indoor.


Final Friday is a conscious collaboration of community resources that occurs on the last Friday of the month(s); May through August. Participating businesses, community arenas, and a variety of venues open their doors to musicians, bands, and performers to emphasize the real love of Denver – MUSIC and COMMUNITY. On Final Friday the River North Art District is transformed into an open sourced marketplace atmosphere offering local food, goods, and live music. This free-flowing format allows community members to create a raw level of exchange, and allows consumers to interact directly with the local resources of entertainment, goods and services.

This music and arts festival provides attendees with an intimate opportunity to enjoy activations starting around North Walnut and Blake streets and throughout the River North Art District, Denver Colorado. Each Final Friday hosts up to 25 bands on three main outdoor stages, and includes dozens of participating neighborhood venues, who individually host performances within their own establishments – all in one evening of programming. Each venue/stage will boast exciting and relevant local talent with genres ranging from Alternative, Punk and Rock to Hip Hop, Electronic and many fusion sounds. These venues are amongst the neighborhood’s existing art galleries, bars, design shops, retail, restaurants and offices.

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Schedule of Bands for May include:

Reverb and The Verse with Cop Circles, BIG KOAST at Beryl’s Beer Co 6pm – 9pm

Green Beard at Blackshirt Brewing Co 7:45pm
Atlas at Blackshirt Brewing Co 9pm

Eileen & The Inbetweens at The Infinite Monkey Theorem 7pm

Sub.mission Presents Final Friday at Fusion Factory with GJones Plus Mindstep Label Showcase featuring: Crisis, Dillard, IllChill, CurlyOne, Buttah 8pm


Lucas Swafford for Park Burger RiNo Live Concert Series at Park Burger 8pm

Jimbo Darville & the Truckadours, The New Ben Franklins at The Walnut Room – Walnut Street Location 8pm

Vermillion Road (“Palaces” Album Release) @ Casselman’s w/ Resonance, Frozen Tide, Racing on the Sun, Blue Mesa 7pm

FLO 107.1 pop up activation and promotion at MegaFauna 3pm – 7pm

Final Friday Bluegrass with Old Town Pickers at Stem Ciders 8pm

Musa Bailey and Gyp da hip at Cold Crush 8pm – 2am

Funky Fresh Trio at Nocturne Jazz Club 8pm – 12am


Gomorrah and Fubar Tour Kick off party with Piojos at Rhinoceropolis 9pm

The Solution Showcase at Meadowlark 8pm – 2am

PLUS many more impromptu street performances, Urban Bazaar and Live Art activation starting at 3100 Block Blake and district-wide in the RiNo, River North Art District





Flo 107.1, Truly Rejected Magazine, Sub.mission, Rino Supply Co, SharpCo Designs, DeRailed Ink, Steffy Sickgirl, City of Denver, Arts & Venues Denver, River North Art District, Denver Famous, Home Treasure Finders, Denver B-Cycle, After Midnight Print Shop, Sports Lab and MegaFauna

Black Shirt Brewing, Beryl’s Beer Co, Fusion Factory, Nocturne, Stem Ciders, The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Cold Crush, Park Burger, MANNA Pilates, Matchbox, Walnut Room and unique street styled programming district-wide throughout the River North Art District.



Skate Deck Art Show Appreciation

Dear Denver, Colorado, Thank you.

The truly Rejected & Megafauna Skate Deck Art Show Opening was a tremendous success for artists, attendees and sponsors. Numerous skate decks were purchased and donated in support of the Stronghold Society striving to inspire confidence, creativity, hope and ambition for the youth of Native communities across the Country.

It is truly a rare experience to engage with a sponsor and organizers for such a worthwhile organization in the Stronghold Society. While many non-profits are buried with administrative costs and hide the productive elements of their true potential, Stronghold remains transparent and dedicated to emboldening the youth of Native communities to focus on the future with Live Life campaigns and empowerment programs.

The Skate Deck Art Show will show for the remainder of the month with a closing show at Final Friday in the RiNo, River North Art District at 3102 Blake Street.

Please take time to stop by and support, the skate decks are an amazing selection of style and substance created by talented artists here in the Colorado. Your contributions toward this show, related organizations and artists are a true testament to the evolution of conscious community development.

Special thanks to the vendors, organizers, media & music contributors;
Beryl’s Beer Co., Smirk, Lawgical, RiNo Supply Co, Smokestack Relics, ‪#‎TheReverendDeadeye‬, ‪#‎ElCarteTaco‬, ‪#‎ScrumptiousIceCream‬, Steffy Sickgirl, DeRailed Ink, Hang Tight USA., Bomb City apparel, Daisy Public Relations, Penny Parker, Denver Westword, Denver Post Entertainment, 5280 Magazine, Groovey.TV and everyone.

Thank you for supporting the creative network of artists at MegaFauna.
Best, John