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. (http://www.strongholdsociety.org/ )

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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.

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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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http://www.westword.com/arts/photos-artists-rally-for-the-stronghold-society-at-the-skate-deck-art-show-6734951

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(http://www.robertbellfineart.com/)
Jeremy “worm”,Christian OTG (http://www.offth3grid.com/)
Guerilla Garden,

Robert Marcellius,

Darin Roth (https://instagram.com/darinrothart/)
James Fuller ,

Sherry Hern (http://www.herncreative.net/)
Girr Patrick (http://ink361.com/app/users/ig-1260246186/girr44/photos)

Mar Williams http://sudux.com/

Frank Kwiatkowski (http://www.thekwiatkowskipress.com/)
David palmer
http://davepalmerart.com/
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Joseph olenik
https://instagram.com/jpartylord/
Rusty nutter
Jim Clark

Marion street tattoo
http://marionstreettattoo.com/
Derek(Mukee)
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152392637258805&set=yo.602363804.2014.www_timeline&type=1&theater
Plaant
http://www.plaant.net/

Rob Mack
http://www.robmackart.com/
May Bailey
Emily J Moore
http://emilyjmoore.com/
Michael Gallegos
Brandan Styles
http://www.brandanstyles.com/
JVH ARt
https://www.facebook.com/johnvanhornart
Blake A Chamness
http://bachamness.format.com/
Zak Kinsella
http://zakkinsella.daportfolio.com/
Bergerbot
Andi Todaro
https://leongallery.squarespace.com/andi-todaro-may-2013/
Brett Nienburg
http://girlsandbots.com/#portfolio
Matt Mega C
Wizardbong
https://instagram.com/wizardbong
Cody Kuehl
https://instagram.com/artofcodykuehl/
Morgan Febrey
http://idiotcult.com/
Viet Doan
Snodgrass Jones
Travis Working
April Aultman
Broox Pulford
Shitty Kitten

and then some….

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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.

 

New Years Resolutions to Shop Local at MegaFauna in 2014

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New Years Resolutions to Support Local in 2014

In keeping with tradition and end of year tidings, we take a moment to give thanks for all the generous support of our dedicated customer base and network of artists across the country. For the time and relentless pursuit of the independent creative lifestyle, the reward is often not harbored in the results of our efforts but the commitment itself. We applaud your efforts to support and show our recognition in getting up every day and pay forward your capacity for change and continue to create and forge new frontiers, new styles, new energy in hopes of creating a new future.

For those who continue to fall into the convenient trappings of box corporate mindset, we propose a set of New Years Resolutions to heighten awareness and provide a course of action; that in supporting local, you are really supporting yourself and your community. This support is not simply aesthetics or some catch phrase, there are very real and substantial ramifications to local and global economies, both monetary and socially.

And it is worthwhile to note, that the opposite is true. If you continue to support the models and methods which pay big corporations, big salaries thru mass production this will in turn reduce the positive effects garnered by supporting local. When possible carry this list with you and find a way to engage in the state, city and community where you reside. We are all working toward the ideal, taking care of our family and friends, finding time to enjoy our lives in a healthy and sustainable way and doing so with style and grace so that we can all bring ourselves up.

The community of support it takes to elevate the standard of living for us all resides in our own decisions, day to day, on a micro level rippling out to the community at large. Whether you are making first steps in adopting a “support local” philosophy or helping to spread the word thru your actions, we believe these ten steps are essential to understanding what is at stake.

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Ten Reasons to Support Local:

1.  Local Character and Prosperity

 

In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.

 

2.  Community Well-Being

 

Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.

 

3. Local Decision-Making

 

Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

 

4.  Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy

 

Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

 

5.  Job and Wages

 

Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

 

 

6.  Entrepreneurship

 

Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

7. Public Benefits and Costs

 

Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

 

8.  Environmental Sustainability

 

Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

 

9.  Competition

 

A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

 

10.  Product Diversity

 

A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

Reference: Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. www.ilsr.org

Thank you for supporting local creativity and Happy New Year.