The PUSH skatedeck art show, held at the old Boomtown location on Greenwood Ave, proved a few things last night:
1. Boomtown is one of the coolest venues in Bend.
2. No matter what event you go to in Bend there will be at least sixty children.
3. There are way more great artists in Bend than I realized.
4. A bunch of people want Bend to have an awesome skatepark.
The PUSH skatedeck art auction, in its third year, brought out hundreds of people, packing Boomtown's industrial space in support of the Division Street skatepark.
Over fifty artists from Bend, Portland and beyond donated skatedecks for the auction. Organizer Travis Yamada estimates around 800 people came out on Friday, braving the subzero temps. Yamada says he's still tallying the numbers, but it looks like this year's PUSH surpassed last year's net of $8,000 by a few thousand dollars.
"We definitely have enough money now that we can start a phase of the project," says Yamada. He hopes to start building the skatepark this summer.
Below is video from the event, courtesy of Eric Jensen:
Photos courtesy of Jason Brownlee.