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Skateboard art auction for Jake's Skate Park | PHOTOS

"In Memory of Jake Owen" is painted on a skateboard deck at the home of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the board will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field, which is seen in the background.
(Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
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In 2011, the life of 5-year-old Jake Owen was tragically cut short when his family's car was hit from behind by another driver. To honor his legacy, and ensure that construction on the skatepark named for him is completed according to plan, Federal Hill resident Cindy Conklin collaborated with the Waterfront Partnership to organize a fundraising auction. She reached out to a number of artists from Baltimore and around the country, and ended up with more than 50 custom painted skateboard decks. There are all kinds of different decks; 2 painted by one of Jake's close childhood friends, Reid, an electronic triptych from California-based artist AJ Pyatak, and there's even an autographed board from John Waters. The auction begins Thursday, April 8th: biddingowl.com/WaterfrontPartnership
(Ulysses Muñoz)
Skateboard art auction
"In Memory of Jake Owen" is painted on a skateboard deck at the home of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the board will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field, which is seen in the background.
"In Memory of Jake Owen" is painted on a skateboard deck at the home of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the board will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field, which is seen in the background. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
"Two Heads are Better Than One" and "A Perfect Day at the Yard" by Reid Glaros painted on skateboards sit on the deck of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the boards will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field, which is seen in the background.
"Two Heads are Better Than One" and "A Perfect Day at the Yard" by Reid Glaros painted on skateboards sit on the deck of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the boards will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field, which is seen in the background. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
"Disjointed Flight" by Michelle Modell painted on skateboards sits on the deck Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the triptych will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
"Disjointed Flight" by Michelle Modell painted on skateboards sits on the deck Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the triptych will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
Cindy Conklin displays some of the painted skateboard decks in her home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
Cindy Conklin displays some of the painted skateboard decks in her home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
Skateboard decks featuring images of Godzilla and King Kong by Will Brown (IG: @artistwillbrown) sit in the living room of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
Skateboard decks featuring images of Godzilla and King Kong by Will Brown (IG: @artistwillbrown) sit in the living room of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
"Give Me Some Sugar" by Lauren Preller is in the living room of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art piece will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
"Give Me Some Sugar" by Lauren Preller is in the living room of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art piece will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
A skateboard deck signed by John Waters and one called "Poe" by Jim Macko sit in the living room of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
A skateboard deck signed by John Waters and one called "Poe" by Jim Macko sit in the living room of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
"Gnarly" by Kate Norris painted on a skateboard is held by Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art piece will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
"Gnarly" by Kate Norris painted on a skateboard is held by Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art piece will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
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"Charm City Treats" by Dena Jones (IG: @chadenamade) sits in the living room of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art piece will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
"Charm City Treats" by Dena Jones (IG: @chadenamade) sits in the living room of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art piece will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
Cindy Conklin sits in her living room with painted skateboard decks on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; they'll be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
Cindy Conklin sits in her living room with painted skateboard decks on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; they'll be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
Cindy Conklin displays some of the skateboard decks in her home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
Cindy Conklin displays some of the skateboard decks in her home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
"The Web of Memory" by AJ Pyatak (IG: @gannon5000) painted on skateboards sits in the home of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the triptych will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
"The Web of Memory" by AJ Pyatak (IG: @gannon5000) painted on skateboards sits in the home of Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the triptych will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
Cindy Conklin displays some of the skateboard decks in her home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
Cindy Conklin displays some of the skateboard decks in her home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
"Nothing Bugs Me" painted by Wrae Wene is held by Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art piece will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
"Nothing Bugs Me" painted by Wrae Wene is held by Cindy Conklin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art piece will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
Cindy Conklin displays some of the skateboard decks in her home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
Cindy Conklin displays some of the skateboard decks in her home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the art pieces will be auctioned off to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
Skateboard art auction
Cindy Conklin and her husband, Bob Merbler, display some of the skateboard decks up for auction at their home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the proceeds from the art sales will go to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field.
Cindy Conklin and her husband, Bob Merbler, display some of the skateboard decks up for auction at their home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021; the proceeds from the art sales will go to help fund the completion of Jake's Skate Park at Rash Field. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Sun)
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