PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, September 8, 2015


The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission presents LOVE + GUTS, a group art exhibition with coordinating events with funding provided by the Morris B. Squire Foundation.

The exhibition will feature the work of many Southern and Central California skateboard artists including Steve Alba, Steve Caballero, David Hackett, Christian Hosoi, Lance Mountain, Hagop Najarian, Pat Ngoho, Peggy Oki, Steve Olson, and others. The exhibition will last from September 7, 2015 through January 14, 2016 at the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building at 511 E. Lakeside Pkwy., Santa Maria, CA. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, September 19 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building.

The concept LOVE + GUTS was created with the idea that at its core, skateboarding is an art form and that the artists involved in this collective extend their art beyond the skateboard and into other mediums. Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, and Pat Ngoho founded LOVE + GUTS in 2005 with a small series of shows throughout the U.S. Over the years, LOVE + GUTS has featured hundreds of artists from all around the world who all have a passion for the sport. This is the first time they have offered this rare opportunity to a Central Coast venue.

LOVE + GUTS was coordinated by Allan Hancock art professor and artist John Hood, who felt it was important to bring an exhibition that would engage a younger portion of the population. Hood, a skater himself, said, “I’m excited by the possibility that this exhibition will reach many at-risk youth and involve the general student population that does not normally frequent galleries or art venues. This exhibition and the coordinating events will generate a lot of excitement not normally seen in the North County art world.”

The second event is a Super Skate Session on September 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the new SLO Skate Park located at 1050 Oak Street in San Luis Obispo. Many participants in the Super Skate Session are well-known seasoned athletes and artists. The $2.2 million skate park was funded in part by a $25,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, and features many creative public art elements. Hundreds of young skaters and the general public will have an opportunity to watch their heroes perform and meet them later at the Betteravia Gallery.

Following the Super Skate Session event, a LOVE + GUTS Q & A session with the curators and selected artists will be held from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisor’s Hearing Room, at the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building. Seating is limited.

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Ginny Brush
Executive Director, Arts Commission
(805) 568-3992

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