Emily & Chief LadyBird

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a PRE-AUCTION only – the online auction will transition to the live auction event at CJ’s SKATEPARK (in Mississauga) on Thursday May 9th, beginning at 7pm.  Event details below.  If you are the high bidder when the online auction is closed at noon on May 8th, your standing bid will carry over to the live auction event at the Skatepark!

Winning bidder can pay for and pick up their items at CJ’s Skatepark during regular hours.

Student: Emily
Artist: Chief LadyBird

Message from the team:

“My name is Emily and I’m a student at Oasis Skateboard Factory. My brand is called Sky Line Dreams.

I collaborated with Chief LadyBird for this piece. Chief LadyBird makes native art that incorporates traditional and modern styles. She works in digital, paint and drawing mediums. Chief LadyBird describes her art as storytelling that is honest and empowering. She is the first Indigenous artist to design an emoji for Twitter – a Turtle Island emoji for Indigenous History Month – and is also the creator of the Scholastic children’s book Nibi’s Water Song. Her advice to young artists is to not worry about what teachers say about your art style and to follow your heart and your own creative path.

For our board, we decided to do a 50/50 split. I originally planned to draw a fox for my side of the board, but as I began drawing, this beautiful woman materialized as well. Chief LadyBird then created her image to complement mine, mirroring her mentorship style with OSF students.”

 The Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF) is an award-winning TDSB alternative high school program where at-risk youth earn credits and graduate by building and selling skateboards and running a small design business. For Oasis Skateboard Factory’s 10 year anniversary, students were partnered with professional artists to create a unique rolling work of art. From adding illustrations and paintings to creating sculptures from cut up decks, OSF students and their artist collaborators go beyond the skateboard form and into the realm of high art.

All boards on display will be displayed at CJ’s SKATEPARK from April 16th – May 9th and will be available for public auction on the online JBM auction site.

On May 9th, the online auction bids will transition to the live auction event at CJ’s SKATEPARK beginning at 7pm where there will be a cash bar serving wine and beer. Proceeds from the auction will go towards supporting OSF’s unique programming.  Parking is free.

CJ’s SKATEPARK is proud to support such an amazing school!