Kayla & Beth Alber

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: Kayla
Artist: Beth Alber

Message from the team:

“My name is Kayla and I’m a student at Oasis Skateboard Factory. My brand is U4iK. U4iK exists to alter your reality.

I collaborated with Beth Albee for this constellation board. Beth is a retired professor and artist who works in sculpture and jewelry design. The constellation depicted is the Seven Sisters from Greek mythology. The sisters are daughters of Pleione, who was the protectress of sailing, which lead to how the stars were used frequently by sailors for navigation. The Seven Sisters were also friends with Artemis, who was a Greek huntress and protector of young girls.  We chose this constellation for a few reasons. First, it represents how women in the arts can benefit from guidance around navigating the systems of embedded discrimination in the art world. Stars and constellations are part of the natural world, which is itself feminized; by highlighting stars, the piece speaks to the power of the feminine. Finally, by showing this particular constellation, the power of women looking out for each other in the art world and beyond is reinforced.

The constellation is expressed with the led lights in the board, which I put in by drilling holes just big enough to fit them through. I installed the lights one at a time and then glued their wires and battery on the back to hold it all in place.”

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!