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Bank opens exhibit on surfing

September 6, 2005

The following is an article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel

Bank opens exhibit on surfing; to auction boards for ocean study By GWEN MICKELSON Sentinel staff writer Santa Cruz County Bank is taking its "board" meetings seriously. The banks latest art installation at its Santa Cruz branch, entitled "Endless Summer: A Santa Cruz State of Mind," features loaned and donated surfboards, both vintage and modern, as well as surf- and beach-themed artwork from six artists. The bank is conducting a silent auction on the boards that have been donated, and will conclude the silent bids with a live auction at the artists reception Sept. 14. All proceeds from the auction will benefit ONeill Sea Odyssey, the local nonprofit that provides hands-on educational experience for children to encourage the protection and preservation of the ocean. Its the first time the bank has added a benefit aspect to a show. "Were expecting a few more boards," said Mary Anne Carson, the banks senior vice president. "So we hope to raise a couple thousand dollars." Carson expects more than 100 people at the reception. All of the artwork is for sale  except for that of the 10 finalists in the banks recent surfboard coloring contest, whose ages range 3-14 and whose works, in such media as "crayon on newsprint," are displayed along with those of the more mature artists. The surfboard and art display is Santa Cruz County Banks fifth installation  a fitting one for a bank whose logo features a surfboard deck. Advertisement The art shows spring from a personal interest on the part of the banks president and chief executive officer, John Rossell. But also, said Rossell, "from the banks point of view its a wonderful opportunity to do community outreach." Boards on display include: A redwood Kivlin Hotcurl, the Malibu Perpetual Surfboard trophy board from 1948, loaned for display by collectors Pete and Cathy Noble of Monterey. A 9-foot-1-inch Yater Spoon from 1966, also loaned by the Nobles. Local pro Robert "Wingnut" Weavers first board, signed by Weaver for the show. Modern longboards for sale and auction from GP Surfboards Capitola, a new surfboard collaborative using hand-crafted exotic wood stringers. A 7-foot-6-inch ONeill Lovecraft teardrop pintail from the 70s shaped by Joel Wood with a logo by Royce Kolanovich, one of ONeills early graphic artists. A balsa boogie board with small fins loaned by the Marini family of Santa Cruz. More than 20 surfboards are on display and so far four are for auction  longboards from Mitchell Surfboards, GP Surfboards and Strive Surfboards and a shortboard signed by local pro Peter Mel. Browsers are welcome to walk through the bank, perhaps taking a trip down memory lane as they view the older surfboards. Though other art shows have traveled between the banks three branches  its other branches are in Scotts Valley and Watsonville  the surfboard show will be shown only at the Santa Cruz branch. The exhibit goes through Oct. 31. Contact Gwen Mickelson at gmickelson@santacruzsentinel.com. If You Go WHAT: Santa Cruz County Bank art installation Endless Summer: A Santa Cruz State of Mind. LOCATION: 325 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. VIEWING HOURS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Show goes through Oct. 31. ARTISTS RECEPTION AND BOARD AUCTION: 5-7 p.m. Sept. 14, with a live surfboard auction at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome. ENTERTAINMENT: Oddball accordionist The Great Morgani. HOW TO BID FOR SILENT AUCTION: Fill in and submit a bidding sheet, available at the bank. Bidders also may call and have a sheet filled out for them. INFORMATION: 457-5003, Ext. 118; www.sccountybank.com; www.oneillseaodyssey.org/auction.

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