May 14, 2008 (WILMINGTON, NC) – ArtCo Surf, a new Raleigh, NC-based company that creates and produces one-of-a-kind and limited edition surfboards, skateboards, beach cruiser bicycles, and its own apparel line, will unveil its third annual exhibit entitled “The Pursuit of Happiness: A Collection of Classic Modes of Coastal Transportation” on Friday, May 23, at 8 p.m. at Deluxe restaurant in downtown Wilmington, NC.
However, this summer’s show “promises to be a big leap from our past shows,” said ArtCo artist and principal Clark Hipolito. They will not only introduce their newest hand-painted and limited-edition signed and numbered surfboards, but this time they will also debut a new line of ArtCo long-board skateboards, beach cruiser bicycles, and offer a limited preview of the company’s new select apparel line.
Opening night of the exhibit will also offer guests a look at “perhaps one of the coolest things we’ve ever worked on,”
said Hipolito: the Kona Chameleon Mobile Coffee Van, commissioned by Erik Anderson.
Hipolito and Tony Ramsi have become well known over the past two years for their “Against The Grain” collections of hand-painted, wood-grain surfboards, which also debuted at Deluxe and have been featured in numerous national magazines. Hand-shaped by Brian Wynn of Wynn Surfboards in New Jersey, those boards fetched prices in the thousands. As commissions rolled in, the artists expanded their work to include original photography on signed, limited-edition boards shaped by various surfboard shapers.
At the opening reception for “The Pursuit of Happiness,” food and beverages will be available and the evening will include music provided by DJ Jason Johns. Deluxe is located at 114 Market Street in Wilmington. For directions, go to http://www.deluxenc.com.
The exhibit of boards and bikes will run through the summer months. To see ArtCo Surf’s complete line of surfboards, and for more information, visit http://www.artcosurf.com.