“Birds of a Feather” Art Exhibition To Open In Wilmington in June

Featuring hand-crafted and hand-painted surfboards and stringed instruments.

May 17, 2011 (Wilmington, NC)“Birds of a Feather,” a special exhibition featuring artist Clark Hipolito’s original artwork on handcrafted guitars, ukuleles and surfboards, will open on Friday, June 10, at Deluxe restaurant in downtown Wilmington, NC.

The title of the exhibition, “Birds Of A Feather,” reflects the collaboration between Raleigh, NC-based artist Hipolito, surfboard shaper Will Allison of Wilmington, and luthier Jay Lichty of Tryon – the three North Carolina artists/craftsmen who are creating the surfboards and heirloom quality guitars and ukuleles for the show.

Hipolito, the founder of Art Co Surf in Raleigh, has been well known for several years for his hand-painted, wood-grain surfboards that are inspired by the Polynesian surfing legacy, Asian art, and Hipolito’s love of classic Chris-Craft boats.

In 2008, Hipolito applied his art to a guitar that was subsequently signed by performers at that year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee and auctioned to raise funds for charity. As word of Hipolito’s hand-painted guitar circulated, other musicians commissioned him to paint guitars for them, including Michael Franti of Spearhead and country rock star Mike Gossin of Gloriana.

Through Gossin, Hipolito met Lichty, the 2010 winner of the prestigious Made in the South Award from Garden & Gun magazine who designed and handcrafted Gossin’s custom guitar. After they agreed to collaborate on a show, Hipolito contacted surfboard shaper Will Allison, an East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame inductee (2006) who has hand-shaped boards for clients around the world, including a quiver of surfboards for Jimmy Buffet.

“Will is a legend,” Hipolito said. “He’s been creating surfboards longer than anyone I’ve ever known.”

The three agreed to collaborate on the work that will be seen in the upcoming exhibition.

The opening reception for “Birds Of A Feather” will be held at 8 p.m. on June 10th at Deluxe, 114 Market Street, in downtown Wilmington, with live acoustic music provided by Sai Collins. All three artists will attend. The show will run through the summer.

For more information on the exhibition, go to lichtyguitars.com and click on the “Birds Of A Feather” link. A video on Hipolito’s and Allison’s work is also available on YouTube at http://bit.ly/msT3Q9.

For more information on Clark Hipolito, visit www.artcosurf.com.

About Clark Hipolito

Clark Hipolito is an avid surfer and artist and the founder Art Co Surf, a company and a brand that caters to anyone who has ever loved fine art and the high-energy lifestyle of the surfing culture. Hipolito’s body of art work has been featured on television shows and feature films, including “Sex and the City,” “Dawson’s Creek”, “One Tree Hill,” “Zombieland,” and “The Joneses.” In 2004, the NHL commissioned Hipolito to create a large-scale mixed media installation for the NHL Draft, which was held in Raleigh, NC, that year. Among his many celebrity clients are ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, Pink, and NFL defensive end Mario Williams. For more information visit www.artcosurf.com.

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Buys ArtCo Surf Surfboard

October 6, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Billy Gibbons, the legendary founder and lead guitarist for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band ZZ Top, recently purchased a hand-painted wood-grain surfboard created by Raleigh, NC-based artist Clark Hipolito of ArtCo Surf.

Gibbons selected “Bullet: Ace In The Hole,” one of ArtCo Surf’s retrofish boards. It features carbon fiber inlay and two glassed-in wooden fins. For the art applied to the hand-shaped board, a playing-card “ace” punctuates a predominately black background, which is dissected by an ArtCo signature wood-grain stripe.

“Originally I was going to keep this board for my personal collection because it was the first board we ever made with carbon fiber inlays,” Hipolito said. “But when I was told Billy Gibbons was interested in it, I pretty much justified in my mind that I had to let him have it. After all, he’s a living legend!”

This isn’t ArtCo Surf’s first celebrity contact for ArtCo Surf. In 2007, Grammy-winning pop star “Pink” (Alecia Moore) commissioned a board for her then-husband Carey Hart’s birthday. This summer, ArtCo Surf’s custom surfboards have caught the eyes of superstar surfers and musicians Donovan Frankenreiter and his surfer bandmates.

ArtCo Surf’s unique wood-grain boards are inspired by Asian art, the Polynesia surfing legacy when all boards were made of wood, and Hipolito’s personal fascination with vintage Chris Craft boards.

The ArtCo Surf brand has grown to include limited-edition surfboards, skateboards, stretch beach cruisers, and a new line of men’s and women’s apparel.

ArtCo’s surfboards have been has been touted by regional, national, and international media, including NC Signature, the Raleigh News & Observer and Raleigh Downtowner, Line Up, Waterfront Homes & Design, Surfer, Eastern Surf, Global Surf News, Dutton Direct, Grund Genug, a German international magazine on luxurious living, and Khooligan, a Russian art and lifestyle magazine.

For more information and to see the complete collection of surfboards and other products, visit http://www.artcosurf.com.