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15AbouttheArtistDonPendletonisanAmericanartistdesignerillustratorandwriterwhoselegendaryskateboardgraphicsdefinethevisualidentityofoneofthefastest-growingsportsintheworld.BornandraisedinRavenswoodW.Va.Pendletongrewupwatchinghisfatherpaintandembraceddraw-ingattheageofnine.Hediscoveredskateboardingfiveyearslaterat-tractedtothehighlyvisualcultureanditsemphasisoncreativity.Mu-tuallyintertwinedthesetwinpassionsofferedanescapefromyouthfulboredomandfueledPendletonforyearstocome.AsasponsoredskateboarderPendletonquicklymovedthroughtheamateurrankscompetinganddoingdemosthroughouttheMidwestandEastCoastuntilanankleinjuryin1992shiftedhisfocusbacktoartwork.HeearnedabachelorsdegreeingraphicartswithaminorinsociologyfromMarshallUniversityin1994.Pendletontookalloftheartjobshecouldfindinanefforttobuildhisportfolio.Duringthemid-90shedevelopedmuchofhiscurrentstylewhileworkingatseveralnewspapersandpublicationsfocusingonlayoutdesignandillustration.Helandedacovetedpositionofin-housegraphicartistanddesignerforAlienWorkshopin1998thenaburgeoningskateboardandapparelcompanywherecreativityandoriginalitywereparamount.HespentthebetterpartofadecadeestablishingthecompanysvisualidentityandAlienWorkshopquicklybecameoneofthemostpopularskateboardcompaniesintheworld.From2005-2009PendletonspearheadedthecreativeandmarketingteamofskateboardinggiantElementSkateboardsfromhishomebaseinDaytonOhio.HeiscurrentlyafreelancecommercialandfineartistwhoseclientlistincludesZeroSkateboardsLGElectronicsMountainDewGatoradePearlJamNike6.0andDCShoesamongmanyothers.ThisexhibitisgenerouslypresentedbyParisSignsandsponsoredbyBulldogCreativeServicesWestVirginiaDivisionofCultureandHistoryandNationalEndowmentfortheArtswithapprovalfromtheWestVirginiaCommissionontheArts.DonPendletonAWalterGropiusMasterArtistParisSignsPresentsDonPendletonhasbeendesigningskateboardgraphicssince1998.HerecentlystartedhisownskateboardcompanyDarkroomwhichfeaturescustomshapesandgraphicsmadeandprintedintheUSA.Thisimageshowssomeofthecurrentlineofproducts.Imagecourtesyoftheartist.ExhibitionMarch8-June12014PublicPresentation7p.m.April102014WorkshopFineLinesTheArtofSkateboardGraphicstakesplace9a.m.to4p.m.April11-142014SkateboardingDemoDonPendletonreturnstoHMAforaSkateboardingDemoonMay17from2to5p.m.Admissionisfree.TheraindateforthiseventisMay18from2to5p.m.Participantsyoungerthan18mustwearhelmetsandhavewrittenparentalpermissiontoparticipate.