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Boarder shreds into the art world

Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News
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What started out as a hobby has become a huge part of the way Justin Randolph expresses himself these days.

The artist, who spends most of his winter days sharing his passion for snowboarding and teaching lessons at Winter Park Resort, is the featured artist at the Fraser Valley Library. An opening reception in his honor is scheduled at 6 p.m. today in the Urban Community Room. Refreshments will be served.

Randolph grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and splits his time between there and Colorado. Born into a family of artists, Randolph guesses his talent for painting runs in the family. Most of his kin are painters, including his grandfather, uncle and great aunt.

As a young man, Randolph said he always could be found doodling and he took advanced art in high school. After that it just became a way to pass the time, he said.

When he’s not drawing, he can be found on the slopes and has been snowboarding for almost a decade.

“Snowboarding is kind of what I do,” he said. “The art is second. I just do my art because I’m bored.”

However, the resourceful athlete found a unique way to incorporate the two. He found a rare medium in discarded snowboard decks and has several he’s painted over that will be on display at the show. Randolph, who said he finds many of the boards in Dumpsters, has also designed a bench or two with the decks.

At least one of these benches will be showcased at the library, as well as acrylic and colored pencil drawings and paintings. None of the paintings for this show are landscapes, but he said he has several at home just not quite ready for display. He dabbles in oils and pastels as well, and said he always tries to use reclaimed materials for his works.

Works to be in the spotlight are ones Randolph has completed just this year, matted and framed by the artist himself. All are lively, detailed and picturesque, and most have a symbolic meaning dear to the artist.

He said he likes letting people lend their own meanings to them.

“I do most of my stuff for a message ” for a story without some kind of words.”

One day he noticed another artist’s works hanging at the library and thought it was something he might be interested in. Although he is not actively trying to sell his pieces, he’s willing to consider it. He said he’s just doing the show to get his message displayed, without him having to talk about it.

Works by Randolph will be on display throughout the month at the library.


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