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Japanese snowboarding magazine Snowstyle has selected the I AM SNOWBOARDING art exhibit to showcase in itʼs 20th Anniversary Special Photo & Art Annual.

Each year Snowstyle magazineʼs “Photo Issue” is highly anticipated, but for the first time – in honor of Jeff and with respect to the talented artists and photographers who created the I AM SNOWBOARDING body of work, Snowstyle has changed their tradition and made their first “Photo & Art Annual.”

This premier photo and art annual is made with special paper, design and layout considerations. The 51 page article highlights each and every photographer and artist, showing the original photo next to the completed painting.

When asked about the issue, Editorial Director Ima-san said “I think in both ʻsnowboardingʼ and ʻmagazine makingʻ it is necessary to look for original expression. ʻSnowboardingʼ that I knew was play of creativity, not necessarily always ʻsportsʼ. The reason why I took up ʻI AM SNOWBOARDINGʼ on a large scale is that there is a mass of the greatest creativity in the snowboarding world, along with diversity and power of human-community. I am convinced that this show & all art-piece can tell it to people and the next generation. Snowstyle was started in 1989, this issue is 20 years anniversary issue. I think that in my magazine and in snowboarding history, ʻI AM SNOWBOARDINGʼ is an important milestone….Never Forget”

Along with this issue, 22 paintings from the I AM SNOWBOARDING art exhibit will be hosted by Volcom Japan at their Tokyo store in Harajuku on Feb 23rd for a private reception. The paintings then move to the ART-IN-GALLERY for a week residency Feb 25 – March 2, 2010.

While the paintings are in Japan, the “Last Art-Piece” – a steel and epoxy sculpture by Patrice Miller and Dustin del Giudice titled “I am…. with my friends” will be displayed at home in Mammoth Lakes at Wave Rave Snowboard Shop until the tour returns to Mammoth and the exhibit is reunited.

I AM SNOWBOARDING will also be represented in Vancouver during the Winter Olympics with the “Aries2010” Time Capsule and Gallery at The Boardroom, Feb 13-19, 2010.


ABOUT: I AM SNOWBOARDING

Proudly supported by Volcom, Burton, Vans, Asymbol, the Eric L. Smith Art and Science Foundation, and countless friends around the globe – including those reading this right now.

Jeffrey Lin Anderson was a professional snowboarder for ten of the twenty-three years that he lived his amazing life. In that time he touched thousands of lives around the world in the snowboarding, skateboarding, and everydayjoe communities. Through the love of his friends and the power of art, he continues to do so today.

In honor of what would have been Jeffʼs 30th birthday, a group of 44 world-renowned photographers and artists, friends of Jeff and of snowboarding, have come together to pay tribute to Jeff and to raise money for the JLA Memorial Fund.

Each image started with a photo of Jeff that was captured by someone who knew him well. The photo was enlarged onto canvas, and a separate artist then painted, or used a medium of his choice to create a unique collaborative work of art. The resulting pieces are one of a kind. The partnerships formed in this project a tribute to the depth of the snowboarding, skateboarding and art communities.

For a list of artists please visit: iamjla.org

The exhibit is currently on world tour.
It first opened in Mammoth Lakes,CA – (click here for FUEL TV’s Mammoth coverage)
then traveled to San Francisco, CA – (click here for SF KTVU Channel 2 news coverage)
Third stop: Portland, OR (click here for KOIN Local 6 Early interview with Trevor Graves)
then Denver, Aspen, Tokyo, Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes.

Prints of each piece are available for purchase at ASYMBOLgallery.com Each series is a limited-edition run of 23, signifying each year of Jeffʼs life. All proceeds benefit the JLA Memorial Fund.