Beginning Friday, April 19th two of Boston’s most time-honored traditions will be celebrated in tandem: art and basketball. Presented by the Cleveland-based basketball art blog Double Scribble (which has recently appeared on popular sports sites ESPN and SB Nation) and Cambridge institution Voltage Coffee and Art, “In the Paint: A Celebration of Art and Basketball” will feature local artists as well as others from around the country. The multi-media show will not only explore the passion and strong sense of community that unites fans and players, but will also allow non-fans to experience the unique “love of the game” that basketball inspires.
“In the Paint” will be Double Scribble’s second gallery show (the first took place in October, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio). The site was founded in April 2011 by Michael McGrath Jr. and Nicholas Kastner and features new works daily. “Basketball is a universal language,” says Nicholas Kastner. “No matter where you go, you can find a court, wait your turn and join a game. We founded Double Scribble as a way to improve our drawing skills while following something we loved. Two years later, it features art by dozens of contributors from around the world. What started as a practice has developed into one of the world’s largest online pick up games for basketball artists.”
Boston, and Voltage in particular, was a natural fit for the traveling show. “Our mission at Voltage is to bring people together in one space, and through their separate passions engage in a dialogue in a discerning but nurturing environment, “ says Anna Schindelar, Voltage’s Art Director and Curator. “Besides being a huge basketball fan since buying my first Lisa Leslie’s, my involvement in this project was sealed after hearing how the Double Scribble community was built from its members. I’m a sucker for self-expression and people making public their interests and passions. Double Scribble, like Voltage, is a space where people can come together to celebrate their interest and love, and in this pairing it’s for art and basketball.”
Basketball or art fans and the community at large are invited to attend the opening night celebration on Friday, April 19th beginning 7 PM at Voltage Coffee and Art (295 3rd Street, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA). Entertainment will be provided by Somerville DJs “Big Digits” and refreshments will be served. Tickets are required and can be reserved via Eventbrite. A $5 suggested donation will be taken at the door with all proceeds will benefit Shooting Touch, a Massachusetts charity providing basketball training and education to underprivileged youth