Oakley's Sunglasses At Night Art Tour Hits Boston

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To cap off the year with the successful Sunglasses at Night Art Tour, we at Oakley decided to see what the East Coast could bring to the table and they didn’t disappoint. We had 40 students from the New England Institute of Art submit their interpretations of the Oakley Hijinx and the final stop for 2009 was a big hit. The Sunglasses at Night tour has spanned across the Western part of the country in Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Adding in the New England area was the right choice for this event and spread the word of the Oakley Artist Series program.

The Gas Station Art Gallery, located right next to historic Fenway Park in Boston, was filled with people that came out for the event. In addition to viewing the Oakley Hijinx the students designed, artists that have collaborated in the Oakley Artist Series Editions were on hand. Red Bull provided the drinks and DJ Coppo was in attendance – making the atmosphere perfect. The students, faculty and art lovers were all pleased with the outcome of an amazing night.

Oakley artist Andrew Petterson was again in attendance to field questions, explain his work with Oakley, his art and talk with the students as well as announce a winner for the event. “The students on the East Coast brought their amazing designs to the table and everyone had a great time” said Petterson. The evening of fun and Oakley art capped off with the announcement of the $1500 scholarship winner and the runner-up, who won $500 worth of Oakley eyewear.

First Place went to Joseph Mirabile (Graphic Design Major), who created a piece of eyewear reminiscent of a piece of art he had developed a year before. Petterson commented that the artwork was “simply amazing”. Mirabile put in a few weeks of time designing the unique piece.

Second place went to Adam Cournoyer Armory (Graphic Design Major), who created a visually stunning Oakley “candy” piece that caught everyone’s attention. Adam is an avid Oakley follower and was more than excited to receive second place.

Special thanks go out to Fran Berger, The New England Institute of Art and the students that participated. Additional thanks go to Oliver Mak, and Oakley’s Mark Wakeling, Nelson Wormstead, and Trevor Fitzgerald. Stay tuned for info about Sunglasses at Night 2010 tour on Oakley.com.