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Bikes as art, all over the city

Posted by on June 23rd, 2008 at 3:38 pm

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Patrick Barber takes in bike photographs
at the Tea Zone in Northwest Portland.
More photos here
(Photos © J. Maus)

It seems like everywhere you turn in Portland these days you see bikes.

As if near daily bike parades and rides weren’t enough to convince Portlanders that this city is absolutely bike-crazy, the Cycle Seen: Picturing Portland’s Bike Culture photo and art exhibition is now on display in nine different cafes, bike shops and art galleries throughout the city.

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Artist Shawn Granton standing in front of his work at opening night.
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Cycle Seen director Rachel Siegel.

Cycle Seen is the brainchild of artist and educator Rachel Siegel. Siegel (and her crew of volunteers) has spent the last year putting together the exhibition. With a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, they have put together an impressive collection of bike-inspired photography and art.

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Detail from Erin Gallagher’s Hawthorne Route.

Each of the show’s nine locations features a different theme. I was at opening night of two of the locations (The Tea Zone and the Independent Publishing Resource Center) earlier this month.

At the Tea Zone, the theme of photographs is “Cycle Zone”. Not to be missed is Ken Simms’ uncanny Droplets photo (detail of it here) where thousands of tiny rain droplets capture the reflection of a bike outside a window.

At the IPRC, Siegel put together a sampling of hand-drawn bike posters and illustrations by local artists. Stencil artist Tiago DeJerk’s distinctive work hangs alongside the whimsical illustrations of Shawn Granton, and a beautiful painting of the Hawthorne Bridge by artist Erin Gallagher (in photo above).

A list of the locations and their themes are listed below. The exhibition runs through July 2nd. Learn more at

    The Little Red Bike Café
    4823 N. Lombard
    A Little Red Theme

    Guardino Gallery
    2939 NE Alberta
    Cyclist Portraits

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    The Tea Zone

    The Tea Zone
    510 NW 11th Ave
    The Cycling Zone

    Seven Corners New Seasons
    1954 SE Division St
    Cycling: Family, Friends, and Pets

    The Cup and Saucer Cafe
    3000 NE Killingsworth
    Mixte: Color, Light, & Character

    A Better Cycle
    2324 SE Division St
    Ghost Bike Tribute & Bike Life

    Stumptown Roasters
    4525 SE Division St
    Auction for Bikes to Rwanda

    Independent Publishing Resource Center
    917 SW Oak Street #218
    Bike Posters, Graphics, & Illustrations

    Good Neighbor Pizza
    800 NE Dekum
    Racing: Speed, Endurance & the Mud

This Saturday (6/28), Cycle Seen and Stumptown Roasters are hosting a silent auction of selected prints from the exhibit. The money raised will go to Bikes to Rwanda. Check details below:

    Where: Stumptown Coffee Roasters on Division
    4525 SE Division St, Portland, Oregon
    When: Saturday June 28, 4-6pm
    Event: Free Admission

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  • RyNO Dan June 23, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Yeah RACC !!
    For this and other cycle-related projects.
    (excitement builds……)

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  • Jeff Bernards June 24, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    I went on the Cycle Seen Ride last Saturday. We went to every exhibit, it was Portland Bike Culture, all the way. Rachel and crew worked hard to put it all together, it\’s not to be missed. My favorite was the 2 bike parking staples with a bike locked to one and a dog tied up to the other, very Portland! Thanks for the work and the ride.

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