Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 23rd, 2008 at 3:38 pm
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.
Artist Shawn Granton standing in front of his work at opening night.
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.
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 CycleSeen.org.
The Little Red Bike Café
4823 N. Lombard
A Little Red Theme
2939 NE Alberta
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
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