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Weekend Wrap-up: Bikes as art, parade floats, and more

Posted by on June 8th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Bike Love art show at Angst Gallery-12
Gallery owner Leah Jackson
was all smiles after the
crowded opening to her
Bike Love art show.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Here’s a quick recap of a few events this past weekend.

Friday night I rolled across the I-5 Bridge to catch the tail end of the opening night reception for “Bike Love,” a showing of bike art at Angst Gallery on Main Street in Vancouver.

With a canary yellow bakfiets and many other bikes parked out front, it wasn’t hard to find. Hanging in the window I noted a street sign that read — “Boulanger Bikeway”. Angst Gallery is owned by Todd Boulanger’s partner Leah Jackson (Todd is a former transportation planner for the City of Vancouver was recently laid off amid budget woes).

Once inside, I was happy to hear that the night was a big success. Leah said the place had been jam-packed.

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Highlights for me included a huge, four-panel stencil painting by Anthony Baysore,

By Anthony Baysore

a sweet little piece by six-year old Melayna Campos,

“My Bike” by Melayna Campos (age 6).

and this very well-done bike-truck by Matthew Vilhauer and Karl Vonn Bohmann.

Other artists with notable pieces at the show include Sara Stout, Erin Gallagher, Tiago DeJerk, Matt Cardinal and Morgan Torngren-Tatman. Bike Love runs through June 27th. See more photos here.

Saturday morning I took my 3 1/2 year old daughter down to see the Grand Floral Parade. It was pretty much the same as years past, except for one thing; Mayor Adams, his friends, and his staff eschewed the usual ride in a convertible and rode bikes instead.

Here’s Mayor Adams:

Mayor's entry into Grand Floral Parade-1

And his Transportation Policy Director Catherine Ciarlo (with son on the Xtracycle):

Mayor's entry into Grand Floral Parade-2

And the whole group:

Mayor's entry into Grand Floral Parade-1-2

The second annual Blessing of the Bikes was held on Sunday. I didn’t make it this year, but The Oregonian published a great story and video of the event. Watch the video below:

Blessing of the Bikes

And we’re just getting started folks. June is going to be bike-crazy!

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  • lothar June 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Wow! from what I can see see of the piece by 6 year old Melayna Campos, that is frigg’n amazing!

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  • mark June 8, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for posting the Blessing of the Bikes. It was the perfect end to a hilly ride and nice to see a real range of bicycle interests represented. Joe Rose’s Oregonlive entry was nicely done and it was plain fun to receive the blessing. The poignant moment when we remembered those who have died in bicycle accidents was touching and one hopes that we do not have to remember anyone at the next blessing.

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  • Jordan June 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Here is a picture I took of her in the bike tube dress she made at the Alice Awards a couple of years back.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jordan_n22/418305212/

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  • matthew June 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    thanks for the recognition for the angst gallery show. leah’s energy and commitment to all things bikey is fantastic.

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  • Matt Picio June 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Also this weekend, Cycle Wild went and camped at Beacon Rock State Park – there were a total of 11 of us out there, most of whom hiked to the top of Beacon Rock (a couple hiked up to the top of Hamilton Mountain). It was a good trip, and everyone returned safely despite a couple of rude drivers on Washougal River Road.

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  • ayleen June 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    interesting – they used to not allow bikes in the Grand Floral Parade. The committee thought it was too dangerous to have bikes in the parade with horses and walkers/marchers.

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