Portland artists featured in Artcrank’s new online store

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 3rd, 2015 at 3:32 pm


Detail of Rory Phillips’ poster.

We’re big fans of Artcrank, billed by its founder Charles Youel as “A poster party for bike people.” The event first came to Portland in 2009 and has returned each year since to inspire and entertain us with its creative representations of the thing we all know and love

While it won’t be back this year, Youel got in touch with us yesterday to share the news that Portland is still in his plans. He’s scaling back live events and has turned his focus toward a new website which launched this week. Similar to his live shows features 30 artists who’ve created bike-inspired posters.

Of the 30 artists featured in his first online exhibition, three of them are from Portland.
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Sneak peek at this year’s Artcrank posters

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 1st, 2014 at 12:45 pm

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The “bike poster party” is back!
(Photo by J. Maus/BikPortland)

Artcrank is one of our favorite events. For the past five years, this one-night gallery show and party has brought a refreshing mix of art and community to Portland. With the show returning this Saturday night (10/4), we thought it’d be fun to share a special sneak peek of what you’ll see.

As per usual, all the posters displayed at this weekend’s show were produced by local artists in limited quantities. 29 artists will be featured this year and their creative, provocative, bike-inspired works of art are available for just $50 each. This is an excellent opportunity to decorate your house, apartment, locker, cubicle, cargo bike box, or whatever. One of the posters, commissioned by event sponsor Clif Bar, will benefit national bike advocacy group People for Bikes.

The big change this year is that the venue has moved from downtown to the east side with Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd Ave) taking on hosting duties. It’s free to get and the show runs from 4:00 to 10:00 pm.

As promised, here’s your sneak peek…[Read more…]

‘ARTCRANK’ poster show illustrates depth of cycling’s inspiration

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 4th, 2013 at 12:42 pm


One more night to experience Artcrank.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
    “Bikes are the world’s most fun, accessible way to get around. Posters are the world’s most fun, accessible art form. ARTCRANK brings them together.”

That’s the simple yet powerful idea behind Artcrank, an event that opened last night in downtown Portland and continues tonight at 5:00 pm. 34 artists have hung their bike-inspired posters at the Cleaners gallery on SW 10th and Stark and they’re all for sale at $40 a piece.
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ArtCrank poster event returns to Portland next month

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 18th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

This just in from our friends at Artcrank. The show is returning to Portland this year on Ocotber 3rd and 4th at The Cleaners at The Ace Hotel. This is the fifth year Artcrank has come to Portland and it’s a not-to-be-missed event. You can see and buy awesome bike-inspired, affordable (and original) art that also benefits the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

Check out the flyer below…

Event organizers are on the lookout for volunteers, who’ll get a free t-shirt and free beer at the event. Email Alison Taylor if you’re interested –

Learn more about the event on their Facebook page.

See photos and coverage from past Artcrank Portland events in our archives.

Artcrank Portland debuts this Thursday!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 4th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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A scene from Artcrank 2010.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Artcrank, the “poster party for bike people,” is coming to Portland for the third consecutive year and the big opening night shindig is this Thursday (10/6)!

Artcrank was a huge hit last year and organizers have added an extra day to handle the demand.
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Latest jersey from Retro Image Apparel based on Artcrank print

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 19th, 2011 at 9:20 am

This print has inspired a licensing
partnership and a new jersey.
-See it below-
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland based Retro Image Apparel has a new jersey coming out this spring based on a print by local artist Jimmy Cavalieri. Jimmy is a long time reader and supporter of BikePortland, so we’re really excited to see this jersey happen.

Check out the design below…[Read more…]

Bikes, art a winning mix at Artcrank show (Slideshow)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 8th, 2010 at 10:19 am

This is what happens when you bring a bunch of great, affordable bike art to Portland.
-Slideshow below-
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Artcrank Portland is this Thursday: Get a peek at our poster!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 4th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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A scene from Artcrank 2009.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The Artcrank Poster Show is coming to Portland this Thursday (10/7). The event, billed as a “Poster party for bike people,” was a big success when it came to town last year. This year we’re doubly excited for its arrival because we’ve got a poster of our own in the show.

The Artcrank concept is so simple it’s beautiful (both literally and figuratively). A bunch of talented artists share their bike-inspired work on the walls of the The Cleaners at Ace Hotel gallery space in downtown Portland. Proceeds from sales on the night of the show go to the artists and local non-profit Bikes to Rwanda. It’s an excellent opportunity to showcase (and support) local art and our shared love of bicycling all at once.[Read more…]

Artcrank show finds warm welcome in Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 2nd, 2009 at 6:31 am

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29 bike-themed posters attracted
quite a crowd last night.
-Slideshow below-
(Photos © J. Maus)

The latest evidence of the intersection between bicycles and Portland’s First Thursday art scene (remember the handmade bike show back in August?) was on full display at the debut of the Artcrank Poster Show last night.

29 Portland artists were part of the event and each of them hung one bike-themed poster, all of which were for sale for the reasonable price of $30. Of that $30, $25 went to the artist and $5 went to local non-profit Bikes to Rwanda.[Read more…]

Artcrank poster show announces Portland artists

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 23rd, 2009 at 9:18 am

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A painting by Tiago DeJerk, one of
30 local artists who will take
part in Artcrank.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Artcrank, a bicycle-themed poster art show premiering in Portland next month, has selected the local artists that will take part in the event.

The 31 artists will sell their work for $30 per print, with $5 of each sale going directly to Portland-based non-profit Bikes to Rwanda. The event will be held from 5:00 to 11:00 pm on Thursday, October 1st at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel (403 SW 10th Ave.).

Among the artists selected to take part in the show are several whose names you might recognize for their previous work in the bike scene and/or as vendors at our annual BikeCraft event. They include:[Read more…]