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ARTCRANK to bring bike poster show to Breckenridge for Pro Challenge

ARTCRANK, an international pop-up show of bicycle-inspired posters, is teaming up with Breckenridge Creative Arts to present a two-week exhibition this summer in the Old Masonic Hall on Main Street in conjunction with the USA Pro Challenge.
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If you go

What: ARTCRANK, an international pop-up show of bicycle-inspired posters

When: Wednesday, Aug. 19, through Monday, Aug. 31

Where: Old Masonic Hall, 136 S. Main St., Breckenridge

Cost: Admission to the exhibit is free, and limited-edition, signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for $40 each

More information: Visit artcrank.com or www.breckcreate.org

ARTCRANK BRK call for artists

The curatorial team at ARTCRANK is looking for local designers, illustrators and artists to create original, bike-inspired posters for ARTCRANK BRK.

If you’re ready to claim one of the spots in the Breckenridge artist roster, check the ARTCRANK Minneapolis page at artcrank.com/minneapolis for details on getting involved today. While curators definitely look for experience with screen-printing, letterpress and other craft printing techniques, your samples do not need to be posters and/or bike-related — just work that shows your skills and style.

Do not submit proposed/spec poster designs — only artists who are selected for the show will be asked to create new work. ARTCRANK will share specific guidelines for the show with all prospective artists who submit work for consideration.

ARTCRANK, an international pop-up show of bicycle-inspired posters, is teaming up with Breckenridge Creative Arts to present a two-week exhibition this summer in the soon-to-open Old Masonic Hall, a new multipurpose arts facility in downtown Breckenridge. The show will debut on Wednesday, Aug. 19, as part of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, which coincides with the USA Pro Challenge stopover in Breckenridge on Thursday, Aug. 20, and Friday, Aug. 21, with posters remaining on display through Monday, Aug. 31.

Billed as “a poster party for bike people,” ARTCRANK BRK will feature hand-made, bike-inspired posters created by 25 artists from Summit County and the Front Range. Admission to the exhibit is free, and limited-edition, signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for $40 each. The opening night party on Wednesday, Aug. 19, will also offer local craft beverages, live screen-printing, bike-inspired short films shown on an outdoor screen, DJ music and more.

ARTCRANK made its debut in Minneapolis in 2007 and has held shows in bike-friendly cities in the United States and United Kingdom, including Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; St. Louis; Denver and London. From the start, the show’s formula has been simple: Throw a party featuring affordable posters designed by talented local artists, celebrating bicycles and the people who ride them.

“ARTCRANK’s mission has always been to make art as accessible as bikes are and to use creativity to change the way people think about cycling,” said Charles Youel, founder and creative director of ARTCRANK. “We’re thrilled to join forces with BreckCreate and showcase the talents of so many Colorado artists in a community that’s a catalyst for both competitive and casual bike culture.”

The Breckenridge show will be organized and juried by the ARTCRANK curatorial team. Artists are encouraged to submit portfolios and will be selected based on their artistic merit. Once chosen, the 25 artists create an original poster about bikes, mountain culture and/or cycling in Colorado.

Breckenridge Creative Arts, or BreckCreate, is presenting ARTCRANK BRK as part of its inaugural Breckenridge Festival of Arts, which coincides with the two days the USA Pro Challenge rolls through town. The festival, a multi-arts program of events in places and spaces around Breckenridge, runs from Friday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 23. Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts, open-air spectacle, and family entertainment. The full lineup will be announced in May.

“Cycling has often been described as a form of art, in and of itself,” said Robb Woulfe, president and CEO of BreckCreate. “We thought this project was a great way to connect the worlds of sports and culture, while also supporting our festival’s themes of adventure, play and creativity, which together define the Breckenridge experience.”


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