ARTCRANK is coming to the Texas bike Mecca of Austin for the first time. The show will open on Friday, February 24 at Austin’s famous Pine Street Station. An extended run at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop is in the works as well.
ARTCRANK ATX will feature hand-made, bike-inspired posters created by 30 Austin-area artists. Admission is free, and limited edition, signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for $40 each.
Where you find bikes, you’re sure to find beer, and ARTCRANK Austin is no exception. At the Opening Night Party, a selection of craft beers by Widmer Brothers Brewing will be available in exclusive ARTCRANK pint glasses, with proceeds going to benefit LIVESTRONG, the Austin-based cancer patient advocacy organization founded by seven-time Tour de France champion and cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong.
“One of the big ideas behind ARTCRANK is that we want to make art as accessible to people as bikes are,” says ARTCRANK founder Charles Youel. “Part of that is price — it’s pretty cool to be able offer limited edition, handmade posters for less than 50 bucks. But it’s also about introducing people to the artists who live in and work in their community. We’ve got 30 artists in our lineup for this first show, and the talent level here is off the charts. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”
Youel adds that The Austin chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, has been instrumental in recruiting artists and spreading the word about the show through Austin’s creative community.
ARTCRANK ATX show poster by Big Table Studio.
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