Wednesday, September 29, 2010

SNS Rides Again!

We made it to the Shore and back! I for one did not think a strong ride was going to be possible this year (my doubt stemmed from my whopping total of two 10 mile training rides ALL YEAR)...but then I went and posted my best time ever. Neat.

I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate each member of Team Screens 'N' Spokes for your hard work and tenacity. You are awesome.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

UPDATE: Jay Ryan and Dan McCarthy Collaboration

Good morning,

I wanted to post a follow up to our sale yesterday. The response was overwhelming, and the Jay Ryan and Dan McCarthy Collaboration Print sold out in literally minutes.

We will be responding to absolutely everyone who emailed us (if we have not already), but I am confirming exactly what we have left. There are a couple more people who qualified to purchase, and they'll be getting emails today. Also, as I had mentioned in the original sale details, we are going to reserve 1-2 copies to auction off based on the overwhelming response we received. Details will be posted in the next couple days.

Like I said, we will be contacting everyone who emailed us, but please be patient, I've got a full day ahead of me, but you'll hear something from us later today if you haven't already.

Thank you all so much for the support yesterday, between this on-sale and sales on our etsy shop it was a huge day for us.

Monday, September 13, 2010

2010 Screens 'N' Spokes On-Sale Information

After an awesome opening night, I'm happy to announce that the 2010 Screens 'N' Spokes prints will be going on sale today, Monday, September 13.

General On-Sale Information
Throughout the day we'll be adding the new prints to our Etsy Shop, so if you don't see one of the new prints there, just give it a little time, and by the evening they should all be up there.

There is one print that will not currently be sold through Etsy.

Jay Ryan/Dan McCarthy Collaboration On-Sale Information (9/13, 12:00 PM EST)
This stunning collaborative print will be sold via an email queue on Monday, September 13. The prints will be available first-come, first-served (based on the time of each email) depending on the number of prints that are available following the show opening. To purchase the Ryan/McCarthy Collaboration please email, with your name and mailing address at 12:00 PM EST, Monday, Sept 13. The price will be $150+shipping. 1 Per Customer.

We sincerely hope that this time will work for most interested parties, however, we understand that it may not work for all. Should the prints sell out rapidly, we will reserve 2 copies to auction off, to allow anyone who missed the original on-sale the opportunity to purchase a print.

Additional information on the Jay Ryan/Dan McCarthy Collaboration:

The prints are signed by both Jay Ryan and Dan McCarthy, and numbered out of an edition of 50. The print is 18x24, and the blues are faintly metallic. As with all Screens 'N' Spokes prints, they were donated by the artists, and 100% of the proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Screens 'N' Spokes Opens Tonight!

The day has finally arrived! Screens 'N' Spokes opens tonight. We're still running around doing last minute errands (ie picking up beer and wine...), but the hours are counting down.

Screens 'N' Spokes Opening
Mugshots CoffeeHouse
21st and Fairmount

As an added bonus (as though you guys needed more than the opportunity to hang out with us), we are offering the beautiful Jay Ryan/Dan McCarthy Collaborative prints at a one-night only price of $115 before they go on-sale to the general public. So come hang, grab a beverage, buy some awesome art prints, and help out a really great cause: The National MS Society.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Screens 'N' Spokes 2010 Print Preview - No. 4


As promised, included within the confines of this post are previews of the final 5 2010 Screens 'N' Spokes prints. If I will allow myself to pat myself on the back for a second, this year's show may be our most diverse yet, and the final previews today really bring home that fact.

I know you're all anxious, so I'll just get right to the art.

1. Bobby Dixon has been collaborating for the past two years, but this is the first year you'll see his printed art. Last year we invited him to design our Screens 'N' Spokes Bike Team jerseys. He did an awesome job and we got a ton of compliments out on the road. We knew we needed him to design our jerseys again, but he wanted to raise the stakes and design a print of the show as well. The result is a bold composition that commemorates old-school cycling.

2. I mentioned diversity in styles earlier, and that was one of the reasons I was so excited to have Mat Daly participate last year. Mat is back again this year, and probably represents the most abstract artist in the series. Despite the abstract printing style though, Mat's work sends up lush landscapes that feel like something out of a memory.

3. Diana Sudyka is back for the first time since 2008. Bicycles have always played a major role in the daily life of Diana and her husband (and, oh yea, fellow S'N'S contributor Jay Ryan). This year Diana shares the tale of her beloved Banana Bike. I've also included a detail shot of the print, so you can see how the story was incorporated.

4. The Half and Half's second print in this year's show brings a completely different style. Nick, Sara and Thomas have experimented with designing in CMYK in the past (see S'N'S 2008), and this year they utilize the process for ghostly effects.

5. The final print, and I think one that a lot of people have been waiting for, is the collaboration between Jay Ryan and Dan McCarthy. When I first introduced the idea of collaborative prints I wasn't exactly sure what I had in mind. I wanted to let artists find partnerships that would really motivate them to create great work. When Jay suggested working with Dan, I was immediately thrilled. I had wanted to get Dan involved since the very beginning, having been a huge fan of his iconic print of the month club. Still, I wasn't sure exactly how their wildly different styles would blend together. But they definitely achieved it. Those McCarthy trees really set the scene, while Jay's night riders bring a story to life.

And that closes out the 2010 Print Series. Well, in preview form only. If you've purchased our prints before you know they really come to life when you see them in person. So I encourage anyone who can to come to ourOpening, this Saturday, 6:30 at Mugshots Coffee (21st and Fairmount) in Philadelphia.

For those of you who cannot join us, fear not. All 2010 Screens 'N' Spokes prints will be available starting Monday, September 13. We'll send out a price list and any and all ordering directions on Friday.

Thanks for following along and thanks for all of your support. It's always a lot of fun for us to unveil the show to you folks. As always, if you have any questions at all, shoot us an email.

Very Best,

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Screens 'N' Spokes 2010 Print Preview - No. 3

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

I hope everyone is enjoying their last summer weekend. Down here in North Carolina I don't think the heat is going anywhere, but sadly classes for us start on Monday.

Just a little reminder...
Screens 'N' Spokes 2010 Opens Next Saturday, Sept 11 at Mugshots CoffeeHouse!

The show is being hung tomorrow evening, and if you'd like an in-person preview by all means check out Mugshots this week. The Opening will be next Saturday, starting at 6:30 PM. We'll have snacks and drinks, and yes lots of prints. If anyone has been to our openings before, you know this is the best time to purchase framed and unframed prints in person. We will primarily be selling 2010 prints, but will also have select prints from previous years with us as well.

That said, you still haven't see all the great prints this year, so allow me to preview 5 more for you, right now!

1. Last week I showed you one half of Cricket Press' contribution to Screens 'N' Spokes, and today you'll see the other half. Brian Turner has been a long-time contributor to S'N'S, designing prints in '07-'08 as well as designing our jerseys those two years as well. For those of us whose bikes are less transportation and more in-house (or apartment) statues, this one is for us.

2. A newcomer to Screens 'N' Spokes family, Justin Helton and his Status Serigraph studio has been pumping out fantastic posters for the past 5 years. Recently he's memorialized gigs for bands like Phish, Wilco and the Avett Brothers. In his S'N'S debut, Justin gives us a seriously sweet cruiser.

3. Columbia, South Carolina's The Half and Half have supported Screens 'N' Spokes from the beginning. Like Cricket Press, they are upping the ante this year with two excellent, and completely different prints. Today I'll preview one of them. Everyone knows riding in the rain is rarely fun, but sometimes you just have to break out your umbrella and keep on moving.

4. I've got two Collaborations to share today. The first comes from officemates Kevin Mercer of Largemammal and Dan Judge. This print feels like Mercer's style, but with Judge's flair for color, and as Dan told me: "Two bikes for two guys."

5. Our second collaboration comes from previous S'N'S contributor Mike Munter and his recent partner Jessi Preston. Mike always ties his Screens 'N' Spokes prints to the ride, and has done so again with Ed Roth style caricatures of Philadelphia forefather Ben Franklin and, well... the Devil.

We've got 5 more prints to go, including a fantastic collaboration from Jay Ryan and Dan McCarthy. That'll be coming at you right after you get back from your fabulous Holiday Weekend.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Screens 'N' Spokes 2010 Print Preview - No. 2

We're back with the second installment of previews from our 2010 Screens 'N' Spokes show. Today I've got 5 totally new prints to share with you including a crazy collaboration between old Philly favorites Tim Gough and Greg Pizzoli.

1. John Vogl, the crafty and creative mind behind The Bungaloo joins Screens 'N' Spokes for the second straight year. Fresh off a turn on the Tiny Showcase, John has given us what looks to me like the yeti as a commuter biker. I love the little birdie on his shoulder.

2. Dan Khulken and Nathan Goldman, aka DKNG Studios, collaborate daily on everything from websites and packaging to incredible gig posters. In fact, they've been the resident poster artists at the world famous Troubadour in Hollywood, CA since 2007. For Screens 'N' Spokes, they've interpreted the City and the Shore of our Bike MS ride as a crisply rendered road bike and cruiser.

3. Cricket Press has designed awesome prints for Screens 'N' Spokes in the past, but we've always worked with Brian. This year, Brian and his creative partner/wife Sara both decided to get into the fun. Today I'm showcasing Sara's really beautiful print. The light from the fort really feels like it's glowing, leaving you to create the story of what's going on inside. It has youthful fun written all over it.

4. Adam Turman has been crafting his illustration skills through screen-printed gig posters since at least 2003. His two favorite subjects? Bikes and beautiful women, so he was a natural fit for Screens 'N' Spokes. For his first S'N'S print, he combined the two subject matters in a print that could easily commemorate the MS Society's other major bike ride: the PA Dutch ride.

5. Back in 2007, Greg Pizzoli and Tim Gough met for the first time at our inaugural opening. They had both been printing in Philadelphia and had exchanged admiring emails, but hadn't yet met in person. Fast forward four years and they're opening a joint show in mid-September. When we announced that we were interested in collaborative prints this year, they were a natural fit. Their 2010 Screens 'N' Spokes print is a completely hand-rendered wonderland.

I hope you've enjoyed the previews thus far. We still have 10 more prints to unveil before our Opening Night on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Mugshots CoffeeHouse.