Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Team Screens 'N' Spokes Rules the Road

This weekend 7,000 riders took to the roads of New Jersey in support of the fight against MS, and Team Screens 'N' Spokes was out in full force. It was the most successful City to Shore Ride yet, and the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter is on pace to raise a record $5 million dollars.

I was so impressed with everyone's riding. Rookies and veterans alike road strong, set personal bests, and, most importantly, had a great time.

It has also been an incredibly successful year for Screens 'N' Spokes fundraising. We've already smashed our totals of 2007, having broken the $38,000 mark today!

But we aren't done yet. We are still fundraising for 2008 through October 31. Every donation made and prints ordered from now until Halloween will go towards those record-setting numbers.

In case you haven't checked out our Etsy shop, now is the time. Prints have been moving swiftly, and there are so many beautiful pieces to choose from.

Registration for the 2009 Bike MS:City to Shore is already up and running. If you've ever thought about trying the ride, this is the year to do it, and we'd love you to join our squad.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

City to Shore is Almost Here!

I can't believe the ride is THIS WEEKEND!

Here's a sneak print at the brand-new, Cricket Press-designed jerseys we will be sporting!

I would like to thank our lovely model Ian for making these pictures possible.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes 2008 Now For Sale!

Good morning everybody,

We had a great time at our final opening at Chapterhouse on Friday. Everything looks great and prints are being snapped up off the walls.

With the end of our openings, it was time to start loading all these beautiful prints onto our online store. As of last night, we now have nearly every print up on our etsy site and available for purchase. A ton of amazing work was put into making this show a reality, and we hope you'll find something in the 2008 prints that you'll love.

Just a reminder, all of this incredible art was designed and created specifically for the 2008 Screens 'N' Spokes show and as an incredibly generous gift to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 100% of the proceeds we collect from the show goes directly towards helping create a world free of MS.

Over the weekend
we began selling prints by Jay Ryan, Brad Klausen and Mike Munter. We still have a few available, and they can be purchased by e-mailing us.

The rest of the prints can be found and our handy dandy Etsy site:

Please tell your biking friends, your art-loving friends, or just anyone you think might be interested in what we are doing.

Thanks so much for the support,
Jess and Sam
Team Screens 'N' Spokes

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Dr. Pizzoli

Dr. Pizzoli - Philadelphia, PA

The Doctor is in. Gregory Pizzoli is a MFA candidate in the Book Arts/Printmaking program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He’s currently working on about a million projects.

Screens 'N' Spokes: Matt Sutter

Matt Sutter - Philadelphia, PA

Matt fiddles with a mouse and keyboard all day, and spends his free time fiddling with a squeegee and a bucket of ink. He also draws a bunch of superheroes at www.TheSuperest.com. It's pretty fun. He has printed approximately zero posters for bands to date.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes 2008 Sale Details

After a final successful opening we're putting the 2008 Screens 'N' Spokes prints on sale starting tomorrow! Most of our prints will be available on our etsy site, but three prints have a special ordering process; check out the details below.

Due to high demand, the 2008 Jay Ryan, Brad Klausen, and Mike Munter Screens 'N' Spokes prints will be sold via an email queue on September 13, 14, and 15.
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. Due to the limited run of each print, we can only sell one print from each artist per person.
To purchase a Jay Ryan print, please email screensnspokes@gmail.com with your name and mailing address at 1pm EST on Saturday, September 13th. They are $125+shipping, 25 5/8x33 3/8 out of an edition of 75.

To purchase a Brad Klausen print, please email screensnspokes@gmail.com with your name and mailing address at 1pm EST on Sunday, September 14th. They are $100+shipping, 18x24 out of an edition of 80.

To purchase a Mike Munter print, please email screensnspokes@gmail.com with your name and mailing address at 1pm EST on Monday, September 15th. They are $125+shipping, 19x25 out of an edition of 60.
Once we receive your email, we will confirm your number in the queue and payment instructions. If you have successfully secured a print, we ask that you send payment via Check or PayPal no later than Wednesday, September 17th. Please note that at this time you can also order any of the other Screens 'N' Spokes 2008 prints.

All other prints will be available online at our etsy store no later than Monday, Sept. 15. Print previews are available at www.screensnspokes.blogspot.com.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Dan Grzeca

Dan Grzeca - Chicago, IL

Dan Grzeca (pronounced “Jet-sah”) is a painter and printmaker from Chicago. He has been making hand screenprinted posters and prints for the last 10 years or so. He’s made posters for bands such as the Melvins, Vandermark Five, Peter Brotzmann, the Black Keys and many many more. Dan’s painting process greatly affects the way he makes screenprints; in person the prints reflect a great depth in texture and color. He strives as hard as he can to even make the humble show poster a thing of lasting art, and has definitely achieved this goal with his gorgeous SNS print.

Screens 'N' Spokes: Largemammal

Kevin Mercer - Oaklyn, NJ

Kevin Mercer of Largemammal Print is a champion rock paper scissors competitor. He makes screen printed posters, art, design, junk, is far too interested in the history of typography, loves his greyhound, cooks for his wife, is teaching himself web programming, will make you watch Pootie Tang, and deeply cherishes the Cy Twombly room at the PMA. Kevin's SNS print is a solitary, introspective design that prominently sums up what we're all about with a quote by a local chap named Ben Franklin. In Franklin's words, energy and persistence conquer all things...

Screens 'N' Spokes: Mark Forsman

Mark Forsman - New York, NY

Mark currently attends the School of Visual Arts in New York City were he studies Advertising. When taking a break from school he prints posters and drinks beer with friends. When printing, Mark puts paper under the screen, pulls, and prays like hell that it comes out alright.

Screens 'N' Spokes: Daniel Harris Levine

Daniel Harris Levine - Boston, MA

Dan Levine provides guitar, glockenspiel, and vocals for Boston-based band Family Junction, a group of five friends that date back to the days of summer camp. A graduate of Clark University in Worcester, MA, he majored in English, minored in Jazz, and currently practices his screenprinting techniques while touring up and down the East Coast with Family Junction. Dan also designed and hand printed the first ever SNS t-shirts on quality American Apparel tees, available at the SNS Opening for just $10.

Screens 'N' Spokes: Gary Houston

Gary Houston - Portland, Oregon

Gary Houston resides in Portland, Oregon, is a graphic designer, and has a production studio. He makes posters and prints for various bands and events. All of the poster work is hand pulled screenprints. The art is done in a variety of ways, from scratchboard illustration to inked drawings and hand cut films. The work is very organic and definitely hands on. Gary took personal inspiration for his SNS print: one of his close friends, featured here in a constellation that is printed immaculately on smooth navy paper, lives with MS. You have to see this one in person- it is just stunning.

Screens 'N' Spokes: Cricket Press

Cricket Press - Lexington, KY

Last year, Brian Turner of Cricket Press created one of the more iconic images for the show, the gear hand- which ended up being our 2007 team jersey design - but this year he told me he wanted to take things in a different direction.

Approaching the print with illustrator's eye, I think he's designed a beautiful piece. With the city in the background and the tall dune grasses in the foreground, the bicycle gets a rest after a long day's ride. That bike will be making another appearance on our team jerseys this year. Brian's final design is a secret for now (only to be revealed on ride day), but one thing is for sure - we'll be standing out on the roads. They look great.

Screens 'N' Spokes Show opens TONIGHT!

Watch this space for a flurry of new art previews...SNS 2008 opens tonight at Mugshots!

Our apologies on being MIA recently with the blog updates, but believe me when I tell you it hasn't been due to lack of work on the Screens 'N' Spokes show. Quite the contrary. The past few weekends we've been locked away in a basement outside Philadelphia framing, framing, framing.

Finally this weekend we were let out of the dark and brought our beautiful Screens 'N' Spokes prints to Mugshots, MilkBoy, and Chapterhouse. All three shows are now up on the walls, and I couldn't be more pleased with how they turned out!

We've been derelict in our promise to bring you the previews of all our prints...so here it comes!

Screens 'N' Spokes: G. Kelly

Gina Kelly - Los Angeles, CA

I first became familiar with Gina's art when I saw it in a joint show with Judge called "American Handscape" in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this past January. Like many of the artists contributing to Screens 'N' Spokes, Gina has a printing style that is uniquely her own - there is a real painterly quality to her pieces. When we first opened up these prints I immediately commented that the artist must be from the West Coast. All lush, green, and hilly, I only wish this were the actual City to Shore bike route.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

T-2 Days Until Screens 'N' Spokes opens!

We're feverishly working around the clock to bring you SNS 2008, opening TOMORROW, Thursday Sept. 4th at Mugshots Coffeehouse!

Since it's the first week back at school, a little something special from SNS artist Guy Burwell...

In other news, Team Screens 'N' Spokes is at the $16,300 mark in our fundraising - over half way there! Keep up the great work!

Friday, August 29, 2008

SNS Opens in T-6 days!

Just a quick post to say we've raised over $15,500!

Keep up the good work, we're over half way to our goal!!!

Now, it's time to stop looking back at the starting line and start looking ahead...

The Screens 'N' Spokes 2008 Art Show is opening in less than a week! We'd love to see you at one of the openings in Philly and Ardmore!

Please email screensnspokes@gmail.com with any questions and please bring all your friends and family to the show!

In other news, two weekends ago, a bunch of SNSers went out to Lancaster County for a ride through the Amish cornfields...we all made it to the finish line (OK, so what if I was overtaken by a horse-and-buggy and was the LAST RIDER ON THE ROAD - I rode 63 very hilly miles and it felt GREAT!) Pictures to come...

This weekend, Mara, Matthew and I plan to ride from Park Slope to Coney Island...and Ellen, Sam and I may do a "Donut Derby" fun ride in the Lehigh Valley on Labor Day Monday (time deductions for every donut eaten)...we'll be sure to post pictures as they are available!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes Bike Team Update: We broke $10,000

Site Coordinator Bradley Harris checks in with another Team Screens 'N' Spokes update:

Our team just broke the $10,000 barrier in the last 24 hours! Last year it took Team Screens 'N' Spokes until the week before the ride to reach that mark, so we are well ahead of that pace.

I would especially like to single out Danny Bedrossian for being the first member 18 or under to surpass the minimum requirement with an excellent $350. Ian Harris has really turned on the fundraising jets in the past couple weeks, skyrocketing to leading the team with $2,400 raised.

However, while some members of our team have been working diligently, others have been slacking. Many teammates still have not started their fundraising at all, and our team is quickly falling behind numerous smaller family and friends teams. In order to reach our goal of donating $30,000 to assisting people with multiple sclerosis, each team member is going to have to do their part...get to it, team!

Finally, last night was the annual Rookie Riders' Expo at Penns Landing. Caryn Harris hosted a Team Screens 'N' Spokes table, and reported back that the night was a great success in publicizing the team and the art show openings. We took a bunch of the 2008 posters as well as some favorites from 2007, and other team captains were willing to let their teams know about the art shows - we gave away all the flyers we printed! We also gained at least one new rider through the Expo, bringing our team to 31 riders. Good job Caryn, you're a superstar!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Mike Munter

Mike Munter - Springfield, PA

Mike is an artist whose work I've just become familiar with. Designing show posters for a number of venues around Philadelphia (Starlight Ballroom, First Unitarian Church), Mike has been combining both spray paint and the screen printing process to amazing effects. This piece features 9 layers of spray paint and 7 screens of color on wild cherry colored paper. It's also site specific. That's the Wonderland Pier in the background on the boardwalk of Ocean City, where Team Screens 'N' Spokes will finish on day one of the City to Shore Ride.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Jay Ryan

Jay Ryan - Chicago, IL

Last year Jay pulled together a team of animals from the menagerie in his mind, striving for the finish line. The bear from that print has left his buddies this year, but he sure has gained speed. Determined, and as Jay said, "well-intentioned," it looks like the bear is shooting for light speed. To top it off, the bear is nearly life-sized! Well, almost. The print measures a whopping 25 5/8" x 33 3/8".

Friday, August 8, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: strawberryluna

strawberryluna - Pittsburgh, PA

Screenprinting is often about working with a limited color pallete, and making the final piece greater than the sum of its parts. strawberryluna really brings this to the forefront with her print this year. Utilizing only two colors and some large halftones as a gradient she's able to create a print that appears more complicated than it actually is. These colors really pop in person.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Tim Gough

Tim Gough - Philadelphia, PA

Looks like someone has been monkeying around. Whether its pulling squeegees by hand or tinkering with bikes by feet, Tim is helping us on both fronts this year. He's contributing to the art show, and joining Team Screens 'N' Spokes in this year's City to Shore ride.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Hero Design Studio

Hero Design Studio - Buffalo, NY

The folks behind Hero Design have found a great way to represent the entire ride in one fell swoop. With the sea below, the sky above and the city in between, the bike rider keeps going. I love the colors on this one and overlapping semi-transparent layers give it great textures.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Diana Sudyka

Diana Sudyka - Chicago, IL
Yup, it is another fantastic Chicago screenprinter. It is a real hotbed over there. Whether she's painting birds for her Tiny Aviary blog, or drawing bicycles, Diana's illustrations are always beautiful. Complete with a shot of metallic inks (that blue/gray color), I think the gearhead/art enthusiasts out there are really going to love this one.

Screens 'N' Spokes: Drew Millward

Drew Millward - Leeds, England
Drew's totally unique illustrative style caught me off guard the first time I saw his work. He always finds the proper blend of cute and frightening. Who knew that Death rode a girl's bicycle, complete with training wheels and a rainbow basket for his little minions? While many of our prints go for the cute quotient, none have ridden this path.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Judge

Judge - Chicago, IL
I've been a fan of Judge's work since Jess brought a poster back from a Neko Case show. Her technique using scratchboard doesn't look like anything else in the Screens 'N' Spokes show. One of the things I'm especially excited about are the different angles artists are approaching this year's set of prints. There was Brad Klausen's take on the MS Society slogan, and here Judge is citing the ride itself; notably where it ends up, at the rolling waves of the Jersey shore.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Nick Rhodes

Nick Rhodes - Manchester, England

This Mancunian has been at the forefront of the recent revival in British gig posters. Nick's Screens 'N' Spokes print brings together the biking and art communities perfectly. So many of the artists in the show are admittedly avid bike riders, and here we've got a rider with his tools of the trade, a squeegee strapped to his back, riding to work.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Brad Klausen

Brad Klausen - Seattle, Washington

Many people will be familiar with Brad's consistently amazing work for Pearl Jam. The level of thought he puts into his pieces is always apparent, even if you don't actually hear the process from the artist himself, but in this case I'll let Brad's words tell the story:

Originally i was going to do a poster involving a bike or two...but then in an email you wrote "MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't"

And that struck a cord with me...movement..

My poster depicts the Hindu deity Ganesh, who has many attributes...one being that he is the remover of obstacles. If MS stops people from moving, then that is an obstacle in their life, something impeding their movement. The bike ride and poster show helps raise money to make sure MS does not stop them from moving. You are helping remove the obstacles that stand in their way. In my portrait of Ganesh i have him holding a wheel in his left hand...the symbol of movement and progress as well as the obvious symbol of the bike. In his right hand is a white orb or sphere, this represents consciousness...a ball of light if you will. Consciousness is the light of the universe, that which connects all things...through putting on this event and gathering artists to create art and the gathering of people who will attend the show, you have connected many minds to focus on helping others with MS...hopefully that collection of thought, of consciousness, will help generate the healing power of the light of the universe.

Behind Ganesh he is holding a crop circle design that appeared at Gog Magog Hills in Cambridge, England in July of 2001. This particular crop circle is known as "The Angel". Now the general public tends to not pay much attention to crop circles, and scoff at them saying they are man made...and a percentage of them are in fact man made. But as one researcher said, anyone who has read a book about crop circles, been to a lecture, watched a dvd, or actually been in a crop circle knows that there is something much larger taking place. No one knows for sure why they are here or what they are communicating or how they were made...but everyone involved with them, with studying them and being around them, speaks of how there is tremendous energy within them...some researchers believe they are messages of love being sent from the consciousness of the universe. The main form of communication is through unbelievable geometric patterns, mainly expressed through circles...again, this comes into play with the bike race....the power of the circle, of the wheel....to heal, to enlighten.

With this piece i wanted to convey ideas of healing, progress and love...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Dirk Fowler

Dirk Fowler - Lubbock, TX

Dirk, the Letterpress wizard, is back with another dynamic, eye-catching design. Dirk has been designing posters on his antique letterpress for years now, and you can spot his unique style from a distance. Always using minimal elements to achieve a greater whole, Dirk has created a print that is sure to jump off the wall.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes Bike Team Update

We decided to keep you posted about our bike team progress through a series of emails written by our Philadelphia Site Coordinator, Bradley Harris. Please check out all the details (it's not too late to join us at the ride!) at the Screens 'N' Spokes official team page.

As of July 18, our ranks have swelled to twenty five riders, and our fundraising goal sits at $30,000. It seems like a pretty ambitious number, but in 2007, we raised over $31,000. Although of course we aim to beat that figure, we'll settle for matching it. So far as a team we are at 11% of the total.

Jess is leading the pack at $1,340, 27% of her $5,000 personal goal!

With the bike ride just over two months away, now is the time for each rider to go full throttle in their fundraising efforts. We are going to need everyone to pull together in order to reach our goal.

We'll keep you posted...in the meantime, check out the posters as they arrive, and save the date for SNS Opening night - Thursday, Sept. 4 at Mugshots and Friday, Sept. 12 at Chapterhouse and hopefully a Screens 'N' Spokes/MilkBoy party on Friday, Sept. 5!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Guy Burwell

Guy Burwell - Portland, OR

Guy has been one of my favorite artists for a while. I love his completely unique style, and he's created another one of his indelible characters for Screens 'N' Spokes. This young lady is ready to ride. In fact, the Bike MS:City to Shore brings riders of all shapes and sizes, and I wouldn't be surprised to see her on the road this year. These are printed on textured watercolor paper.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: The Half and Half

The Half and Half - Columbia, SC
Speaking of the printing process, The Half and Half may be a young studio, but they are doing some amazing things with ink and squeegee. Their 2008 Screens 'N' Spokes print is an awesome collage printed using a CMYK process. I haven't picked through all the photos that make up the bike but this one definitely deserves a closer look.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Us & Them

Us & Them - Boone, NC

Sei Rey Ho brings together every element of the show with this year's print. A bike and heart are burned into an ink splattered screen. While Jess and I are just learning about screen printing, we love seeing how art is made, and this print represents the process so well.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Punchgut Studio

Punchgut Studio - Fargo, ND

The man behind Punchgut Studio is a crazy guy, and his art gives you a little peek into his head. You can see it in the eclectic bands he's worked with (from Of Montreal to the Drive-By Truckers to Modest Mouse), and you can especially get a sense in the myriad of styles he uses. Rarely does one Punchgut poster look like the next. Following the twists and turns of his Screens 'N' Spokes art print might make you go a little crazy too, in a good way of course. I can't wait to see this one in person as I've been told there is an additional metallic gold layer that isn't showing up in the photo.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Leia Bell

Leia Bell - Salt Lake City, UT
Leia Bell is woman wearing many hats at the moment. With her husband she runs Kilby Court, an all ages venue in SLC. She designs and prints beautiful posters for most of the shows there, and she recently opened up an art gallery, Signed & Numbered. Leia's printing style is uniquely her own, with thick and bold layers of color. In person her prints often have a real painterly quality. For this year's art print she's turned her gaze to the Bike MS:City to Shore itself, the ride that inspired this show.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Crosshair

Crosshair - Chicago, IL
Jess and I had the pleasure of checking out the Crosshair studio while Dan was printing these last week. I've been an admirer of his work for a long time. His ability to turn compelling architectural photographs into screen prints is amazing, and I don't think anyone out there can do color separations like him right now. These prints always need to be seen in person to fully appreciate the level of detail he achieves.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes: Lars Krause

Lars Krause - Dresden, Germany

With the 4th of July in our rear view mirror we're now looking at 8 weeks before the opening of Screens 'N' Spokes. The creative juices are flowing, screens are being burned and the flatstock is being printed. We've begun to receive prints and we've seen previews of others, which means it's time for you guys to see them as well. Every week leading up to the opening we'll be previewing 3-4 prints on the blog, one per day. The mailing list will get to see them all first at the beginning of the week.

Our first print comes by way of Germany via Chicago, and I think it's a great introduction to the 2008 series. Lars has been producing amazing work for bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Rage Against the Machine and Band of Horses, but since he works in Germany I don't think his art has gotten the same attention as his American colleagues. The global riders are a great way to announce Screens 'N' Spokes' international contingent in 2008 and I love the hand-drawn text. These were printed in the good ol' USA by screen printer extraordinaire Steve Walters at Screwball Press in Chicago.

Monday, July 7, 2008

2008 Subscription and Preferred Buyers

Before we start to preview the artwork, we wanted to announce two special opportunities to our biggest supporters for a unique way to experience and collect this year's prints.

Preferred Buyer

$100 - Donation made directly to the Screens 'N' Spokes Bike Team
Preferred Buyers will have the chance to purchase one (1) copy of any and all Screens 'N' Spokes 2008 prints before they go on sale to the general public. The opportunity to become a preferred buyer will be available until Aug 31. During the first week of September, Preferred Buyers can reserve and purchase one copy of any posters they choose. We will do our best to accommodate requests for specific edition numbers, though we can make no guarantees. We like to take care of our best customers, so preferred buyers can expect some extras in their shipments.

This offer is limited to 10 Preferred Buyers. To become a Preferred Buyer, email us with "Preferred Buyer" in the subject.

2008 Screens 'N' Spokes Subscription
$750 - With $250 of that total as a tax-deductible donation to the Screens 'N' Spokes Bike Team
For the first time we will also be offering Screens 'N' Spokes subscriptions. Our subscribers will receive a complete, low matching-numbered set of all of our very limited art prints. We are expecting about 30 prints in Screens 'N' Spokes this year, and we'll also throw some extras in subscriber tubes. All told, subscribers will receive 35-40 prints (an average of about $20 a print). Because the 2008 Subscription includes all things Screens 'N' Spokes, our subscribers will also receive a 2008 Screens 'N' Spokes Team biking jersey. This year our jerseys will be designed by the amazing Cricket Press. Subscriptions will be sent out in 3 installments, and shipping is included in the price of the subscription. Subscriptions can be paid all at once, or in three installments of $250, with the balance paid off by Sept. 1, 2008.

Subscriptions are limited to 5 Subscribers. To become a 2008 Subscriber, email us with "Subscription" in the subject.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Screens 'N' Spokes 2008 Artists

With a little over 8 weeks until Screens 'N' Spokes 2008 opens, we are going to start cranking up the posts on the blog. Today we are releasing what should be the final list of contributing artists this year. I'm sure you'll agree with us when I say we couldn't be more excited about the amazing talent involved with our cause. There are many, many returning favorites, and a number of awesome new artists.

In the coming days and weeks we'll be offering up previews of this year's prints (3-4 a week) as well as updates on Team Screens 'N' Spokes' fundraising efforts. We'll also be announcing two exciting opportunities to purchase this year's prints before anyone else. As always you'll be getting this information first if you're a subscriber on our mailing list. Simply shoot us an email and we'll get you set up.

Screens 'N' Spokes 2008 Artists:
1982 (Nate Duval and Jon Smith) - East Coast/West Coast
Brad Klausen - Seattle, Washington
Cricket Press - Lexington, Kentucky
Crosshair - Chicago, Illinois
Dan Grzeca - Chicago, Illinois
Dan Levine - Boston, Massachusetts
Diana Sudyka - Chicago, Illinois
Dirk Fowler - Lubbock, Texas
Dr. Pizzoli - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Drew Millward - Leeds, England
Gary Houston - Portland, Oregon
Gina Kelly - Los Angeles, California
Guy Burwell - Portland, Oregon
Hero Design Studio - Buffalo, New York
Jay Ryan - Chicago, Illinois
Judge - Chicago, Illinois
Kevin Mercer - Oaklyn, New Jersey
Lars Krause - Dresden, Germany
Leia Bell - Salt Lake City, Utah
Mark Forsman - New York
Matt Sutter - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mike Munter - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nick Rhodes - Manchester, England
Jennifer Nicholls - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Patrick Theaker - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Punchgut Studio - Fargo, North Dakota
Sei Rey Ho - Boone, North Carolina
Strawberryluna - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tim Gough - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Mailing List

Jess and I have begun a Screens 'N' Spokes mailing list. This will be the first place to learn about everything new happening with the show, have access to exclusive deals and any other tidbits of information we can think of to pass along.

If you're interested in getting added to our mailing list, shoot us an email, and we'll add you to the list and send you our previous newsletters. Mailing list subscribers have already been offered two exclusive ways to purchase this year's prints, and seen the jam-packed initial artist list.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Clipped In

I got my bike back from the shop this weekend, so, with a little trepidation, I began my introduction to clipless pedals.

All the advice I had received said I was bound to fall a couple times, and that I should practice on grass to get a feel for it. Words of wisdom indeed. I walked my bike over to Prospect Park, clicking my shiny new shoes all the way there.

I sought a relatively flat piece of grass by the bike lane, and began my indoctrination. I was actually prepared to have a difficult time getting out of the pedals. That was, in fact, not my problem. No, my problem was getting my shoes locked into the pedals in the first place. My difficulties did lead to a couple spills, and even a slightly skinned knee, but after about 15 minutes I felt ready for the pavement.

The great thing about the 3.5 mile circuit around prospect park on the weekends is that you never have to stop. Once I managed to securely clip in I was good to go. Two times around was enough for the first time back out, but the new pedals felt pretty good, and thankfully I can say it was nearly injury free.

What experiences have you had with clipless pedals? Have you seen a real difference? Any unfortunate spills?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Welcome Back

Friends, bikers, supporters, art lovers:

Welcome to 2008.

Ok, so we are a few months late I suppose, but I can welcome you to the 2008 edition of Screens 'N' Spokes. Jess and I have been working behind the scenes for a couple months now, getting in touch with artists, securing venues and brainstorming new ideas. We can't wait to share our progress with you.

We're planning on blogging a lot more this year, and keeping you all up to date on our proceedings. Hopefully we'll introduce new posts and features, all tangentially a part of the larger Screens 'N' Spokes milieu.

In the coming weeks we'll be announcing our initial artist list for the Screens 'N' Spokes 2008 art show, as well as spot lighting the really cool venues where you will be able to see the show in person. We'll also be updating everyone, bikers and non-bikers alike, on our training regimen for Team Screens 'N' Spokes.

But, there are a couple things you can do right now. We are recruiting again for the 2008 Screens 'N' Spokes Bike Team. Last year, as a rookie team, we fielded a roster of 20 riders in the MS150 City to Shore Bike Ride. Join us and ride with over 6,000 cyclists on what Bicycling
Magazine calls the "Best Cycling Getaway in New Jersey." There are a number of different distance options making the ride completely accessible to riders of all abilities. As a team we offer fun and enthusiasm, not to mention some awesome biking jerseys. Last year we raised $30,000 for the National MS Society and we are really hoping to build on that success.

If mounting a bicycle isn't your thing, perhaps mounting a piece of bicycle art on your wall is. We still have a number of prints available from our 2007 show at our Etsy shop. Maybe you know a bike enthusiast with a birthday coming up? Peruse the virtual isles, I'm sure you'll find something that catches your eye.

That's pretty much it for now, but keep your web browsers tuned to this space; we'll be having all sorts of fun content soon enough. If you've got any questions, would like to learn more about our events and the cause we are supporting, or would just like to be added to our mailing list all you need to do is post a comment or shoot us an email.

Jess and I are looking forward to a great year. I hope you're ready for it.