The traveling poster party ARTCRANK started in 2007 in Minneapolis and has grown to include several cities across the nation and even overseas locations like London and Paris. But Denver was the first city of that expansion, back in 2009, when founder Charles Youel, who'd been looking for a way to celebrate both the cycling community and the spirit of DIY design, saw our city for the design-savvy bike town that it is. And from the start, it's been a perfect fit. "This is not just for bike messengers or mountain bikers," Youel told Westword in 2010. "It's for anybody who's ever enjoyed the simple act of getting on a bike and traveling around the city."
Keep reading for a preview of ARTCRANK Denver 2014 posters and details about the show Saturday night.
See also: ARTCRANK 2011 at Super Ordinary Gallery
This year's ARTCRANK Denver party starts cranking at 4 p.m. and runs until 10 Saturday, August 23 at Ink Lounge's spacious new screen-printing studio in west Baker; Oskar Blues brews will flow throughout the evening, but the signed and numbered bike-themed limited-edition posters by more than 25 Colorado-based artists will be the event's focal point.
"ARTCRANK Denver is the recipe for a perfect summer evening: unpretentious art-gawking, beer and bikes!" says Denver designer and ARTCRANK artist Hilary Clarcq. "I'm super excited to see what this year's artists have pulled down from the ether and rolled, pressed or squeegeed into existence."
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Admission is free; posters go for $50 each and proceeds benefit CAN'd Aid Foundation. Visit ARTCRANK online for more information.
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