Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This Saturday All Bike Trails Lead to Hollingsworth Gallery

Christine Sullivan "Waiting Friend" 12 x 12" Oil on Linen 

Knee high by the 4th of July is not just for the growth of corn, it is the same for bike enthusiasts across the globe. July finds the serious racers of the Tour de France spending grueling weeks high up in the competitive Alps while here in the USA bike trails from Oregon to Cape Cod are wide open and filled with all types of riders, embracing yet another warm and sunny summer on the bike. And growing in Palm Coast, FL, home to more than 50 miles of manicured and well mapped bike trails, is one of the largest community bike events getting off the ground at Hollingsworth Gallery where these two-wheeled marvels will be celebrated during the Gargiulo Art Foundation's First Annual Juried Bicycle Art and Poetry Show entitled, THE ART OF THE BICYCLE. The exhibit and events kick off this Saturday, July 14th at 6 PM with an artist reception offering wine, light appetizers and live music featuring classical guitarist, Abe Alam. This and all events are free and open to the public.

Peter Ceretta
The Gargiulo Art Foundation has supported the Arts in Palm Coast since its founding in 2000 and has funded and "planted" a number of quality public art works in our community including the sculptural work of Paul Baliker and Jane Sbordone. This new community art and poetry event will tie in with Palm Coast's community bike events and is partially funded by a City of Palm Coast Cultural Grant.

The art show features the works of many local and regional artists ranging from an exciting two-bike, life-size sculpture by Wes Cackler (which now graces the corner of the City Marketplace lawns) to exciting, contemporary oil paintings by such established artists as Peter Ceretta, Jean Banas, J.J. Graham, Richard Schreiner and Tom Gargiulo. All works celebrate the freedom and exhilaration one feels while out on a bike.

"The Race" by Wes Cackler (Hollingsworth, top left)
Adding to the theme, local poets ride into the exhibit with their own unique perspectives adding yet another, exhilarating trail within the gallery.

On display next door in the SECCA School of Art studios will be The Hollingsworth Summer Art Camp 2012 Show featuring the amazing, bike-themed works created by the kids in Summer Art Camp You can tell these young artist's were especially inspired by the subject matter.

And after a thrilling opening & reception last month, the SECCA Tree Gallery continues to exhibit La Viscere de la Bete Noir featuring the acclaimed works of local & resident artist, Richard Schreiner.

So head on over to Hollingsworth Gallery this Saturday evening for a relaxing ride through their three galleries and open artist's studios all on the second floor balcony of City Marketplace.

But the trail doesn't end on Saturday, this special Gargiulo Art Foundation exhibition continues throughout July with a number of community events (below) to be held at the gallery and which are open to the public and free of charge.   Brush on! cs

July 14     6 PM       "The Art of The Bicycle" bike & poetry show opening/Artist Reception 
July 18     7 PM       "Bicycle Tales from the Trails" moderated by Tom Gargiulo
July 21     10 AM     "Children's Poetry Workshop" with Deborah Susswein
July 28     10 AM     "Adult Poetry Workshop" with Deborah Susswein
July 28     1 PM       "AOTB Artists' Panel Discussion" moderated by Tom Gargiulo
July 28     2:30 PM   "Benefits of Bicycling" with Bicycle Doctor Tony Libertti 
Aug 11     6 PM       "Encore / Artist Reception," Most Popular Artist Award Presentation


  1. Christine, can I share some bike art with you from far away? From Avoca beach, Australia to be precise.

    My feeling is that it wont be long before it will seem strange if active, playful people don't have bike art on their walls.


  2. I forgot to wish you good luck with the show and say that I've posted a short piece about it on my blog;

    I've copied over your pink bike. I hope that's OK. I couldn't find a name for the piece.

  3. Hi Michael - thanks for reaching out from Australia! Love your bike works and your blog. Palm Coast is a small city on the northeast coast of Florida. The opening for the bike show was fantastic filled with bike paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures. There were even poems about bikes and riding and the gallery and surrounding balconies were decorated with actual bikes and bike signage with more to follow. A nice kick start indeed.

    P.S. The pink bike details, if you want to add: "Called In" by Christine Sullivan, oil on linen, 12 x 12". It is also part of my clothesline series - more at my website christinesullivan.com.


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