Thursday, June 05, 2003


The show is up and amazing to see!! Don't miss this if you are going to
be around for the Wachovia USPRO Championship Race. One block from the

Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) gave local artists a challenge:

What can you make from this junkie pile of bike parts in our

It started as a tangled, broken, pile in the NBW workshop at St. Mary's
Episcopal Church in West Philadelphia. From the same starting point,
artists took their work in all directions. Here is the result. You can
see a bike zombie and a 'Time Machine' as well as jewelry and furniture.

It is not often you go to an exhibit where the participating artists so
widely vary in artistic background. We are showing work by well known,
Isaiah Zagar, in the same exhibit as emerging performance painters,
Charles Barbin and Ben Howard who you can see painting at Swanky Bubbles
on Monday nights. You will find work by Joe Tiberino, another
Philadelphia gem, exhibited side by side with, art-world-unknown, Leland
Mayne. Pieces range from the simplistic beauty of a rusted bike chain
(Alison Orendach) to a fountain complete with
steam and lights (Roger VanDragt).

Please look around and come back for the fundraising auction on
Saturday, June 7th at 1:00 pm. Philadelphia's finest non-profit
auctioneer, Todd Kimmell, will lead the event, auctioning these pieces
as well as a number of bicycle-related offerings including a guided bike
ride led by well-known area cyclist and ride leader, Bill Cotton, and
complimentary passes to the June 27th Mural Tour by Bike, sponsored by
the White Dog Cafe.

All proceeds benefit NBW, a nonprofit youth development program in West
Philadelphia, which create opportunities for neighborhood youth through
bicycling. For information on NBW's Earn-a-Bike programs or summer
camp, call 215.386.0316, or

Pictures of some pieces are available here on the NBW website