The bicycle component maker SRAM sent assorted parts to 80 noted artists, including Jan Chenoweth, John Kowalczyk and Rebecca Trevino, and challenged them to create original works for a worthy cause. The resulting sculptures and collages, including the whimsical Spunk by Patricia Vader (above), will be auctioned to benefit World Bicycle Relief on Thurs., Nov. 29, at Cedar Lake Theater in Chelsea.
The juried exhibition and gala event marks the SRAM pART Project’s debut in New York City, following a display at the Interbike industry trade show in Las Vegas and an exhibition and auction in Chicago in 2011.
World Bicycle Relief is a not-for-profit organization co-founded by documentary photographer Leah Missbach Day and her husband, F.K Day, in 2005. The organization has distributed more than 115,000 specially built and locally assembled bicycles to help support education, health care and entrepreneurship in impoverished communities in rural Africa.
I met Missbach Day and learned about World Bicycle Relief in September at the first National Women’s Bicycling Summit in Long Beach, CA, where she was the keynote speaker.
In her address, Missbach Day emphasized the empowering and life-changing impact of bicycle ownership on women and girls in Africa. “When addressing global development challenges, a single-speed bicycle can improve the dignity and quality of life for women,” she said. “Entrepreneurs can get their goods to market; mothers gain access to life-saving medical clinics; girls are able to attend — and stay in — school.”
Please join me in lending your support by buying tickets to the NYC benefit. They’re $268 each, which represents the cost of two bicycles.
Photo above: GS Design