A couple months ago I was in Scottsdale and came across an incredible installation of public art outside a cafe called the Orange Table. The installation was a patchwork of serigraph posters covering a wall featuring various birds and patterns native to Arizona. It was a beautiful installation.
note: all my pictures are crooked because my shoulders are crooked.
A few days later we had lunch at the Orange Table and I met the artist, Jake Early, as he was setting up an exhibit in the cafe. I shook his hand and told him I loved his work. Jake had moved from Chico, Ca to Tempe, AZ and said bikes are a huge part of his work because of the great bike community in Chico and his love of riding. We got to chatting about bikes and printing and had a great conversation. We have kept in touch via Instagram, but otherwise I’d had no contact with him.
And then, today, out of the blue (purple actually, a purple and orange Fedex truck), came a package from Jake Early himself.
And inside this nice box was a run of 60 serigraph prints Jake had made based on our conversation and NCC’s web presence.
That’s when I fainted.
When I came to, I called Jake and thanked him profusely.
Then I took a closer look. He nailed our weird and wonderful little world quite well.
So what to do? A run of incredibly rare and valuable prints from an established artist, made with love and given to us for free? Here’s what we’re thinking:
Thirty of them will be sold to raise money for Axletree – specifically, for projects that will help kids get on bikes. We’re having a hard time determining a price since a piece from Jake of this size generally starts around $150. We’d like to see these sell quickly, and by way of promotional subsidy, we’re looking for donation of $75 or more. POSTSCRIPT: We have received a generous donation from a donor we’ll call Maximilian “Max” Balleur towards this fundraiser and the cost of the posters has been reduced to $35!
We have a spreadsheet with 30 lines ready and waiting. These will be first come, first served, for people who send
$75 $35 or more via Paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by check (delivered to NCC or PO 426, DeKalb 60115) (preferred method). If you are sending a check, please send an email to email@example.com to let me know. If you need it shipped, please add $9 S&H.
Ten of them will go to the next ten people who purchase fatbikes at NCC.
The last 20 will hang over my bed. Sorry, honey.
THANK YOU JAKE!
Please check out Jake’s other resplendent works at JakeEarlyArt.com.