We are thrilled to be part of the Cyclepedia show at the Portland Art Museum this summer! The show opened a couple of weeks ago on the evening of the World Naked Bike Ride with a hilariously effective promotion, entry would be $1 per item of clothing you wore. Only in Portland right? Well, we're happy to say that another, 'Only in Portland' moment is the fact that we have enough frame builders here to feature a Bike of the Week from a different builder each week for the duration of this show. That's just one of the places you'll find Vanilla and Speedvagen in cooperation with Cyclepedia this summer.
August 2-9, Vanilla Bicycles - Trike – 2006
August 30-Sept 8, Vanilla & Speedvagen Road Machines – 2012-13
Object Stories is another place you'll find The Vanilla Workshop. A multi-media installation including our friends at Sugar Wheelworks, Chris King Components and a couple more TBA, in the basement of the main gallery at the Portland Art Museum will offer visitors a deeper look into the parts of the process many don't get to see. Vanilla will present the stages of hand carved and thinned lugs from raw blanks to finished products. You can hear a bit from Sacha about the process as well via the listening station.
We've saved the best for last. We have partnered with Provenance Hotels, presenting sponsor of Cyclepdia, to take the exhibition beyond the museum’s walls with awesome bicycle design installations in the lobbies of Hotel Lucia, Hotel deLuxe, the Governor Hotel and the Westin Portland. *Book Your Room With The Vanilla Bicycles Preferred Rate By Clicking A Hotel Link Above*
The installations are an official museum-sanctioned extension of the Cyclepedia exhibition, with each hotel artfully displaying a one-of-a-kind, custom made, Vanilla bicycle or Speedvagen racing machine. They will be on display for public viewing through the run of the show at no cost to visitors. Of course, you can always call for a tour of the Vanilla Workshop while you're in town too. 503-233-2453
There's also a pretty tasty package available for the run of the show that includes some amazing, if unconventional, ice creams from Salt & Straw that are inspired by and/or infused with some of our favorite local craft beers. You're going to have to take my word for it, the IPA Upsidedown Cake with Gigantic Brewing is incredible!
About Cyclepedia + the Collection
Drawn from the collection of Vienna-based designer and bike aficionado Michael Embacher, this special exhibition features some 40 bicycles, each chosen by Embacher as examples of pivotal moments in the evolution of bicycle design. The exhibition will include racing, mountain, single speed, touring, tandem, urban, folding, cargo, curiosities, and children’s bicycles.
You can view the whole calendar of events accompanying the show here. Hope to see you soon!