Downtown Ithaca’s May Gallery Night showcasing area’s new artsy bike racks

Downtown Ithaca is thrilled to announce Ithaca’s Community Art Bike Racks, the latest addition to downtown’s infrastructure will be among the extraordinary displays appearing in this month’s Gallery Night.

This walking tour of the latest art exhibits at downtown’s galleries, shops, boutiques, and hotels is set for 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 4 at 19 locations.
The Community Art Bike Racks exhibit, a series of photographs which will be on display at the Community School of Music and Arts, introduces the 12 new decorative stationary bikes racks designed by local creators — Stephanie Johnson, Taylor Brady, Linka Preus, Danielle Bates, Micah Schwartz, Robert Roemisch, Ivy Stevens-Gupta, Chris Willett, Jonathan Billing, Nellia Mattson and Daniel Sperling — and currently available for use throughout the downtown corridor. Durand Van Doren, a highly skilled artist-blacksmith for the past 40 years, fabricated the racks.

Bike Rack in front of Sew Green _Fotor
This special project was curated in partnership between the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), Tompkins County Tourism Program, BikeWalkTompkins and the City of Ithaca with support from a private donor. The project is designed to enhance Ithaca’s downtown with functional, creative bike racks while increasing a sense of community and possibility.

“We participated in this project as our effort to make Ithaca more accessible to cyclists — to encourage cycling as a viable mode of transportation. While more people are opting to travel around by bike, many areas were in need of additional bicycle parking. We’re delighted these new bike racks will be among the many highlights in this month’s Gallery Night,” says DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson.

As part of this special showing at CSMA, guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite rack. CSMA will then host a bike rack awards ceremony, reception, and walking tour during the next Gallery Night (June 8) and a bike tour on Saturday, June 9.
Details about Gallery Night’s additional exhibits are available in the Gallery Night booklet, which you can find at participating Gallery Night locations. Gallery Night information is also available at www.gallerynightithaca.com.

Gallery Night is presented and sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company, supported by the Community Arts Partnership and with90.1, and organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.