Art Auction to Benefit MassBike with Michael Valenti

World Famous Poster Artist Offers Rare Opportunity to Purchase Signed Art

Boston, MA - (Aug. 25, 2015) - On Monday, Oct., 5, in Lexington, Mass., MassBike will host a benefit art auction featuring the work of Michael Valenti.  New England native, Valenti will be in town for the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival presented by Maxxis in Providence, RI as the festival’s featured artist.

Bicycle poster art has a long history as a fun, accessible art form. “There is something almost mythical about bicycle poster art, dating back to the late 19th Century,” stated Richard Fries, executive director of MassBike. “But capturing the zeal of those Gladiator or Michelin posters is rare in today's digital world. We believe that great poster art still holds power. And finding that large format poster is nearly impossible today.”

“Sharing my cycling art with supporters of MassBike at the fundraising auction this year is ‘wicked pissa’. I grew up in Massachusetts so I’m allowed to say that,” quipped Valenti, who today lives in Chicago where he rides and races bicycles. “And having a small part in helping make streets safer for cycling is a wonderful opportunity for which I’m very grateful.”

A mix of 20 large format and smaller hand screened prints will be up for auction at Vine Brook Tavern in Lexington, MA. Doors open at 6:30pm and bidding will begin at 7:30pm. The event is free for MassBike members, $10 for non-members.
For more information on Michael Valenti please visit michaelvalenti.com. For details on the auction, please visit massbike.org.

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