When you come to downtown Libertyville this holiday season, prepare to be surprised and delighted by the pieces of art standing along downtown storefronts. What you will see are bikes that have been transformed into “bike-art” at thirty businesses.
In lieu of a holiday window display contest for downtown merchants, the Design committee of MainStreet Libertyville, in partnership with Lifestyle Cycle, organized a project to collect donated used bikes to be transformed into pieces of art. Participating local artists and school art clubs decorated the bikes to convey the spirit of the business as inspiration for their bike-art.
The response from both merchants and artists has been nothing short of amazing. Jessica and Fred Kuehn, owners of Lifestyle Cycle, were more than willing to support the project by storing the donated used bikes until they could be distributed to artists. We thank all the local artists and Libertyville schools, including Carmel and Oak Grove, who so willingly participated in this community project to help create a holiday atmosphere in our town.
Our mission at MainStreet is to preserve and promote our downtown, by drawing visitors to shop and dine local. The challenge is even greater in this age of the worldwide web. Allowing local artists to showcase their talent and visitors to experience the art is something you just won’t get by surfing the web. The bike-art will launch to coincide with the Tree Lighting on Friday, November 24th and remain on display through December 25th. In addition, we hope to display the bike-art again during the Village of Libertyville’s Art Month in March, 2018. Catch the art during business hours, as pieces will be brought inside at closing each day. Each piece of bike-art will be signed to recognize the artists who created it.
Nan Grupe, co-Chair of the Design committee summed it up, “Come visit the downtown, enjoy the bikes and shop local!” Participating merchants are Allure Designs in Beauty Salon, Amphibian MultiSport, Bentley’s Petstuff, Buss Flowers, CR Spa & Artisans, Curtis Frame/Back Alley Gallery, Egg Harbor, Firkin Restaurant, Forest Bootery, How Impressive, Improv Playhouse, JoJo&Me Salon, Kitch’n & Spice Shop, Libertyville Bank & Trust, Liberty Barber Shop, Libertyville Music, Lifestyle Cycle, MainStreet Office, Milwalky Trace/Taco, Maison Chic, O’Toole’s of Libertyville, Petranek’s Pharmacy, Rolland’s Jewelers, Runner’s Edge, Starbucks, Touche Salon, Townee Square Restaurant, Vito Anthony Salon.