ArtBike in the Harbor is a group of artists collaborating to raise money for trail building in Copper Harbor. Artists display their passion for the trails with ink, keyboards, paint and cameras. The event has grown from eleven artists in 2016 to fourteen in 2019. Each artist creates a unique poster design based on a specific theme and are given a two-month timeline to create a poster. For the first two years, we each picked a trail in Copper Harbor Trail system and illustrated their individual vision. In 2018 the theme changed to the more ambiguous, “Ride Copper Harbor," before switching back to trail names in 2019.
Artists have free range to showcase their favorite experiences while riding Copper Harbor. The only guidelines were for the size to be 13”x19” and include the name Copper Harbor. The artists donated their time, talent, and an original submission for the cause. Thirty copies of each poster were printed with archival paper and inks, then numbered and signed by the artist. A single large poster is mounted on a wood backing and sold at silent auction at our Bell's Beer Copper Harbor Trails Fest to wrap up the season. Every poster purchased directly funds trail building.
We will have our ArtBike posters on display at Cross Country Sports for the month of August, with a kickoff scheduled for Friday, August 2nd from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM during Calumet's First Friday Art Walk. We will have posters for sale at the event as well as snacks and refreshments. You'll also be able to purchase posters at the 2019 Copper Harbor Trails Fest, with sales opening at around 6:45 PM on August 31.