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Scenes From Saturday's Bike-Themed Sunday Peoples Opening at The Public Trust.

By Heather Abbott on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM

On a night filled with gallery receptions and other big happenings around town, the at-capacity turnout at The Public Trust had to mean something.

Perhaps that the Dallas bike community is, in fact, a force to be reckoned with? Maybe.

There indeed was something of commotion at play for this, the opening reception for "Sunday Peoples," a collaborative show put together by local artists and bicycle enthusiasts alike.

This was a crowd that practiced what it preached, too. A large fraction of the crowd had appropriately arrived via bicycle and were parking their rides in the middle of the gallery floor --where, conveniently, an open rack was placed, awaiting their bikes.

Around the rack, it was the art that stood out -- and brilliantly at that. The main gallery showcased works from such returning Public Trust artists as the Magnificent Beard duo of Connor Hill and Matt Brinker, Taro-Kun, Mylan Nguyen, Brent Ozaeta, Favio Moreno, Kyle Confehr and more. Although all focused around bicycles, these pieces ranged in medium from illustration to paint to mixed materials to screen prints to photographs -- a great mix in presentation and format. The photographs by Emily Stoker were particularly refreshing and hypnotizing.

And, as was the case with last month's the Favio Moreno and Sour Grapes show, there was a pop-up shop in the smaller, front room of the gallery space that offered apparel, prints, one-of-a-kind drawings, zines and more at affordable prices.

Par for course with most Public Trust shows, the visitors and artists were mingling in good fashion. A lot of familiar faces were in the crowd -- among them local T-shirt designer Fur Face Boy and the owners of both Transit Bicycle Company and switching Gears Cyclery. Toward the end of the night, local hip-hop artist -topic arrived on his low-rider BMX bike with Fresh Kaufee and friends.

The night seemed to swell with a passion for cycling and creating art. To top it off, Public Trust owner Brian Gibb was busy selling prints all night.

The show's not over, though. The work will be up through February 23rd. And more events are set to come surrounding the show. On February 3, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company will host a race that starts at the gallery at 5 p.m. At noon on February 9, Transit Bicycle Company will be offer complimentary bike repairs in the gallery. And, starting at 9 p.m. on February 22,
Switching Gears will host a critical mass ride set to end at The Public Trust.

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