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ESIMBA art show to raise funds for cycling nonprofit

(Dec. 10, 2015) More than 40 custom-decorated bicycle seats will be on display during an art show and fundraiser at the Globe in Berlin tonight, Thursday.
The event, which includes a silent auction and live music by bands Full Circle and Concussion, will raise money for the Eastern Shore chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association.
During the exhibition, patrons will be encouraged to bid and vote for their favorite artist. The artist with the most votes will win a show to be held at the Globe’s upstairs gallery next year.
President Tres Denk said he and ESIMBA member Alex Ottenstien have been organizing the show for more than a year.
“Alex has had many successful art show fundraiser events that I have participated in,” Denk said. “He puts his heart into his productions and, since he has joined ESIMBA, he has been a huge asset. I felt combining our connections with all the artists we know would create an interesting and diverse group show.”
Money raised during the exhibition will help the 501(c)3 nonprofit become certified by the International Mountain Bike Association and League Of American Bicyclists.
“The certifications are a crucial part we need to further our ability to be professional educators in bicycling,” Denk said, adding that the certifications would also help with various liability issues.
He described the club as an “educational” nonprofit with a mission of creating, enhancing and preserving Eastern Shore bicycle trails.
“We want people to take away a more specific idea of what we are about and trying to accomplish,” Denk said. “We would also like people see bicycles as more than just a toy. They are science, technology, engineering, mathematics and art. They are a lifestyle and necessary for transportation.”
Art from the show will hang in the upstairs gallery at the Globe through Jan. 3. The opening reception runs from 6-9 p.m. at the Globe on 12 Broad Street.
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