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Friday, January 3rd 2014
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

SURPRISE is an exhibit and a bicycle-based print distribution event. This event will take place at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902. The Opening Reception is on Friday, January 3 from 5:00-9:00 pm and the bicycle delivery of prints is on January 17-19 in partnership with Community Bikes.

SURPRISE is a group exhibit featuring work by the following artists:

Patrick Costello
Victoria Long
Leif Low-Beer
Ellen Nielsen
Mike Perry
Travis Robertson
Julia Sharpe
Roger Williams

Each artist will display one sculptural work and a related limited edition print. The prints will be gathered into sets, bound with twine and accompanied by a flier explaining the exhibit. In partnership with Community Bikes, volunteer bicyclists will distribute the sets indiscriminately to passers-by on the street on January 17-19.

SURPRISE hopes to be a participatory, analog, non-commercial, and impulsive art distribution project. It is intended to take art out of the galleries and into the streets via direct delivery to the public. A knowingly unpredictable exercise, the distribution of the prints creates an unexpected interaction between artist and audience. The print sets (which will include letterpress, screen-print, photocopy, etc.) will not be sold or made available for subscription. SURPRISE is curated by Victoria Long.

There will be a First Fridays opening reception on Friday, January 3 from 5:00-9:00pm. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Ellen Nielsen holds an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she lives and works. Travis Robertson is a Richmond-based artist and printmaker who most recently created screen-printed props for Matthew E. White’s stage performances. Leif Low-Beer is a Brooklyn-based sculptor and artist. Patrick Costello is a visual artist and performer whose work incorporates printmaking, installation, gardening, and theater. Roger Williams is an artist and bookbinder currently studying book conservation in the UK. Mike Perry is an acclaimed Brooklyn-based designer and artist working in numerous media. Julia Sharpe is a Charlottesville-based artist working in print and film. Victoria Long works with textiles and was the 2012-2013 artist-in-residence at The Haven.

To find out more about SURPRISE and see a map of the route where volunteers will be distributing prints via bicycle, please visit

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