Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Bovines and bikes
In 2009, Team CoeBRAI set the RAGBRAI fashion bar with jerseys featuring the 1944 Marvin Cone painting “Little Bohemia Tavern.” This year, we’ll again be biking in style with jerseys featuring a pair of paintings by Art Department Chairman and Marvin D. Cone Professor of Art Peter Thompson.
The jerseys by Coe graphic designer Christina Kroemer feature Thompson’s 2006 paintings “Standing Out from the Mob” on the front and “Cattle Drift” on the back. Thompson himself will be modeling the jersey as one of two-dozen participants in the official Coe College team on the Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), scheduled for July 25-31.
Thompson approved of Kroemer’s use of the paintings in connection with a diagonal sash design. “(She) managed to create something more punchy out of it; kind of a game of bovine hide and seek,” he said.
In addition to long-sleeve, short-sleeve and sleeveless versions of the jersey, Kroemer designed Coe biking shorts featuring the school’s crimson and gold and Charlie Kohawk logo. While the jersey design changes each year, the shorts are intended to stand the test of time.
The designs will soon be submitted to Champion Systems and orders are now being taken. Each weeklong rider who was part of our group registration gets one free jersey. Additional jerseys and shorts may be ordered.
Three jerseys will be awarded as prizes in an upcoming bike ride sponsored by the Alumni Office, Coe GOLD (graduates of the last decade) and Team CoeBRAI. Clear your calendar for May 15 and stay tuned for details on that exciting new Coe event.
Anyone else is welcome to buy jerseys -- $60 for short sleeve and sleeveless, $65 for long sleeve – and shorts for $65. To place an order, go to our Web site and click on the “jersey order” tab. Sizing information is also available there. Order forms are also available here. All orders must be received by May 15 and will be shipped, along with a complementary CoeBRAI license plate, by mid July.