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LISA-THI BESKAR LAUNCHED BICYCLE IN 2015 AFTER SPENDING 18 YEARS AS A DIRECTOR DEALING IN 15TH-19TH CENTURY NATURAL HISTORY WORKS ON PAPER, RARE MAPS, ATLASES AND ENGRAVINGS AS WELL AS HIGH END ANTIQUES FOR W. GRAHAM ARADER III AND LEE CALICCHIO LTD.

SHE HAS WORKED WITH BOTH PRIVATE AND LARGE CORPORATE COLLECTIONS, INCLUDING THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM AND THE AUDUBON SOCIETY IN NEW YORK CITY AS WELL AS TUDOR INVESTMENT CORPORATION IN GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT. WHILE AT ARADER, LISA-THI WORKED CLOSELY WITH AGENTS AT SOTHEBY’S, NEGOTIATING THE SALE OF RARE WORKS OF ART FOR THE COLLECTION OF THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF QATAR.

HAVING FORMALLY TRAINED IN THE FINE ARTS, LISA-THI HAS WORKED WITH NUMEROUS ARTISTS SINCE HER UNDERGRADUATE YEARS IN RICHMOND AT VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY. IT WAS THERE, WHILE LIVING IN THE RUN DOWN, WORKING CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD OF OREGON HILL, WHERE SHE AND FELLOW ARTIST, JODY, FOUNDED THEIR FIRST UNDERGROUND GALLERY NAMING THE VENTURE, BICYCLE. THEIR LIVING Jody_Oregon_Hill_1996ROOM SERVED AS AN ALTERNATIVE SPACE, UTILIZING BICYCLE GALLERY AS A VEHICLE TO EXHIBIT ARTWORK AND PROMOTE ARTISTS THAT OTHERWISE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE SHOWN. AFTER THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST YEAR, JODY BUILT OUT AND CONVERTED AN OLD INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE SPACE IN THE MONROE WARD NEIGHBORHOOD OF RICHMOND WHERE THE TWO OF THEM CURATED EXHIBITIONS THAT UNOFFICIALLY BECAME ONE OF THE TOP “GO TO” GALLERIES OF THE MONTHLY “FIRST FRIDAYS ART WALK.”

WHILE DEVELOPING THE CONCEPT FOR HER ART ADVISING SERVICE, LISA-THI WANTED TO PAY TRIBUTE TO JODY’S MEMORY AND LAUNCH THE BUSINESS USING THE ORIGINAL BICYCLE NAME. DRAWING FROM JODY’S INFLUENCE AND HIS IMPASSIONED SUPPORT OF THE CREATIVE, LISA-THI CONTINUES TO BE DEVOTED TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF ACTING AS A DRIVING FORCE FOR BRILLIANT EMERGING ARTISTS BY EXPOSING THEIR WORK TO A LARGER AUDIENCE. USING HER EYE FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN AND A FIERCE NO NONSENSE APPROACH, SHE IS COMMITTED TO PROMOTING FRESH ARTISTS FROM VARIOUS AREAS OF THE COUNTRY INCLUDING MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN, NEBRASKA, VIRGINIA, AND NEW YORK.

IN CONTINUING COLLABORATIONS WITH INTERIOR DESIGNERS WHOM SHE HAS FORGED LONG STANDING PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH, LISA-THI IS PROUD TO OFFER HER CURATORIAL SERVICES AS BICYCLE FINE ART, TO MATCH THE DESIGNER’S STYLE AND THE INTIMATE AESTHETIC OF THE COLLECTOR.