BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Action & Salvage) Art Auctionby Carolyn Classen on Dec. 03, 2009, under Arts, Life, Technology
BICAS presents its 14th Annual Art Auction fundraiser and celebration on Sunday December 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sneak Preview on the day before, Sat. December 5, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Featured art includes sculptures, paintings, assemblages, jewelry and functional art all made using recycled bicycle parts or with bicycle themes. Both the Art Auction/Celebration and the Sneak Preview will include music, entertainment and refreshments. The Auction is silent bidding and final bids will be called at 9:00 PM.
Both events will be at the same location: The Art Gallery, 1122 N. Stone (NE corner of Stone and Speedway, across from De Anza Park). Blogger Charles Spillar (“Artistic Tucson”) wrote about this eclectic gallery on November 30.
“Through advocacy and recycling of the bicycle, the BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Action & Salvage) mission is to promote education, art, and a healthy environment while providing service and opportunity for those in need.” They are located in the basement of a large building at 44 W. 6th St. near 9th Avenue, phone: 520-628-7950.
My family has taken classes there in bike maintenance, donated old bikes and parts to them for recycling, fixed bikes ourselves in their workshop (photo below). You can also participate in their monthly community bike rides or view bicycle movies there.
Do show up to check out these unique bicycle inspired art objects. I’ve gone to the Art Auction in the past and am always amazed at what people can create out of bike parts, or to look like bikes.
And you don’t have to be a bicyclist to appreciate the creative artwork.