BICAS Art Auction

December 1, 2012 |

Local non-profit organization Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage (BICAS) will be hosting their 17th annual Art Auction and Celebration on December 1st and 2nd at Whistle Stop Depot (177 W. 5th St.). The two-day weekend event will merge the strong local communities of Tucson artists, cyclists and art lovers who will be gathering to view and bid on over 300 pieces handcrafted by local artists.

The wide array of art will include everything from metal art and sculptures, to paintings, photography, quilts, printmaking, fiber arts, video installations, illustrations, ceramics, and many other mediums. The only requisite for the art submitted is that they’re bicycling themed, portray the cycling lifestyle or that they include bicycles parts.

Saturday, December 1st is the art preview segment from 6-10pm. It will feature music and family friendly entertainment and attendees will be able to preview the art that will be auctioned and meet the artists to discuss their work. Sunday, December 2nd is when the silent auction will take place. There will be a DJ, a puppet show, catering and entertainment. This event goes from 6-9pm.

Last year the auction raised $11,400, which goes directly back to fund BICAS’ community programs. “The initial art auctions were much smaller in scale and were fundraiser events where the community would get together and bid on around 100 pieces of art,” says BICAS Art Coordinator Casey Wollschlaeger.

“The amount we’ve brought in has steadily increased and the caliber of artists we’re getting are amazing. It’s been a really beautiful evolution within the community and we keep having to get larger spaces for it. Last year we had 350 pieces donated for the art auction. It just keeps getting better and better.”

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Category: Arts, Community, DOWNTOWN / UNIVERSITY / 4TH AVE