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Help BICAS Find a 2021 Art Auction Venue!

 

Pending CDC regulations, we plan to hold our 25th annual BICAS Art Auction this December and are looking for a venue! Can you help?

  • Looking for 3,000-5,000 sq ft Art Gallery or Warehouse
  • Venue is ideally located close to downtown Tucson for ease of bicycle commuting 
  • Must be able to hang art on walls and have room to walk around sculptures/stands 
  • Ability for BICAS to get a special event/liquor license to serve drinks
  • Max capacity should be at least 100-300 people.

Thanks for helping us look for a location for this family friendly, Tucson arts & culture tradition that hosts 1,000-2,000 lovers of art and bicycles each year! Message us here or email art@bicas.org with any leads.

Posted March 31, 2021.

Donate for AZ Gives April 6!

BICAS remains committed to mobility justice at a time when reliable transportation makes all the difference in accessing basic needs and getting to “essential jobs” for many who no longer feel safe riding the bus. Despite facing tremendous losses from cancellation of programs, BICAS has been service the Tucson community an essential services provider for a year now, offering basic bicycle repair and sales at a sliding scale. Your support ensures that those with little or no income can access safe transportation and free helmets, while also keeping our staff employed and our 32 year old organization afloat and thriving.

Go to azgives.org/bicas to donate by or on April 6, 2021! Artwork by BICAS Staff Jreems Kmchroo, @jreemskmchroo on Instagram!

Featured Tucson Artist: Lucky

 

Lucky’s first Tucson mural is ‘Rufus,’ completed December 2020 and visible from the 6th Ave railway underpass. Photo by BICAS Staff Shruti Kaul.

How did you begin your career as an artist?

I was into art and graphic design when I was very young but my family discouraged it. After high school I tried living how my family wanted me to live and I couldn’t make it work. I started learning how to screen print and layer and admiring other artists. Eventually I applied for a grant and wrote a business plan for myself all on my own. I won the grant and my screen printing business was born.

Photo by BICAS Staff Shruti Kaul.

What’s it like running your own screenprinting business?

I do every single part of my business. I like it but it can be challenging at times. I sometimes struggle but have gotten help recently with paperwork, taxes, etc. I know how print shops work from working at them before. I’ve been working on my clothing line for years and it’s finally getting to the point where I can start outputting.

How do recycled materials play a role in your work?

With my current mask line people are giving me all kinds of donated masks to print on. Its been crazy, I have different locations I sell masks in and one day sold 4200 masks in one day. I’m working on exploring salvage wood for some of my future work and I also work with local sources to find cotton fabric and have it sewn once its printed.

Photo by BICAS Staff Shruti Kaul.

Can you give us a sneak peek of what you’re currently working on?

I had heard about BICAS for a while and was glad to finally come by and see what it’s all about. The mural I’m working on at BICAS has some O’Odham humor that my people appreciate. There’s an old lady doing some amazing things…It’s a little over the top but I think it’s pretty funny. It tells a story. Grandmas are hardcore!

Lucky is currently working a mural outside the BICAS shop. Stop by any day to take a look, and learn more about and support Lucky’s work by visiting www.alltribesfacemasks.com. Stay tuned for a website featuring all his work to be launched soon!

Photo by BICAS Staff Shruti Kaul.

Published March 2021.

2021 Art Auction Announcement

Graphic reads, ‘BICAS’ 25th Community Art Auction, December 2021.’ Lettering is in yellow on a green background. Various desert creatures donning bike parts take up the bottom half of the image. A javelina has a bundle on his back that says ‘Top Secret,’ a rattlesnake curls around a simple upcycled lamp, a jackrabbit holds a clock out of bike gears, and a tortoise balances two wrenches, an axle and a wheel on its shell.

BICAS is thrilled to announce the 25th Annual BICAS Art Auction will be held in December 2021. This year’s auction will include both online and in-person activities. All community members will be invited to donate art to both showcase their skills and support Tucson’s community bicycle center. Event details are subject to change based on the recommendations of health experts and BICAS will continue to prioritize accessibility and the safety of our community. 

Want to be the first to know how you can be involved in this year’s art auction? Fill out the community art form here. Looking for salvage parts to create pieces for this year? Visit our Etsy shop for art parts, merchandise and more. Thank you for your continued generosity during these difficult times. Graphic by BICAS staff member Jreems Kmchroo.

Image description: Graphic reads, ‘BICAS’ 25th Community Art Auction, December 2021.’ Lettering is in yellow on a green background. Various desert creatures donning bike parts take up the bottom half of the image. A javelina has a bundle on his back that says ‘Top Secret,’ a rattlesnake curls around a simple upcycled lamp, a jackrabbit holds a clock out of bike gears, and a tortoise balances two wrenches, an axle and a wheel on its shell.