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Black Lives Matter

Justice is a key organizational value at BICAS. As such, in response to the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, as well as the murders of countless Black lives in the United States, the BICAS Collective would like to take this moment to amplify the demands of Black-led organizers both locally and nationally for “acknowledgement and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police” as well as for “radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives” (posted on the BLM website on May 30th, 2020). In addition, BICAS re-commits to examining our own organizational policies and practices in this vein.

Some Black-led initiatives where our Tucson community can send donations include:

Tucson Reparations

Minneapolis-based Reclaim the Block

George Floyd Memorial Fund

Mass Liberation Arizona

 

Pre-Order 2020 BICAS T-Shirts Today!

Visit https://shop.creamforever.com/collections/bicas-bicycle-inter-community-art-salvage to pre-order your handprinted shirt(s) today! We are grateful to Tucson print shop CREAM for the collaboration. One of our shirts is specific to our 2020 mini-auction and designed by local artist and friend Racheal Rios, and the other is a general BICAS shirt designed by our very own staff member Jreems Kmchroo! Pre-order shirts until December 7 on the link above, then order the same shirts live throughout December into the new year! Shipping fees apply or you can stop by BICAS to purchase your shirt after December 7. More information can be found in the first link above or by emailing art@bicas.org. Thank you in advance for supporting us through the pandemic and beyond with your shirt purchase!

How To: Mini-Staff Auction

 

Designs by BICAS staff member Jreems Kmchroo, @jreemskmchroo on Instagram!

Click here to view instructions in Animation Form!

Hello and welcome, 

BICAS will  be hosting an online MINI-AUCTION this year. The art auction will be via eBay and will open from 9AM MST on Sunday, Dec 6 to 9PM MST on Saturday, December 12. Here are some ways to sign-up for an eBay account and step-by-step instructions on how to place a bid one or multiple ART pieces. All pieces are made by our very own BICAS collective members. 

If you are familiar with the eBay Auction platform, please visit the following auction link! www.ebay.com/usr/bicasbikes 

How to register for an eBay account:

  • You will need an Ebay account in order to place a bid. If you already have an eBay account, please skip to How to place your bid on an eBay auction item. 
  • To sign up for an eBay account, all you need is an email address. If you have one please click the following link. Sign up for an eBay account
  • Once you have registered for your eBay Account, please follow the steps below.

A) Go to www.ebay.com/usr/bicasbikes and navigate to the item on which you would like to bid.

The bid needs to be an increment or more higher than the current minimum bid. The lowest amount you can bid is displayed just below the Place Bid box. You don’t need to put in the dollar sign but do use a decimal point. (Ex. CORRECT WAY $10.50, WRONG WAY $1050=$1050.00)

B) Enter your maximum bid in the appropriate box.

C) Click Place Bid. 

  • The Review Bid page will appear on your screen. This is your last chance to change your mind: Do you really want the item, and can you really buy it? The bottom line is this: If you bid on it and you win, you buy it. eBay really means it. After you agree, the Bid Confirmation screen appears.

D) Then, if you agree to the terms, click Confirm Bid. 

  • After you bid on an item, the item number and title appear on your My eBay page, listed under the Buy heading. The Bidding list makes tracking your auction item (or items, if you’re bidding on multiple items) easy!

E) Monitor your bid throughout the week and make sure you’re not outbid before the auction end time at 9PM MST on Saturday, December 12! If you win your piece, you have the option to choose at-store pickup or shipping! As we are a cooperatively-run nonprofit with limited funds, winners will be responsible for shipping costs!

For questions or tech support, please contact art@bicas.org and a BICAS representative will assist you as soon as possible. Thank you and enjoy the very first BICAS online ART AUCTION!

2020 Staff Mini-Auction!!

 

Design by BICAS staff member Jreems Kmchroo, @jreemskmchroo on Instagram.

The BICAS Art program merges bike-themed arts, do-it-yourself ethics, and ecological consciousness by providing education, inspiration, salvaged materials, and a socially diverse and inclusive artistic venue. Our art program culminates each December at our Annual Art Auction, which is a showcase of hundreds of bicycle-themed artworks made by BICAS staff and community.

With the postponing of our 2020 community auction, our staff are putting on an online, COVID-safe art sale, featuring pieces made by the BICAS staff and board! Bidding will be open to the public at ebay.com/usr/bicasbikes from 9AM MST on December 6 to 9PM MST on December 12. More information and an option to RSVP are available at facebook.com/bicasart. Message here or email art@bicas.org with any questions!

We’ve been working hard to support the Tucson community during the pandemic, and we’ve missed the opportunity and necessity of getting to work alongside our community members! The mini-auction is our ask to community members to become involved and give to the Tucson community alongside us! We can’t wait to unveil all that we are planning for 2021 with COVID-safe mechanics classes, Women Trans Femme programming, art-making and more. Thank you in advance for your support and we’ll see you online 🙂

BICAS Artist: Colin Holmes

Interview with BICAS Metalwork Artist Colin Holmes

November 2020

This month we got to sit down with Tucson community artist Colin Holmes @rustypedal and learn more about what has inspired his art. BICAS has been so lucky to have Colin’s support at our annual Art Auction year after year.

Tell us, what got you started making art?

Desert Scene by Colin Holmes, 2017

I’m a fourth generation Tucson resident. Growing up here, on O’Odham and Yaqui land, I’ve always been inspired by the culture of recycled art and upcycled objects.  As a kid I used to walk by a house on my way to school that had sculptures and gates and security bars made out of motorcycle parts. I remember being transfixed and excited by the uniqueness of it.  My mom was an art teacher in TUSD for decades so I grew up with the idea that creativity and art are really important to culture and community.  We used to stop and look at murals, hang out with popular local artists, and do art activities at home all the time. I remember seeing the, now removed, bicycle art on fourth avenue and thinking how amazing it was that people could take these objects that were other people’s trash and turn them into beautiful, functional and exciting art. 

What brought you to BICAS? 

In 2008 my sister started riding bikes with a BICAS program at City High called El Grupo.  She had been having a hard time in school and all of a sudden she seemed stoked about life, and riding, and the community that she had found.  She built me a bike at BICAS and asked me to start riding bikes with her.  Her enthusiasm was infectious so I was stoked to oblige. 

This brought me to BICAS and I was completely hooked from the second I walked into that post apocalyptic wasteland that was the old basement space at Citizens warehouse. I couldn’t believe how magical it all was.  Piles of trash being turned into machines and art and education and community.  The culture felt right to me. It felt like it was based on love and inclusivity.  It was so different from the corporate engineering work I had been doing as an intern at the U of A.

Franny by Colin Holmes, 2015

 

Since that fateful first trip down the ramp I really never left. Embracing the BICAS mindset was a complete paradigm shift for me. It reawakened my creative side and got me making art again.  

 

I’ve been honored to make and donate art to the art auction every year because it is labor that has really tangible positive impacts on the community.  It makes folks happy, it raises money for really important programming, and it’s just straight up cool.

 

Where do you get your inspiration for your sculptures?

Hummingbird by Colin Holmes, 2019

My art hasn’t just been informed by the objects I use to make it, it’s also influenced by the act of riding a bicycle. I’ve always felt a connection between the experience of traveling by bicycle and art made out of bicycle parts.  It’s this connection that leads me to make sculptures of my favorite feelings while riding a bike.  Sometimes it’s that moment sitting in the desert with my bike leaned against a saguaro watching the sun set over the tucson mountains, or sometimes it’s a roadrunner crossing my path on the loop, and occasionally it’s that breathtaking moment that brings me to a halt as I watch a great blue heron take off from the Sweetwater Wetlands or a hummingbird whirring around the flowers at Patagonia lake while on bike tour.  

 

Do you have a particular piece you are most proud of? 

Great Blue Heron by Colin Holmes, 2019

I’m most proud of the Great Blue Heron that I donated to the 2019 BICAS Art Auction.  Ever since I started welding and making bike art at BICAS I dreamed of making one of those special pieces that folks remember. Like Troy Neimans’s Javalina or Zach Lihatsh’s Chiuahua or Kathy Franklin’s Dragon.  For me the accomplishment of completing that sculpture felt like I had reached a next level of skill.  It was a breakthrough piece and it meant the world to me that it raised so much money for BICAS and received so much recognition from the community.

 

Check out more of Colin’s work at rustypedal.com
Follow his social media accounts:
https://www.instagram.com/rustypedal/
https://www.facebook.com/rustypedal