Bike Town USA introduces new CycleArt event Friday
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What: Steamboat CycleArt
When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.
Steamboat Springs — Biking can be more than just a recreational hobby.
At the inaugural Steamboat CycleArt auction, biking is a source of art inspiration.
A bicycle seat transformed into an Enigma Skull, a sculpture resembling the motion of a solo cyclist and paintings depicting a moment frozen in time set against a picturesque mountain backdrop are just a few of the items that will be featured at the bike-inspired art auction.
The Steamboat CycleArt event will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center. Proceeds will benefit Bike Town USA and the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, a newly-established fund to ensure sustainability of area trails.
Chamberlin Birch will provide live entertainment for the evening in addition to local farm-to-table fare by Harwigs and craft beer by Butcherknife Brewing Co.
Online bidding will close at 3 p.m. and then re-open at the live event. Once the live bidding is completed, winners of the artwork will be announced between 7:30 and 8 p.m.
“The motivation behind this event is to showcase the fact that not only can you be outdoors and experience the terrain and natural resources we have here, but to also show that we have this incredible art resource and depth of artistic talent,” said Amy Stern, Bike Town USA director.
There will be 15 pieces in the silent auction and four in the live auction. Each piece, created by local and regional artists, was inspired by cycling or made of actual biking parts.
“Bike Town USA isn’t just about creating new trails or appealing only to mountain bikers or cyclists,” said Liana Gregory, Bike Town USA board member and chair of the CycleArt event. “We wanted to find a way to bring awareness to everyone, even the occasional biker who just rides to the grocery store. Art is so broadly appealable, and we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to combine cycling and art together?’”
The variety of CycleArt spans the spectrum of mediums from prints, original canvas paintings, sculptures, a clock made out of bike parts, digital mixed media and photography.
For local bronze sculptor Sandy Graves, her piece, “Solo Flyer,” created in 2015, was made to represent the Pro Challenge when it stopped through Steamboat.
“In my style of artwork, it’s about making a subject read with minimal parts and to really create a believable representation of the direction of motion and energy of the piece,” Graves said.
Local painter Chula Beauregard was taken back to the 2013 Pro Challenge in choosing the five pieces of hers that will be auctioned at the CycleArt event. When riders went from Steamboat Springs to Beaver Creek, Beauregard was part of an artist event in which artists had to start their paintings when the riders took off and be done when the riders crossed the finish line.
“I feel like the Pro Challenge really galvanized Steamboat’s Bike Town USA character,” Beauregard said. “It’s exciting to have a big event like that come through town and be a part of it. These paintings really bring back those memories, and it’s really fun to be part of this intersection of arts and athleticism.”
CycleArt tickets, which include food and complimentary wine or beer, are $30.
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