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Nov 21, 2012 5:56 PM by Jake Merriman

BICAS holding auction for art inspired by, and made of, bicycles

TUCSON - The Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage (BICAS) invites the public to come support a unique non-profit and discover more about recycling at the same time.

The 17th Annual BICAS Art Auction fundraiser and community celebration will take place at the Whistle Stop Depot at 127 W. 5th St. on Sunday, December 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The celebration will include live music, local entertainment, silent bidding auction, and refreshments.

All featured art will be made using recycled bicycle parts, or inspired by bicycle culture, and includes sculptures, paintings, assemblages, jewelry, and functional art.

On Saturday, December 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., a sneak preview of the art will be held. It features more music, entertainment, and art. Both events on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public, donations are gladly accepted.

BICAS is a non-profit 501(c)(3)in its 23rd year and provides Tucson with community education and a recycling center for bicycles. Individuals learn basic tool use, mechanical skills, bike safety, and how to repair and build bicycles. BICAS also provides thousands of community members with the means for artistic expression. Everyone is given the opportunity to earn a bike and learn about bike repair and sustainable transportation through education, art, recycling, and advocacy through the BICAS programs.

For a sneak preview of art available at the 2012 Art Auction and a look back at art from previous years, please visit http://bicas.org/art/auction.php.

Pictured: One of the unique art pieces up for auction at last year's show.

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